[Interview starts at 36:50.]
This week, my guest is artist Bob White, a beloved painter of fly-fishing and bird hunting scenes. Bob has illustrated John Gierach’s magazine pieces for years and also illustrated the current version of The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide. He talks about making a career in the fly-fishing world, how he balances his painting life with his fishing life, tips for budding wildlife artists, and how his art affects his fly tying. [Editor’s note: Bob’s art has appeared on this blog many times (see here, here, and here), and he was a Trout Bum of the Week back in 2015.)
In the Fly Box, we have the following questions and tips from listeners:
- How do I encourage guiding operations to hire more female guides and people of color?
- I just bought a fly rod and am having trouble casting a 1/16 oz. spoon on it. What am I doing wrong in my casting? Should I go to a heavier lure?
- Since I will never cast 90 feet with my light fly rod, can I cut off some of the fly line to get more backing on my reel?
- People say there are no hatches on the streams I fish. So why am I catching trout on nymphs all the time?
- What part of my line should I stretch? If I am using a Skagit setup, should I stretch my head? And do you stretch cold-water lines any different from warm-water lines? And should I use a leader straightener tool?
- What resources can I use to figure out what parts of birds and animals I hunt should be saved for fly tying? And where can I learn the fundamentals of fly tying?
- A tip from a listener on the best gift you can buy yourself–virtual fly-casting lessons.
- Why do you want the trailing hook so far back on an Intruder fly?
- A tip on wearing Nitrile gloves over thin merino gloves for fishing
- The trout seemed to have disappeared from my river this winter. It runs into a lake. Do you think the fish have gone there?