Podcast: Selectivity in Fish Feeding Habits, with Matt Supinski

[Interview starts at 51:36]

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?

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