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This blog is about my life as a fly fisherman, guide, and fly fishing instructor in and around Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

Monday, May 13, 2019

FFC_Dan Davala


Dan Davala dropped in to the FFC Headquarters for a little Pappy Van Winkle tasting and podcasting by the fire pit. Dan Davala is an Orvis Fly Fishing Travel Specialist. He is the former the Fishing Manager at Orvis Arlington, Virginia and is the founder of the Tidal Potomac Fly Roddders. Dan and his family now reside in Vermont. In this episode we'll learn about Dan's life of fly fishing from the small streams here in Fairfax to exotic and non-exotic locations near and far. 

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Monday, April 29, 2019

231 | London & The London Fly Fishing Fair


Rob explores London on foot in search of historical scientific specimens, sandwiches and curries, and a few pints in historic pubs.

Additionally, Rob attended the London Fly Fishing Fair. You will learn about small flies for clear water, European fly tying techniques, and Slovenian hospitality. 

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

230 | Fly Fishing The Cotswolds With Andy Grey Part 2


Rob continues his journey through the Cotswolds with fly fishing guide Andy Grey and his dog Stanley for a tour of stillwater fly fishing opportunities outside Oxford in England. Andy offers fly fishing lessons and guided trips for trout, grayling, pike, and carp in the Cotswold and southern regions of the United Kingdom.

Rob encounters blue rainbow trout, giant invasive crayfish, a buzzer hatch, and lots of narrow, winding roads. 

Produced by Freestone Productions

Brought to you by Andy Grey Fly Fishing

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Thursday, April 11, 2019

229 | Fly Fishing The Cotswolds With Andy Grey Part 1


Rob meets up with fly fishing guide Andy Grey and his dog Stanley for a tour of trout and grayling opportunities outside Oxford in England. Andy offers fly fishing lessons and guided trips for trout, grayling, pike, and carp in the Cotswold and southern regions of the United Kingdom.

Part 1 is a tour of a reservoir and streams with background on the history, physical geography, hatches, fishing techniques, and Rob getting scared by wild pheasants.

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Brought to you by Andy Grey Fly Fishing


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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

228 | Tim Rosenau Talks Faith, Family, And Fly Fishing


Tim Rosenau is currently playing lead guitar, trumpet, and singing background vocals for Grammy Award Winning artist, TOBYMAC. He dropped by the home studio before his gig down the street to discuss faith, family, and fly fishing. As a touring musician Tim gets to see a lot of different cities and as a passionate angler he tries to catch fish in each one. Please subscribe to this podcast.

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Brought to you by Korkers.


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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

227| Muskie Obsession With Ellis King


Ellis King joins us from Gallipolis, Ohio to discuss the most amazing thirty seconds of your life. Ellis and his crew run River Tactical Flies, tying, designing and selling some of the most effective patterns for midwestern warm and cold water species. They have come up with a single pattern for muskie that can be tied in a variety of colors and is all you need to catch these apex predators. This it the most informative podcast about muskie (or musky) to date. 

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

226 | Joe Mahler - Fly Fishing Educator


Joe joins Rob live from his car after a morning of casting instruction. Joe is a fly fishing instructor in southern Florida and chases a myriad of freshwater, saltwater, and non-native species when he isn't illustrating the art of fly fishing. He has a unique approach to teaching fly fishing, has a rod series named after him, and has to deal with lots of creepy crawlies while chasing fish with his unique flies. 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Lancaster Fly Fishing Show Blog Instead Of Podcast

I've got a backlog of podcasts right now so I did not record a podcast at the Lancaster show this past weekend.

FRIDAY

I drove up early Friday to check out a fishing spot on the Susquehanna for Producer Jason and I to fish this summer. Another benefit of driving up early was that I was able to have lunch at the Lancaster market which closes rather early.

We drove to the market on our way to the Jersey Shore last summer. I headed straight to the same lunch spot, Farm 2 Table. I had a beef in mushroom sauce with caramelized onion and melted cheese on a pressed roll. It was really, really, really good.





I dropped off my fly tying gear at the show, walked around a bit to see the vendors, stopped at the beer shop, then went to bed early.

I describe the local beer shop as 'having the cheapest of the cheap and the most expensive and best of the best.' I picked up some beers we can no longer get here in Virginia. For myself I picked up a Wyndridge double IPA and a six of a new Yards brewing IPA for the wife. A case of Moosehead in cans to store in the basement until it gets hotter outside.

