Every time we go fishing, we learn something–even the amazing vacuum cleaner Jesse Haller, our resident Euro-nymphing expert. So I asked Jesse what he has learned over the past 12 months, and it’s a fun and eye-opening interview that got me excited about trying some new ideas and strategies for Euro-nymphing.  I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

In the Fly Box this week, we have the following questions:

  • Is there a good way to figure out what fly sizes I can use on a given rod?
  • Can I use big trout streamers for Atlantic salmon? Why are traditional salmon flies tied they way they are?
  • I have trouble with line handling with two-handed rods. What should I do?
  • I can’t find smallmouth bass in my river even though I know they live there. What kind of water should I look for?
  • Why do some hook styles come in odd sizes, like 13 and 15?
  • I can’t get enough distance on big lakes with my 9-foot 6-weight Recon rod. Would a longer rod help? Would a two-handed rod get me more distance?
  • Is it necessary to pinch the barb on hooks smaller than size 20?
  • Why can’t I get flies shipped from the US to Canada, and is there any way to get around this?
  • If I catch a big fish, is it OK to go back to try and catch it again in the same day?
  • I am having trouble deciding on the right line for bass fishing on my 909 rod.  Some bass bug lines are rated two line sizes heavier.  What should I do?

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