Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Podcast

40 Episodes

By: Dave Stewart

Dave from the Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Blog interviews the biggest names in fly fishing and fly tying today. He digs out all of the best fly fishing tips and tricks to help you understand how to choose the right gear, find fish, present the fly, discover new patterns and much more. Find out about new rods, lines, techniques, knots, tying tools and unheard of tips along with great stories about life and the times of some of the most knowledgeable guides, shop owners, and fisherman from around the world. Season 1 covers all things steelhead fishing. Better understand topics...

The Norvise Rotary Fly Tying Vise with Tim
Last Thursday at 9:00 AM


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Tim O'Neil from Norvise is here to share his story of taking over Norvise and what he is doing now in the fly tying space.  We start from the beginning and discover how the Norvise is still making a dent in the rotary fly tying space.

Tim talks about how he is scaling the company and some of the big plans he has after taking over the company.  We walk through the steps of tying...

California Striped Bass Fly Fishing with Al Quattrocchi - Corbina Patrol, Surf Fishing
Last Tuesday at 9:00 AM

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I sat down with Al Quattrocchi to dig into California striped bass fly fishing and the story of how Al Q made his way across the country.  We hear about Lefty Kreh, Enrico Puglisi, and other big mentors for Al over the years.

We find out how the Stripers came to California and why they are thriving in the bay area.  We get the step x step to getting started and catching yo...

NRS Outdoor Gear with Jim Macallister - The Ultimate River Trip Checklist

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I sat down with Jim Macallister, the director of sales for one of the largest rafting companies in the world.  We focus on the gear you need for your next big river trip or camping trip.

We also get the pleasure of hearing one of the greatest founders stories in the outdoor industry as Jim shares the Bill Parks story!   We also find out why it all starts with the Otter raft but qui...

Jack Dennis on Fly Fishing - Western Trout Fly Tying, Curt Gowdy, Gary Lafontaine

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I sat down with one of the biggest living influencers in fly fishing.  Jack Dennis tells the story of Curt Gowdy, Ted Williams, Arnold Palmer, and many other stories of his famous friends from a life in fly fishing.

Jack is a talker in a good way and sheds some fly fishing history and many of the biggest companies and influencers he's connected with over the years.  We get some insight that we...

The Bamboo Fly Rod with Bob Clay - Spey, Skeena, River Watch Rods

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Bob Clay is here to share the story of how he became one of the great bamboo fly rod makers on the planet with a focus on the bamboo spey road.  We find out how Tom Morgan helped to shape his career.

The story is a good one with some of the greatest fly fishing mentors in the game impacting Bob's journey.  Bob describes why he loves a 12-foot spey rod and shorter...

The Turtlebox Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker with Jonathan Mckenzie

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Jonathan Mckenzie, the co-founder of Turtlebox Audio is here to share the story of how they created a great Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker that sounds great and is ready for the outdoors.

Jonathan describes how it all started with him and his best 3 buddies and now has become a group of 4 families, 25 people with kids running around the headquarters.  Jonathan, Will, Regan, and Jeff

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- TWS - True Wireless Stereo vs the mono...

The Deschutes Angler with Amy Hazel - Trout Fishing, the Salmonfly, stoneflies

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Amy Hazel is here to break down the Deschutes Angler fly shop and what you need to do now to prepare for your next trout fishing trip.  Amy shares some great tips for the salmon fly hatch and general trout in May, June and July.

We find out how Amy traveled the world fly fishing before landing on the Deschutes River and connecting with John Hazel.  Now Amy is heading up a great bl...

Waterworks Lamson Reels with Nick Torres - Saltwater Fishing, Belize, Idaho

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Nick Torres is on the podcast to share the story of how Waterworks Lamson Fly Reels came to make one of the best and lightest machined reels in the world.  We also find out about the big Belize trip that he recently put together.

Lamson produced one of the first large arbor reels on the market.   We get the rundown on the lineup and what is new for Lamson in 2021.

You can join the Giveaway for the Blue Horizon $8000 prize package for a trip for two.  The giveaway ends...

WFS 212 - The Euro Nymphing Setup with Tom Jarman and Co-Host Zach Vandehey

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I sat down with Tom Jarman and a special guest host this week on the podcast to cover Euro Nymphing leader, tips, and techniques.  Tom shares a perspective from Australia and how his Euro nymphing style differs that other parts of the world.

We find out what the 4 main techniques for euro nymphing are that Tom focuses on as we talk about fishing the Metolius River.  We also get an insight...

