Podcast: Winter Fly-Fishing Tips, Part 1, with Tim Johnson

Written by: Tom Rosenbauer


Interview begins at 38:41.

I’ve begun a series of winter trout-fishing podcasts with various experts around the country. I think it will be interesting to see how their approaches compare, what flies and leaders they use, and how they keep their hands and feet warm. This week’s guest is Tim Johnson, whom you probably know more as an artist on Instagram or for the Orvis Artist Collab series of H3 rods. Tim is also a longtime guide and experienced angler and has spent many winter days on his local waters in Utah.  (He’s recently re-located to home state, Arizona.) He’s also one of the best storytellers I know, so I think you’ll enjoy the interview.

Tim Johnson with a glorious Utah brown.

In the Fly Box, we have a great collection of questions and tips from listeners:

  • How much difference is there between a 9-foot and 10-foot 8-weight rod, and which would be best for both steelhead and bass fishing from shore?
  • Some people say always strip in a trout and others say always get a fish on the reel. Which method is correct?
  • A tip on using a bicycle tire patch for fixing waders.
  • How much damage will I do to a nymph hook if I bend it slightly?
  • I got skunked on a spring creek when trout were jumping for adult midges. What should I do the next time I see this?
  • Where can I go on the East Coast for some decent fishing but with lots of tourist attractions for my family?
  • In a cutthroat stream I fish, the brown trout are invasive, and I want to kill them. Is it true that brown trout are not very good for eating?
  • A listener’s take on the parallels between music and fly fishing.
  • A listener’s complaint about tasteless fly names.
  • When should I use a parachute fly, and when should I use a traditional hackled fly?

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One thought on “Podcast: Winter Fly-Fishing Tips, Part 1, with Tim Johnson”

  1. Suggestions for East Coast for some decent fishing but with lots of tourist attractions for my family;
    Hershey PA – Hershey Park, lots of museums, good food at all price points, Amish , Boiling Springs and tons of trout streams, both fresh water and spring creeks.
    Manchester VT – just a cool little town with lots too see. Tour Orvis! And the Alpine Slide at Bromley!
    Laurel Highlands PA – Seven Springs, Falling Waters, Flight 93 Memorial and rafting at Ohiopyle, Fish the Yough and tons of wild trout streams.

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