Unboxing The Fly Box Subscription Model

Episode Summary

These days subscriptions are an integral part of everyday life.  I know I use a ton of subscription services. For instance, my favorite magazines all come via subscription.  Spotify Premium has replaced all previous forms of music purchases.  Adobe’s monthly Creative Cloud service is my photo and video editing software. I use Audible for books on audio.  The list goes on…

The fact is I spend a ton of money on flies so when I met Dan Edwards and Brandon Miller of True Fly Supply, I wanted to get the scoop on their subscription fly box model.  In addition, they are just fun and funny dudes so we planned a chat at the recent Denver Fly Fishing Show.

What was really cool about this pod was hearing the story about how Dan’s grandfather was one of the earlier settlers in Cheesman Canyon, CO in the 30’s.

Brandon is a free spirit and a tech genius.  You can often find him bouncing around one of the fly fishing shows or running a live video fly tying session online, usually with a Hawaiian shirt on and full of hilarity.

Take a listen and if you think the subscription fly box model is something you want to know more about, give those guys a holler!


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Tim Flagler – Fly Tying Instructor & Videographer

Tim Flagler Fly Tying Instruction

Episode Summary

Tim Flagler is widely considered among the top fly tying instructors in the world. With a YouTube channel of over 60K subscribers and millions and millions of views, he is recognized in the industry and among his peers as a true leader. In addition to his own website, YouTube and Vimeo channels, you can find his work on the Orvis blog, and the MidCurrent and Trout Unlimited websites.

Along with his wife Joan, Tim runs a full scale video production company called Tightline Productions. At The Fly Fishing Shows he is sought after as a Featured Fly Tier, gives seminars and runs small group classes for those that want more personalized instruction.

What’s easy to see is how accommodating Tim is with his teaching. I often see him at the shows at his table at the end of the day, working with a show attendee one-on-one answering their questions and offering that personalized attention.

Here is how to connect with Tim and follow his channels:




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Bull Sugar: Fighting For Water Quality in Florida

Bull Sugar

Episode Summary

Emily Mauri is the Director of Angling Outreach at BullSugar.org.  Marshall Cutchin is the Publisher of Midcurrent and serves on the board of BullSugar.org.  It was great to sit down with them both at the Denver Fly Fishing Show to discuss both the challenges and the progress being made with the water quality issues in Florida.

From BullSugar.org

Alteration of freshwater flows into estuaries negatively impacts Florida’s fisheries. It does this in three ways:

Immediate Death: Changes in freshwater flows – the amount, the timing, and the location – kills seagrasses, oysters and other shellfish, and kills or displaces small organisms like fish and shrimp that are gamefish prey. This happens even if the water is pristine – this is because these impacts are due to changes in salinity (the salt content in the water) caused by these altered flows. When gamefish have less to eat and fewer habitats to hide, their health, survival and abundance decline.

Legacy: Too many nutrients entering coastal waters cause plankton and algae blooms the shade light from seagrasses, which kills the seagrasses. The algae that grows on the bottom also smothers oysters and other bottom organisms. When the plankton and algae die, their decomposition consumes all of the oxygen in the water, which causes fish kills. And when the algae decomposes, it releases all of those nutrients back into the water, which causes more algae blooms. The legacy of nutrient pollution can last for years.

Contamination: Stormwater runoff into estuaries contains the remnants of herbicides and pesticides that are used on lawns, in agriculture, on golf courses. These contaminants remain in the ecosystem for long periods of time, and cause health issues for gamefish and their prey.

Good water quality is an essential component of healthy habitats. Without healthy habitats there can’t be healthy fisheries.




Chuck Furimsky The Fly Fishing Show

Podcast Chuck Furimsky

Episode Summary

Fly Fishing Journeys was honored to have Chuck Furimsky, the founder of The Fly Fishing Shows on the podcast live from the Denver event.  As an innovator and a pioneer, Chuck had an amazing vision for these massive events. The Fly Fishing Shows, with seven stops all over the country, has proven to be the hub for consumers to gather with and learn from industry leaders and fly fishing and tying professionals.

The Fly Fishing Show has become the largest consumer fly fishing event in the world.  With stops near seven major metro areas in the country, a fly fishing enthusiast has great access to the shows. With events like casting demonstrations, featured fly tiers, seminars, presentations, manufactures, an author’s booth, a learning center, featured classes and special events, “The Show” has become the perfect winter activity to get every fly fisher ready and excited for the new year ahead.

Chuck shares the history of how the shows were founded, tells a few classic tales of Theo Bakelaar and Lefty Kreh and engages us with us about the coming season.

To learn more about Chuck and the shows come out and say hello.