Then there were these beers. I'll buy some freakishly cheap beers just to try them. Remember last summer when I picked up a 12 pack for change back on a $5? Well this is cheaper. I had to pick up a pack of that Lucky Streak for my neighbor Rob. Not Wisconsin Rob, Sheriff Rob, Reclusive Rob, Wisconsin Rob, Tall Rob either. There are a lot of dudes named 'Rob' in Rutherford. Camelia's Rob and I will try these soon.


SATURDAY

Saturday morning was beautiful. One of the best weather days we have had at this show. And the crowds were ready to go at 0900.

There was a wave of attendees right when the door opened and it was non-stop almost all day.
I was tying again with Tom of Knotty Eggs.

Tom gave me a shirt to rep his buisness.



I have a major surplus of flies tied from the past few years of the shows so I had those displayed on my table for people to pick up and hopefully purchase. Several people refereed to me as a mad scientist. I love creating new patterns. And the thing about my flies is they are all made from maybe a dozen or so different materials repurposed in different ways. If I don't fish the flies that don't sell at the shows then they stay in the boxes all year until the next show.

I was sharing a booth with an Atlantic Salmon angler and tier. He was at the Douglas booth all Saturday so I was able to spread out. 

My newest pattern is the Hula Girl Series. I tied several of these in bluegill and white perch colors. The reception to these flies was great. One attendee cleaned me out of all of the bluegill patterns for a trip to Florida. I utilized my new micro brush bottles of colored Solarez to add a bit of orange to the thread wraps on the bluegill flies.



Another benefit of the show is being able to interact with so many people. My standard questions to people walking by are 'where are you from?' and 'do you fish for warm water species like bass?'

One recurring theme among the attendees is that this show is more intimate. Smaller venue which is not overwhelming like the Edison show. Not only are the attendees able speak at length with the vendors but the vendors get more time with booth visitors. I heard this from vendors several times.

This was the first show that I have ever cast a rod. John Mauser of Mauser Rods got a 5wt and an 8wt in my hands. The cork was velvet smooth. The guides allow less friction when line goes through. I think we'll need to have John on for his own podcast. I was able to roll cast both rods about 50' with no issues.

Another hot fly was my hellgrammite. I didn't bring enough material to tie these and they were gone by mid afternoon.



One aspect of this show is that more attendees fish for shad. I was able to talk about the shad run in DC and invite loads of people down to try it out for themselves. Lets just hope the Potomac drops below 4' at Little Falls quickly.

Several TPFR and NVATU members stopped in. In fact, I've never seen 'Namfos' three days in a row as we had a TPFR Beer Tie the Monday after the show.

Dave from Pa Fly Fish stopped by and took my picture.

Time flies when you are tying, talking, and schmoozing. the show ended with a brief movie tribute to Lefty Kreh.

Saturday night was a quick stop at Wawa for a sandwich then lights out at 9pm as it was daylight savings and we were going to lose an hour of sleep. No more post-show socializing for me. I'm more interested in a good night's sleep now.


SUNDAY

A bit slower than Saturday but still a solid crowd. I passed out my card to garner business and informed just about every booth vistitor about my podcast. I demonstrated my bunny tail reapers and hula girls and tied up some bass worms. There was some down time when casting demonstrations were going on. I was able to walk around and do some shopping for beer tie (needed some calf tails) and had a chance to catch up with friends.

Paul tied up orange tube flies for intruders. It looked like a fox had killed an orange chicken around us. I don't think anyone else was demonstrating tube flies and it was fun to hang out and watch his meticulous techniques. 

Mauser and I got to hang out for a bit, I chatted for a while with Ryan from RisenFly and talk with the folks recording live podcasts across from us.

I really like tying on Pat Cohen's tails. They remain soft when touched up with markers. Funny, I was unable to find any of my pink markers. Having a 7 year old daughter I can't imagine where they might have gone. These reapers were tied on a smaller than normal hook as I was remiss in packing a wide variety of hooks. 


Some more shad flies were demonstrated and I tied up a bunch of my scorpion bugs. Such a simple and amazingly effective pattern.

Shad Busters


Snowhite Scorpion Bug

Again time flies and the crowds started to dwindle. We started organizing our gear and soon it was time to pack up and leave. 

