This week’s podcast is about a relatively rare but also easily accessible fly-rod fish—the Guadaloupe bass. I was lucky enough to get Alvin Dedeaux of All Water Guides to talk about these interesting members of the bass/sunfish family. They sound like the perfect fly-rod target, available year-round in central Texas. They are a native species, they eat a lot of small prey, they fight well, and they are readily accessible on smaller rivers on public water.
In the Fly Box this week, we have the following questions:
- What setup do I need for fishing from shore in southern California salt water? Will my 8-weight Encounter rod work?
- What is fishing in Cuba like?
- How do I keep from foul-hooking steelhead? How do I play one, or should I break it off? And is it ethical to take a photo of a foul-hooked fish?
- Why don’t more anglers use nets on smaller trout?
- What tips would you give a younger Tom if you could go back and give yourself advice?
- Should I use fluorocarbon leaders on small mountain streams?
- How should I clean my Ultralight Waders?
- Can you recommend one or two all-around adhesives for fly tying, for someone on a budget?
- What material is best for tails on Parachute flies?
- Do you wrap shiny-side-up or shiny-side-down on Parachute hackles?
- For bass, panfish, pike, stripers, and bigger trout water, should I buy a 6-weight or 8-weight fiberglass rod?
- What do I do to emergers to get them to float just in the surface film?
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