Podcast: How to Find Your Own Small Stream, with Donna Smith


[Interview starts at 48:38]

Finding those tiny, unpressured trout streams is a delightful form of exploration. You won’t find them—at least the ones you really want to fish—on the internet or in books or magazine articles. But finding a small stream that you’ll probably have all to yourself and discovering the delights of catching eager trout on dries and nymphs, and sometimes small streamers, is one of the purest ways of enjoying fly fishing. Donna Smith, a member of the Orvis Outfitter team and an expert on small stream trout fishing, tells us how to go about it.

In the Fly Box, we have some perplexing and interesting questions, as well as some tips from listeners, including:

  • Do textured lines spook fish when making noise going through the guides?
  • What happened to the Orvis Superfine Fiberglass rods?
  • I have a very fast action 10 weight rod and it’s difficult to feel it load with a 10-weight line.  Do you think I can put an 11-weight line on it?
  • Any thoughts on de-barbing bonefish and permit flies?
  • How about stocking minnows and crayfish in streams.  Do you think it’s a bad idea?
  • If I am fishing a bunch of rising fish and a bunch of anglers are standing on the bank waiting for me to leave, what should I do?
  • Why can I catch lots of fish when I go out into the wilderness but not when I am fishing the stocked river that’s right in town?
  • If trout are so sensitive to drag on a dry fly or nymph, why do they take a swinging soft hackle?
  • Great suggestions from a listener on how to avoid over-pressuring fish by modifying our behavior.
  • What does Tom think are the most difficult techniques in fly tying?
  • Why are there no sea-run rainbows in Connecticut?
  • Is the casting technique you use to cast poly leaders the same as you would use for an over-lined rod?

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