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The Fly Fishing Consultant Podcast is about fly fishing education and lifestyle. Hosted by Rob Snowhite, a renowned urban fly fishing guide and fly tyer in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. This podcast is a laid back, non-technical approach to fly fishing for the novice and expert angler. Rob’s sense of humor and background in biology combined with his encyclopedic knowledge of nature and fishing makes this show unique. And yes, Snowhite is Rob's real last name.
 
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Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer is the Rabbi of Temple B'nai Shalom in East Brunswick, New Jersey. He is the author of the blog The Fly Fishing Rabbi. Rabbi Eric is co-author, along with Rev. Michael Attas, MD, of Fly-Fishing: The Sacred Art, published by SkyLight Paths, which explores the spiritual side of casting a fly. Rabbi Eric and his wife Marcela Bet…
 
Rob recounts some of his fishing trips from 2022. Listen as he walks shorelines and tow paths stalking fish. These are recordings from his own fishing adventures. Unfortunately several recordings didn't make it due to technical difficulties-no more recording when the phone is paired to the car's bluetooth. Rob walked six miles on the C&O Canal look…
 
Part two of Rob's adventures to the Salmon River. Rob lands a steelhead before lunch, misses the full beaver moon eclipse, Collin nets some fish and Rob hooks into one of the baddest steelhead he's ever encountered. These are Rob's stories from his recent trip to the Salmon River of New York. Rob talks about packing for this trip on his Youtube cha…
 
These are Rob's stories from his recent trip to the Salmon River of New York. The plan was to fish alone for a few days during a weekend of unseasonably warm weather. Part 1 covers the first day of fishing. Rob met up with friends from Project Healing Waters, Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders, and his steelhead cousin Dirty Bill. He had encounters with sal…
 
Cavan Williams is a California native that likes to be outdoors. He lives with his family in Montana. Cavan is a content manager for the immensity popular fishing app Fishbrain. We learn about his life on the water fishing dry flies to rising trout and off the water working in a cold office. He takes beautiful photographs. Cavan doesn’t want you to…
 
Rob recently called Marcus Kruk to discuss his company advertising on Waypoint TV Podcasts. Marcus’s story about his product was fascinating. They began to discuss gulf shore fishing. Rob decided to extend the conversation into a whole podcast. Marcus lives the coastal life along the Gulf of Mexico and discusses inshore and offshore fishing around …
 
Rob's first foray into the unique fishery of the Sierra Mountains. This is the first in-depth discussion on this unique are of Calfornia. Guy Jeans owns and guides out of the Kern River Fly Shop. He is a Certified Casting Instructor with Fly Fishers International. Guy guides, lectures, and teaches about fresh and saltwater fly fishing over the Sout…
 
Bill Asdal is an award-winning remodeler and author. He donates a lot of his time with the USNA NJ Parents Club. Bill is organizing a fly fishing tournament next weekend in the mountains of New Jersey. Shannon’s Private Water will be hosting the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy in support of this year’s Army-Navy Fly Fishing Tournam…
 
Rob met Shane Gullisken on the Salmon River of New York in 2013. They randomly bumped into each other on the Salmon River around Christmas 2021. After a few minutes of catching up Shane stated he worked out west and was paid to snorkele with salmon and steelhead. Shane is a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill. This episode is about Shane's life out west. H…
 
Rob recounts a recent day trip to a limestone quarry full of smallmouth bass. The location of the quarry will remain a secret. Don't bother asking. Rob considers this one of his greatest days of fly fishing while crossing off still water smallies from his bucket list. In this episode you will hear about the pristine and brilliant blue water with ca…
 
Rob wanted to find out what happens when a globetrotting fly angler is grounded during a pandemic. Jeff Currier’s answer was to go on a road trip- he is the guy that has caught more species of fish on a fly rod than anyone. The first road trip led to Jeff and his wife to move into a mobile home and a tour the country. This is Jeff’s turn to tell so…
 
