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. Over the years, he has worked as a guide, sales rep, travel coordinator, and as past National Sales Manager for Scientific Anglers. He’s guided extensively in Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon, and has fished throughout the world in over 50 different countries.
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. Brian sold his first fly fishing photograph when I was 16 years old, and since then has been traveling, photographing and fishing all over the world. His photography has appeared in many of the finest publications in the industry, including The Drake Magazine, Outside Magazine, Field & Stream, USA Today, Fly Fisherman, Outdoor Life and many more. With this episode, Brian sat down with host Jim Klug to talk about his lengthy career in fly fishing, and to share some of the favorite stories from a wildly-entertaining life of travel.
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. Tayloe has combined his successful professions as a paramedic and fly fishing guide to provide a much-needed and often overlooked service for the fly fishing and adventure travel industry. Tayloe has worked and consulted in destinations that range from Mount Everest to Antarctica, and currently spends his winters in Chilean Patagonia guiding on Cape Horn. In this Podcast we explore the ways that anglers can better prepare for travel, avoid health and medical problem in the field, and better react when problems arise.
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. Camille currently resides in Bozeman, Montana where she runs the Alaska program for Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures. Seeing the world is her passion, and being able to share it with others is her life’s calling. Camille has spent every summer since she was a little girl at her family’s fishing lodge on the Upper Nushagak River in Alaska. She began guiding at a young age, enveloping herself in fly fishing and the great outdoors. In this episode of Waypoints we discuss the secrets of doing Alaska the “right” way – finding the best lodges and guides, picking the season, and setting yourself up for a successful trip to the Land of the Midnight Sun.
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. After starting his photography career in the winter action-sports industry, Bryan turned his lens to capturing fly fishing around the globe. He is the humble recipient of numerous awards and large-scale assignments and has worked with Patagonia, Volvo Cars, Scott Fly Rods, Hatch, Trout Unlimited, Scientific Anglers, The Drake, Yellow Dog Flyfishing, and dozens of other brands, conservation groups, and publications. In this episode of Waypoints Bryan shares years of experience and his favorite tips and techniques for how to pack and travel with camera equipment, how to select the right gear, and how to get the most out of your travel photography. Whether you’re an advanced shooter or an iPod owner who simply wants to up your game with better images, Bryan’s advice is incredibly helpful.
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. Originally from Virginia, Jake moved to Idaho in 2005 and started his career in the fly fishing industry at Henry’s Fork Anglers, one of the most well-known destination fly shops in the Western United States. After leaving Idaho at the beginning of 2013, he relocated to Utah and worked as a sales representative for some of the top brands in the industry. Jake is an unbelievable source of knowledge on all things having to do with fly fishing, and he now travels all throughout Montana and the Western U.S. pursuing his passion and helping others to do the same. In this episode of Waypoints, Jake shares his knowledge and advice on planning a trip to Montana, including information on when to go, where to fish, chasing hatches, finding the best guides, and avoiding the more popular (and at times crowded) waters.
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. With responsibilities that include the management of five different island operations and close to 50 fishing guides, Devan is a wealth of information when it comes to planning a trip to this amazing part of the world. During a recent visit to Bozeman and the Waypoints studios, Dev shared with us an amazing amount of information about where, when, how and the what-to-expect when it comes to fishing the Seychelles. If you’re considering a saltwater trip to the Indian Ocean, this episode provides an incredible amount of inside information on how to arrange the best trip possible.
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. His father Mike opened Henry’s Fork Anglers in 1976 and Shaun spent every summer on the river from the age of three on. Shaun brings a ton of industry experience to the position, having guided throughout Montana and Idaho for more than 20 years. Shaun also worked as past fishing operations manager for Idaho’s South Fork Lodge, one of the top lodge and outfitting operations in the business. There are very few people in the entire fly fishing industry as knowledgeable and experienced as Shaun and we are super excited to have him as a part of the Yellow Dog team! His friendly demeanor is often overshadowed by his sheer stature, and you will be hard-pressed to find a more inspired and outgoing angler on any river.