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WAYPOINTS - with Jim Klug
59 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
Season 2: Episode 1 - The Current State of Fishing Travel: What to Expect Moving Forward
On the first episode of the new season of WAYPOINTS, host Jim Klug is joined by Cameron Davenport of Eleven Experience and Kimberly Franke of Kanna Travel to discuss what the road ahead looks like for destination angling – both domestic and international. Has the world of fishing returned to normal, and what has changed for the traveling angler? We discuss current rules and regulations, availability, travel trends, and new opportunities, and we break down how traveling anglers can plan ahead and prepare for fishing travel in a changing world. We also roll through a list of the world’s top angling destinations and countries, discussing current accessibility, open-versus-closed, new regulations, and travel protocols. Which countries are wide open, which countries remain closed for the time being, and what we’re hearing about possible openings for the near future. And finally, we discuss ways that you can protect your trip investments and travels from disruptions, cancellations, and shut-downs moving forward. If you have any plans to travel in late 2021 or 2022, then you will absolutely want to tune in to the new season of WAYPOINTS!
53 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
#28 - TRAVIS SMITH AND RANCE RATHIE: The Inside Information on Fly Fishing in Patagonia - Part 2
In part two of our extended episode on fishing in Patagonia, we’re continuing our conversations with Travis Smith and Rance Rathie, the founders and owners of Patagonia Rivers Guides in Argentina. This episode focuses on the “how, what, when and where” aspects of fishing throughout Patagonia – a vast, remote, and largely-uninhabited region that encompasses over 300,000 square miles of pristine mountains, rivers, grasslands, and prairies. Stretching more than a thousand miles through southern Argentina and spilling across the border into Chile, Patagonia is larger than the state of Texas – an area that is isolated, unspoiled, and magnificent. Home to an amazing number of rivers, spring creeks, and lakes – and healthy populations of rainbows, browns, and brook trout – it is a destination that has for decades drawn anglers from all over the world. In more than 25 years of operating Patagonia River Guides, Rance and Travis have become a force in the world of South American angling, creating what is arguably the most comprehensive and professional fly fishing operation found anywhere in Patagonia.
54 minutes | Sep 8, 2020
#27 TRAVIS SMITH AND RANCE RATHIE: The Inside Information on Fly Fishing in Patagonia - Part 1
Patagonia is a vast, remote, and largely-uninhabited region that encompasses over 300,000 square miles of pristine mountains, rivers, grasslands, and prairies. Stretching more than a thousand miles through southern Argentina and spilling across the border into Chile, Patagonia is larger than the state of Texas – an area that is isolated, unspoiled, and magnificent. Home to an amazing number of rivers, spring creeks, and lakes – and healthy populations of rainbows, browns, and brook trout – it is a destination that has for decades drawn anglers from all over the world. In this first episode of a two-part series on fishing in Patagonia, we’re sitting down with Travis Smith and Rance Rathie to talk about the amazing fishing that can be found throughout Patagonia. Rance and Travis are the founders and co-owners of Patagonia River Guides, an absolute force in the world of South American angling and arguably the most comprehensive and professional fly fishing operation found anywhere in Patagonia. The two-part series dives into the “how, when, where, and why” of fishing in Argentina, with detailed information specific to the fishing in Patagonia.
52 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
#26 WOODY PLATT: A Life of Fly Fishing, Guiding and Bluegrass Fame with the Grammy-Winning Steep Canyon Rangers
The Grammy-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers began playing together as students at the University of North Carolina. Since their formation in 2000, the band has been an integral part of the Asheville, North Carolina music scene, and an absolute FORCE in the national bluegrass scene. The band won a 2012 Grammy for “Best Bluegrass Album,” and their recordings have routinely topped the Billboard bluegrass charts for more than a decade. They are also known for their work with comedian-actor and musician Steve Martin, with whom they routinely tour. Oftentimes compared to legends like The Band, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Zac Brown, the Steep Canyon Rangers have become one of the most recognizable names in modern bluegrass music. The band’s co-founder, guitarist, lead vocalist, and contributing songwriter is Woody Platt – an incredible musician, seasoned fly fishing guide, and life-long angler. In this episode of Waypoints, Woody and host Jim Klug talk about the band’s history, Woody’s dual professions of musician and trout guide, playing with Steve Martin, and how Woody’s love of fly fishing has been woven into his music and life of touring.
