(Interview starts at 32:30)

This week my guest is Joshua Caldwell, director of the new film Fix the line, about a war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder who fights his way back into society with the help of a fly-fishing curmudgeon. (The film opens in theaters today.) It stars Sinqua Walls, Perry Mattfeld and Brian Cox (of course) as the old curmudgeon. It’s a story that could easily fall into cliche, but I found it heartwarming and compelling, and the cast is excellent. Josh talks about the hardships and struggles of shooting the film in a short amount of time despite the harsh weather. It’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at an independent film.


In the Fly Box we have the following questions and helpful tips:

  • What do you think of an IGFA approved tarpon hooklink versus using a 60 or 80 pound straight hooklink?
  • I’m having trouble with the partridge hackle on size 20 Soft Hackle Wets. Can you help?
  • How much time should I spend in each little bag when bluelining?
  • I have a Recon Saltwater 7 and am looking to get a 7 freshwater version. How big is the difference between the two?
  • Does my boat’s black bottom scare off fish in shallow water?
  • A great letter from a Swiss fly fisherman detailing how to deal with the tricky fishing regulations in his country
  • Can I use a leader ring with different leader sizes, even with very different diameters?
  • Do stocked trout move up to a mile or do they stay close to their stock?
Podcast The Making of Mending the Line with Joshua Caldwell | AdayAwayFishingAdventures.com