"Why should we be in
such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man
does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a
different drummer." - Henry David Thoreau
The People, Politics and
Practice of the the Sport
In Fly Fishing!
Brought to you by fanatics...
Fly fishing is so much more than "just" a sport.
For many it is a philosophy, an obsession, a religion... maybe even a business.
Our new audio series "Adventures in Fly Fishing"
will bring you news, interviews, discussions and explorations of the art and
the industry. Each month we'll dig into the headlines, the controversy and
the contemporary issues that will affect angling and anglers now and in the
future. We'll feature the movers and the shakers of the sport fishing industry,
both domestic and international. From fly shop owners to government
officials, we're working to illuminate the machinations behind a sport that
generates billions of dollars and touches the lives of millions of enthusiasts.
It's a brand new feature from the team that brought you
Adventures in Fly Tying, the noted
monthly fly tying video Podcast!
Homer Circle and Glen Lau
It's hard to put into words
exactly how much of an impact these men have had on the sport of angling.
Glen Lau's amazing talent for capturing images, both underwater and above,
have set an near impossible benchmark for those who dare to follow.
Uncle Homer Circle embodies the very fabric of what it means to be a sport
fisherman. Join us for this amazing hour with these legends of the
Chat With Chris Helm
With 30+ years experience
in tying and his extensive knowledge of fly tying materials, Chris is
known throughout the USA and Europe for his expertise in all aspects of
tying. Chris is the acknowledged master of spun deer hair. Chris has
lectured and taught at about every major fly tying eventand he's
considered the ultimate reference for all types of tying techniques and
materials. We were delighted to spend an afternoon entranced with Chris'
knowledge, hospitality and enthusiasm for the sport of fly fishing.
Ohio's Native Brook Trout
Brook trout colonized
Ohio's Lake Erie tributary streams following the retreat of the Wisconsin
glacier some 10,000 years ago. 100 years ago their range was limited
to 2 Ohio streams. 20 years ago they were thought to be completely lost to
history. Today there are 10 streams supporting self sustaining populations
of Ohio native brook trout. Fly Fish Ohio talks with the ODW folks
who are responsible for bringing this beautiful fish back from the edge of
Simon Gawesworth is one of
the world's finest fly casters. He is on the Board of Governors and
the Two-Handed Casting Board of the Federation of Fly Fishers. He is
the author of Spey Casting (Stackpole Books ISBN 978-0-8117-0268-3)
and has produced a fistful of casting videos as well as contributing
uncounted articles to the sporting lexicon. If you've got an
interest in two-handed casting techniques for fresh or salt water, you
need to listen to this interview. There is more information in this
one hour show than you'll find in three years worth of magazine articles!
& Gretchen Beatty
Al and Gretchen Beatty are fly tying's
"first couple". Commercial fly tiers, the Beatty’s are also prolific
writers. They wrote the book Innovative Flies & Techniques, and
co-authored the Federation of Fly Fishers Fly Pattern Encyclopedia
with Jim Schollmeyer. The Beatty's also write a regular column for the
Federation of Fly Fishers quarterly publication Fly Fisher Magazine. Both
are regular demonstrators at the Federation of Fly Fishers Conclaves and
for the International Sportsman Exposition video theater. They are sought
after program speakers for clubs, councils, and national organizations.
Their newest book is Rotary
Fly-Tying Techniques: Understanding the Potential of Your Rotary Fly-Tying
Reynolds on Lake Okeechobee
Walt Reynolds is an expert on black bass.
He's fished in some of the world's most competitive bass tournaments for
more than three decades. He lives on Florida's Lake Okeechobee and
gives us a unique insight on what that great body of water can offer the
intrepid long-rodder! If you go south for vacation you need to
listen to this show!
Dave and Emily Whitlock
Dave and Emily Whitlock need no introduction.
They run a successful fishing school from their home in the Ozark region
of Oklahoma. Dave's art and writing appear regularly in many
fly-fishing and sport publications such as Fly Fisherman Magazine, Fly
Fishing and Tying Journal, Trout Magazine, In-Fisherman and Field &
Stream. He's written four books: Dave Whitlock's Guide to Aquatic Trout
Foods, the L.L. Bean Fly Fishing Handbook, the L.L. Bean Bass Fly Fishing
Handbook and Imitating and Fishing Natural Fish Foods for Lefty's Little
Mike Durkalec -
Mike Durkalec is head of the fisheries and
aquatic research programs at Cleveland Metroparks. He holds a B.S.
in Biology from Baldwin-Wallace College and an M.S. degree in Fisheries
Management from the Ohio State University. Mike worked as a scientist in
the environmental testing and consulting industries on aquatic related
issues, as well as in the fishing industry. Mike was formerly a five-state
Midwest area representative for the Montana Fly Company and was the
featured expert in the “Centerpin 101” DVD. Mike was recently honored as
“2007 Conservationist of the Year” by the local county soil and water
conservation district. Join us as we discuss the Rocky River and all
the latest steelhead news!
Darkes, Outdoor Writer and Ohio Guide
Jerry Darkes is a fly
tackle sales rep, instructor/guide, and writer based in northern OH. He
has over 4 decades of fly fishing experience in both fresh and saltwater
and is recognized as an expert on Great Lakes steelhead and warmwater fly
fishing. He is also a member of the Scott Fly Rod Pro Staff.
Darkes has been featured in several books and video/DVD productions about
Great Lakes fly fishing and has authored numerous articles about the
region. He is also a well-known fly tyer and has created a series of Guide
Patterns instructional fly tying DVDs focusing on Great Lakes steelhead
and other gamefish.
Braig, F.T. Stone Laboratory
Eugene Braig is the
Assistant Director of the F.T. Stone Research Laboratory, located on the
shores of Lake Erie. The Stone Lab provides the critical data and
research used by government officials to create management and use plans
for Lake Erie and the surrounding waters. Stone Lab is also a
learning center, training many of our future environmental scientists.
From invasive species to steelhead stocking, Eugene knows the score.
If you plan on fishing Lake Erie you owe it to yourself to listen to this
fascinating interview. From what's wrong with the system to what's
right with it, we cover all the issues!
Joe Starinchak, US Fish & Wildlife
Starinchak is the Outreach Coordinator for the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Joe is also with the national Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force. He
developed the Stop Aquatic
Hitchhikers! program and a similar campaign with the pet and aquarium
industry known as Habitattitude.
Joe is currently working with the pharmaceutical industry on a new
campaign to promote the environmentally responsible disposal of excess
medications. We talked to Joe about the serious problem of invasive
species and its effect on our native and managed fisheries.
Robert Ramsay and AFFTA
Robert Ramsay is a tough guy to pin
down. He moves at light speed, shaking hands and smoothing roads.
Robert is the President of the American
Fly Fishing Trade Association, an industry group whose mission is "To
promote the sustainable growth of fly fishing as an industry."
Politics is at the core of every human endeavor, and the sport of fly
fishing is no different. From fly line weight standards to consumer
shows to trade shows, AFFTA is the organization behind the business.
As President, Robert is both emissary and leader. We talked
about such diverse issues as "The Movie" and women in the sport.
Don't miss this very special inaugural installment of Adventures in Fly
More Great Guests Coming Soon...
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