48 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
#25 CJ BOX: #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author
In this episode of Waypoints, Jim sits down with C. J. Box, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, an avid angler, and a world traveler. C.J. is the author of 27 novels including the hugely popular Joe Pickett series that tell the ongoing story of a Wyoming game warden who throughout the series has taken on environmental terrorists, rogue federal land managers, animal mutilators, crazed cowboy hitmen, corrupt bureaucrats, homicidal animal rights advocates, and violent dysfunctional families. Box is a Wyoming native who over the years has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small-town newspaper reporter and editor, and the operator of an international tourism marketing firm with his wife Laurie. In 2008, Box was awarded the "BIG WYO" Award from the state tourism industry, solidifying his presence as an authority on fishing and angling travel. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and toured throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West. He won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, two Barry Awards, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. Because of his exciting prose and poignant depictions of the US West and the angling lifestyle, Box is a Yellow Dog staff favorite. We can think of no better way to celebrate our 25th episode than a sit-down with C.J.
56 minutes | Apr 23, 2020
#24 ANDY MILL: Ski Racing, Tarpon Fishing, and the Quest for the Ultimate Sporting Life
Andy Mill is a name that is well-known in numerous outdoor circles – from the slopes of the world’s great downhill courses to the tarpon flats of the Florida Keys. Since first hitting the scene as a young downhill ski racer on the US national team in the 1970s, Andy’s life has been full of non-stop adventures and travels. His occupations have included Olympic athlete, broadcaster, author, television host, and – of course, professional angler and tournament legend. In this episode of WAYPOINTS, Andy talks about what it takes to be a successful tarpon angler, his love of travel, how a competitive background in ski racing helped with his saltwater fishing tournament success, the what he sees as the most rewarding aspects of fishing. Andy discusses the importance of supporting guides and outfitters during times of no travel, and also shares some of his game-changing innovations and techniques specific to fly fishing for tarpon. Andy’s reputation for being friendly, approachable, and always willing to share information is on full display throughout this entire episode, and it's easy to see why he’s become one of the most recognizable and impactful ambassadors for the sport of fly fishing.
52 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
#23 Jim Klug, Ben Bulis, Bryan Gregson: The Impact of Coronavirus on Destination Angling and the Fly Fishing Industry As a Whole
In this April 2020 episode of WAYPOINTS, host Jim Klug and his two guests discuss the impacts of the COVID-19 virus and the world-wide shutdown on fly fishing travel, the international network of lodges, guides and outfitters, and on the fly fishing industry as a whole. Jim is joined on the show by Ben Bulis (president of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association) and Bryan Gregson (legendary fishing photographer and world traveler) for a very open discussion about how this situation has and will change the world of destination angling. Discussions revolve around what businesses and fly fishing operations are doing to survive as well as how lodges, agents and traveling anglers are handling things and behaving. We all know that fly fishing is a small sport and a relatively small industry. But – most of all – it is a small community. The show also highlights some of the things that anglers can be doing to help ensure that the network and infrastructure of lodges and outfitters we all depend on will survive for the future.Ben BulisBen is president of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association – better known as AFFTA. Ben has been the President and CEO of AFFTA since the spring of 2012, and under his leadership, the association has grown to record levels. A native of New Hampshire, Ben now lives in Bozeman, Montana with his family.Bryan GregsonBryan is a well-known fishing photographer and world traveler. Also based in Bozeman, Bryan travels the globe working on assignments in some of the most remote corners of the planet. Known for his unique vision and storytelling abilities, Bryan is the humbled recipient of numerous awards and his work has been featured in publications and ad campaigns for Patagonia, Volvo, Nat Geo, Yellow Dog, 3M, The Drake and countless other magazines, ads and film projects.
55 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
#22 Gary Leinen and Kimberly Franke: The Realities of COVID-19 for the Traveling Angler
Since COVID-19 first appeared in Wuhan, China in December of 2019, the effects on this new coronavirus on global economies and the travel industry have been dramatic. Many of those that travel the world to fish want to know how this event is actually impacting travel logistics, our ability to fish, and the destinations we love so much. To address this situation, we’ve sat down with Gary Leinen and Kimberly Franke - two people who are experts in their fields.Gary’s impressive career in the public health sector includes 30 years of global USAID epidemiology work related to disease outbreaks throughout Africa and the Philippines. Gary is also a member of the Global Health Council and, in our view, one of the top authorities to discuss the current COVID-19 issue. In the first part of this episode, Gary helps us gain clarity on the current state of global travel and how this event may impact near-future access to the destinations we love. In part two of this episode, Kimberly Franke - the founder and owner of Kanna Travel - talks us through the realities of travel insurance and how the current situation is impacting and changing trip coverage policies. Whether planning a trip for the future or traveling to fish in the weeks or months ahead, this is an episode that you will not want to miss.