Ice Chest Tips with Canyon Coolers Jason Costello - Arizona, Boating, Bears

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I sat down with Jason Costello from Canyon Coolers to hear how he turned an upside-down cooler business into one of the big leaders in Rotational Moulded coolers.  Canyon Coolers has a no-fault lifetime warranty regardless of what happens.

We find out why the rope handle, latches, and boating-focused cooler features have made them a leader out west.  Features like recessed latch, bear approval, and other great river features are huge for the fl...

Saltwater Flies with Enrico Puglisi - EP Fibers, Striped Bass, New York

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I sat down with Enrico Puglisi who describes how he developed EP Fibers with a focus on saltwater flies with a focus on striped bass fishing out of New York.  We Find out how Enrico developed EP fibers and brushes.

Enrico has a unique story going back to Cicili and then moving out to New York after meeting his wife.  We find out how to catch striped bass and the best flies and re...

BW Sports Fly Fishing Rod Case with Matt Wray (Fly Fishing Founders Ep. 16)

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Matt Wray from BW Sports shares the story of how he made a business selling a fly fishing rod Case through Sportsman Warehouse and other wholesalers.  We find out how he made a career out of making rod cases over the last 25 years.

Matt also makes reel cases, fly tying bags, gear bags along with a couple of different styles of rod cases. 

Fly Fishing Rod Cast Show Notes with Ma...

Giant Jurassic Lake Rainbow Trout with Carlos (Charly) Lopez Casanello

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Charly from Jurassic Lake Lodge shares the full story today how it came to be and what you can do to put together a great trip to Argentina.  Charly has put in a ton of work improving the infrastructure so this trip is more doable than ever.

Jurassic, know locally as Lake Strobel, produces some of the largest rainbows in the Stillwater world.  Charly shares the background on the old camp that wa...

Anglers Coffee with Joe Monaghan

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Joe Monaghan is here to share the Anglers Coffee story and why after retiring he is going back in business as one of the best coffee for fly fisherman.  Anglers Coffee is also my favorite coffee and a sponsor for this podcast.

We find out how Joe built his first up to a 150 million company, retired, and now started Anglers Coffee.  He found himself working with the best coffee roasting companies in the world and making a great life around coffee.  I'm...

Gink and Gasoline with Louis Cahill

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I sat down with Louis Cahill from Gink and Gasoline who has been leading the way in the online fly fishing space for a long time now.  Louis shares the story of how they decided to start blogging every day and have not stopped since 2011.

We hear about some of the blogs that were popular in 2011 and helped pave the way for G and G and why Louis is still going after a...

Fort George Brewery with Chris Nemlowill - Craft Brewing Series

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We hear the story of how Chris Nemlowill from Fort George Brewery created one of the best-selling craft microbrews in the NW with the Vortex IPA.  We find out how Fort George came to be after Chris walked on at Bill's Tavern and found the old Fort George building.

We find out why they started selling microbrews in cans and why the 16 oz can was there goto can for the flagship beer.  This is our first beer episode and you know I love a good IPA, so I hope you ar...

Getting Started Fly Fishing for Billfish with Jake Jordan - TFO, Lefty Kreh

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Captain Jake Jordan has been leading the way on saltwater fly fishing and billfish trips for most of our lives.  Jake walks us through the steps to plan and catch your first billfish this year.  Hint:  It's not as hard as you might think (or as expensive)!

Jake shares the background on his saltwater schools and how to get started and guaranteed a tarpon for $600.  This episode is almost too good to be t...

Rocky Mountain Rafts Bobby Bower on Choosing an Inflatable Raft for Fishing


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Bobby Bower is here from Rocky Mountain Rafts to share some tips on choosing an inflatable raft for fishing.  We find out why a drop-stitch floor can be helpful for fishing if you want to avoid a frame.

Bobby also talks about which boat is best if you don't have a trailer and want to throw the boat on top of the car.  RMR is also working on a new inflatable standing platform for their fi...

Nick Lyons on Great Fly Fishing Books - Lyons Press Publishing, Tom McGuane, Ted Leeson


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Nick Lyons, founder of Lyons Press Publishing is on the podcast to share the story of how he created one of the most influential publishing companies in the fly fishing space having published some of the greatest writers and books in the business.

We talk about the history and who some of those great writers were which includes Swisher and Richards, Whitlock and many others.  I'm really excited to share this one with you and w...

Yakoda Supply with Jason Faerman and Justin Fuller (Fly Fishing Founders Ep. 15)

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I sat down with the founders of Yakoda Supply, Jason Faerman and Justin Fuller share the story and challenges of trying to create a full-time business in the fly fishing space.  

We hear about how they found their niche and created basic products like the fly tin, the utility wallet, guide laces, and more.  You know I love hearing the stories, successes, and failures from brands in the fly fishing space so we get a feel for what it takes to go all...

