The Fly Culture Podcast

The Fly Culture Podcast

Pete Tyjas from Fly Culture Magazine sits down with people whose lives either revolve around or are shaped by fly fishing.


January 12, 2022 76 min

I catch up with Lee Watts and look at his fishing career, the wide range of species he likes to target with a fly rod and pick hie brains about fly casting that is full of tips.

He is a passionate about the outdoors as a whole that I am sure agree comes across in this edition of the podcast.

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There was a time before the internet when your local tackle shop would be the place where you could get the latest fishing information along with news of a new rod or line that had just come to the market.

My local tackle shop at the time was Simpsons of Turnford located just up the A10 outside of London.

The game fishing department was run by Phil Barker who I spent most Saturdays speaking with him about fishing along with topping u...

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December 20, 2021 94 min

I talk with Matt Harris about his career as a photographer and his passion for chasing fish with a fly rod.

He speaks with great honesty and openness about what fishing means to him, why we need to act about the state of rivers and where his work as a photographer has taken him.

We cover a lot of ground in a podcast I am sure you will enjoy.

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December 15, 2021 76 min

From a young age, David Walker was obsessed with fly fishing. He would fish all the hours he could, often with his brother. 
As he grew older, he entered the world of competitive fishing but after gaining 3 caps for Scotland he decided to focus on other aspects of fishing and now enjoys nothing more than waiting for a rising fish and seeing if he can catch it.
They say we go through distinct phases as anglers. Firstly wanting to catc...

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December 8, 2021 70 min

I first got to know Ryan Sparks when he contacted me regarding contributing to Fly Culture Magazine.
He lives  and breathes life with a fly rod in his hand and has fished across the US at times fishing 300 days a year.
He is also Editor in Chief of Strung Magazine and we get the chance to talk about what goes into producing a magazine in a behind the scenes and totally open look from both of us.

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December 1, 2021 77 min

In this weeks episode I talk with James Waine about fishing for grayling with dry flies. There is plenty of stories and  information that I am sure you'll find interesting listening.

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November 24, 2021 94 min

Bob Wyatt is the man behind the Deer Hair Emerger fly, the books Trout Hunting and What Trout Want and has written a number of articles in magazines too.
He has lived and fished in Canada, Scotland and New Zealand where he has had the chance to observe the behaviour of trout especially with a dry fly.
While researching this podcast I realised that as someone who has read both books that he has had a huge impact on my approach to fly ...

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November 17, 2021 70 min

Fred Brown left university to pursue his dream job as a fishing guide in Mozambique.  He later returned back to the UK where he discovered life in London wasn't for him and spent all of his spare time travelling the UK with a fly rod and fishing the rivers while sleeping in his car.
He is a dedicated follower of streamer fishing and I talk with him about the techniques he uses to fish this method.
We cover a lot of other ground t...

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November 10, 2021 56 min

I caught up with author and fly angler Chris Newton who has written a number of fishing books that include one of my favourites, The Trout's Tale, that documents how brown trout were exported to the once sizeable British Empire.

We cover some of the locations featured in the book along with his fly fishing story.

If you are interested in brown trout then this will be fascinating listening.

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November 3, 2021 86 min

I talk with Paul Gaskell about nymph fishing and his excellent book "The Fly Fishing Bible of Nymphing"
It is packed full of information that, without a doubt, will help you take your nymph fishing to a new level.
I get the chance to talk to Paul about some of the topics covered in the book that I feel sure you'll find interesting.
This is a slightly longer edition as we cover so much ground but I feel sure you'll enjo...

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Sandy Nelson is an expert angler based in Scotland who specialises in targeting sizeable trout with a dry fly. 
He also has a deep understanding of fly rods and has built many over the years.
I learn a little about his favourite rod material and if I might be tempted to build my own fly rod.
This is a really interesting insight into the mind of a fly angler who thinks deeply about how to catch large trout and the rods that he so loves...

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There is little in fly fishing that Peter Morse hasn't done. 

From travelling the globe with a fly rod in his hand, to writing books, making TV programs, guiding, being a fly casting instructor, taking beautiful photographs and writing many articles for magazines including Fly Culture.

I catch up with Peter and learn a little about his life in fly fishing and talk about the many things he has done.

I also get the chance to learn a...

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October 13, 2021 55 min

Join me as I have a look back at my fishing season and the tackle I have used and the friends I have fished with.

I talk about my home river, the fish I have caught and in some cases, haven't caught and the gear I have used this season.

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Jay Lee loves fly fishing. He'll drive 11 hours from his home in Rotterdam to cast a fly on the streams of Germany and Austria.

Like me, he enjoys fishing both bamboo, glass and graphite rods and also shares a love of fishing in Montana.

We discuss all of these topics and more in what is a wonderfully interesting story of one man's life with a fly rod.

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September 29, 2021 39 min

I catch up with friend and Fly Culture Magazine designer, Jon Ogborne, to fish his home water.

I have been lucky enough to fish there once before and enjoyed fishing water that is no more than 10 feet wide with a low canopy and tricky casts.

As far as I am concerned, this is fishing I love and hope you'll enjoy listening to our day.

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September 22, 2021 80 min

Wow, we've reached a small milestone of 100 podcasts.

In this special edition, I talk about many fishing subjects with my good friend Paul Procter.

It was great fun to record and is packed with a great deal of information and amusing stories I'm sure you'll enjoy.

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September 15, 2021 68 min

I catch up with Barry Ord Clarke to talk about his latest book, Fly Tying for Beginners but we also cover many varied and interesting topics from fishing to photography and the reason he now lives in Norway.

This is a fascinating peek inside Barry's world that you'll be sure to enjoy

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September 8, 2021 29 min

There is nothing more fun than getting the chance to spend time on the river with a good friend.

I managed to catch up with Brett O'Connor and spend the day searching for trout and grayling on the River Anton in Hampshire.

Tune in to see how we get on.

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September 1, 2021 64 min

Fly fishing has been a life saver for many.

Neil Mundy tells me about how he organises fishing days for Fishing for Forces, taking disabled children fishing and raising money for the Wild Trout Trust giving something back to a pastime that means so much to him.

We also explore his fly fishing timeline from The Falklands via Mexico and back to his home water in Hampshire on the banks of The Test.

It is an inspiring story that I hope yo...

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August 25, 2021 36 min

I'm in chalk stream country and in the company of fishing guide and friend,  Gilly Bate who has a rare day off from taking her guests fishing.

We spend the day talking about fishing, what it means to us and cast our dry flies at rising trout and grayling.

One of those fun days on the river with excellent company.

I hope you enjoy this edition.

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