I'd like to thank everyone that stopped by. The podcast listeners, former clients, guides, social media friends and followers, and everyone else. I take a lot of pride in the flies I create. My previous job specifically stated I was not allowed to be creative. Now I get to be as creative as my mind will allow. I will keep up the mad scientist tying as long as possible and as long as the fish continue to eat my flies. 

Several of the usual vendors were not there this year. I didn't have the time to visit the new vendors.

We were rather pleased there was no live rooster in the building this year.

I used to bring loads of gear. This year I was able to fit everything inside my trolley. 

I was able to drive home via backroads and avoid traffic until outside Towson. Now I'm just waiting for the shad to arrive.

I'm hoping to unload some of my cache of flies at a fly shop near you.


Monday, March 11, 2019

225 | Fish Slime | Everything You Thought You Knew Plus Information You Didn't


Rob set out to answer some questions about the detrimental effects of handling fish out of water. He didn't exactly find the answers he was looking for but found all sorts of other interesting information about fish 'slime'. You won't find information like this anywhere else. This may not be interesting to all listeners but it is worth your time. Please contact Rob for links to his sources.

Produced by Jason Reif of Freestone Productions


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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

224 | Geeking Out On Bugs With Peter Stitcher | Ascent Fly Fishing


Rob met Peter Stitcher at the Virginia Fly Fishing Show in January 2019. Rob and Peter are both bug geeks with backgrounds in biology. They decided to set up a podcast to geek out on bugs, discuss Peter's humanitarian work, his fishing show, bucket list hatches, and how and when to select bugs for a specific hatch in a specific location. Rob thinks Peter is THE MOST organized dude in the fly fishing industry. Hopefully they get to fish together this summer.

Ascent Fly Fishing

Sponsored by Speedwell Law

Produced by Jason Reif of Freestone Productions


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

223 | Alice Owsley | Fly Fishing West Yellowstone


Rob and Alice sat down at The Fly Fishing Show in Edison to record Alice's story. Alice grew up in the Midwest and was educated on the East Coast before she moved out West. Alice shares her story with ways to avoid mountain lions, how to cater trips to clients expectations, and how to get started in the industry. We also learn the differences in a married couple's strike indicator habits.

Alice Owlsley

Produced by Jason Reif of Freestone Productions


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Monday, February 18, 2019

222 | Wanda Taylor - Chasing Marlin On The Fly


Rob sat down with Wanda Taylor at the 2019 Fly Fishing Show in Edison NJ to listen to and share her story. Wanda Taylor has been a professional guide, fly casting instructor, and author for decades. In this episode we learn about fly fishing for marlin and how to fight a big fish if you aren't a big person. Wanda tells a story about snorkeling with whales and talks about her upcoming trip for Hawaiian tuna.

This episode is brought to you by Ayoba-yo

Produced by Freestone Productions


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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

221 | Edison Fly Fishing Show 2019


Vignettes. Live from The Fly Fishing Show in Edison, NJ. Rob interviews several attendees at the show from nonprofits to entrepreneurs, fly tiers, students, and travelers.

Produced by Jason Reif


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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

220 | Tight Line Nymphs 101 With Joe Bragg


West Virginia's Joe Bragg joins Rob on this episode to break down just exactly what is a tight line nymph. When Joe isn't putting out fires he is tying flies or fishing them. They discuss all things pepperoni rolls, how to avoid friction and drag when tying flies, how to properly hold a rod, and how to fish the right flies correctly. 

Brought to you by Fly Shack's Saber Hooks

Produced by Jason Reif of Freestone Productions


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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

219 | 2019 Virginia Fly Fishing And Wine Festival


Rob interviews friends old and new during the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival. Snow is in the forecast and no one seems to know how much is going to fall. Rob took a few breaks from tying and talking fishing to walk around and ask a few questions. Please visit Rob's social media for links to his interviewees and for images of the new Hula Girl series of flies. Rob uses the Power Air Fryer Oven. 

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

218 | The Mayfly Project


Mentoring Foster Children Through Fly Fishing.

Rob interviews Jess Westbrook of The Mayfly Project. This not-for profit organization builds relationships with children in foster care through fly fishing and introduce them to their local water ecosystems, with a hope that connecting them to a rewarding hobby will provide an opportunity for foster children to have fun, feel supported, and develop a meaningful connection with the outdoors.  

Use Promo Code SB-TMP75 at SaraBella Fishing

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