Winston GM Talks New Rods

In this 20-minute podcast, Derek Bird catches up with R.L Winston Rod Co. general manager, Jeff Wagner, to chat about the company’s new rods that are set to hit the market this summer. Wagner provides a behind the scenes look at the care and attention that goes into the creation of each Winston rod, and then he discusses the type of action an angler can expect while casting the Kairos and the Nimbus.

The two also get a little sidetracked and chat about carp fishing and even confess to the use of the Squirmy Wormy during disparate times. Click through below to listen to the interview.

Jim McLennan Talks Streamers (Part 2)

In this Fly Fusion Magazine podcast, Jim McLennan and Derek Bird continue their discussion about streamer fishing. This is part two of a two part podcast (click here if you missed part one) and in today’s instalment they talk about cutting down on leader length, how to adjust the casting stroke for heavy flies, and Jim’s aversion to rabbit strip streamers.


Jim McLennan Talks Streamer Fishing

In this Fly Fusion Magazine podcast, Jim McLennan and Derek Bird talk about a variety of streamer techniques. This is part one of a two part podcast and in today’s instalment they cover fishing streamers from a drift boat, swinging streamers and dead drifting streamers. Visit us again tomorrow for part two when Jim and Derek finish up their conversation by discussing how to adjust the casting stroke for heavy flies and Jim’s aversion to rabbit strip streamers.

Image: Paula Shearer



Todd Moen Talks About Living the Dream and Hanging Out Chopper Doors

In this weeks interview segment Fly Fusion editor, Derek Bird, catches up with renowned filmmaker Todd Moen of TM Creative and Catch Magazine. The two discuss the more challenging aspects of working at a dream job, and Moen reveals what three species of fish are consistently the most uncooperative when it comes to filming.

During the 11-minute interview they also take time to discuss Pure New Zealand, a film that features jaw-dropping mountainous landscapes and enormous brown trout feeding methodically off the surface.  Pure New Zealand is an official selection of this year’s International Fly Fishing Film Festival. (view trailer)

Derek Olthuis Talks Ice Age Browns and Iceland’s Landscape

In this week’s interview, Fly Fusion editor Derek Bird catches up with filmmaker Derek Olthuis of Western Waters Media to chat with him about The Hidden (click here), a film currently running in this year’s International Fly Fishing Film Festival. Olthuis talks about the challenges of  travelling to Iceland to catch Ice Age brown trout. In this 12 minute interview he also reveals which member of the Western Waters Media group consistently catches the most fish.

Gilbert Rowley Talks About the Challenges of Filming Hundred Pound Tarpon

In this week’s interview, Fly Fusion editor Derek Bird catches up with Utah based filmmaker Gilbert Rowley to chat with him about Jungle’s Edge, a film currently running in this year’s International Fly Fishing Film Festival. Gilbert talks about some of the challenges he faced while out filming hundred pound tarpon in Costa Rica. click here

Gilbert also discusses another film project he released this year, Modern Nymphing. In this instructional video he teams up with a couple Fly Fishing Team USA members as they present  over an hour’s worth of nymphing secrets. click here

AD Maddox Talks Fly Fishing Art and Tattoos

In this week’s interview segment, Derek Bird chats with one of fly-fishing’s most recognizable artists, AD Maddox. Her art has appeared in over 30 different publications, on Patagonia t-shirts, on Montana Fly Company fly boxes, and on fly anglers’ den walls worldwide.

In this 15 minute podcast, Maddox discusses maturing as a fly-fishing artist and also reveals her surprising thoughts about tattoos.

Marc Crapo Talks About His Latest Film, the Origins of His Beard, and the Flavour of Stoneflies

Marc Crapo is a filmmaker, an IF4 ambassador, and an Internet sensation. This week Fly Fusion’s editor Derek Bird caught up with Marc to chat about his newest film, The Legend of Neckbeard, which is a  2017 International Fly Fishing Film Festival official selectionclick to check out the trailer

Marc also talks about the origins of his own beard, his run-ins with the law, and the taste difference between male and female stoneflies.

© Photo credit: Ulf Börjesson

Ross Purnell Talks about a Recent Film Project and Failed Floatplane Trips

Fly Fisherman Magazine editor, Ross Purnell, spent a few days last summer up in British Columbia’s Cariboo region working on a film project with Derek Bird of Fly Fusion Magazine. The project was unique in that it brought together the editors from two of North America’s largest fly-fishing publications onto one river. The film, Surface, can be viewed exclusively at the International Fly Fishing Film Festival. view trailer here

In this week’s interview segment, Bird catches up with Purnell and asks him about his best fly-fishing characteristic and about the one that got away.   Oddly enough, Purnell also shares how to successfully instill a fear of flying into your angling partners.