I want my Trout TV

Trout TVBass fishermen and deer hunters must be thrilled with Comcast-Seattle. There’s an overabundance of programming for them any day of the week on the Outdoor, Sportsman, and local sports channels. Fly-fishermen, on the other hand, are limited to watching the 11-year old two-part series Fly Fishing Legends through On-Demand or purchasing a movie like Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. From the reviews I’ve read, I wouldn’t recommend the latter. That leads to my question.

Why doesn’t Seattle’s main cable provider offer regular fly fishing programming? After all, the area is surrounded by mountains and water.

Is this another sign of waning interest in the sport? Is this the wrong season for fly fishing shows? Are there no quality fly fishing shows available to the outdoor networks or the 900 channels on Comcast? Or, is Comcast total crap?  I’m leaning toward the last one because there are excellent fly fishing shows in many parts of the country, just not ours. Take Trout TV, for instance.

Hosted by Hilary Hutcheson and Rich Birdsell, Trout TV is among the best fly fishing shows available today. Fishing the West’s best rivers like the Beaverhead, Madison, and Henry’s Fork, Trout TV has everything fly fishermen want – great scenery, the latest gear, insights from local guides and, of course, fish catching.

If you live in the West outside of Seattle, consider yourself fortunate because your satellite or cable provider is smart enough to air Trout TV. For those of us in Seattle, the show’s producers tell me they are doing everything they can to get picked up here.

In the meantime, I’ll gladly pay $5 a month for an online subscription to watch every episode of Trout TV. They also offer a free 7-day trial, but before signing up you can watch free previews either from their subscription site or YouTube channel. Check out the show’s 2014 highlights below.

What’s your favorite fly fishing show, either online or TV? Leave a comment below.







Hook removal

I once embedded a steelhead fly in my hand, and it took me an hour to dissect it out with the aid of another hook and a half bottle of Maker’s Mark.

I guess you could call this a public service announcement, courtesy of Gink and Gasoline. I had read about this technique and even told my buddies who watched me carve the fly out that day it could be done. We didn’t try it because no one wanted to be responsible if we failed, including me.

The victim in this video is nuts, especially how he sanitized the fly with Pabst Blue Ribbon.  I think I did the same with my Maker’s Mark.

Warning. This video will make you cringe.

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My Addiction

I’m going to confess something.

When I can’t fly fish, which is often, I like to watch people who can… on video.

Ok, that sounds a little creepy, but it’s more the reality of my life. I haven’t fished since September and these days I try to connect any way possible to fill the gaps. One way is through videos.

There’s a huge selection to feed my addiction given the number of amateurs out filming with the latest video equipment. Anyone can buy a GoPro, hit the water and make something. The higher quality videos, however, originate from video production companies or outdoor companies with money to connect their brands to consumers. Today I’m going to start recommending my favorites from both amateurs and the pros.

The first two videos appear in a series from Smith Optics called ‘Great Day.’ Now on their 16th episode, the series travels around the world to highlight outdoor sports and the surrounding lifestyle, including two on fly fishing.

‘Great Day 9,’ features a group a fisherman from Idaho that travels to the Sea of Cortez to fish for roosterfish, but catch dorado instead. Tough life. And in ‘Great Day 13’ friends fish the Big Lost River for rainbows.

To all those creating killer fly fishing videos – keep them coming. If it’s good, I’ll post it here.

Great Day 9: Fishing Below the Border


Great Day 13: Fly Fishing the Lost River


Editor’s note: I’ve had a number of Smith products over the years, but no, Smith Optics did not pay me to write this. I wish they would.