Casey Rolig of Buff on the Napa River, CA

Casey Rolig of Buff on the Napa River

Episode Summary

On this episode of the Fly Fishing Journeys podcast, we are in the San Francisco area, in the Napa Valley on the Napa River, podcasting right on the river.

I was honored to get an invitation from Casey Rolig of Buff to fish for Striped Bass on the Napa River. Casey is a passionate fly fisherman. He covers the opportunities available on the Napa River as well as the greater San Francisco and Northern California areas.

Sun protection is crucial for the amount of time we as fly fisherman spend on the water. As a die-hard fan of the Buff products, I additionally asked him to review the Buff line up. When you combine sun-protection and style, no one does it better than Buff.

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Rogelio Velasco – Ascension Bay Saltwater Flats Fishing

Pesca Maya Fishing Lodge Tulum Mexico

Episode Summary

Here is a fun and informative conversation with Rogelio Velasco on Ascension Bay Saltwater Flats Fishing.  As long-time owner of Pesca Maya Fishing Lodge, just south of Tulum, Mexico, he is an expert in this area.  We talk about the tropical grand slam of Permit, Bonefish, Tarpon and Snook.  Rogelio also helps us with proper preparation tips for such a trip.

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The North Platte River, Wyoming

Wyoming Fly Fishing

Episode Summary

The North Platte River in Casper, Wyoming is a world-class Rainbow and Brown Trout fishery.  On the Pod you will learn about “flush and flows”, the monthly fishing calendar and the bug life to make your visit more successful.  You will also find out Ryan Anderson and his guides at Wyoming Fly Fishing are really fun to be around, keep you laughing and on fish throughout the day.  On the North Platte, the majority of the fish are healthy-sized Rainbows but with a little work, you can also find that monster Brown you have always dreamed about.  We connected with Ryan at the Denver Fly Fishing Show and made a plan to visit Casper and float the river with him.  We visited in April and quickly found out the river is loaded with gorgeous fish. The main sections that should gain your attention are the Grey Reef, the Miracle Mile, and Fremont Canyon.  Enjoy the Pod and please pass it on to one of your fly fishing friends.  Thanks!

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InTents Media Filming Around The World


Episode Summary

I’m really pumped to share the InTents Media pod with you all.  What do I love about these dudes, well just that, they’re INTENSE!  They go to the ends of the earth for the amazing story, for the epic fish and for the serious passion.  Each year you can find their films in the International Fly Fishing Film Festival where they have been honored with top film in several of the recent years.

Take a listen and leave some comments with your thoughts…Thanks!

To stay connected with the guys from InTents Media on Instagram:

Cortney Boice: @bluehalogear

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Derek Olthuis: @derekolthuis

Spencer Higa: @tackyflyfish


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Jason Randall – Understanding Trout Behavior For Catching Bigger Fish


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Jason Randall – Understanding Trout Behavior For Catching Bigger Fish

Jason Randall is one of the top authorities in fly fishing today.  His books include Moving Water, Trout Sense, Feeding Time and Nymph Masters.  He is part of the Temple Fork Outfitters National Advisory Team with a focus on the development of nymphing rods. 

We sat down at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show and had a great conversation about trout behavior and how to catch more and bigger fish.

This podcast will give you a better understanding of trout and their habitat.  You’ll gain knowledge of their feeding behaviors and patterns.  You will learn strategies for targeting and catching bigger fish.

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Bob Romano – Rangeley, Maine Stories and Strategies


Episode Summary

This episode is packed with golden nuggets! Bob goes in deep as he shares his passion for a legendary neck of the woods, the Rangeley, Maine area. 

Bob was born in NY and grew up in NJ but his heart has always been in Maine.  Having a camp on Aziscohos Lake, ME for over 30 years put him the middle of one of the most historic fly fishing regions in the northeast, Rangeley, ME.

We have a great conversation about his novels that portray the Rangeley area in story.

We move into one of the most articulate reviews of the fishing opportunities available to a fly fisher as Bob covers tips and tactics to find and catch large, native Brook Trout in Maine.

We finish by diving into Bob’s wealth of knowledge of fishing literature as he shares some of his top 10 lifetime fly fishing books.

This could not have gone any better. If you like Maine, like Brook Trout or like books, this is your podcast. Please enjoy, subscribe and share with a friend.

