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.