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.

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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.

Enjoy the show and please share with a friend.  Thanks.

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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.

Enjoy the show and please share with a friend.  Thanks.

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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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Landon Mayer – The Hunt For Giant Trout

Landon Mayer The Hunt For Giant Trout

Episode Summary

On this episode of the Fly Fishing Journeys podcast, we chat with famous author, fly tier and guide Landon Mayer. Landon is a contributing writer for Fly Fisherman Magazine as well as the author of five fly fishing books. He’s a pro tier on the Umpqua fly tying team and is a lifelong Colorado guide.

We caught up at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show and chatted on many fly fishing topics including hunting for giant trout.

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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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