The Lefty Kreh Podcast with Gary Reich from the Anglers Journal

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Today we celebrate the 200th episode of this podcast by celebrating Lefty Kreh who passed away just a few months after we launched the Wet Fly Swing Podcast.  Lefty is the most highlighted person in the history of fly fishing so very happy to celebrate with you here.

We hear about the life story of Lefty today from Gary Reich who knew Lefty and wrote a great article at Anglers Journal on L...

The Fly Fishing Film Tour with Nick Jones and Paul Nicoletti - F3T Bonus Episode

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Paul Nicoletti and Nick Jones are here to share the Fly Fishing Film Tour story and the killer films they have on tap this year.  We find out how they made it happen this year with an amazing selection of films covering the world.

Some of the 2020 Fly Fishing Film Tour includes a great film on MLK, Brian Kelly on the Green River with autoimmune disease, and many more.  We dig into a few of the details of the season and how best to connect to the guys.


Tips on Choosing a Fly Fishing Reel with Cheeky Fishing's Peter Vandergrift


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Peter Vandergrift from Cheeky Fishing is here to walk through the top tips on finding the right fly fishing reel for your setup.  We hear about the 4 reel models in the Cheeky lineup and what you need for your species of choice.

We hear about an amazing steelhead that Peter landed on the Skagit and the tear that it brought to Dave McCoy's eye.  This after they forgot their food and water for the day an...

The Wooden Trout Net with Stonefly Nets Ethan Igleheart

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Ethan Igleheart shares the background on how he created a wood trout net business at stonefly nets.  We find out what the process looks like in producing nets and how the burl makes the nets so unique.

We talk about some of the specific nets Ethan makes and some of the custom nets they make.  You'll have a perspective on what goes into making a wood landing net at the end of this episode.

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The Wooden Drift Boat - Ray’s River Dories with Ray Heater


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Ray Heater, the founder of Ray’s River Dories, is on the podcast today to share the story of how he built one of the biggest wooden drift boat companies for over 30 years.  We find out why the 14 Rapid Robert is Ray’s favorite boat.

Ray also shares some tips on keeping your boat up including which oil to use, how to wet sand the outside of the boat with epoxy, and why he doesn't just...

Stitch and Glue Boats with Jason at Cajune Boats (Drift Boat Series Ep. 8)

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Jason Cajune shares the story of how he created one of the most unique drift boats in the world.  If you haven’t seen Cajune Boats you have to listen today.  We find out how Jason grew up in Glacier National Park working on boats with his family.

We find out what stick and glue is all about and why mixing wood with epoxy makes one of the most durable boats out there.

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Belize Fly Fishing with Lori-Ann Murphy - Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit

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Lori-Ann Murphy shares the story of how she moved from a career in nursing over to guiding full time and then to Belize Fly Fishing.  She chose a life of traveling over the status quo.  We talk about bonefish, permit, and tarpon today and how you can put together a trip this year.

We find out why Lori-Ann has Lee Wulff's boxer shorts (given to from Joann) and why Lefty got in a...

The Mayfly Project with Jess Westbrook

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Jess Westbrook shares the amazing stories behind the Mayfly Project that he created to help foster kids change their lives with fly fishing.  Today, we find out what is the hardest part of the program and what you can do to help some kids out.

Jess talks about how fly fishing helps the kids with their depression and anxiety.  We also find out who Kaitlin is and why she is so important fo...

Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods with Joe Goodspeed - Euro Nymphing Rods and Tips

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We get the background on Thomas and Thomas Fly Rods from the Joe Goodspeed who designs all of the rods at T&T.  Joe is a wealth of knowledge in product production and highlights it all today.

We talk about the rod design process, what you need to know about nano particles, graphene and marketing.  Joe gives us the low down on how the technology and marketing is converging and confusing.


Wetlander Drift Boat Bottom Coating with Scott Hogan (Drift Boat Series Ep. 7)

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Scott Hogan, the lead man behind one of the best drift boat bottom coating companies in the business.  Scott describes how Wetlander is a super slick easy to apply product that will allow your boat to slide down the river bottom.

Wetlander Show Notes with Scott Hogan

- Koffler Boats were on the podcast in episode 180 and talked about Wetlander and their process to apply it.

- I...

Art Lingren on British Columbia Fly Fishing - Roderick Haig Brown, Steelhead

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I sat down with Art Lingren to discuss fly fishing British Columbia with a focus on the people that laid the path for many anglers afterward.  We talk about Art's connection to Roderick Haig Brown, Sid Glasso, Harry Lemire, and other influential anglers and fly tyers.

