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Philosophy and The Theory of Games in Fly Fishing with Thi Nguyen

In Episode 175 we WadeOutThere with Thi Nguyen, from Salt Lake City, Utah. As long as Thi can remember he has had a love of all kinds of games. Thi was raised in California, studied philosophy in school, and moved to Utah to work as a philosophy professor at the University of Utah. He started fly fishing to help counteract some of the negative aspects of the new remote teaching environment that arose during the pandemic, and fell in love with the sport and its congruence with his work in the philosophy of games. He is the author of the book, Games: Agency as Art. This episode is a deep dive into the philosophy of fly fishing. We discuss why we play the game of fly fishing, how fly fishing can be an infinite game, and a little bit about Thi’s experience learning to fish on the Provo River.
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Fly Fishing Egos, Keeping It Fun, and the Boise River with Rob Griggs

In Episode 174 we WadeOutThere with Rob Griggs from Boise, Idaho.  Rob’s fly fishing journey has taken him from Tennessee, to Colorado, to Idaho, where he still lives today.  He started guiding in Colorado after attending a guide school to improve his skills and continued guiding after the move to Boise.  We discuss how the ego presents itself in fly fishing, the Boise River, and why keeping fly fishing “fun” might just catch you more fish.
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Why Making it Easy Works in Fly Fishing and Music with Chris Coole

In Episode 173 we WadeOutThere with Chris Coole from Toronto, Ontario.  Chris grew up fishing with his uncle for walleye, bass, and musky as a child until the mystique of fly fishing captured his imagination.  About the same time Chris got his hands on a fly rod, he picked up a banjo.  That was over thirty years ago, and they’ve been part of his life ever since.  Chris’s love of fly fishing makes its way into many of the songs and tunes he writes in the forms of places and feelings.  His work has given him the opportunity to travel the world as a professional musician, who always seems to find a way to wet a line on the road.  Chris is both a solo artist and a member of “The Lonesome Ace Stringband.” We discuss the value of keeping things simple in music and fly fishing in pursuit of falling into the flow, and the traditions and variations that have been passed down in both fiddle tunes and fly fishing.
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Rooster Fish in Baja and Teamwork with Jeff Feczko

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.
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Late Summer on the Bow River and Fishing with Your Daughter with Tim Hepworth

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.
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Musky Tactics in Michigan with Eric Grajewski

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. 

Fly Tying, Pennsylvania Trout, and Confidence Through Observation with Jim Misiura

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.