39 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
#21 JEFF CURRIER: A Lifetime of Fly Fishing The World
With over forty years of fly fishing the world, Jeff Currier has quite possibly fished more countries (60 and counting) and caught more species (over 400 and counting) with a fly rod than any person alive. Jeff is constantly traveling and developing new techniques for catching the most exotic fish imaginable in places where even the most avid adventurers are at times hesitant to go! As an active lecturer, published author, accomplished artist, IGFA World Record holder, and the subject of numerous films, articles, and media projects, Jeff is a fly fishing personality that is as entertaining and educational as he is legitimate. He is an incredibly reliable source of information and inspiration, the most senior member of the Yellow Dog Ambassador team, and a close friend. And while Jeff can boast one of the most impressive resumes around, he remains one of the most authentic and humble people in the industry – always willing to take his accomplishments one step further by passing on what he has learned. Kicking-off Season 2 of Waypoints is an episode that scratches the surface of a life deeply devoted to fly fishing the world: a sit-down that is packed with numerous tips and great fishing stories from around the world.
58 minutes | Jan 22, 2020
#20 WILL BLAIR: Fly Fishing the Legendary Waters of Kamchatka
Will Blair is one of the godfathers of fly fishing in Kamchatka. Since 1997, Will has helped pioneer some of the top fisheries on the Kamchatka Peninsula, developing and offering what is arguably one of the best rainbow trout fishing experiences found anywhere on the planet. Yellow Dog is proud to partner with Will and his remote Two Yurt and Ozernaya programs, along with the incredibly-unique “Rainbows from Above” customized fly-out program. Because Will knows this mysterious and wild area like no one else, we tracked him down with a long list of questions in-hand. We discuss the factors that make a trip to Kamchatka so special, what gear to bring, the seasonality of the fisheries, species, travel logistics, and the stories you might tell upon returning from one of the greatest rainbow trout destinations in the world. If you’ve ever thought about a trip to Kamchatka, then you will certainly enjoy this exciting episode: the Season 1 finale of the Waypoints Podcast.
60 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
#19 JIM BARTSCHI: An Industry Icon Talks Fly Rod Design, Travel and the State of Destination Angling
Jim Bartschi is the President and head rod designer at Scott Fly Rods in Montrose, Colorado. With close to 30 years at Scott, Jim has devoted his entire career to the fly fishing industry - building and testing some of the finest rods on the planet. Jim served for two terms as a board member of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) before being re-elected in 2018 to a third term. In 2019 he became the organization’s Chairman. Jim is one of the most hard-working, straightforward, and innovative individuals that we know, and this episode in one of our all-time favorites. Bartschi and Waypoints host Jim Klug discuss fly rod design and recommendations for the traveling angler, the differences between US-made fly rods and imported rods, whether lifetime rod warranties are a good thing, why fly rods break, the current role of retailers in our sport, the state of travel and destination angling in today’s world, and much more.
47 minutes | Dec 31, 2019
#18 CHARLIE CONN: Taimen Fishing and the Draw of Mongolia
This episode of Waypoints features Charlie Conn, an accomplished international angler, explorer, guide and conservationist. After graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota (1994) with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Charlie moved to Livingston, Montana to work for Dan Bailey’s Fly Shop. He first started guiding in Mongolia in 1998 and has been guiding and working there ever since. With 22 years spent chasing taimen all over Mongolia, Charlie has learned a thing or two about these amazing fish, and in this episode he talks techniques, tackle, reading water, and seasons. He also shares some amazing stories from his years spent in Mongolia as well as some of his secrets for a great taimen adventure.In 2010, Charlie was the driving force behind the creation of the Taimen Fund – a project that was started by the Tributary Fund. As a seasoned guide in Mongolia, he was inspired to help protect taxmen and address the challenges taimen face in Mongolian waters. The Taimen Fund became a stand-alone, non-profit organization in September 2013, and Charlie has served as the organization’s Executive Director since the very beginning.
