Podcast: The Insidious Nature of Neonic Pesticides, with Michael Miller

[Interview begins at 36:28]

Warning: this week’s podcast, with biologist Mike Miller is not exactly uplifting; in fact, it’s downright depressing. Developed in the mid 90s, neonics are the single-most popular insecticide class in the United States. I feel that neonic pesticides are the main reason we have seen dramatic declines of insects on our trout streams and may be even more of a threat to invertebrate populations than climate change. But it is a problem we can remedy more easily than climate change because it’s mostly a problem in the United States. (Canada and the EU have either banned or greatly restricted the use of neonics.) I hope this podcast makes all of you take action and raise your voices to get the EPA to ban these dangerous chemicals.

On a happier note, we have some wonderful questions in the Fly Box this week, including:

  • It’s great to hear that Tom gets skunked as often as the rest of us.
  • Why did I see mayflies when I was a mile from the nearest stream?
  • Do bright fly lines spook fish?
  • Why were fish slashing at my streamer without my hooking them?
  • I am having problems casting a 15-foot leader.
  • Where should I take my sons fishing in the Bozeman/Livingston area if I can’t afford a guide?
  • If I hook a fish deep in its throat, should I try to get the fly out or cut the tippet?
  • Can I get closer to fish in a riffle?
  • What are Tom’s top 5 trout flies?
  • I am losing a lot of fish on my 10-foot 3-weight rod. What should I do differently?
  • Where do big trout tend to live in a river? If I am catching just small fish, will there be any big fish around?
  • I can’t get my floating line to float well, even after cleaning it. What can I do?

Click here to watch the video Tom’s Top 10 Trout Flies.

Mike Miller with the next generation of aquatic biologists.

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