The Prince of Tides- Tom Rosenbauer Interviews an Expert on Tides and their Influence on Saltwater Fly Fishing

I’m always confused by the science and physics of tides and how they vary and how they influence fish in salt water. So I went right to the best source I know on all things saltwater related–Dr. Aaron Adams, director of Bonefish Tarpon Trust and one of my favorite fishing buddies. Fishing with him is like fishing with Mr. Wizard (excuse me for dating myself here) and Aaron does not disappoint in our interview. He takes the sceince behind tides and makes it clear and digestible to those of us who just like to fish in salt water. There are some specific tips for fly fishing related to tides as well, and Aaron suggests some ways that fly fishers in particular can use tide predictions to have more success on the water. It was a fun podcast for me as I learned a ton.

In the Fly Box, I answer a listener’s question about how and why tailwater rivers are different and some tips on fishing them.

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Advanced Class: Tom’s Twelve Tips for Difficult Risers

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This guy can be picky. Let the games begin.
Photo by Toby Swank

This week I discuss a dozen tips for taking difficult risers. We’re not always fortunate to find consistently rising fish, but when we do it’s a chess match that can be the most fascinating aspect of trout fishing. There are many tips to finally fooling a difficult riser, and surprisingly few of them involve choosing the correct fly. We also have Fly Box short items on some questions that came up from listeners regarding last week’s podcast on small stream fishing. And by popular demand, we’ll continue our sections on great fly-fishing books and cool products you might have missed.

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Five Big Tips for Small Streams

In this week’s podcast, we explore the world of small stream trout with 5 detailed tips (mainly because I was too lazy to organize more–actually there are probably about 20 tips included) that cover everything from what rod to use to how to find your own small stream.

There are tens of thousands of tiny trout streams in the United States, many of which never get fished or are fished infrequently, so it’s a great place to get solitude and return to the essence of fly fishing. I also introduce two new items to the podcast, and we’re looking for your feedback on these: a selected book of the week and “products you might have missed”, a short section on handy fishing products that you might not have heard about. And, of course, we answer several questions in our popular “Fly Box” section

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Tips for Fly-Fishing Steelhead East and West

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Ted Morris is all smiles as he shows off his first steelhead, taken from Idaho’s Little Salmon. Read the story here.

photo by Eric Strader

 

Steelhead are one of the most glamorous and frustrating fish you can catch with a fly rod. They are similar in behavior and fighting ability to Atlantic salmon, but whereas our fly fishing traditions for Atlantic salmon came from a more aristocratic background, fly fishing for steelhead evolved via a more populist tradition. Where can you fish for steelhead? What techniques work best? Are the fish from the Great Lakes a true steelhead or just a big rainbow trout, and how do fishing techniques for them differ? And how many steelhead can you expect to catch in a day’s fishing? (in my experience, you should expect to catch zero and be pleasantly surprised).

Listen to this week’s podcast and get some tips on steelhead fishing, and then visit our podcast forum to add your thoughts or suggest future steelhead podcast topics, as this is not the last of our steelhead podcasts for this season. 

For further tips, check out Jim Lampros’ top ten flies for steelheading here.

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Resistance is Futile

Hi, my name is Mike.  I’m in Information Technology and have been with the Orvis Company for 25 years.  You may find this hard to believe, but until two weeks ago, I had never been fly fishing. I’m an avid golfer, and any spare time I had was spent the links. I have family and friends who, upon learning I work for Orvis, immediately launch into a fly-fishing discussion, which leads to an awkward moment where I have to admit I don’t fish…resistance is futile.

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Tom’s Tips on Fishing Spring Creeks with Special Guest Orvis Vice-Chairman Dave Perkins

In this week’s podcast, I’m joined by Dave Perkins, an old fishing and hunting buddy and also vice-chairman and one of the owners of Orvis.  Dave , like me, is a spring creek fanatic and we talk about how spring creeks differ from freestone trout streams, what to expect on them, and where to find them.  And of course we also discuss our favorite flies, leaders, and rods for fishing these very special trout streams.  If you’ve never fished a spring creek, it’s time to try one.  And even if you never intend to fish one, the tips we give will be very helpful any time you find selective trout sipping in clear water.  

In the Fly Box this week, we talk about why trout live in some streams and not in others, how to make a downstream presentation, and some tips on light-line rods.

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Tom’s Top Ten Tippet Tips

For this week’s podcast, the title is “Tom’s Top Ten Tippet Tips”, or just 5T for short (but no short jokes please).  In this episode, I review tips on knots, types of tippet, how to attach tippets, when to shorten or lengthen a tippet, how to avoid kinky tippets, and a bunch more.  

For the “Fly Box” section of short tips, I talk about some cool, new terms and tips I learned from fishing guides in Colorado and Montana over the past two weeks.

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Today’s Top Ten Flies: Tom Rosenbauer

We’re introducing a new feature at OrvisNews.com, in which we ask well-known anglers and guides to give us their Top 10 patterns. Sometimes the list will be species- or water-specific, but we’ll also feature collections of flies you should never be without, no matter where or when you are fishing. Obviously, these are subjective lists—based on. . .

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Ten Steps to Getting Kids and Teens into Fly Fishing Plus a Rant on New School vs Old School

This week I give you a 10-step plan for getting a kid into fly fishing.  These are proven methods based on my experience and that of others I’ve talked to in the course of researching a book called Family Friendly Fly Fishing that I’m working on.  I’ve also added three additional tips for getting teenagers into fly fishing.

In the fly box items this week we talk about the old 10 o’clock to-2 o’clock casting technique, casting into the wind with big poppers and other bass flies, attaching a new fly line to backing that’s already on a reel using a loop, and the correct size sink tip fly line to buy and I go on a bit of a rant about “new school” vs. “old school” fly fishing.

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Tom Rosenbauer- Swinging Flies: How, When and Where to Do It

This week I talk about swinging, and get your mind out of the gutter because it’s not that kind of swinging. This is a family show.

We discuss the art and science of swinging flies for trout, salmon, and steelhead, one of the most relazing and elegant way of covering lots of water. It doesn’t work all the time and in every type of water, so listen to the podcast to find out where and when to do it–and how to choose the right fly.

In the Fly Box questions this week we talk about using a 7-weight rod for trout, what an individual can do to make a trout stream better, invasive species, and how to catch bass in southern rivers in summer. Plus a note about an exciting new upgrade to our fishing reports where you can get a text message every time your favorite waters are updated.

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