(Interview starts at 34:25)

Jacks are an underappreciated game fish and an underexploited resource. They will aggressively take a fly, fight harder than most other saltwater game fish, and are common in most warmer saltwater ecosystems. However, most anglers and most guides ignore them on their way to hunting the glamorous species like bonefish, permit or tarpon. You’re missing a lot of fun.

RA Beattie is a talented filmmaker who directs films on a regular basis International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) and its spectacular film Jacks, produced by RA and Jako Lucas, is currently touring with the festival. He talks about making fly fishing movies and also about his love for mackerel fishing.

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

  • Where can I learn Spey casting in preparation for a trip?
  • Saw some large brown trout chasing shiners in the shallows. What flight pattern and tactics should I use?
  • I keep missing shots on a balanced leech under an indicator. What am I doing wrong?
  • Great suggestions from a listener on how to train a dog to be a good riverside companion.
  • Why am I having trouble making short casts with my 9ft, 5 weight rod?
  • When I drive in Alberta I see many beautiful rivers along the road. How can I tell if there is fish in it?
  • On what other patterns should I try those cool saddle hackle wing covers I see on Tom Rosenbauer’s Deep Caddis Pupa?
  • A great tip from a listener on a specific material for organizing your fly tying bench.
  • Where can I find black pearl flies?
  • A tip from a listener on how to keep a cool head when fishing in the Deep South in the summer.
  • Why do I catch big wild rainbows in one pool and only smaller ones in the next pool downstream?
  • Any suggestions for hooking brown trout in a very narrow stream?
Podcast Jacks Are Better featuring RA Beattie | AdayAwayFishingAdventures.com