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Josh Miller Fly Fishing Team USA

Josh Miller Fly Fishing Team USA

Episode Summary

Josh Miller is an accomplished angler and a talented fly tier.  He’s a member Fly Fishing Team USA and also serves as one of the team coaches for the Fly Fishing USA Youth Team. You can often find him as a featured fly tier at many of The Fly Fishing Shows or at the International Fly Tying Symposium.  He hales from Pittsburgh, PA where is runs a successful guiding business call Trout Yeah!

I was fortunate to sit down with Josh at the Symposium this fall and talk about fly fishing competitions, Euro-Nymphing techniques and some cool destinations trips he been on.

Stay in touch with Josh at http://troutyeah.com

You can follow Fly Fishing Team USA at other leagues at:  https://www.flycomps.com

Connect with The Fly Fishing Show schedule at:  https://flyfishingshow.com

Theo “Gold Bead” Bakelaar

Theo Gold Bead Bakelaar

Episode Summary

What a journey with Mr. Theo Bakelaar, AKA “Gold Bead” Bakelaar.  You see Theo was the originator of using gold beads in fly tying.  He was the one who brought gold beads to America for fly tying.  Wait until you hear the story of how he branded himself and his gold beads back in the day.  You don’t want to miss this!  Today gold and all kinds and colors of beads are used in fly tying and we have Theo to thank for that!

To meet Theo in person, make plans to attend the 2019 International Fly Tying Symposium this Fall.  More details to come.




The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum

Episode Summary

When you talk about American Fly Fishing, the Catskills is one of the of the first places that comes to mind.

It was great to connect with John Kovach and Rob Ceccarini of The Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum at the International Fly Tying Symposium.  We had a great conversation about the legendary museum that was founded in 1981 and has names like the Darbee’s, the Dette’s and Lee & Joan Wulff.

The Museum & Center is a wonderful place located in a magical part of the country, the Catskills.  Home of American dry fly fishing, the Catskills is boasts world famous rivers like the Beaverkill, the Willowemoc, the Neversink and the Esopus creek.  Rob shares his expertise on the rivers, best tactics and the insect life.  John talks about history of the museum, the current events schedule and how, as a center, everyone is welcome to be involved.

Find out more information about the history and the events of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center & Museum at:  https://cffcm.com

Stay in touch with the Fly Fishing Show schedule at:  https://flyfishingshow.com/

Tim Cammisa Trout and Feather


Episode Summary

Tim Cammisa is a passionate fly fisher and expert fly tyer. He is the owner of the Trout and Feather Fly Tying show you can find both on YouTube and on his website troutandfeather.com
With over 200 videos, 17,000 subscribers and 3 million views, his channel has been very well received. It was cool to spend some time with Tim as I was able to witness so many people interact with him and tell him how he taught them how to tie from his channel.
Tim has found giving back even more rewarding as he and his wife Heather are passionate about volunteering with Project Healing Waters.
You can catch up with Tim on both his YouTube channel and is website:

The Fly Fishing Show season is almost upon us. You can visit the Show at one of its seven show locations.
More info here: https://flyfishingshow.com

Phil Rowley Still Water Fly Fishing


Episode Summary

You have heard of names like Phil Rowley, Bill Spicer and Colin McKeown. All hosts from the TV show I and so many more have loved over the years, The New Fly Fisher.  Live from the International Fly Tying Symposium we were honored to have Phil Rowley as a guest.  Phil started in the industry as a commercial fly tier. He has written for almost every major fly-fishing publication in North America, including being a feature columnist in BC Outdoors magazine for over 10 years.  Phil is proud recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award from Fly Tyer magazine as well as the 2017 Jean Guy Cote Award recipient for his contribution to Canadian fly tying.

We had a great conversation on stillwater fly fishing tactics, the balanced fly, a cool new app called Still Water Fly Fishing as well as some destination opportunities at the end of the world.

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Find the Still Water Fly Fishing app in the App Store and Google Play Store

The fly fishing show season is almost here!

Find all the details at: https://flyfishingshow.com

Gary Hanke Alberta Fly Fishing


Episode Summary

Right from our first video conference chat, I knew Gary Hanke and I would become great friends. I would be flying through Alberta on my way to the Northwest Territories for a trip to Aylmer Lake Lodge. On the way back, I thought I would spend some time in the Calgary Area. I dropped Gary a line as we had chatted a bit through his Facebook Group, Alberta Fly Fishing. Before long we were making plans to fish together when I got to Calgary. He had some select Bull Trout water he wanted to show me. We also planned to float the Bow River.

Gary is an expert fly tier. He was the one I ordered my 7” predator flies from for my trip to Aylmer Lake Lodge for monster Lake Trout. Gary has also served as a competitive fly fisherman for Team Canada with excellent euro-nymphing skills.

Connect with Gary in the Alberta Fly Fishing Facebook community:

The Fly Fishing Show season starts in Denver on Jan 4, 2019. There is a total of seven shows across the country.
Find out more at https://flyfishingshow.com