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Ten Reasons You Need Local Knowledge
Published June 19, 2013
This week we have a few fly box items on what to do after your fly drags, landing net decisions, and how to get by in a boat with two fly lines and only one reel (my advice—don’t go there). Our main topic this week is about the importance of local knowledge for any kind of fly-fishing trip and is titled “Ten reasons you need local knowledge” It’s actually mostly reasons and also a few tips, but you all know I can’t count.
Carpe Diem: An Interview with Carp Expert Dan Frasier
Published June 10, 2013
This week we have a great interview with Dan Frasier, fly-fishing editor of Carp Pro magazine on—guess what? There are some terrific tips in this interview and here are a couple I had not heard of and will try on my next carp fishing trip. I am sure you will find some as well. In the Fly Box, we range from hooking shad to getting started in fly tying to picking the right leader length to fishing streamers in Europe. And I’m also asked about my top 10 saltwater flies for fishing anywhere is the world, so I will list them here as well as mention them in the podcast:
- Lefty’s Deceiver in chartreuse in size 1
- Lefty’s Deceiver in olive and white in size 1
- Clouser Minnow in original brown and white in size 4
- Clouser Minnow in chartreuse and white in size 4
- Gurgler (any color)
- Surf Candy in size 4
- Adams’ Bastard Crab in size 4
- Puglisi Peanut Butter in purple and black in size 1/0
- Simram in size 6
- Cowen’s Albie Anchovy
Upstream or Down?
Published May 28, 2013
This week we explore the topic of whether you should fish upstream or down, not only what direction you should move but also which way you present your fly. The podcast will tell you exactly which direction to fish every time you go out by using a simple formula (just kidding—did you really think it would be that easy?)
In the fly box we answer questions about setting the hook (again), what length rod to use (again), adding tippets to knotless leaders (again), what to do about minnows sinking your dry flies (aha! A new one and a fun one, too), and how to improve your roll cast by using a different line. I keep answering those repeated topics because it seems they are universal questions and sometimes a different question or slant on a question may make it more clear to listeners. Have fun!
Shad to the Bone
Published May 6, 2013
This week there is a very special podcast offer that will save you money but you have to listen to find out and act before May 20. We also have a great podcast from the pied piper of urban fly fishing in the DC area, Dan Davala. He tells us all we need to know to catch shad, both hickory and American shad. The fly box section features questions about polarized sunglasses, fishing high water in small streams, morning or evening fishing, when to fish Flashback nymphs, and a couple tips on setting the hook. But before you listen get a pen and paper so you can write down that special offer code because it’s only fr podcast listeners and can’t be found anywhere else.
Tom's Ten Excuses for Getting Skunked and What You Can Learn From Them
Published April 15, 2013
This week, based on my experience of getting skunked trout fishing, I thought I would give you 10 reasons for getting skunked. I mainly concentrate on early season fishing—but these excuses are also good any time during the season! In the Fly Box section we talk about :
Questions this week came from as far away as Australia and the UK, and as close as Connecticut.
- over-lining fly rods,
- barbless hooks,
- laying fish on the grass to photograph them,
- matching leader with rod length,
- rod and blank weights,
- and some other fun stuff.
Fly Fishing 101
Published April 9, 2013
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Even More on Leaders and Your Questions
Published April 2, 2013
This week in the fly box we discuss:
In the main podcast, we do an extensive discussion of leaders—leader types, materials, , and how to modify your leader at streamside. It’s a good topic for a refresher as fishing season is upon us in most places—or almost upon us!
- How stocking affects wild trout
- Sinking lines
- Casting exercises
- Gripping a fly rod
- Tangles after dark
- Tom’s 5 favorite places to fish and the top 5 on his bucket list
Your Questions and an Interview with Joey Maxim
Published March 25, 2013
This week we have a full Fly Box (the only way to be at the beginning of the season!) and cover topics that range from how to store leaders to figuring out stream depths to safe handling of fish in cold water to fishing streamers with switch rods. And lots more. I even try to answer the question of whether I’d prefer to have 6 less expensive fly rods or three top-of-the-line ones. That question caused me some soul-searching and I waffled a bit—but who cares what I’d do anyway? To top it off, we have an inspirational interview with a 17-year-old fly fisher, Joey Maxim. Make sure you listen to all of the interview, because the story gets more interesting as we talk.
A Tribute to John Merwin and Lots of Listener Questions
Published March 1, 2013
This week’s podcast ends on a somber note with the passing of our good friend and mentor John Merwin, one of the greatest voices in fly fishing. I think you’ll enjoy a few memories of John and the readings from a couple of his pieces. But up front we have a very full fly box—lots of e-mails and phone calls on casting problems, fly tying problems and solutions, picking tackle, and fishing nymphs.