Rob breaks down the history of fiberglass from its natural form in nature to the formation of glass wool a century ago. Fiberglass is extremely strong, lightweight, and flexible. These properties make it an ideal material for the construction of fishing rods. Rob details his first outings with his new fiberglass rod. Support This Podcast Learn more…
 
This is part two of the Native Fish Coalition podcast with Bob mallard and James Suleski. Their role is to protect, preserve, and restore native fish populations through stewardship of the fish and their habitats. This episode covers brown trout culture vs brook trout culture and the stocking of browns over brook trout and other native species with…
 
You already know James Suleski. Now its time to meet Bob Mallard, Bob is a founding member of Native Fish Coalition (NFC). Their role is to protect, preserve, and restore native fish populations through stewardship of the fish ant their habitats. Bob served as NFC’s National Vice Chair from its inception until April 2020 when he stepped down to ass…
 
“Headwaters traces the evolution of a lifelong angler’s priorities from fishing to the survival of the fish themselves. It is a book of remarkable obsession, environmental awareness shaped by experience, and hope for the future.” Lifelong angler and author Dylan Tomine joins Rob to discuss his life on the water. Dylan traces his life stories throug…
 
These are the ups and downs of the 2022 shad run in Washington D.C. This is the premiere east coast fly fishing event. Every year millions of anadromous fish enter the Potomac from the ocean and swim as far upriver as they can go. We target these fish at the fall line where the tidal section meets the non-tidal section. The fish are chasing flies o…
 
Dr. James Suleski is a devotee of the brook trout. He is a passionate angler and he volunteers in their preservation. Jim has earned his vermiculations on the stream and has learned a lot about these not so delicate creatures. He has the stream time and research to back up everything we will talk about in this episode. Jim is here to debunk those u…
 
Mark Hutchings is a trout bum. He lives in Utah and is retired and has plenty of time to chase salmonids. Mark dropped in for an in person podcast after a morning of shad fishing. In this episode you will hear a very detailed account of fishing the Western States Native Trout Challenge. Mark describes the epic road trip across the Western United St…
 
Craig Mathews moved out west in the late 70s. Whether you know it or not he has been a major influence in the flies you fish and the gear you wear on the water. He owned Blue Ribbon Flies, has written several books, and is an Umpqua feather Merchant's signature tier. When he isn't fishing Craig is saving Montana's land and the organisms that live t…
 
Rollin Schuster is a life long angler. His family fishes too. Rob interviewed Rollin's daughter Abbie a few years ago. He splits his time between the mainland and The Vineyard. Rollin has been in the insurance business for a long time and recently added outdoor industry clients, including Rob. Cross Currents Insurance isn't just for guides. Rob and…
 
Entomology has been intertwined in fly fishing from the beginning. Studying insects may be the oldest part of fly fishing. A long time ago fish were observed eating insects and artificial bugs were created to fool the fish. There were a lot more bugs back then. A fraction of those organism exist today due to the need for human’s to control nature..…
 
Chris Pandolfi is the only Orvis endorsed professional banjo player. He is a member of the Grammy Award winning Infamous String Dusters. They have a new album out titled Toward The Fray. Chris often hangs up his banjo and replaces it with a fly rod. He is passionate about stalking mile high carp, conservation (protecting wild fish and dam removal),…
 
Matthew Cappucci is a Washington D.C. based meteorologist. He currently works for The Capital Weather Gang, Fox5 Morning News, MyRadar, and WAMU 88.5 FM. Matthew travels the world chasing bucket list weather events and anomalies. Rob invited Matthew on the show to discuss his life as a storm chasing scientist and how the changing climate is creatin…
 
Rob normally has a rapport with his interviewees. People he met along the way at shows, events, on the water, or friends from back in the day. This episode is an exception. Rob has no idea what the Salmon River Newbie (SRN) looks or sounds like. At this point all we know is he posts pictures to Instagram with exceptional fish. This podcast was reco…
 
