Hello all, Evan here. I come with news. But don’t get too excited.
We started The Open Fly Podcast at the beginning of 2014, and it immediately became a big part of the lives of all three of us hosts. We were committed and excited to make the best possible show with the most positive impact we could achieve. As time went on, life got in the way, and our weekly show became a bi-weekly show. Then it became a bi-monthly show. Then it became a “whenever we can figure out a time we all three can be there with a guest on the line” show. This severely impacted the energy of the show, and made it much more difficult to put together quality content.
Now, we find ourselves with a hurdle we cannot overcome. Derek moved 2hrs east of the studio (The Shart Shack) last fall, making his commute extremely difficult. Lucky for him, though, he is now by the Yakima River, where he commuted several times per week before. He’s where he belongs, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. In more recent developments, I (Evan) will be selling the house that contains the beloved Shart Shack. My likely relocation plans put me a solid 3hrs commute from here. This puts a massive distance between the three of us hosts who once lived a few minutes apart.
I’ll let Derek and Kirk write up their own, probably better, wittier, and more insightful pieces to say their farewells. But I can’t thank everyone enough for the amount of support that was poured out over our 31 episodes. To say it was “fun” would be a gross disservice to what really went on. I’ll miss it a whole hell of a lot.
Also, if any fans want to purchase The Shart Shack, I’ll give you first dibs. First $425k gets it!
From the 1990s punk rock scene to parenthood and writing Americana Folk music. Chuck Ragan has a story to tell. His professional music career still going strong, but making room for some guiding and getting kids in to the outdoors is the central focal point of his time on The Open Fly Podcast.
We even snuck in a few clips from his new soundtrack for “The Flame in the Flood”
Sam Mace from Free the Snake interrupts our useless banter to explain the growing momentum of the movement to remove the lower Snake River dams.
Hilary jump starts her career as a tv star by partaking in shameless self promotion to our hard-earned audience. We stumble through an interview to get a few useful soundbites. We also talk about whitefish choking on bones, angry dragons, and how it’s just good to be out.
We talk mullets, living in a van down by the river, and getting the damn kids
to be interested in fisheries conservation. We make an attempt at redemption
after our previous show with sound issues.
In an Open Fly first: We talk about the lack of rain in WA. The entire west coast is in a drought, and it’s having a profound affect on fisheries. We dust off the recording equipment, battle some less than stellar performance from said equipment, and put gether an important show for all who partake in outdoor recreation in the West.
Few people, fly fishermen or otherwise, have traveled like Jef Currier. Hear a bit about his adventures around the world catching fish that most people don’t even know exist!
In an Open Fly first: Rob Kramarz talks to us while staying on his game guiding a client in to some finnicky barracuda. He still managed to give us one of our favorite interviews yet! He passionately explains fishing in the Florida Keys for permit, tarpon, bonefish, barracuda and square groupers. You won’t find a more authentic podcast interview. That we know of at least….
Jess McGlothlin of Fire Girl Photography tells her story of finding her unique niche in the fly fishing industry, then we bring on the founders of the Upper Missouri Waterkeepers to talk about getting their new organization off the ground!
We once again try diplomacy on the show. We made the decision to allow Canadians on the show once again to see how that went. End result: A solid show with funny accents.