Podcast: The Godfather of Modern Fly-Fishing Books, Nick Lyons


[Interview starts at 41:10.]

This week, it was my great pleasure to interview Nick Lyons, whom I consider to be the godfather of modern fly-fishing books. Nick has edited and published books by some of our most famous fly anglers–Lee and Joan Wulff, Lefty Kreh, Dave Whitlock, and Swisher and Richards. He was also my first editor, and I have so much to thank him for. Nick tells stories of the early days of fly-fishing books, his successes and failures, and his journey through the past half-century of fly fishing. Nick has a new book, Fire in the Straw, which is witty and fascinating memoir.

In the Fly Box, we have some great questions, including:

  • When fishing an in-line dropper, I have problems with the dropper slipping off my upper hook.  How can I fix this?
  • I want to fish flies for sauger along the bottom.  What type of fly should I use?
  • My hunter friend has offered me some duck and goose feathers.  What feathers should I ask him to keep?
  • Any tips on catching stocked trout in a pond?
  • What line would you recommend for trolling from a float tube?
  • Why is trout fishing more productive in Montana than in North Carolina?
  • Do you think those big “American-type” articulated streamers will work in Finland?
  • What kind of stream fish can I catch with a fly rod in northern Alabama?
  • A tip on finding trout at the mouth of cold-water feeder streams in summer.
  • Are “planted” and “stocked” trout streams the same thing?  And do stocked trout ever reproduce naturally?
  • Can I attach backing to a welded loop with just a clinch knot?

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Nick Lyons has played a vital role in the history of fly-fishing publishing.