Podcast — Ep. 7: Freewheelin’ — Junk Flies, Spot Burns, Ethics and More

by | Nov 2, 2021 | 7 comments

 The Troutbitten Podcast, Episode 7 is now available everywhere that you find and listen to your podcasts.

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This is our seventh podcast episode in the first season. And we’ve done this enough now to get into a rhythm. If you’ve listened to previous episodes, you know that we’ve kept the topics tightly focused on just one aspect of fly fishing for trout. And before we dig into those topics we always do a question and answer session with my friends.

But in this episode we mix it up. This is the Freewheelin’ Troutbitten, with an hour long question and answer session — just a freeform conversation about trout fishing on a fly rod and  a few other things mixed in.

It’s a fun discussion filled with details and tactical takeaways, with some good disagreements, differing opinions and good humor.

We Discuss the Following
  • Favorite Pheasant Tails
  • Junk Flies
  • Most memorable loss of gear
  • Can you fish an area so much that it becomes unethical?
  • Pet peeves of social media
  • Spot Burning
  • If you had one cast to catch a trout . . .
  • Displacing trout
  • The biggest lies in the fly fishing industry
  • What skill most helps anglers get to the next level?
  • Favorite months of the year to fish
  • What holds anglers back the most?
  • Can trout sense what’s coming next?

READ: Troutbitten | Confidence Flies — Seventeen Nymphs
READ: Troutbitten | Super Fly
READ: Troutbitten | A Fisherman’s Thoughts on Friendship and Spot Burning
READ: Troutbitten | The Secret
READ: Troutbitten | When the First Cast Matters Most
READ: Troutbitten | Winter Welcome Home

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Domenick Swentosky


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Domenick Swentosky

Central Pennsylvania

Hi. I’m a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. I fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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  1. Loved this (Dylan ’63) version of the podcast!

    Biggest lie (myth): The largest trout are the hardest to catch. They need to eat much more than the little guys, there are just far fewer of them in most systems.

  2. Line handling and line management is one of the most underdeveloped but crucial skills to all aspects of fly fishing, casting, presentation, and landing fish. When fly fishing there is loose line all over the place much of the time, and keeping it out of the way and under control can make all the difference.
    Persistence seems to me to be more of a character trait that is developed in conjunction with patience, both of which are necessary to learn any skill, technique or art.

      • An awesome podcast to say the least Dom. I always pick up new tips from listening, and apply them on my next trip to the river. I have a question for perhaps a future podcast. What are your all’s opinion about tying on nymphs or streamers with a loop knot versus say a Davy, or clinch knot? Sometimes, I think it gives the fly more natural movement, during presentation, but then again it could also be just my imagination. I’ve caught many trout using the Davy knot, but I’ve also caught many fish with a loop knot. I think I get a more realistic presentation with a loop as it seems to allow more of a hinge to the fly. Do you all think it’s trivial, or worthwhile? Thanks
        Frank Maglin

        • Thanks Frank. I’ll ask that on the next podcast. Look for it on TB9.

          • I’d like to add one more part to my question Dom. Do any of you feel that tying on nymphs with a loop knot can affect the hook set? I recently have been using a loop knot on my point fly and just yesterday I lost 3 fish in a row. I’ll loose a fish occasionally, but never 3 one after another. Thanks

  3. Thanks Dom for the podcasts! I really enjoy hearing different points of view on different topics and have certainly gained some food for thought on my own techniques.

    I also have another question that I haven’t seen on your site (but I’m sure it’s probably in there somewhere). Fishing and tying streamers (beyond the handful that I’ve used for years) seems to be the next frontier for me and until recently I’ve never fished a double streamer rig. So how do you guys rig up double streamers?


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Hi. I’m a father of two young boys, a husband, author, fly fishing guide and a musician. I fish for wild brown trout in the cool limestone waters of Central Pennsylvania year round. This is my home, and I love it. Friends. Family. And the river.

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