This week, my guest is guide and author Matt Supinski, one of the most innovative thinkers in fly fishing, with a long history in the business. The topic is selectivity, which Matt wrote an entire book about a few years ago. What is selectivity in fish feeding, is it always operating, why does it happen, and how can we use it to our advantage when fishing? It’s a fascinating topic and one Matt and I explore in depth.
In the Fly Box this week, we have some great questions and comments, including:
- Do longer rods roll cast better than shorter ones? And do slower rods roll cast better?
- Can I use one of those yarn practice rods to fine-tune my double haul?
- Why can I only find lead split shot? Isn’t it bad for the environment?
- Who were your “media heroes” when growing up?
- Do the vibrations from car-top rod carriers damage rods?
- A listener takes me to task for suggesting people use a throat pump to see what trout are eating.
- Why do trout sometimes not respond to heavy hatches?
- The smallmouth bass in my local streams are quite small. Why don’t they grow bigger?
- How can I catch trout in a small stream that runs into a local pond?
- What can I do to make stripers on the flats take my flies? They keep following but don’t commit.
- Why do fly shop employees get paid such a low wage?
- Does green-colored tippet material offer any advantage?
- How can I improve my dexterity and efficiency when tying knots on the water?
- Can I use a reel suitable for an 8-weight line on my 5-weight rod?