Classic Podcast: Twelve Tips on Fishing Hatches that Might Surprise You

Editor’s note: Tom is traveling, so here’s a great classic podcast that’s full of great tips that will come in handy during the hatches of spring.

This week, I take a break from interviews and do a podcast like we did in the old days by interviewing myself. It’s a shameless plug for my newest book, The Orvis Guide to Hatch Strategies: Successful Fly Fishing for Trout Without Always Matching the Hatch, published by Rizzoli/Universe. I call it “Twelve Tips on Fishing Hatches That Might Surprise You.” I’m sure that many of you agree with most of the tips, especially if you’ve spent any time chasing trout when they are feeding on insect hatches. But I am willing to bet there are a couple you may not have thought of, that run contrary to what you have heard in the past, or might even make you think that Rosenbauer guy is full of fish feces. If you don’t agree with me, I’d love to hear about it, which may produce some interesting podcasts in the future.

In the Fly Box, I answer (or try to answer) questions on how to fish small streams with a 9-foot rod, the use of tippet rings, how to avoid spending a fortune on hackle, what percent of the time you should be hooking fish that rise to your dry fly, whether to fish for steelhead in a river where they are threatened, the use of scents on flies, how to avoid foul-hooking trout, the use of loop knots in trout fishing, and delicate dry-fly presentations at short distances. There are also a couple of great letters from listeners with comments—one on angling ethics and another on how to move from trout fishing to saltwater fly fishing on the West Coast.

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3 thoughts on “Classic Podcast: Twelve Tips on Fishing Hatches that Might Surprise You”

  1. Tom, many thanks for all of the effort you’ve put into making podcasts for the past almost 10 years. Earlier this summer, you made a brief mention about an upcoming podcast on saltwater fishing, and you at least hinted that it would involve stripers. I hope that idea is still coming, especially with the fall striper migration just around the corner.

  2. Enjoyed your recent podcast with only you speaking. You have had some great guests but some of them, which I am sure are amazing human beings, fishermen and guides, should really not be doing interviews.

    I am looking forward to purchasing your new book after the shameless podcast promotion. BTW, do you ever smoke a cigar while resting a pool? Or perhaps more than one cigar?

  3. Hi, Tom, I really enjoy your informative podcasts and web videos. I also have a couple of your books.

    Two comments on this Fly Box:

    I know that in at least two states, applying scent to a lure or fly legally turns it into “bait”. So, be sure to check the state regulations before applying scent in artificials- or flies-only waters.

    Gee, I thought you were old enuf to remember the pronunciation of Sal “the Barber” Maglie as Mag-Lee, not as you said Ma-Gile. Must not have been a NY Giant’s fan. Maybe Sal’s surname was mis-spelled in the letter or e-mail.

    Thanks, and Have Fun,

    Peter – Batavia, IL

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