2021 was an awful year for numerous reasons. Rob wanted to end the year on a high note and decided swinging flies for steelhead in cold rain and snow would be ideal. Follow Rob's journey from balmy Northern Virginia to the snow covered river banks of New York's famed Salmon River. Rob stays in some posh digs and bumps into some old friends. Listen …
 
Ken Tanaka travels the planet in search of trips of a lifetime. His background in multimedia has allowed Ken document his journey in film and photograph. If there is one angler that is the antipode of the traditional/old school fly angler. He wears avant-garde colored and patterned clothes, flat billed hats, and he poses with rods on his shoulder. …
 
Capt gordon has been a fixture in online forums and social media since their inception. Rob has been following his career for several years watching him fish, teach, galavant, and live a coastal Carolina life. Its Gordon’s turn to tell his story. You can purchase his book on Amazon. This episode is full of information on fishing the surf to poling …
 
A few weeks ago the weather was perfect as summer turned to fall. Rob decided to grab his brook trout fly fishing equipment, some camping gear, a few supplies, and head due west on I66. The destination was Herbert Hoover's Camp Rapidan. These historic waters are where Rob learned to fly fishing for brook trout in the 80's. This is the first time Ro…
 
Rob stumbled upon artist Jonathan Farmer while looking how to tie intruder flies on the OPST YouTube page. He was articulate in the well-done videos and his patterns didn’t require exotic materials or require skill levels beyond Rob’s capabilities. Rob and Producer Jason fished Jonathan’s Graboid flies two years ago for Great Lakes steelhead and th…
 
We start off with a Salmon River New York fall season prediction with Dirty Bill before the main interview. Grant Alvis would rather be driving a boat. When he’s not driving a UPS truck he’s fishing. His criteria: the species does not always matter as long as the fish are big and he can sight cast to them. Rob checks in with Grant to see how he lea…
 
This is Misty's second appearance on the show. The first was hastily recorded a few years back in a bar. This time Rob invited Misty down to Northern Virginia to sight cast for snakehead, have lunch, and record his story. Rob started recording mid way through lunch so you wouldn't miss the amazing stories, this section will start mid story so you m…
 
Rob was recently scrolling through Twitter and came across The Caddis Fly Collective account. He immediately e-mailed the Collective to invite] them on the podcast to discuss all things caddis. This week we are joined by Kelly Murray-Stoker, a PhD student at the University of Toronto in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. (Rob was e…
 
John Bilotta is the Guest Fishing Director at El Pescador Lodge, a Fly Fishers International (FFI) Master Casting Instructor, FFI Two-Handed Master Casting Instructor, and a founding member of the Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders. He splits his time between Belize and Connecticut. John’s daughter Gabby introduces her dad as he tells stories from his life …
 
Rob wanted an episode about the history and culture of fly fishing tournaments in the Florida Keys. There was a search for the most informed person to discuss this topic. The search led to the all time tarpon tournament champion, Andy Mill. Andy grew up in Colorado and was a champion down hill skier before hanging up his skis for a career in broadc…
 
Part two of iridescence in nature is about natural and synthetic iridescent fly tying materials. This episode covers different iridescent terms used in fly tying, the history of synthetic iridescence, natural and synthetic materials, and the flies that use them. Some flies are tied with a minimal amount of flash while others may be completely made …
 
Bill Skilton grew up in Pennsylvania's Cumberland Valley surrounded by spring creeks and inquisitive anglers. Rob first met Bill in 2000 at the Fly Fishing Show at the University of Maryland and they finally had a chance to sit down together to discuss Bill's life in fishing. Rob considers Bill his fly tying mentor and they have maintained a relati…
 
This episode is dedicated to iridescence in nature. Rob set out to explain why some fly tying materials reflect light and why others do not. This is the result. This phenomenon of color is not created by pigments, it is created by physical structures. No organism has an iridescent color and you will find out why. Rob explains the science behind iri…
 
