Son Tao – The Origin Story of this Master Fly Tier

Fly Tying Son Tao Master Fly Tier

Episode Summary

This is quite possibly one of the coolest stories I have ever heard. Son Tao and his flies have been an internet sensation.  Tying for a few short years, his flies are meticulous and beautiful.  In this short time, his Instagram channel has grown to over 30K followers. How is that possible? In addition to his gorgeous flies, his photography is stunning. In this podcast, we learn about the equipment and the process he uses to get such amazing photos.  Above all this, Son shares his origin story, how he came to America and how he ended up as a First Sargent in the US Army.

Just amazing.  Please do me a favor and after listening, share this podcast with someone you know who loves fly fishing or fly tying.  I think they will find it as fascinating as I did.

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Carson & Wyatt Angeli – Happy On The Fly

Happy On The Fly

Episode Summary

When you see young men making such a positive impact within our sport and more importantly our community, that needs to be highlighted as well as commended.

Carson and Wyatt Angeli along with their dad Paul, have created a fly fishing YouTube channel called Happy on the Fly. It focuses on the two boys enjoying fly fishing, on-stream tutorials and fly-tying instruction for youth and beginners alike.

More importantly, the boys are active with their local Trout Unlimited chapter and work as Streamside Mentors helping veterans on the river.  Very cool.

I am very proud of these two fine young men and was honored to interview them. You can follow their YouTube channel: Happy on the Fly.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3C3gALNsooQnPkdaMSnw-A

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Linda Leary – From Ice Road Truckers to Womens Fly Fishing Products

Linda Leary - Fishe Wear

Episode Summary

In this episode of the Fly Fishing Journeys Podcast, you will see the heart of the American entrepreneurial spirit in full force.  From the TV show Deadliest Jobs, to Ice Road Truckers to a highly successful line of women’s apparel and fly-fishing products, Linda Leary is all about passion in everything she does.  Based in Anchorage, Alaska she realized after she sold her trucking company, so much of what she had learned in years of business would apply to her love of fly fishing and FisheWear was born.   

We caught up at the Fly Fishing Show in Denver and learn about how she transitioned from a trucking company and a reality TV series to a leader in women’s fly fishing and apparel and technical products. 

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Tom Baltz – Pennsylvania Limestone and Spring Creeks

Tom_Baltz_Tom Baltz - Pennsylvania Limestone and Spring Creeks

Episode Summary

In this episode of the Fly Fishing Journeys Podcast, Tom Baltz shares about the legends of the Pennsylvania limestone streams and spring creeks. The Letort, the Big Spring, the Yellow Breeches and the like have a special lore and heritage in American Fly Fishing history. Names like Charlie Fox & Vince Marinaro are synonymous with the area. We talk about the difference between a limestone a spring creek and even touch on the English chalk stream.

Tom is an Orvis Endorsed guide and an accomplished fly tier. His Para-Nymph was magical on a back-country pond in Labrador for me this summer.  If you see Tom at a show, be sure to grab some of his masterful Para-nymphs.

Tom Baltz – Orvis Page

https://www.orvis.com/p/thomas-e-baltz/8e1k

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FFJ & Trout and Feather Trip to Iceland – Join Us!

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Fred Contaoi – Rod Designer, Douglas Outdoors

Fred Contaoi Rod Designer Douglas Outdoors

Episode Summary

As a 10-year-old on the pacific coast of California, Fred Contaoi would tie flies and share them with his fly fishing teachers.  In his high school years, he learned how to build fishing rods.  At 19 he went to work for Lamiglas in sales and design.  He went on to be a guide in Alaska and fished on the FLW Pro Bass tour for 5 years.  He now serves as Rod Designer for Douglas Outdoors. 

We caught up at the Pleasanton, CA Fly Fishing Show and learned about the fly rod design process.  We touch on what it was like to be on the FLW Pro Bass tour.  Fred shared some great stories about guiding in Alaska and fishing in over 50 countries.  We finished with a birds-eye view of the differences between each series of Douglas fly rods.

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FFJ & Trout and Feather Trip to Iceland – Join Us!

