The February Room A Fly Fishing Podcast

The February Room A Fly Fishing Podcast

The fly tying vise is like a campfire...bust one out, sit back, and listen to the stories unfold. Our vise is located in the "February Room", a Montana basement where the juices flow, and wild and wooly fly fishing experiences are recounted. Hosted by Justin and Lauren Karnopp. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lauren-karnopp3/support

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June 21, 2022 97 min

The days in the lives of fly fishing guides tend to bleed together and not until they sit down and ruminate do the juices begin to flow. Take John Herzer, owner of Blackfoot River Outfitters in Missoula, Montana. Herzer swore up and down that he didn't have any interesting stories to tell from his thirty-plus years as a river guide and impassioned backcountry hunter, but once we cornered him, John conjured a treasure trove of a...

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Nebraska is mostly known for option football and unfettered fanaticism. Beyond the grid iron, the Cornhusker Fly Fishers fanatically explore the diverse angling options available across the Midwest region. As a U of N employee, Eric Einspahr bleeds Husker Red and devotes countless hours to his beloved Lincoln-based fly fishing club. Einspahr pursues the Nebraska Trout Slam and shares a sidesplitting casting mishap that occurred in ...

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Children in the foster program cope with innumerable challenges and difficult upbringings. The Mayfly Project is dedicated to providing these kids respite from the stressors of their daily lives by introducing them to fly fishing. Executive Director Jess Westbrook and Lead Mentor Rebecca Granillo have been instrumental in growing the Mayfly Project into a nationwide organization aimed at developing lifelong fly enthusiasts.

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When Mike Beagle and friends realized that the old-growth headwaters of Southern Oregon's Elk River were not under full federal protection, they enlisted the services of a local coalition of foresters and fisher-people. The end-game was the designation of the Copper Salmon Wilderness and the protection of critical spawning grounds for the river's wild salmon and steelhead. As if this feat of conservation-strength weren'...

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This bachelor party took place a long way from Sin City, but the riverbank lit up like the Strip as Brandon Dwyer and friends approached the boat ramp with trepidation....unpredictability is inherent in adventures in wild places but Dwyer will assume the risk for the "opportunity for a singular focus". When he's not focused on family and career, the Montana native devotes his remaining time to the Westslope Chapter of T...

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Throughout Texas, inconspicuous fisheries attract a growing legion of flyrodders. Recognizing this trend, school teacher William Stewart, owner/operator of Brazos on the Fly, decided to dip his toe into the guiding waters. From his first full year in business, Stewart attracted local clientele and introduced them to the joys of casting flies to the river's bass, carp, and panfish. Will introduces us to the Brazos and a local na...

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We're fans of budget boats around here and found a kindred soul in Clint Whitley from the Western Hunting Hub podcast. Whitley is no stranger to the rain and shares some valuable insight into old boat and motor maintenance and repair. Despite his best efforts, his maiden voyage wasn't without its hiccups. Fortunately, no boat needed to pursue an ancient fish near his South Dakota home prized for its flesh and eggs.

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Does your fish taste "fishy"? Well, it should, its fish after all, but Kirk Marks knows just how to accentuate that delicious natural flavor. As Author of "Flavor on the Fly" for Flylords Mag, Kirk shares his culinary knowledge and cooks up some grand angling adventures. If you've never had a properly-prepared red drum throat, then you're missing out one of the best crab substitutes at a time when the market...

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The Hollywood A-listers declined, so for our 100th episode, we looked across the studio and began reminiscing on the glory days of our respective careers in outdoor television. Lauren's duties included midnight dungeon logging, while Justin strapped a device resembling a medieval torture device to his chest in the name of crystal-clear audio. We saw plenty of the good, bad, and ugly in our years as editors/producers, but worked...

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Sierra-based angler, Abe Blair has carved out a pretty nice little niche for himself. His vast river guiding experience, coupled with his renowned ability to capture landscape and wildlife, has taken him around the globe toting rod, reel, and camera. Blair is a partner in a gallery in Lake Tahoe, where his eye for color, light, and nature is on full display. And oh yeah, he's the co-host of a fly fishing TV show as well.