The First Fly-Tying Episode of the Year
Published February 11, 2013
This week I concentrate on fly tying questions (except for a short sidetrack on stream smallmouths) because I love talking about fly tying—and Orvis is offering a 20% discount on fly tying materials for the month of February 2013.
Listener Questions and an Interview with Author Richard Louv
Published January 30, 2013
This week, in an addition to a long FLy Box section, I go a little off topic as I interview Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, who introduced the term Nature Deficit Disorder to the world, and has perhaps done more than anyone else in modern times raise awareness of how important it is to get ourselves and our children outside more often. He’s one of my role models and it was a great honor to interview him for the podcast. And, of course, we do talk about getting kids and grandkids out fishing and give you some tips on how to do it. This is a podcast you may want to recommend to friends who don’t fish, as it’s one of the most important things people can do for their children.
Lots of Listener Questions and Tom Interviews Orvis Chairman Leigh Perkins
Published January 18, 2013
He’s the Everready Bunny—at 85 years old, and a recently replaced hip, Leigh Perkins still fishes and hunts 300 days a year. Although he retired as CEO of the Orvis Company in 1992, he’s still chairman of the board and one of our best field testers. He’s always the first one up in the morning and the last one to go to bed, and he lives his life surrounded by a bunch of hunting dogs. I was recently in Florida hunting wild quail and ducks with Leigh and got a chance to get some wisdom from him for a podcast. You’ll note by his answers that he’s one of the most optimistic people you’ll ever meet.
Fishing Tailwater Trout in Winter: An Interview with Jamie Rouse
Published January 9, 2013
This week I interview Jamie Rouse, two-time Orvis Endorsed Guide award winner for superior service (as rated by our customers, not by us). Jamie gives us a very full lesson on fishing for tailwater trout during the winter, particularly on his home stream, the Little Red River in Arkansas. Jamie targets huge brown trout on the fly all winter long-and usually catches them-so it's worth a listen to pick up some valuable tips. I know I learned a lot in this podcast and I'm ready to get out on the water, even if the line does freeze in my guides.
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Beating the Post Hunting Season Blues
Published March 27, 2013
Brett Ference and Pete Kutzer discuss what to do to kick the post hunting season blues. Tips on what you can do now that the season is over to make sure next year is as good as it can be.
An Interview with Shooting Expert and Author Tom Deck
Published March 19, 2013
In this show Brett interviews Orvis Shooting Instructor and author of an upcoming book titled 101 Tips for the Winghsooter, Tom Deck. A great interview!
Choosing and Training your Ultimate Hunting Dog
Published January 28, 2013
Brett is joined by Orvis sporting author Paul Fersen to answer a listener question on how to choose and train a hunting dog.
Getting Started- Upland Birds and Waterfowl
Published December 26, 2012
Brett is joined by Orvis Shooting Instructor and former co-host Pete Kutzer to answer a question from a listener on how to get started hunting for both upland birds and waterfowl. Lots of details here. Grab a pencil as Brett and Pete cover everything from dog safety to preparing your boots.
Tips for the Traveling Sportsman
Published December 9, 2012
Brett Ference is joined by Orvis Sporting Travel Planner Jeremy Kehrein and discuss tips for airline travel for hunters, such as checking a firearm, what to bring and how to bring it to ensure the best hunting trip possible.
The State of the Union - Waterfowl Edition with Ducks Unlimited
Published November 19, 2012
Brett Ference interviews Ducks Unlimited's Senior Communications Specialist and Producer of DU TV Mike Checkett about the status of the northern prairie region, breeding and population for 2012, effects of the drought and super storms on waterfowl habitat, predictions for the 2012 and 2013 waterfowl season and how you can get involved helping waterfowl and why it is important to everyone who enjoys the outdoors.
How to Plan your Hunting Trip Like a Pro
Published November 8, 2012
Brett is joined by Orvis Vice-President of Rod & Tackle, Jim Lepage and learns how to plan like a pro for his next hunting trip. They discuss everything from knowing local regulations to meal planning and how to plan for your dogs' needs, too.Got a question for the show? call us at (802)362-8802.
Published January 19, 2012
Every now and then we find ourselves in a bit of a rut when we shoot. We cant seem to hit any thing. when this happens. Here are a few tips on getting yourself back on track and hitting more targets.
The Games We Play
Published January 13, 2012
In shot gunning there are many different ways we can improve our hit percentage. Skeet, Trap, Sporting clay, or just going to the local sand pit with a hand thrower are all ways to have fun and perfect your shot gunning skills. In this podcast Brett and I attempt to explain the different shooting game’s we enjoy and think you will too.
Published December 13, 2011
Welcome to the first episode of the Orvis Hunting and Shooting Podcast! We are changing the show a bit. Obviously the name is new. Orvis Shooting Instructor, Pete Kutzer will be taking Bruce Bowlen's place. Let us know how you like the show by calling in at 802-362-8802.
In this episode we discuss the finer points of gun safety in the field.
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