Podcast: The Western Native Trout Challenge, with Daniel Ritz

[Interview starts at 1:00:58]

My guest this week is Daniel Ritz, who ml recently completed the Master Caster level of the Western Native Trout Challenge.  We talk about how he did it, what flies worked, and had a lot of discussion about what actually counts as a subspecies of trout.  If you want to view his entire journey, click here.

In the Fly Box, which was unusually long (either I talked too much or chose too many questions), we have these questions and tips:

 *   Why does my line get twisted when I try to shoot line?
 *   How do I know if the fly pattern I developed is really something new?
 *   What would you recommend for a wing material on bonefish flies?
 *   A question on exactly what hook shank measurements like 1X and 2X long mean, and what are they compared to?
 *   Does a 10-foot 5 weight Recon have a softer tip or a heftier butt section as compared to shorter rods?
 *   Is a 7-weight rod too light for pike fishing?
 *   How do fall leaves in the water affect fishing and what should I do?
 *   How do I get a non-weighted streamer deeper in the water column?
 *   My old floating fly line has a tip that is sinking.  Is there any way of fixing this?
 *    Do brookies really drop down lower downstream in the fall after spawning?
 *   I fish a small high-altitude stream and only catch small trout.  Do you think there could be larger trout there?
 *   What is a good step up from a cheapo fly-tying vise?
 *   How do you gauge your speed on how fast to move in a small stream?
 *   How do I catch the large trout in a small, clear stream with slow current?
 *   Is it ever appropriate not to tip a guide?

A transcript of this podcast will be available in approximately three weeks at the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center.

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