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As anglers, most of us would do anything for the chance to catch a fish of a lifetime, even if that means going to a country by ourselves and following a guide into an isolated jungle. Our ambition to catch that "notorious" fish can make us blind to the potential dangers around us. Steelhead guide, Dax Messett is no exception to that. Although Dax has aspirations to catch fish around the world, his true passion is to swing ...

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March 22, 2022 47 min

There's a fella' in Helena who once lassoed a fish in Alaska. He followed this feat with an improbable stunt involving a bull trout in Montana. His name is John Smigaj and no, he's not the fly fishing version of Evil Kneivel, but the CEO and Co-Founder of Trxstle, a designer and manufacturer of innovative outdoor gear and apparel for fly anglers and mountain bikers.

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Imagine working your way up in a highly competitive field, only to be handed your walking papers after becoming a parent? As a new mother, this was reality for fishing guide Katie Fiedler Anderson. Rather than lament this rejection, she turned obstacle into opportunity and launched her own business alongside her husband, Cooper. Katie's approach to the everyday challenges of working mom's serves as inspiration and her story...

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Tim Landwehr describes fly fishing as "a lifelong sport with an incredible community". Through his 21 years as owner of Tight Lines Fly Fishing CO in De Pere, Wisconsin, Tim has learned many facets of this endless pursuit and weathered storms alongside his loyal clientele with whom he has shared his home waters and hosted many adventures in the Amazonian jungle. After 21 years in the industry, Tim is finally of age and read...

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To some, the Mountain Whitefish may fall shy as a coveted individual species to hold in the annals of fishing record books but consider the number of whitefish that have been caught by fly anglers and this title resides in rarified air. On December 19th, 2021, Alex Dietz of Bend, Oregon, was fishing on the Deschutes River when he hooked a 5-pound, 12-ounce, 24-inch long mountain whitefish with a 14-inch girth that broke the state r...

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Never underestimate the person rowing your boat. In the case of Kynslee Scott, this idiom rings particularly true. This 6th generation-Montanan has more on her plate than an ultra-marathon competitor at the Golden Corral. In addition to her hard-earned position as one of Western Montana’s most sought-after fishing guides, Kynslee works for two Montana-based water resource groups and co-founded the Guide Relief Program in 2020.

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February 15, 2022 49 min

We take a detour from our fishing story-centric format and invite Michael Reid back on the podcast (Episode 48) to discuss his new book, "The Painting". Michael's book chronicles the life of Roberto Ramos, a fisherman, athlete, and art aficionado who sought freedom from Cuba and the oppression of the Castro regime in the late 20th century.

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Drop and give me 10,000! That’s exactly what our guest, Tom Rowland, is asking us to do. Tom’s 10,000 Pushup Challenge exists to raise awareness of the water issues plaguing Florida and the Everglades. While we had the ear of the host of the Saltwater Experience, we gathered some insight on snook fishing, distance casting, and how to handle a thirteen foot hammerhead shark.

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Where does a high school teacher from Jackson Hole go to spend spring break? Cancun? Havasu? Palm Springs? Not Jess Tuchscherer, he layers up, sleeps in the truck, and casts all day hoping to tie into a legendary Lahontan cutthroat in Nevada's Pyramid Lake. This bonafide trout bum and whitetwater guide has been a fishing buddy for many years-he's one of those guys that will share his tent and warm Labrador with you when you...

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In a region near-and-dear to our hearts, sits a fly shop and guide service. Here, memories are made for anglers the world-over. The Hayward Fly Fishing Company has been at the forefront of techniques and tackle for pursuit of the ultimate freshwater gamefish, musky, since 2004. Longtime guide and new proprietor, Stu Neville, shares some of his most memorable musky moments and reveals his affinity for another resident widely conside...

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