Episode 10—Amy McMahon / Amanda Monthei

Amy McMahon likes bugs. I mean, she really likes them. When I visited her in Fort Collins, Colorado, I was amazed by her collection of beautifully preserved and displayed butterflies, dragonflies, and even some huge, crazy insect from New Guinea (I think) that someone brought her in a water bottle. 

The great thing about that obsession of Amy's is that she has also translated it into the creation of some of the more striking fly fishing related art you'll see around these days. Her illustrations of aquatic insects, which can be seen at www.amymcmahonillustrations.com, detail the many beautiful and fascinating qualities of the things trout and other fish like to eat. 

Before my conversation with Amy, you'll hear a short reading from Amanda Monthei. Amanda is a writer, skier, fly fisher, and wilderness fire fighter who spends her time chasing her passions all around the Pacific Northwest. 

Today's music comes from the inimitable Nathaniel Riverhorse Nakadate. 

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Episode 09—WOTF at Patagonia Ballard

In this episode, we take you inside the backbone of The Fly Tapes—Writers on the Fly. This episode features a recent reading in Seattle at the new Patagonia WorkWear store in Ballard. 

Part one features readings from Dylan Tomine, author of Closer to the Ground, and Jason Rolfe, founder and host of Writers on the Fly and The Fly Tapes. We'll also hear from Casey Underwood, who was the featured artist for the evening. 

In the second half, we've got Jeff Galbraith and Steve Duda. Jeff is the publisher of The Flyfisher Journal, and Steve is editor of the same. 

Music: "Anniversary Song" by Blanket Music, from Free Music Archive under CC by NC. 

Episode 08—Steve Duda

In addition to being one of the finest writers in fly fishing these days, Steve Duda has devoted the majority of his adult life to the art of editing, helping writers in various genres and disciplines create the very best work that they can. For the past 6 years or so, he's harnessed that drive to curate great writing to make The Flyfish Journal one of the best places in the world to find that writing. 

In this episode, we hear Steve read two pieces from the 2016 Cascadia Tour: "A Frazzled Constellation" and "Make the Sky Better." During our (admittedly) long conversation, we chat about his early days as a music writer, his transition into editing, and the things that make him excited when he sits down to read submissions for TFFJ. 

Music for this episode comes from South Sound Tug and Barge, of which Steve is the lead banjo wizard. Check out their new album, Pt. Defiance, which includes artwork by Jonathan Marquardt and photography from Earl Harper

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Episode 07—Ann Bodle-Nash

Ann Bodle-Nash lives on a tiny island in northwest Washington State, where for the past couple of years she has been working on earning an MFA in Creative Writing through Pacific Lutheran University's Low-Residency MFA program

Life has thrown Ann and her family a couple of curve balls over the past year or so, but through it all she fallen back on fishing and writing as a way to get through it all. 

Her work has been published at SharkReef.org, indieitpress.com, and The Dun Magazine.

Don't forget to join us on January 25th, at Patagonia Ballard, for a special edition of Writers on the Fly, featuring Dylan Tomine, Steve Duda, and Jeff Galbraith. 

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Music: Molly Molly by Blue Dot Sessions, from Free Music Archive under CC BY-NC 4.0

Episode 06—Selected Readings #1

This week's episode starts off with Will Rice reading a piece about close calls with jet boats while searching for steelhead. It's called "Near Death by the Numbers." Will read this piece in Vancouver, British Columbia, during the 2016 Writers on the Fly Cascadia Tour. Will's work has been published in The Drake, The Flyfish Journal, Saltwater Fly Fishing, and Angling Trade. 

Following Will, we've got poet Cameron K. Scott. Cameron has published two poetry collections—The Book of Ocho and The Book of Cold Mountain. Cameron's reading in Portland last year during the 2016 Cascadia Tour is included in its entirety. His work has been published in too many places to name, but you can learn more about him at this website: WriterFish.com

Last, but certainly not least, we've got Alex Collier. An Appalachia native, Alex now lives in Seattle with his wife and their son, Haven, and he works as a fishing guide in the Puget Sound area. This piece, "Just Enough, But Not Too Much," was recently published in The Flyfish Journal. This reading is from the 2017 Cascadia Tour in Seattle. 

