(Interview starts at 33:34)

No, I’m not talking about buying a trout stream and locking it up in a private club. I’m talking about buying a piece of a trout stream, repairing the habitat (basically turning it wild again), and then ensuring public access to the water forever. That’s what the good people do Western Rivers Conservation Area do, and on this week’s podcast I speak with Josh Kling, their director of conservation, about their projects on the Yakima and Big Hole Rivers — two rivers prized by fly fishers and in need of help.

In the Fly Box we have some great questions and tips from listeners including:

  • I fished a 5 weight line on my 10ft 3 weight rod and I liked it. Is there something wrong with that?
  • I spoiled a few fish using a dry pipette. Is there a way to avoid this?
  • Good tip from a listener on how to use the current to get the line-to-rig connection out of your rod tip.
  • If I’m using a kayak for wading, should I park at the head of a pond and fish downstream, or should I park at the tail end and fish upstream?
  • How do I fish in deep, slow moving pools with a muddy bottom?
  • Where in the US should I take my dad on a fishing trip?
  • Why are fly rod grips from different manufacturers so different?
  • I hit my rod with a heavy pearlhead fly. How should I inspect it for damage?
  • A great tip for attaching the leader to a fly line when using a mono rig.
  • When did fly fishermen first use a backing for fly reels?
  • Can I cast large flies up to a size 5/0 with my 8 weight rod?
  • What flies should I use for spawning carp?
  • How do I tell if a bass is on a bed and spawning instead of chasing a bait?
  • Why did the fish hit my prince nymph when I undressed her and not on a dead current?
  • Are rods becoming stiffer and fly lines heavier?
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