Podcast: Your FAQs Answered, with Jeremy Benn of Orvis Tech Support

Big News: Orvis Fly Fishing Podcast and the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast are now available in their entirety on Spotify, which will update automatically when we upload new content.

This week I interview my old friend Jeremy Benn, longtime Orvis employee and head of our Outfitter Team in Roanoke , Virginia. These are the wonderful people who answer all your tackle questions via e-mail, telephone, and live chat. There are certain questions they get (and I get on podcast requests) over and over again, including:

  • What rod do I need for….?
  • Can I use the same fly rod outfit for XXX and XXX?
  • Do I really get something more when I buy a more expensive rod?
  • How much backing do I need?
  • What leader do I need for XXX?
  • I am going to XXX What flies do I need?
  • What is the best knot?

In the Fly Box this week, here is a sample of the kinds of questions I try to answer:

  • How do I become a fishing guide?
  • When do I fish upstream and when do I fish downstream?
  • Why do you put barrel swivels on your braided leaders? (We don’t.)
  • How do you avoid breaking your rod when getting flies out of trees?
  • What will be the effects of the recent hurricane on trout and saltwater fishing in North Carolina?
  • How often do you fish parachutes and Sparkle Duns as opposed to traditional dry flies?
  • How long can you keep a trout in a net if it has cool running water in the net?
  • Can I use my switch rod for schoolie stripers?
  • What flies should I use for landlocked Atlantic salmon?
  • How do I target cruising salmon and steelhead on the Chicago shoreline?
  • What happened to the Orvis app?
  • Why can’t I catch trout in tailwaters on streamers from my canoe?
  • Plus two great fly-tying tips from a listener.

If you don’t see the “Play” button above, click here to listen.

Jeremy Benn is the Orvis Answer Man.
Photo courtesy Jeremy Benn

3 thoughts on “Podcast: Your FAQs Answered, with Jeremy Benn of Orvis Tech Support”

    1. Hi Anita,

      Given the increase in the use of mobile websites, we have decided to put our resources into our mobile site rather than the app version. The new Orvis mobile site includes all the popular elements of the app, including fishing reports, podcasts, animated knots, and the entire Orvis Learning Center in a much more user-friendly interface.

      We currently don’t have the resources to maintain both and would prefer to put our efforts into making our mobile site more useful. Thus, we will no longer maintain and support the app.

      We also have our fantastic Outfitters Department that is available to help through our Live Chat or by dialing 1.800.548.9548.

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