[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?