Many in the St. Louis area grew up knowing Ed Story as the helpful and knowledgeable owner of the Feather Craft Fly Shop. Ed was also known far and wide as the creator of one of the most fishing catching flies to ever land on the water.  In 1952, Ed created The Crackleback.  It can be fished dry, it can be fished wet.  The Crackleback can be fished dead drift but it loves to be stripped. Many of us were not fortunate enough to have seen Ed tie his signature fly.  This video is for those that missed out . . . The Crackleback.  . . .


Below are some selected podcasts produced by Orvis Fly Fishing Guide with Tom Rosenbauer. Please let me know if you have any trouble listening to them. Also, if you have a favorite send me the info and I will add it to the list.

Twelve Big Tips for Fishing Small Flies Published September 2, 2013 This week we’ll discuss 12 tips for fishing tiny dry flies, a topic of great interest this time of year. In the Fly Box we range from a good general Salt water outfit to clinch knots to night fishing with two flies to how much line to have out when you are waiting to make a cast to a visible fish. Based on suggestions from many podcast listeners, I’m starting a section about equipment and also a section on fly-fishing myths. We had tons of good feedback and suggestions on podcasts, and it was loud and clear that listeners don’t want a co-host but they do like interviews.


Ten or More Tips on Fishing Pressured Trout, and Tom Asks for Your Help Published July 22, 2013 This week I offer 10 (actually 12 because I thought of a couple more as I was talking) tips on fishing pressured waters—those where trout get pestered all day long with different fly patterns. The logical course of action would to avoid those places, but the problem is that these waters are typically full of large wild trout and have great hatches—and these days because of the internet there are few secret trout streams. So pack up your fly boxes, resign yourself to seeing other anglers, and pay attention to your manners and courtesy. Catching a trout on a hard-fished river is as satisfying an accomplishment as catching 20 on a wilderness stream.


Upstream or Down? Published May 28, 2013 This week we explore the topic of whether you should fish upstream or down, not only what direction you should move but also which way you present your fly. The podcast will tell you exactly which direction to fish every time you go out by using a simple formula (just kidding—did you really think it would be that easy?). In the fly box we answer questions about setting the hook (again), what length rod to use (again), adding tippets to knotless leaders (again), what to do about minnows sinking your dry flies (aha! A new one and a fun one, too), and how to improve your roll cast by using a different line. I keep answering those repeated topics because it seems they are universal questions and sometimes a different question or slant on a question may make it more clear to listeners. Have fun!


Tom's Ten Excuses for Getting Skunked and What You Can Learn From Them Published April 15, 2013 This week, based on my experience of getting skunked trout fishing, I thought I would give you 10 reasons for getting skunked. I mainly concentrate on early season fishing—but these excuses are also good any time during the season! In the Fly Box section we talk about :

  • over-lining fly rods
  • barbless hooks
  • laying fish on the grass to photograph them
  • matching leader with rod length
  • rod and blank weights
  • and some other fun stuff.

Questions this week came from as far away as Australia and the UK, and as close as Connecticut.


Even More on Leaders and Your Questions Published April 2, 2013 This week in the fly box we discuss:

  • How stocking affects wild trout
  • Sinking lines
  • Casting exercises
  • Gripping a fly rod
  • Tangles after dark
  • Tom’s 5 favorite places to fish and the top 5 on his bucket list

In the main podcast, we do an extensive discussion of leaders—leader types, materials, , and how to modify your leader at streamside. It’s a good topic for a refresher as fishing season is upon us in most places—or almost upon us!


Fishing Tailwater Trout in Winter: An Interview with Jamie Rouse Published January 9, 2013 This week I interview Jamie Rouse, two-time Orvis Endorsed Guide award winner for superior service (as rated by our customers, not by us). Jamie gives us a very full lesson on fishing for tailwater trout during the winter, particularly on his home stream, the Little Red River in Arkansas. Jamie targets huge brown trout on the fly all winter long-and usually catches them-so it's worth a listen to pick up some valuable tips. I know I learned a lot in this podcast and I'm ready to get out on the water, even if the line does freeze in my guides.


Best of Tom: Ten Tips for Targeting Large Trout Published December 9, 2012 In this week's podcast I announce the winner of the Podcast Suggestion Contest, who won a signed copy of my latest book Essential American Flies. The topic is sure to be a crowd-pleaser to most of you--targeting bigger trout. In the podcast I give you 10 suggestions for targeting the biggest trout in a pool or in a stretch of river. There were lots of great suggestions in the podcast contest, and I used a couple for the short Fly Box section at the beginning of the podcast: How to cure the fall blues after a tough fishing season, and how to pack for a business trip where you might grab a few hours fishing. Plus a terrific tip on rigging dry droppers on our podcast request line from a listener in Georgia.