Podcast: Tips on Landing and Netting Fish, with Jesse Haller

[Interview begins at 43:48]

This week, my guest is Orvis product developer Jesse Haller, who–besides being responsible for products like nets, wading shoes, and fishing packs, and vests–spent many years as a fishing guide. Jesse discusses how to pick the right net, how to carry a net, how to plan your netting before you get a fish close to you, and how to get the fish in the net with a minimum of fuss—as well as some great tips on releasing the fish you’ve caught.

In the Fly Box, we have some fascinating questions and some helpful tips from listeners, including:

  • Do you think it’s a good idea to blacken your tippet close to the fly with a sharpie?
  • What conditions decide whether you should fish a large or a small streamer for bass?
  • A listener has a conundrum about booking a guide who used to work for another outfitter.
  • Some great tips from a listener about safety when bluelining in the Smokies.
  • What advice do you have for fishing out of a canoe?
  • I have trouble finding trout in larger rivers, coming from a small stream background. What should I do?
  • Where can I find trout in winter?
  • What should I do about families with kids throwing rocks in the water when I am fishing?
  • How can I fish small midge emergers just under the surface?
  • During a heavy hatch, is it better to look for an individual fish or prospect a likely seam or run?
  • A great tip on a device for letting people know where you are when fishing the back country.
  • If I am running multiple midge nymphs, should I use a light or heavy tippet?
  • What is the best beginner outfit for saltwater fly fishing?

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