Interview starts at 51:39.
This week, my guest is Carolyn Parker of River Run Outfitters in Branson, Missouri. Carolyn is a 20-year veteran of guiding tailwaters and a recipient of the Orvis Endorsed Program’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Her specialty is fishing tailwaters, and you’ll learn a lot about how to deal with fluctuating water levels and how to fish a river that has mostly midges and crustaceans instead of mayflies and caddisflies.
In the Fly Box, we have lots of questions and some long-winded answers, including:
- Why don’t more people use furled leaders?
- When you say “don’t land your fly line on the fish,” does that include your leader and tippet?
- Why do you recommend fishing worm patterns in high, dirty water?
- How can I land striped bass in the surf?
- For two-fly rigs under indicators, do most guides prefer the second fly “in-line” or on a separate tag?
- How do you rank various considerations when picking a fly?
- When you are on new water and don’t know what bugs are around, how do you pick a fly?
- Is a 9-foot 7-weight a good rig for fishing bass and streamers for trout?
- Why do some rods like the Superfines have cork reel seat inserts?
- Why does my leader kink when I use the Dorsey indicator method?
- What would you do if rain started and the trout stopped feeding?
- What rod should I pick to start fly fishing in smaller streams in West Virginia?
- If I want to upgrade my rod collection to some higher-end models, how should I prioritize my choices?
- Are centipedes a threat to fly-tying materials?
- A suggestion for removing epoxy from the eyes of flies with micro drill bits (with a caution from Tom).
- Suggestions for fishing for striped bass on the rocky shoreline in Rhode Island.
- Why does my dropper connection always break instead of my tippet-to-fly connection?
- Why can’t I catch any trout?