WFS 277 - Advanced Fly Fishing Tips for Steelhead with Rick Kustich

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Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/277

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Rick Kustich is here to dig back into Steelhead fishing tips and the Great Lakes. We find out how he came to write his first book on the Great Lakes - how his "Advanced" book came to be and which word he'd remove from the title if he could change it today. We talk about some of his previous books, plus the new book he's working on focused on Spey casting.

Rick also shares his influences in fly fishing, his go-to fly, the story behind closing his old fly shop, Oak Orchard, and his ideas for the upcoming years. Discover Rick's top 10 tips in understanding the water, the fly, and the fish!

Fishing Tips Show Notes with Rick Kustich

03:00 - We covered Great Lakes fishing most recently with Jeff Liskay at WFS 255

04:36 - Rick learned a lot from Joe Brooks trout fishing books

08:06 - Ward Tonsfeldt was on the podcast at WFS 276 - we talked about bamboo fly rods

08:31 - Rick's brother Jerry, worked for Winston rods in Montana and began his own bamboo rod business called Sweetgrass

09:34 - Rick's book, Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead sparked a lot of debates and confusions about its title, specifically the word "Advanced"

10:14 - In 1999, Rick and Jerry wrote the book called Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead in which they saw the "Advanced" book as a step past that

12:17 - The difference between Great Lakes and the Westcoast as Rick describes

14:07 - Fly Fishing the Great Lakes Tributaries - Rick's first book published in 1992

15:27 - Rick was inspired by Trey Combs books and Lani Waller videos

23:55 - The Cattaraugus river is one of the main rivers Rick fish

33:18 - Marty Sheppard was on the podcast at WFS 076

34:33 - Rick is working on a new book for Spey casting and modern Spey fishing

38:58 - Rick used to own a shop called Oak Orchard

47:32 - Ed Jaworoski was on the podcast at WFS 233

50:30 - Rick's most recent book is about Musky fishing - published in 2017

1:15:48 - The Marabou Tube is Rick's go-to fly

1:15:50 - The Bunny Fly

1:21:19 - In terms of two-handed fishing, Rick learned a lot from Simon Gawesworth's Spey casting book

1:22:24 - The Salmon River is one of the busiest rivers in the country

1:24:49 - Rick plans to publish YouTube videos in the next couple of years

1:25:38 - Uncle Cheech was on the podcast at WFS 263

Fishing Tips Conclusion with Rick Kustich

Rick and I talked about Steelhead fishing tips and the Great Lakes. We found out how he came to write his first book on the Great Lakes - how his "Advanced" book came to be and which word he'd remove from the title if he could change it. We talked about some of his previous books, plus the new Spey casting book he's working on.

Rick also shared his influences in fly fishing, his go-to fly, the story behind closing his old fly shop, and his ideas for the upcoming years.

Show Notes: https://wetflyswing.com/277

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