Season 2, Episode 28 - Travis Smith & Rance Rathie: The Ins and Outs of Fly Fishing in Patagonia (Part 2)
In part two of our extended episode on fishing in Patagonia, we’re continuing our conversations with Travis Smith and Rance Rathie, the founders and owners of Patagonia Rivers Guides in Argentina. This episode focuses on the “how, what, when, and where” aspects of fishing throughout Patagonia – a vast, remote, and largely uninhabited region that encompasses over 300,000 square miles of pristine mountains, rivers, grasslands, and prairies. Stretching more than a thousand miles through southern Argentina and spilling across the border into Chile, Patagonia is larger than the state of Texas – an area that is isolated, unspoiled, and magnificent. Home to an amazing number of rivers, spring creeks, and lakes – and healthy populations of rainbows, browns, and brook trout – it is a destination that has for decades drawn anglers from all over the world. In more than 25 years of operating Patagonia River Guides, Rance and Travis have become a force in the world of South American angling, creating what is arguably the most comprehensive and professional fly fishing operation found anywhere in Patagonia.
Season 2, Episode 27 - Travis Smith & Rance Rathie: The Ins and Outs of Fly Fishing in Patagonia (Part 1)
Patagonia is a vast, remote, and largely-uninhabited region that encompasses over 300,000 square miles of pristine mountains, rivers, grasslands, and prairies. Stretching more than a thousand miles through southern Argentina and spilling across the border into Chile, Patagonia is larger than the state of Texas – an area that is isolated, unspoiled, and magnificent. Home to an amazing number of rivers, spring creeks, and lakes – and healthy populations of rainbows, browns, and brook trout – it is a destination that has for decades drawn anglers from all over the world. In this first episode of a two-part series on fishing in Patagonia, we’re sitting down with Travis Smith and Rance Rathie to talk about the amazing fishing that can be found throughout Patagonia. Rance and Travis are the founders and co-owners of Patagonia River Guides, an absolute force in the world of South American angling and arguably the most comprehensive and professional fly fishing operation found anywhere in Patagonia. The two-part series dives into the “how, when, where, and why” of fishing in Argentina, with detailed information specific to the fishing in Patagonia.
Season 2, Episode 26 - Steep Canyon Rangers: A Life of Fly Fishing and Bluegrass Fame with Woody Platt of the Grammy-Winning Steep Canyon Ranger
The Grammy-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers began playing together as students at the University of North Carolina. Since their formation in 2000, the band has been an integral part of the Asheville, North Carolina music scene, and an absolute FORCE in the national bluegrass scene. The band won a 2012 Grammy for “Best Bluegrass Album,” and their recordings have routinely topped the Billboard bluegrass charts for more than a decade. The are also know for their work with comedian actor and musician Steve Martin, with whom they routinely tour. Oftentimes compared to legends like The Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Zac Brown, the Steep Canyon Rangers have become the one of the most recognizable names in modern bluegrass music. The band’s co-founder, guitarist, lead vocalist and contributing songwriter is Woody Platt – an incredible musician, seasoned fly fishing guide and life-long angler. In this episode of Waypoints, Woody and host Jim Klug talk about the band’s history, Woody’s dual professions of musician and trout guide, playing with Steve Martin, and how Woody’s love of fly fishing has been woven into his music and life of touring.
Season 2, Episode 25 - CJ Box: #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author
In this episode of Waypoints, Jim sits down with C. J. Box, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, an avid angler, and a world traveler. C.J. is the author of 27 novels including the hugely popular Joe Pickett series that tell the ongoing story of a Wyoming game warden who throughout the series has taken on environmental terrorists, rogue federal land managers, animal mutilators, crazed cowboy hitmen, corrupt bureaucrats, homicidal animal rights advocates, and violent dysfunctional families. Box is a Wyoming native who over the years has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small-town newspaper reporter and editor, and the operator of an international tourism marketing firm with his wife Laurie. In 2008, Box was awarded the “BIG WYO” Award from the state tourism industry, solidifying his presence as an authority on fishing and angling travel. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and toured throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West. He won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, two Barry Awards, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. Because of his exciting prose and poignant depictions of the US West and the angling lifestyle, Box is a Yellow Dog staff favorite. We can think of no better way to celebrate our 25th episode than a sit-down with C.J.
Season 2, Episode 24 - Andy Mill: Ski Racing, Tarpon Fishing, and the Quest for the Ultimate Sporting Life
Andy Mill is a name that is well-known in numerous outdoor circles – from the slopes of the world’s great downhill courses to the tarpon flats of the Florida Keys. Since first hitting the scene as a young downhill ski racer on the US national team in the 1970s, Andy’s life has been full of non-stop adventures and travels. His occupations have included Olympic athlete, broadcaster, author, television host and – of course, professional angler and tournament legend. In this episode of WAYPOINTS, Andy talks about what it takes to be a successful tarpon angler, his love of travel, how a competitive background in ski racing helped with his saltwater fishing tournament success, the what he sees as the most rewarding aspects of fishing. Andy discusses the importance of supporting guides and outfitters during times of no travel, and also shares some of his game-changing innovations and techniques specific to fly fishing for tarpon. Andy’s reputation for being friendly, approachable, and always willing to share information is on full display throughout this entire episode, and it’s easy to see why he’s become one of the most recognizable and impactful ambassadors for the sport of fly fishing.
