Thu, 7 July 2022
You may have never heard of redeye bass or seen one. Yet they are a wonderful fly-rod fish. They live in spectacular, clear mountain streams and take a fly very well. They’re mainly found in the deep South, particularly in Alabama, so they’re a great fly-rod target in places where you would not ordinarily think of fly fishing. They’re a native species that deserve more visibility from the fly-fishing community and my guest, Matthew Lewis [44:27], is perhaps the world expert on fly fishing for them.
In the fly box this week, we have some interesting questions and great tips from listeners, including:
What percentage of the time do trout in lakes feed on the surface?
What is a go-to fly for late summer fishing on small streams?
What can I do to prevent foul-hooking so many fish? And when I hook a trout in the belly, is it sure to die?
Do oils from our hands harm trout?
Do you have some general rules of thumb for how rain affects fly fishing?
I am using wide gape hooks and missing a lot of small brook trout. Is it the hook that’s my problem?
I saw some large brown trout in shallow water around spawning season and could not get them to take a fly. What can I do?
What do you think of the Double Davy Knot?
A listener shares a killer nymph pattern he developed.
When I practice casting, why does the end of my leader fray and my fly line loop come apart?
Do you ever guide?
I fish a stream with rainbow trout, and for the first six months of the season I can’t find them. Where do they go?
How much less backing fits on a spool when I use 30-pound backing instead of 20-pound?
Are the natural materials we use for fly tying from ethically treated animals?