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Music: Blue Highway by Podington Bear, from Free Music Archive, under CC By 3.0The Zeppelin by Blue Dot Sessions, from Free Music Archive, under CC BY-NC 4.0O Tannenbaum by Dan Lerch, from Free Music Archive, under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Episode 05—Greg Fitz

Gregory Fitz is a lifelong midwesterner recently transplanted to the PNW. He doesn’t work in tech and he isn’t a Seahawks fan yet. Minnesotans wear flannel, too, so he might be grunge. 

After years of chasing migratory great lakes fish with two-handed rods, he is now in the process of getting a beatdown on the hallowed natal steelhead and salmon rivers flowing into the Pacific Ocean. It is an exercise in humility.

His fishing writing has appeared in The Fly Fish Journal, The Drake, This is Fly, Swing the Fly and the Mend Provision blog. His art can be seen at www.gregoryfitz.net.

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Music: Singing in the Rain (Instrumental) by David Mumford, from Free Music Archive, under CC BY 4.0.

Episode 04—Jeff Galbraith

In 2001, Jeff Galbraith and his wife Jessie Lu moved from Idaho to Seattle and started frequency: The Snowboarder's Journal. Over the next eight years, that first title would be followed by The Ski Journal in 2006, and in 2009, The Flyfish Journal. 

Since its inception, The Flyfish Journal has carved out a unique place in the world of arts and letters in fly fishing. Galbraith's dedication to finding the best possible content--and to presenting that content in archival quality issues that will be at home on your bookshelf for years to come--has given the lie to the commonly heard maxim that "print is dead."

This episode is made possible with support from Patagonia.

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Music: Twinkle Twinkle (Instrumental) by David Mumford, from Free Music Archive, under CC BY 4.0.

Episode 03—Langdon Cook

Episode 03 of the Fly Tapes features author Langdon Cook. From Langdon's website: 

Langdon Cook is a writer, instructor, and lecturer on wild foods and the outdoors. His books include Upstream: Searching for Wild Salmon, from River to Table (Ballantine, May 2017), The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America, winner of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager, which The Seattle Times called “lyrical, practical and quixotic.”

Prior to the interview I had with Langdon, you'll hear him read his story, Stones in the River, recorded live during the 2016 Cascadia Tour in Seattle. 

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Music: That Hill It Has Already Gone Away by adcBicycle, from Free Music Archive, under CC BY/SA.

 

Episode 02—Dylan Tomine, Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my conversation with Dylan Tomine. In this episode, you'll hear Dylan read two pieces from the Portland stop during the 2016 Cascadia Tour: Luck and Salmon Dreams. You'll also hear us talk a bit about the writing life, how he came upon the idea for his book, Closer to the Ground, and a somewhat roundabout meeting with Thomas McGuane.

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Music: As I Was Saying and How I Used to See the Stars by Lee Rosevere, from Free Music Archive under CC BY 4.0

Episode 01—Dylan Tomine, Part One

Dylan Tomine is "a writer, conservation advocate, blueberry farmer, and father, not necessarily in that order." His work has been published in The Flyfish Journal, The Drake, and other fly fishing publications. In 2012, Patagonia Books published Dylan's first book, Closer to the Ground: An outdoor family's year on the water, in the woods and at the table. In his forward to the book, Thomas McGuane wrote, "This author is leading by example, and the quiet message is to learn to live with the things that really matter, the eternal things about the earth, and about each other." 

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Music: Let's Start at the Beginning by Lee Rosevere, from Free Music Archive under CC BY 4.0

Episode 00--Welcome to The Fly Tapes Podcast

Follow The Fly Tapes Podcast on iTunes and here at Syzygy Fly Fishing for enriching conversations with fly fishing writers and artists, and readings from some of the best new and old voices in the world of fly fishing writing. Reading excerpts from Dylan Tomine, Langdon Cook, Cameron K Scott, and Steve Duda.

Episode 01 with Dylan Tomine is coming soon.

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Music: Let's Start at the Beginning by Lee Rosevere, from Free Music Archive under CC BY 4.0