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Jennifer and Chris Bird – Fly Fusion Magazine, IF4

Jenn & Chris Bird - Fly Fusion Magazine & IF4

Episode Summary

As producers of Fly Fusion Magazine, Fly Fusion TV and the IF4 Film Festival, the Jennifer and Chris Bird and their team are dedicated to put out high quality fly fishing media content in various formats.

As a reader of Fly Fusion Magazine, a subscriber of Fly Fusion TV and an annual attendee of IF4, I’d say they are doing just that.

It’s certainly overused to say “this was a fun conversation” but you can’t get within ten feet of Chris and Jenn without finding yourself in a great conversation, usually ending in some great laughter.    

The combination of fly fishing and media is something that fuels me.  To get a close up look at the success of Fly Fusion was just a joy. Seeing a couple and team doing it right, doing it well and arguably doing the best, was more that I could have hoped for in this conversation.

Stay in touch with Jenn & Chris and all things Fly Fusion at:

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FFJ & Trout and Feather Trip to Iceland – Join Us!

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Michael Mauri – Bavaria, Norway and the Treasure Coast of Florida

Fly_Fishing_podcast_Michael Mauri

Episode Summary

This episode of the Fly Fishing Journeys podcast takes use from Bavaria, Germany for Trout and Grayling, to the shores of Norway for Atlantic Salmon to the Treasure Coast of Florida for giant Snook, Tarpon and Jack Crevalle. We learn what spey casting and romance have in common.  Finally, we hear about what it takes to catch a 200 lb+ giant Goliath Grouper on a fly.

Growing up in Germany, Michael Mauri caught the fly fishing bug at an early age.

Rumor is he may have missed a few school days because the trout bite was on.

We caught up at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show and had a great conversation about many shared passions. Take a listen and drop us a comment on your thoughts on this episode.  If you like the show, please subscribe on your favorite podcast player.

MauriFlyFishing.com

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FFJ & Trout and Feather Trip to Iceland – Join Us…

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Tom Rosenbauer of Orvis: A Legacy in Fly Fishing

Tom Rosenbauer of Orvis: A Legacy in Fly Fishing

Episode Summary

On this episode, I was honored to host the original fly fishing podcaster, Tom Rosenbauer. Tom is a legend in the industry and the host of the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast. He’s an author, TV Film host and serves as the Marketing Director for Orvis Rod and Tackle.  He’s also this year recipient of the Izaak Walton Award which is awarded by The American Museum of Fly Fishing to honor and celebrate individuals who live by the “Compleat Angler” philosophy.

I caught up with Tom at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show and we had a great conversation about the origins of Orvis, how the company grew over the years, some things the company is celebrated for and also some challenges they face in the future.

We dove into how Tom got grew in the sport, the Orvis 50/50 initiative and finish discussing his favorite places and style of fly fishing.

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Brian O’Keefe – Fly Fishing Photography and Worldwide Angling

Brian O'Keefe Photographer

Episode Summary

On this episode of the Fly Fishing Journeys podcast, we sit down with Brian O’Keefe who is a world class photographer and fly angler. Along with Todd Moen, he was instrumental in the creation of Catch Magazine, a spectacular photo and video centric online magazine.  You will often see Brian angling around the world as he featured in many If4 films. Brian is passionate about helping people experience their dream fly fishing trip and he’s doing that with Eleven Experience.

We caught up at the Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show and talked about topwater mousing for trout, the early days of fly fishing photography, a behind the scenes look at the making of these cool fly fishing films and a finally a peek into some amazing destination opportunities.

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The Women’s Showcase with Rip & Hopper – Jen Ripple and Heather Hodson

Jen Ripple Heather Hodson Dun Magazine United Women on the Fly

Episode Summary

On this episode of the Fly Fishing Journeys podcast, we sit down with Jen Ripple of Dun Magazine and Heather Hodson of the United Women on the Fly.

We caught up at the Edison NJ Show and talked about the Women’s Showcase which is featured at the Denver & Edison Fly Fishing Shows.  We also learned about the adventures of Rip and Hopper and how the growth of women in fly fishing is revolutionizing our sport.

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