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Johnny Le Coq of Fishpond: Photographer, Fly Fisher & Conservationist

Episode Summary

From the mountains of Colorado, Johnny Le Coq not only leads Fishpond in the creation of cool products, but also in setting a high standard in conservation and global values.  As a Certified B Corp they must continue to pass rigorous standards of verified social and environmental performance and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems.  

Their Cyclepond fabric marked an industry first when they introduced a line of products that were made from re-purposed fishing nets pulled from the ocean environment.

As a lifelong photographer, Johnny’s eye for color, texture and design is integrated in all the Fishpond products.  In a moving story, Johnny shares with us how his loss of sight in one eye has heightened his awareness and created a deep appreciation of his surroundings. 

As a gear nuts, we are fans of the Fishpond products.  Their purposeful sling packs, quality fishing nets and waterproof travel bags are both fun and functional. 

This is a conversation we were really looking forward to.  We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it…

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Bob Popovics – Flies and Strategies for Big Stripers


Episode Summary

Bob Popovics is a pioneer, innovator and master fly tier. He’s designed such patterns as The Big Bunker Fly, The Surf Candy, The Bucktail Deceiver and The Beast.  The original Big Bunker Fly was tied in 1971 and was 11” long.  The story Bob shares of how he showed people his new design can’t be missed.

When “Pop Fleyes” came out in 2001 it created a buzz within the fly fishing and fly tying community that I had never seen before.  The introduction of epoxies, the Pop Lip and the use of new materials to create patterns, both big and small, to imitate bait fish added to this frenzy of interest in the book.  The goal was to create patterns that targeted the bigger Striped Bass and that’s what Pop Fleyes did.  That was carried forward with his book Fleye Design in 2016.

In this podcast you will find the history of the flies and hear the stories with Lefty Kreh, Ed Jaworowski, Poul Jorgensen and others.

Bob finishes with a detailed, tactical approach to hitting the beach with a fly rod for big Striped Bass. From reading the land, reading the water, picking your tide and picking your fly, you won’t find a clearer description on fishing for Stripers from the surf.

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Meghan Barker – Alaska’s Pebble Mine Proposal

Meghan Barker Pebble Mine Alaska

Episode Summary

“If you are going to leave Colorado, the only place you can go to is Alaska,” said Meghan Barker, the lower forty-eight Organizer for Trout Unlimited Alaska

Captivated by the unending landscapes, jutting mountain peaks that tower over whale-filled oceans, and the grit of the last frontier, Fort Collins-native Meghan Barker has found her place in Alaska.   As the Bristol Bay Organizer, Meghan joined the battle against the proposed Pebble Mine; on track to build the largest open-pit copper and gold mine in North America.  Pebble would dig through the headwaters of Bristol Bay and the heart of Alaska’s salmon country.

We met up with Meghan at the Lynnwood, WA Fly Fishing Show to get an update with what is happening with the Bristol Bay Pebble Mine proposal.  The US Army Corp of Engineers has released a draft of the Environmental Impact Statement.  If the proposal is accepted, the largest gold and copper mine in the world will move forward in the headwaters of the Bristol Bay Salmon Fishery, also the largest in the world.  This is the wrong mine in the wrong place.  As this is a Federal proposal, all Americans have a say.  We encourage all you to let your voices be heard and comment at the below link.

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Jeff Currier – Fly Fishing Around The World

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Jeff Currier of Global Fly Fishing has probably caught more species of fish on the fly then dare I say any human ever.  From his beginnings on the North Shore of Boston, chasing Muskies on the fly through college in Wisconsin and trout bumming around the world, Jeff has set the bar high for professional fly fishing and kindness to his fellow man.  To know Jeff is to know what special person he is.  Along with his wife Granny, as he calls her, they are an amazing couple and it has been an honor to get to know them over the past few years.

Live form The Fly Fishing Show in Marlborough, MA, I caught up with Jeff and got the updated number of species on the fly, learned how he launched a career in fly fishing from a fly shop in Jackson Hole, WY and took a fly fishing trip around the world.

Join us in this journey of fly fishing, friendship and adventure on our podcast with Jeff Currier. Please help us spread the word about these great stories by sharing with a friend.  Thank you.

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