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


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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

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“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

Jeff_Currier Fly Fishing Around The WorldJeff_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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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.

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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  Marshall Cutchin is the Publisher of Midcurrent and serves on the board of  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.


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.

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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.

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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.