Show Notes with Art Lingren

- Haig Brown wrote about the Poison Blue or the grayling.  

- The doc sprately was the fly that helped Art catch his first steelhead.


Green Drake Hatch with Mike Lawson - Henrys Fork Fly Fishing

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Mike Lawson from Henrys Fork Anglers is on the podcast to break down the Green Drake hatch and fishing mayflies on the Henrys Fork.  Mike sheds some light on different bugs and some entomology to help you on the water.

We find out about where and how you can fish rainbow trout and brown trout as Mike shares some tips on fishing dry flies on the upper and lower sections of the Henrys Fork River.

Henrys Fork S...

How to Rank Your Blog Post to #1 (Outdoors Online Marketing Podcast Podcast)

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Stepping out of the Fly Fishing comfort zone as I indulge in promoting my other podcasting baby.  I share a great podcast episode from my other show, the Outdoors Online Marketing Podcast.

If you have a business or are interested in blogging, then this one if for you.  If you are not then you might want to pass on this one, unless you love a good hiphoptic intro.

Quote:¬†¬†‚ÄúNobody is Born Being a Good Writer.‚ÄĚ

Conclusion with Mike Alton

Mike Alton talks about how to b...

Skeena River Steelhead with Todd Scharf - Fly Fishing, OPST, Salmon

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Todd Scharf shares some huge tips on finding Skeena river steelhead and the gear you need to have a successful trip up north in British Columbia.  Todd runs the legendary Skeena Steelhead lodge and provides some insight on a 10 year commitment.

Todd shares the exact lines and head he uses and why and when you should fish shallow vs deep for steelhead.  We also find out about the connection to Arc'teryx and th...

The Fiberglass Boat and River Skiff with Adipose Boatworks Justin Waayenberg (Drift Boat Series Ep. 6)

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I sat down with Justin Waayenberg from Adipose Boatworks to hear about the benefits of their Fiberglass boat and their river skiff compared to other materials and drift boats on the market.  We get a little nerdy on the build and dig into all things fiberglass boats and river skiffs.

Plenty of great stories including the one about why Justin decided to go into the Army at age 17 before he finished high school.  Please share this episode with one other person today to help get the word out


Reds Fly Shop with Joe Rotter¬† ‚ÄĒ Blue Winged Olive¬†Mayfly Hatch, Yakima River

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I sat down with Joe Rotter from Reds Fly Shop to dig into some tips on fishing the mayfly hatch with a focus on the blue-winged olive.  Joe has a serious passion for teaching and breaks down his good stuff today. 

We find out what technical dry fly fishing is all about on the Yakima River.  Joe is a wealth of knowledge and shares his best tips on dry fly fishing.  We find out what...

How to Choose Drift Boat Oars with Derek Young (Drift Boat Series Ep. 5)

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Derek Young from Sawyer Paddles and Oars describes the steps to choosing drift boat oars with a comparison between natural and composite. Derek describes the square top oar vs the smoker bandit and why you would go with either of these.

Lots of analogies to help clarify today including the golf analogy and the fly rod analogy.  We also dig into the history of Sawyer oars and how it all started in 1967 with a hardcore boater, Ralph Sawyer in Michigan, who was a racing champion.

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The Saltwater Experience with Tom Rowland - Waypoint TV

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Tom Rowland shares the story of how the Saltwater Experience came to be and how he created Waypoint and produces a network with over 80 outdoor programs on TV and in Podcasting.

Tom also shares some background on his exercise routine and why the deck of cards is the tool that has had the most impact on his physical fitness in recent years.  Tom is a leader and a guy who brings the good s...

Top 10 Podcasts in Fly Fishing via Wet Fly Swing Podcast

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I've included three Top 10's here.  The first is the Top 10 Podcast Episodes from the Wet Fly Swing Podcast.  This is my end of the year celebration for all of the listeners of the Wet Fly Swing Podcast.

I updated this blog post on January 15th (my birthday!) to include an updated Top 10 Podcasts for 2020 as part of the Wet Fly Swing Podcast.  The old content is all still here and can be found by scrolling down below.

Top 10 Podcasts for 2020 on the Wet Fly Swing Pod...

Boulder Boat Works with Shaun Hargrave (Drift Boat Series Ep. 4)

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Shaun Hargrave shares the Boulder Boat Works story and how he came to own one of the unique polymer hulled drift boat designs on the water.  We talk a little about drift boat fly fishing but get more into some of the nerdy specs on boat design and history.

Shaun Hargrave shares the Boulder Boat Works story and how he came to own one of the unique polymer hulled drift boat designs on the water.  We talk a little about drift boat fly fishing but get more into some of th...