Seventeen years ago Rob was a newlywed, teaching high school, driving a two door car, and living in an apartment in the Court House neighborhood of Arlington, Va. A lot has changed since the last emergence. Rob and his family live in Rutherford, Virginia. The neighborhood was a dairy farm until the middle part of last century. The neighborhood was …
 
What do you do when you are invited to fish private trout water? Rob started tying flies and packing bags before he hung up the phone. This is his first road trip outside of the D.C. Metro area since October 2020. This episode features Rob and some friends on a hot Saturday with an entire stream to themselves. Rob breaks down the gear he packed, fl…
 
Casey has a streamlined career in fly fishing that would make anyone with aspirations in the industry jealous. He is currently employed with Buff USA. We start his story in Michigan and end up in California where we learn about the history of the original multi-functional, seamless, tubular neck gator headwear product. Casey describes his minimalis…
 
Tom Rowland joins this episode to discuss his life in fishing. We learn history of trout fishing out west to the flats of the Florida Keys with a brief stop in the Caymans. Tom has lived a life full of fishing. This is his chance to tell fish stories with Rob as they discuss if the good old days of the keys are just stories told by lackadaisical ol…
 
Evan Dintaman is a landscape architect that works on designing school campuses across the country. He has lived in DC area for almost 9 years and currently resides with his wife in Maryland. He fishes over 150 days a year. This episode is all about targeting striped bass from New Jersey to Virginia. Evan talks about his fishless time in New Zealand…
 
Luke and Dan set out last fall to catch the official state fish of each state in the lower 48. Rob caught up with them periodically last year over the phone. We live in a small world, small enough that Luke and Dan live just a few minutes away from Rob. They stopped by the back porch to discuss their road trip ups and downs, those that have helped …
 
Rob shares thoughts and reflections on his career as a fly fishing guide after nearly a dozen years and the past year in particular. Is it time for something else? Rob is currently limiting his guiding to half day trips on weekdays. Should Rob spend more time fishing and podcasting? You will hear about this and more in episode 301. Now part of Wayp…
 
The 300th episode brings us to Dave Kile and his long running site PAFlyFish.com Dave discusses how his website went from the primitive days of the 90's internet to the modern internet and social media and how the community around fishing in Pennsylvania is strong a quarter century later. We learn about the different geographic ranges of Pennsylvan…
 
This episode contains everything you need to know about muskie except how to catch them. Rob starts us off with news of a fundraiser for fly tyer Justin Aldrich and fills us in on his own recent health scare. This episode covers muskie names, classification description, behavior, geographic distribution, feeding, reproduction, and miscellaneous inf…
 
Phil Monahan is the man behind the Orvis Curtain. I'm not talking about the Insulated Curtains (he isn't hiding behind a curtain during the interview. He also didn't invent this curtain) but the metaphorical curtain of Orvis's online fly fishing content. Phil finally gets his own episode to tell his story after several interviews at The Fly Fishing…
 
This episode is full of stories of fishing, giving back, and teaching others to fly fish. Lindsay Agness is the Vice President for Diversity Initiative for New York State Trout Unlimited and a part-time fly-fishing guide. Lindsay and her husband Dave run a fly fishing school for wounded veterans. Additionally, Lindsay volunteers and teaches for Cas…
 
Justin Miller has traveled the globe guiding and learning the The Fly Shop’s international destinations. He has guided the Kamchatka Peninsula every season since 2008, fishing the world with a spey rod, for every sea run fish he can find. Justin joins Rob to tell stories about fishing in Russia, salmon, steelhead, vodka, 'meat' and potatoes and wha…
 
Ken Gangler owns and operates Gangler's North Seal River Lodge in northern Manitoba. In this episode we learn about this fly in fishery and ecotourism operation below Canada’s Arctic Circle and the Canadian Grand Slam. Opportunities for northern pike, walleye, lake trout, and grayling are all around. Learn about the fishery, the differences in tech…
 
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