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22 March 2006
For the Pisciphiles in the audience...

In case you've missed them, I thought I'd bring to your attention a couple of fly-fishing oriented radio show/podcasts that are available for your downloadable, mobile enjoyment. I'm aware of 3 separate offerings.

Fly Fish Radio [RSS] is the eldest of the group. Hosts Mike Overton and Wylie Thomas have just published their 14th podcast. (The 15th is up now -3/24/06) The subjects of their attention are largely western mountain streams of Utah, Colorado, Montana, etc. Each show features a guest. Guests may be famous fly tiers, guides, anglers or writers. Past guests include Norm Albiston, Mike Lawson, Scott Sanchez and Lance Egan. Episode #11, featuring Scottish guide Ian Colin from Ontario is my favorite so far. Ian is an extremely funny guy. The newest episode, #14, is the only one to discuss eastern US fishing. It features Dirk Fishbach from southeast Michigan and his approach to fly fishing for smallmouth bass on the Huron River. Each episode is 30-40 minutes in length.

Zach and Lauren Matthews are the creators of The Itinerant Angler [RSS] podcast and website. Zach is a photojournalist and law student and his geographical area of fly fishing expertise is the southeastern US - Tennessee and Arkansas. The Itinerant Angler website is a very attractive presentation of photos, extensive writing and a bulletin board in addition to the audio podcasts. You'll find 3 published podcasts to date, ranging from 30 to 50 minutes and covering subjects from streamside photography to tactics for big White River brown trout. Zach even includes some tunes by Old Crow Medicine Show. This is good stuff all around. Be sure to check out the photoblog too.

The newest entry into the field of fly fishing podcasting is Ask About Fly Fishing Internet Radio [RSS]. Hosts D. Roger Maves and Don Bishop have published only one episode so far, but it's definitely worth a listen. They've taken a slightly different approach to their podcasting efforts. The format is a call-in show and questions for the guest may also be emailed to Roger and Don in advance. The inaugural 80-minute podcast features Mike Lawson and his thoughts about fishing spring creeks. The next show, scheduled to air live on April 5th, will cover fly fishing for pike with guest Barry Reynolds.

The audio quality of some of these podcasts leaves some room for improvement. For some podcasts, I found it difficult to adjust the volume of the car radio such that I could hear both the studio hosts and a guest on the phone line; that was a tad frustrating. But all the podcasts are easily enjoyed on the computer or with my iPod plugged into my home stereo.

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