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The Open Fly Podcast, Show 9

Aquatic invasive species is a topic every angler should be keenly aware of, and on Show 9 of the Open Fly Podcast you’ll learn some good things including the proper way to clean your boots to prevent the spread of alien organisms. Bleach is out, water is in. Dry them thoroughly or put them in the freezer overnight.  But don’t take my word for it, hear Bob Wiltshire, Executive Director of the Invasive Species Action Network  and staff member of the Clean Angling Coalition. Bob is extremely well versed on the topic and you WILL learn something from listening to the show, despite what you may have come to believe  if you’ve listened to previous shows.

In our Guide Stories segment Derek crosses the continent to bring you The Average Angler, Colin Archer. Colin is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing guide who calls the Jersey Shore and Upper Delaware River his home waters. Colin talks about fishing for striped bass and a variety of other salt water species, as well as freshwater trout angling.  Colin is also a professional photographer so be sure to check out his website:

As always, please donate to the conservation group of the day, send us proof of your donation and we’ll enter you into a raffle to win some seriously good stuff from our sponsor, Allen Fly Fishing

The Open Fly Podcast, Show 8 (and a tying contest)

We hope you’ll agree that show 8 is Gr8. Listen on the Open Fly website or find it on iTunes or Sticher Radio.

In our conservation segment we talk with the folks behind the organization, Fish Not Gold. They’re taking on the unregulated suction dredge mining that’s causing considerable damage to Washington streams—streams that are fragile habit for many endangered anadromous fish. This isn’t just a local issue to Washingtonians, but is something folks from as far away as the New England states should be aware of. It’s an interesting and enlightening interview.


Instead of Guide Stories, on this show we talk about the evolution of the modern drift boat with Shelly Ehmer of Adipose Boatworks in Helena, Montana, and Link Jackson of StreamTech Boats in Boise, Idaho. Hear from two manufacturers that are producing  drift boats with very unique capabilities.

And listen carefully for details for a tying contest we’re holding. Tie the Open Fly logo and submit your entries for a chance to win an Open Fly Podcast t-shirt. Fire up the vices, time’s a wastin’!


The Open Fly Podcast, Show 7

Call this one the 7 Show Itch, or since Spring Training has begun for baseball perhaps the 7th Show Stretch. No matter what you call it, the 7th episode of the Open Fly Podcast is now live: listen via the website HERE, or find it as always, on iTunes and Sticher Radio.


Not The Motor City Madman

On this episode we not only have Ted Nugent’s doppelgänger in studio as a passive-aggressive guest, but we also talk with competitive angler, Jason Schall. If you have a preconception of what angling tournaments are all about, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that they’re not just about competition; tournaments raise a good awareness of conservation. Jason is a gentleman and ambassador of angling; we’re sure that you’ll enjoy his interview.

Jason Schall, not noodling for catfish.

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” On our Guide Stories segment, this week we talk with guide Bob Triggs of Little Stone Fly Fishers. Bob is an educated man and angler of considerable note. On his blog, Bob recently announced his personal decision to stop guiding for Olympic Peninsula wild steelhead. Hear his reasons why—if you’re like me (and I hope you’re not), it’ll have you thinking deep thoughts about the current status of Washington’s  famed Olympic Peninsula steelhead.  Not to fret, if you want a unique angling experience for salty fish, Bob will be glad to guide you on a trip for sea run cutthroat trouts

Bob Triggs ponders the state of OP wild steelhead.


Thanks for listening—and remember to send us comments. We love listener feedback. And if you donate to the Open Fly, or contribute to any of our conservation guests, send us you receipt and you’ll be entered into future raffles for some sweet gear.


The Open Fly Podcast, Show 6

Hard to believe that we’re already 5 shows into a podcast that we didn’t think would make it past the second episode. However, the people have spoken: they want more Open Fly.


This episode is chock full of more good stuff—high caliber programming that you’ve come to expect from the Open Fly Podcast. Our Guide Series features Alaska and Montana fly fishing guide Rick Matney. Rick is a seriously passionate guy who lives large—the results of which are that he has developed a very unique steelhead guiding business in SE Alaska: think small rivers and reel-smoking fish that are often minutes out of the salt. Check out Rick’s Alaska ChromeChasers website for more information about booking a trip. After he returns from Alaska each year, Rick can be found guiding for trout in the Bozeman area for Montana Troutfitters. In the show Rick hints at the best time to fish one of the country’s best rubber hatches.


Our conservation segment features Andrea Matzke, president of Wild Washington Rivers. Andrea was previously president of Save the Sky River, so she knows the issues and has been fighting the good fight against a Snohomish County Public Utilities Disrtrict-proposed dam on a pristine section of the Skykomish River in Washington state. I’ve been following this for some time and wrote a bit about it previously. This is not JUST a local issue—these money-driven types of projects pose a threat in more backyards than just our own.

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions, which we will read on the air. As a reward for your time you may win something as cool as an Open Fly Podcast hat or sticker. And if you contribute a couple bucks to the Open Fly Podcast your name will be entered into a raffle for some more desirable items. Also, if you contribute to one of our conservation segment groups, send us your receipt and we’ll enter you into the next raffle as well.

So quit reading this Drivel® and go check out the latest podcast. As always you can listen on the Open Fly Podcast website, or subscribe via iTunes, or Stitcher radio.



The Open Fly Podcast, Show 5

The latest episode of The Open Fly Podcast is now live, and riddled with great content, lively banter, sophomoric humor and plenty of duck quacks.

Our conservation spotlight this week is the Madison River Foundation. Executive Director Hans Figi joins us to discuss the vast and important work that the foundation does to preserve, protect and enhance one of Montana’s—nay, the World’s—great trout fisheries. This is the 10th year of the Foundation and we’re very pleased to have Hans take us time away from his busy schedule to tell us about the work the Foundation continues to do. As we do with each conservation guest, we ask that our listeners consider a donation to the group. Email your receipt to us and we’ll enter you into our next raffle for some nice schwag.


Our Guide Stories segment features something a little different this week in that we speak with fly fishing guide Cinda Howard, owner of Fly Fish Arizona. The desert southwest is what one typically thinks of as a fishing destination, but after listening to Cinda we think you’ll change your tune. She also sets Derek straight with his assertion that Cinda guides for Carp in Trailer Parks.  Tune in, won’t you?

The podcast is available, as always, on The Open Fly Podcast as well as iTunes.  Check it out and stick around to find out how you can win one of these sweet Open Fly hats (creepy rubber boy not included).