Season 2, Episode 23 - Jim Klug, Ben Bulis, Bryan Gregson: The Impact of Coronavirus on Destination Angling and the Fly Fishing Industry As a Whole
Ben is president of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association – better known as AFFTA. Ben has been the President and CEO of AFFTA since the spring of 2012, and under his leadership, the association has grown to record levels. A native of New Hampshire, Ben now lives in Bozeman, Montana with his family.
Bryan is a well-known fishing photographer and world traveler. Also based in Bozeman, Bryan travels the globe working on assignments in some of the most remote corners of the planet. Known for his unique vision and storytelling abilities, Bryan is the humbled recipient of numerous awards and his work has been featured in publications and ad campaigns for Patagonia, Volvo, Nat Geo, Yellow Dog, 3M, The Drake and countless other magazines, ads and film projects.
Season 2, Episode 22 - Gary Leinen and Kimberly Franke: The Realities of COVID-19 for the Traveling Angler
Since COVID-19 first appeared in Wuhan, China in December of 2019, the effects on this new coronavirus on global economies and the travel industry have been dramatic. Many of those that travel the world to fish want to know how this event is actually impacting travel logistics, our ability to fish, and the destinations we love so much. To address this situation, we’ve sat down with Gary Leinen and Kimberly Franke – two people who are experts in their fields.
Gary’s impressive career in the public health sector includes 30 years of global USAID epidemiology work related to disease outbreaks throughout Africa and the Philippines. Gary is also a member of the Global Health Council and, in our view, one of the top authorities to discuss the current COVID-19 issue. In the first part of this episode, Gary helps us gain clarity on the current state of global travel and how this event may impact near-future access to the destinations we love. In part two of this episode, Kimberly Franke – the founder and owner of Kanna Travel – talks us through the realities of travel insurance and how the current situation is impacting and changing trip coverage policies. Whether planning a trip for the future or traveling to fish in the weeks or months ahead, this is an episode that you will not want to miss.
Season 2, Episode 21 - Jeff Currier: A Lifetime of Fly Fishing The World
With over forty years of fly fishing the world, Jeff Currier has quite possibly fished more countries (60 and counting) and caught more species (over 400 and counting) with a fly rod than any person alive. Jeff is constantly traveling and developing new techniques for catching the most exotic fish imaginable in places where even the most avid adventurers are at times hesitant to go! As an active lecturer, published author, accomplished artist, IGFA World Record holder, and the subject of numerous films, articles, and media projects, Jeff is a fly fishing personality that is as entertaining and educational as he is legitimate. He is an incredibly reliable source of information and inspiration, the most senior member of the Yellow Dog Ambassador team, and a close friend. And while Jeff can boast one of the most impressive resumes around, he remains one of the most authentic and humble people in the industry – always willing to take his accomplishments one step further by passing on what he has learned. Kicking-off Season 2 of Waypoints is an episode that scratches the surface of a life deeply devoted to fly fishing the world: a sit-down that is packed with numerous tips and great fishing stories from around the world.
Episode 20 – WILL BLAIR: Fly Fishing the Legendary Waters of Kamchatka
Will Blair is one of the godfathers of fly fishing in Kamchatka. Since 1997, Will has helped pioneer some of the top fisheries on the Kamchatka Peninsula, developing and offering what is arguably one of the best rainbow trout fishing experiences found anywhere on the planet…Read More
Episode 19 – JIM BARTSCHI: An Industry Icon Talks Fly Rod Design, Travel and the State of Destination Angling
Jim Bartschi is the President and head rod designer at Scott Fly Rods in Montrose, Colorado. With close to 30 years at Scott, Jim has devoted his entire career to the fly fishing industry – building and testing some of the finest rods in the world…Read More
Episode 18 – CHARLIE CONN: Taimen Fishing and the Draw of Mongolia
This episode of Waypoints features Charlie Conn, an accomplished international angler, explorer, guide and conservationist. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minnesota (1994) with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Charlie moved to Livingston, Montana to work for Dan Bailey’s Fly Shop…Read More
Episode 17 – MARCELO PÉREZ: Bolivian Golden Dorado and a Life of Adventure
Writer, architect, explorer, and founder of Untamed Angling are only a few of the titles held by Argentinian dorado aficionado, Marcelo Pérez…Read More
Episode 16 – TOM BIE: Travel Writing and the State of Fly Fishing Media
Tom Bie is the founder, publisher, and editor-in-chief of The Drake Magazine, fly fishing’s grassroots journal that over the past 22 years has become a powerhouse in the industry…Read More
