Casting Across Fly Fishing

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The Casting Across Fly Fishing Podcast explores the quarry and the culture of fly fishing.Each episode, I'll discuss some aspect of fly fishing - the people, places, and things that go into the pursuit of fish.

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How Sneaky Should a Fly Fisher Be?

May 17th, 2019


Folklore and “grandpa always said” make up a great deal of how and why fly fishers approach the water.

But do we really need to be quiet, …

Real Fly Fishing Reading

May 10th, 2019


Fly fishing books have been an important part of the sport for hundreds of years, taking different forms and meeting various needs. Even in an age when so much information is available at the tap of a smart phone, …

More Than Conservation Conversations

May 3rd, 2019


Reposting and hashtagging is nice. But that isn't conservation.

Headline causes are great - if you actually get your feet on the ground and get your hands dirty. There is nothing wrong with "raising awareness," but …

You Never Go Fly Fishing Alone

April 26th, 2019


Although fly fishing is an escape, we’re incapable of detaching completely. Our thoughts rightly meander from fly presentation to work, family, whats next. Our present fishing is profoundly linked to how we have fished …

Banjo Minnows Fly Fishing

April 19th, 2019


On its face, fly fishing elitism is silly.

It is okay to prefer the fly rod. And it has it advantages. But there is no reason to look down upon conventional tackle. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why a spinning …

Get Organized... Now!

April 12th, 2019


If you have been stuck indoors, you might want to just grab your sling or vest and hit the water as quickly as possible.

But it is helpful to take …

Tips to Follow for Fly Fishing Leaders

April 5th, 2019


In my experience, some fly fishers either care way too much about leaders. Most don't care enough.

Fussing over the exact number of centimeters of 4X you need for a certain taper might be overkill. But simply looping on …

Listener Reader Feedback, II

March 29th, 2019


You speak, I listen. And then I speak about it.

In this episode, I respond to some feedback that I've received from Casting Across articles and podcasts. There is a comment on keeping spots secret, a question on how I …

5 Thoughts for Streamers on Small Streams

March 22nd, 2019


There are differences between chucking articulated flies against the bank of a roaring tailwater and fishing a streamer in a small creek. There are …

The 5 People You Meet in Fly Shops

March 15th, 2019


You will find some real interesting characters in fly shops.

After nearly two decades of formal, empirical anthropological research, I’ve developed …

Big Rivers: Don't Worry, Go Fishing

March 8th, 2019


While fly fishing on wide, expansive trout rivers might be totally normal for you, it is a far cry from the creeks and streams that many anglers call home.

This can lead to apprehension or even avoidance. It is …

Fly Tying Events for Beginners Experts

March 1st, 2019


Chances are there is a fly tying event that is held on a regular basis somewhere near you. Fly shops, fishing clubs, and TU chapters are all getting …

From Trout to Panfish ( Back Again)

February 22nd, 2019


A lot of anglers started fishing by tossing worms to hungry sunfish. Usually, there is a progression from that point to more complex, conventional gear. For some, fly fishing becomes their preferred pursuit.

There are …

Native, Wild, Stocked, McDonald's

February 15th, 2019


When is a fish native? When is it wild? Can it be both?

And what about stocked trout?

In this episode, I give a very quick overview of this topic. I look at the historic range of the three major American trout/char …

Finding Your Own Water

February 8th, 2019


When was the last time you found new water to fish?

I don't mean flipping through a fly fishing guidebook or following the stocking truck. Have you …

Why You Should Fish the Shenandoah

February 1st, 2019


Within a few hours' drive of the urban sprawl that surrounds Washington, DC, you can get into some amazing brook trout fishing. Or, you can get into …

A Fly Fisher's First Trip Out West

January 25th, 2019


Growing up fly fishing the east, the trout and waters of the west always felt mythical.

In this episode I talk about my first trip to Colorado, which …

Listener Reader Feedback, I

January 18th, 2019


I truly appreciate every thoughtful comment I receive on Casting Across. Moreover, I feel that if you took the effort to continue the conversation …

Gear for Small Stream Trout: How What

January 11th, 2019


You can catch fish with virtually any and all gear.

That being said, there are certain kinds of gear that are especially suited for specific scenarios. Small stream trout fishing is no exception. Beyond what kind of …

Fly Line: More Important than You Think

January 4th, 2019


Sadly, fly line is the piece of gear that lives in the shadow of the stars of the show: rods and reels.

But for most fly fishers, line is much more important than a reel. For all anglers, fly line is much more important …

Diversifying Your Outdoor Experience

December 28th, 2018


It is okay to do more outdoors than fly fish.

In fact, there are a lot of benefits that come with adding more and different types of outdoor activities to your life. And, in my opinion, doing so will actually help your …

Vehicles for Fly Fishing

December 21st, 2018


Does your car help or hurt you in your fly fishing endeavors?

The truth is that there are a few things you can do in, and to, your car to make it the perfect fly fishing vehicle.

Why You Should Fish the Ozarks

December 14th, 2018


Arkansas might not seem like a premier angling destination.

But if you've heard of the enormous browns, the beautiful rivers, and... the delicious …

A Late Introduction to the Podcast

December 4th, 2018


It is episode 4 of the Casting Across Fly Fishing Podcast.

...which seems like as good of a time as any to start sharing who I am, what I do, and what this podcast is all about.

Fly Fishing in the Winter

December 4th, 2018


You don’t have to fly fish in December, January, and February.

As long as local regulations allow it, and you can ethically pursue fish, you aren’t …

The Perfect Small Stream Fly Rod

December 3rd, 2018


There is no perfect small stream fly rod.

Various rod manufacturers and publications have declared they have the rod for fly fishing on high mountain streams or small meadow creeks. Such superlatives draw in attention …

Fly Fishing is Trespassing

December 3rd, 2018



Not the illegal kind, but simply stepping over lines we don't usually cross.

That is what fly fishing should be. A little danger, a bit …

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