(The interview starts at 44:46)
This week, I interview Monte Burke, author of the recently released book Lords of the Fly. It’s a chronicle of the history of tarpon fishing with a fly rod, and especially the magical period in the late 20th century where huge tarpon and the best fly anglers in the world converged on a little town on the Florida coast. This is one of the most interesting fly-fishing books I have ever read. Even if you have no interest in tarpon fishing, the story of the personalities, conflicts, and obsession involved in trying to catch a world-record tarpon on a fly is one of the most compelling stories in fly-fishing history. Monte talks about his research and the process involved in writing the book. It’s a tale of egos and gangsters and heartbreak.
In the Fly Box, we have lots of interesting questions and tips, including:
- How does a new beaver dam affect a trout stream?
- What is the difference between a 2-weight and a 3-weight Euro-nymphing rod?
- How should one approach a larger river with heavy fishing pressure?
- How do you suggest handling a fish that has been foul-hooked?
- If you were to spend two weeks in quarantine in a hotel room, what six fly patterns would you tie?
- An example of great fishing close to home.
- What do you know about fly fishing for ladyfish?
- I am taking my father fishing, and he does not have much experience. Should I hire a guide or just get him an outfit and take him wade fishing?
- What are the main differences between Eastern and Western fly fishing?
- What effect will the wildfires have on trout streams?
- Can I use UV epoxy to finish the wraps on a rod I am making?
- Can I dye my own fly tying materials?