Episode 15 – NICK BOWLES: Fly Fishing the Desert – Queenfishing in the UAE
Acrobatic queenfish, manmade reefs, massive skyscrapers, and indoor ski areas are only a few of the things that make Dubai one of the most unusual destinations in the world of fly fishing…Read More
Episode 14 – KEITH CLOVER AND ROB SCOTT: Pioneering African Waters
Since 2004, South Africans Rob Scott and Keith Clover have been pioneering some of the most exciting fishing opportunities in Africa, opening and establishing fisheries in Tanzania, Cameroon, Gabon, Lesotho, Sudan and of course South Africa…Read More
Episode 13 – TUCKER LADD: Gear and Equipment for the Traveling Angler
Tucker Ladd is the owner of Trouts Fly Fishing, a Denver, Colorado-based fly shop and outfitting service. Tucker has spent his entire professional career in the fly fishing industry, where he has worked as a fishing guide, fly shop employee, and now a shop owner with two locations…Read More
Episode 12 – ALEC GERBEC: Understanding and Explaining Tides for the Saltwater Angler
Alec Gerbec has guided for years in some of the world’s finest fresh and saltwater destinations. He spent eight years working in Bristol Bay, Alaska at Enchanted Lake Lodge and four years guiding in the Seychelles – one of the most tide-dependent fisheries in all of fly fishing…Read More
Episode 11 – ARNO MATTHEE: South African Angling Legend
Arno Matthee is an absolute legend in the world of adventure angling and exploratory travel. He grew up in South Africa, where he cut his teeth on yellowfish before heading to the outer atolls of the Seychelles when that fishery was still very much in its infancy…Read More
Episode 10 – Checking in on Abaco and Grand Bahama – October 2019 Updates Post Hurricane Dorian
On the first two days of September 2019, Hurricane Dorian – a Category 5 storm – hit the Bahamian islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. For two days, the islands were pummeled by sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, with maximum gusts in excess of 220…Read More
Episode 9 – KIMBERLY FRANKE: Trip Insurance and Evac Coverage for the Traveling Angler – Deciphering the Ins-and-Outs
Kimberly Franke is the founder and principal for Kanna Travel Services, a Montana-based, full-service travel agency that specializes in trip logistics, flight ticketing, and insurance solutions for adventure and sporting travel…Read More
Episode 8 – WIL FLACK: Feeding Permit–Tips and Techniques for Chasing the Black-Tailed Devil
Permit and steelhead addict Wil Flack have been living, guiding, and working in Belize for close to 20 years. Wil owns Tres Pescados Fly Shop on Ambergris Caye as well as the Belize Permit Club further to the south in Hopkins, Belize…Read More
Episode 7 – SHAUN LAWSON: The Realities of Fly Fishing in Mexico
Shaun Lawson is Yellow Dog’s program manager and director for our Yucatán, Baja, and Canadian programs. Shaun grew up on the Henry’s Fork River – literally…Read More
Episode 6 – DEVAN VAN DER MERWE: Fly Fishing Throughout the Seychelles
Devan Van Der Merwe is the general manager for Alphonse Fishing Company in the Seychelles. With more than a decade of guiding and working in the Seychelles, he knows the region and the out-island fisheries as well as anyone alive…Read More
Episode 5 – JAKE WELLS: Planning the Perfect Trip to Montana
Based in Bozeman, Montana, Jake Wells is Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures’ program director for all U.S. West programs, including the largest of those offerings – Montana…Read More
Episode 4 – BRYAN GREGSON: Photography Tips and Tricks For the Traveling Angler
Professional photographer Bryan Gregson has established an incredible reputation in the world of fly fishing as one of the most accomplished and well-traveled angling photographers in the world…Read More
Episode 3 – CAMILLE EGDORF: Alaska Trip Planning and How To Do It Right
Camille Egdorf is a Montana native who grew up splitting time between her home in Hardin, Montana, and her parents fishing camp in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska…Read More
Episode 2 – MIKE TAYLOE: What To Do When the Shit Hits the Fan – Straightforward, No-Nonsense Advice and the Emergency Action Plan For the Traveling Angler
Mike Tayloe is the co-owner and Director of Operations for Finns West, a unique company in the fly fishing industry that provides Wilderness First Aid courses and Emergency Action Plan development for fly fishing lodges, outfitters, guides and staff…Read More
Episode 1 – BRIAN O’KEEFE: The Dos Equis-Man of Fly Fishing Discusses A Life of Fishing Adventure
Fly fishing legend and industry veteran Brian O’Keefe has traveled to some of the wildest and most remote angling destinations in the world, including Sierra Leone, Tonga, Bikini Atoll, the Seychelles, Kenya, Cuba, Kashmir, Nicaragua, Venezuela and more…Read More
Introducing WAYPOINTS Overview – With Jim Klug
Founder and Director of Operations for Bozeman, Montana-based Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures (www.yellowdogflyfishing.com), Jim began working in the fly fishing industry at the age of 14…Read More