Podcast: Fly Tying and the Complete Angler — S5, Ep2

by | Oct 9, 2022 | 9 comments

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This episode of the Troutbitten Podcast is about tying flies. It’s about the way that aspect of fly fishing changes everything for us. Most of us wish to be a complete angler — one who is well rounded, ready for anything and versatile.

By tying flies, we get closer to that goal, because tying flies engages us in a deeper way. We’re more connected, more invested in what we tie to the end of the line. With a few turns of monofilament through the hook eye, we are attached to our own creations and our own solutions.

In this episode, my friends join me to talk about why we tie flies, why it’s important and how it gives us an advantage on the river. We discuss what we like to change in fly patterns, how we adapt our flies to the conditions and much more. Because, for each of us, tying flies is part of our life on the water.

We Cover the Following
  • How tying makes us better anglers
  • Things we can change at the vise
  • Problems and situations we can address at the vise
  • Does tying flies save money?
  • Does tying flies save time?

READ: Troutbitten | Category | Troutbitten Fly Box
READ: Troutbitten | Tie Your Own Flies — Here’s Why

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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. So above senior troutbum is master troutbum…you know…that point when your spouse demos lingerie and your second thought is “wow, that tassel would make a great streamer!”

  2. Great podcast. As funny as it is educational.

  3. Fly tying is only ever cheaper if you don’t value your time and design your patterns around stuff you can get free/cheap.

    And the third law of thermodynamics is the length of time you spend tying a single fly is inversely proportional to the time it takes to lose it.

    Another rule I live by is, if tying multiples of the same pattern, always use the worst looking one first. The best one is always a tree/rock/opposite bank magnet, if not the first cast, then the second.

  4. Thank you for your Complete Anggler Thoughts. You are a true. wordsmith with the gift of marrying angling to prose

  5. Listened to this podcast a week or two ago so my memory may be incorrect, but I think there was mention here of one of the guys losing a fly box. Have a hack for that, using a C&F Design Medium 16-Row fly box (CF2508F), which fits well in the Simms vest; and a mask lanyard with eyeglass chain ends, both of which are available from Amazon. Each lanyard has a button for adjusting fit and a plastic connector on each end. Remove the button and replace one of the connectors with a small split ring and the other with a locking ‘S’ shape connector. The split ring will go through the small hole in the locking mechanism on the fly box; the ‘S’ connector will attach to the elastic cord between the back and front sections of the vest. Put the fly box in the vest pocket and close the zipper- it cannot be lost. Adjust the length of the lanyard to taste by doubling it back on itself 4-5 times in loops about 1.5” long, and lock the loops in place with a safety pin.

    A suggestion – I’d pay for an electronic compilation of the several articles on the mono rig, with some simple organization by subject matter, such as rigging (dry flies, streamers, dry/dropper, etc.), fishing, casting, etc., so I could find articles by subject matter all in one place. Alternatively, I’d purchase a 3.5” x 5” booklet including the same info that I could carry in my gear bag. Hope you’ll consider making those available in the near future.

    I appreciate the info you provide. Thanks.


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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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