Episode 148 – Fly fishing expectations

Is it better to fish new water with only a vague idea of what might work and what’s possible, or after having seen a YouTube video of the best the water has to offer? I ponder this with my buddy Kurt Johnson is a firefighter in Lodi, California. We talk about evaluating content online, his…

Episode 134 – The personal fly fishing evolution

  Alex Ramirez and Dave Schonzeit are the hosts of the Beer, Fly Fishing and Food podcast out of California. I fished the Yuba River with Alex last week so the three of us talk dry fly fishing, why striper fishing is maybe their current favorite, fly fishing icons, history, technology and of course, a…

Column: Of Words and Warmth

They say the next best thing to fly fishing is reading about fly fishing. I’m not exactly sure who “they” is but maybe that’s the point. No one has to take responsibility if it’s nonsense. The they is some ambiguous body of people who makes up a lot of phrases that we use today. They…

Episode 82 – Acceptable Contradictions

There’s nothing wrong with asking yourself questions…think about why someone might hate hunting, why fly fishing is cruel or why the Alaska Marine Highway is just a luxury. When you digest those points of view you come out with a better understanding of what you believe, you change your world view,  or end up really…

Sorry to bug you

By Jeff Lund | For the Capital City Weekly A buddy of mine texted a picture of himself fishing. I did what any other angler would do: I zoomed in and started picking apart the water. Behind him was a rolling current that looked to be distributed pretty evenly. The middle was pretty shallow, probably an…

Episode 30 – Spring Steelhead Part 1

  My set up: Rod – 9’6″ 7-weight Sage Method   Reel – The Fly Shop C3LA  Line – Intouch Rio Gold Leader – FluoroFlex Steelhead/Salmon leader I also sometimes use an Echo SR Switch rod with a Ross CLA reel.

Where the pursuit takes you

By Jeff Lund | For the Capital City Weekly So I took a week off from salmon fishing, mountain climbing and deer scouting to go to… California? Yeah, seriously. A couple buddies of mine kept texting me pictures of beautiful mountain streams that meander back and forth through grassy meadows that smell like wild onion. They were catching beautiful…

Lessons learned

By Jeff Lund | For the Capital City Weekly Some of the most valuable Alaska steelhead lessons I learned while flyfishing for rainbow trout in California. They weren’t some magical insight or secret from a guide but observations I made while fishing the same water over and over. My buddy Kurt and I were fishing a…