Back in February, I had the pleasure of talking shop with Jason Shemchuk of the WadeOutThere podcast. It is now published and live wherever you listen to podcasts. (Links at the end of the article.)
Jason is a fellow angler who authors an excellent website and fishes with similar goals and philosophies as my own. He’s also a talented painter. Those articles, paintings and podcasts can be found at WadeOutThere.com.
I thoroughly enjoyed our discussion of about ninety minutes, and I hope you’ll give it a listen. It’s a tactical but casual conversation that digs deep. I probably talked too fast and too often, and I got excited about the material, as usual. But those who know me will tell you that this is about as much DOM as there is anywhere on tape. That’s a tribute to Jason, because he’s easy to talk with and steers an interview with grace.
Here are a few of the topics we cover. (Many of these topics are supported by Troutbitten articles, and they are linked in orange.)
- The strike zone
- Bumping bottom with nymphs vs gliding through
- Angler efficiency and why it is critical, no matter your personality type
- Weighted vs unweighted flies
- Having a split shot system
- The importance of contact in fly fishing
- What a drag free drift really is
- A one-seam approach as the baseline
- Hook sets as back casts
- Fighting fish principles
- Water columns and where to fight big trout
- Cooperating with trout to land big fish
- What to do when a big fish jumps during the fight
- Knowing you tools
- How to fight fish fast
- What side pressure really is
- Landing large trout
- Two sides to every fisherman
- What I learned and still carry from my grandfather
This is Episode Thirty-Three of the WadeOutThere podcast. You can find it by searching wadeoutthere in your favorite podcast app or by clicking one of the following direct links:
Thanks again to Jason Shemchuk for a great conversation. I hope we do it again sometime.
Fish hard, friends.
Enjoy the day.
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