In Episode 172 we WadeOutThere with Jeff Feczko from Baja, Mexico. Jeff grew up in Ithaca, New York where his grandfather was his earliest teacher and supporter in fishing. He picked up a fly rod at an early age and had a knack for casting and tying, with a love for the functionality of the new art he was creating on the vise. As he got older Jeff went to Alaska to fish and eventually ended up guiding there, spending his time during the off season in exotic locations chasing fish. He fell in love with Baja and decided to make a go of guiding there full time, where he still is today. Jeff is also a signature tyer for Rio. We discuss fly fishing for Roosterfish in Baja and the importance of teamwork.
In Episode 171 we WadeOutThere with Tim Hepworth, from Central Alberta. Tim was raised in a pastor’s home with nine siblings. Hunting and fishing was a way of life and a source of sustinance. He picked up fly fishing as a teenager, and used the sport to help him find balance in his job as a paramedic. But it wasn’t until the birth of his daughter, that Tim dove deep into fly fishing. They learned together, and eventually, Tim became a guide on the Bow River Fly Fishing Bow River Outfitters and instructor at the same school that taught him Western Canadian Fly Fishing Guide School. We discuss learning and teaching fly fishing with your daughter, late summer on the Bow River, and tying flies on Thursday nights.
In Episode 170 we WadeOutThere with Eric Grajewski from Southeast Michigan. Eric grew up fishing the banks of Lake Saint Clair in Southern Michigan with his siblings. When his family decided to get away from the city and moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Eric began his journey into fly fishing for trout and steelhead, eventually developing a love of streamer fishing.
In this episode we WadeOutThere with Jim Misiura from North Eastern Pennsylvania. Jim’s journey into fly fishing began with catching trout in his beloved hometown stream with a plastic cricket from the toy box, a size 6 hook, and an old fly rod he bought from a friend. Since that day Jim has been tying and fly fishing on that Pennsylvania trout stream for over fifty years.
In this episode we WadeOutThere with Ashley Weber from Florida’s East Coast. Ashley grew up fishing in the Indian River Lagoon system along the “space coast” of Florida where she developed a deep connection with the ocean and salt water fish.
In this episode we WadeOutThere with Dave Stewart from Oregon. Dave started fly fishing at an early age. His father, who was a guide, and one of the earliest fly fishermen on the Deschutes River, would often leave him alone to fish and explore on the river for two to three days in between guide trips. Dave’s love of the outdoors and fly fishing led him to start The Wet Fly Swing Podcast, which initially focussed on steelhead, but eventually branched out to all things fly fishing.
In this episode we WadeOutThere with Andrew Grillos from Gunnison Colorado. Andrew learned to fly fish side by side with his father growing up in Colorado, learned to tie as a teenager, and eventually ended up guiding on the Gunnison River.
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