47 minutes | Dec 11, 2019
#17 MARCELO PÉREZ: Bolvian Golden Dorado and a Life of Adventure
Writer, architect, explorer and founder of Untamed Angling are only a few of the titles held by Argentinian dorado aficionado, Marcelo Pérez. Marcelo learned to fly fish on the Paraná watershed at an early age, and has since developed his passion for golden dorado by exploring, establishing and writing about new destinations in the Bolivian jungle and throughout South America. In 2001, Marcelo founded Untamed Angling with the launch of La Zona project in northern Argentina. He then went on to establish destinations that included Far End Rivers in Argentina and Desroches Fly Fishing Adventures in the Seychelles before launching the Tsimane Lodge operations in Bolivia in 2005. In this episode of Waypoints, Jim sits down with Marcelo to discuss his life of adventure and talk about the seasons, gear, preparation, travel logistics and insider information for Bolivian golden dorado.
48 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
#16 TOM BIE: Travel Writing and the State of Fly Fishing Media
Tom Bie is the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Drake Magazine, fly fishing’s grassroots journal that over the past 22 years has become a powerhouse in the industry. After working as past editor for Powder, Skiing, and Paddler magazines, Tom started the Drake in 1998 while living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In this episode, Jim and Tom discuss travel writing, our sport’s literary pioneers and legends, and the impact of modern social and print media on the sport of fly fishing and the natural resources we depend on. On a deeper level, Tom reflects on why we’re drawn to fishing and how our travel and adventure stories are written about, shared and enjoyed.
53 minutes | Nov 13, 2019
#15 NICK BOWLES: Fly Fishing the Desert – Queenfishing in the UAE
Acrobatic queenfish, manmade reefs, massive skyscrapers and indoor ski areas are only a few of the things that make Dubai one of the most unusual destinations in the world of fly fishing. Nick Bowles, founder and owner of Dubai’s first fly fishing operation and outfitting business, Ocean Active Fly, walks us through his journey of establishing fly fishing in the UAE. Nick also discusses adventures in Oman and Yemen in pursuit of three different species of permit, milkfish, GT’s and many other unique species. A stop-over in Dubai en route to other Indian Ocean destination has become an essential add-on trip for anglers looking for something completely “different,” and Nick and his team are the very best at what they do. This episode with Nick provides listeners with great stories of fishing in the Middle East and inside information to consider Dubai as part of their next angling adventure.
57 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
#14 KEITH CLOVER AND ROB SCOTT: Pioneering African Waters
Since 2004, South Africans Rob Scott and Keith Clover have been pioneering some of the most exciting fishing opportunities in Africa, opening and establishing fisheries in Tanzania, Cameroon, Gabon, Lesotho, Sudan and of course South Africa. As the founders of “Tourette Fishing” (recently re-named and rebranded as “African Waters”), they have done more to promote adventure fishing opportunities throughout Africa than anyone. Over the years they’ve built a dedicated team of professional guides and opened numerous locations focused on sound fishery management protocols, community projects, and stringent conservation practices. Rob and Keith sat down with Jim to talk tigerfishing, the history of their operations, and why Africa is the “next frontier” for adventure angling and travel.
57 minutes | Oct 30, 2019
#13 TUCKER LADD: Gear and Equipment for the Traveling Angler
Tucker Ladd is the owner of Trouts Fly Fishing, a Denver, Colorado-based fly shop and outfitting service. Tucker has spent his entire professional career in the fly fishing industry, where he has worked as a fishing guide, fly shop employee, and now a shop owner with two locations. In 2005, Tucker’s dream of owning a fly shop was realized when he purchased Trouts, the same fly shop where he had learned to fish as a young man. Over the past 15 years, Tucker has grown Trouts into the industry-leading fly shop that it is today. In this episode, Tucker and Jim discuss key pieces of gear for traveling the world, packing and purchasing tips and techniques, flies, pre-trip preparation, the best travel luggage, common gear and packing mistakes to avoid, and more.
45 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
#11 ARNO MATTHEE: South African Angling Legend
Arno Matthee is an absolute legend in the world of adventure angling and exploratory travel. He grew up in South Africa, where he cut his teeth on yellowfish before heading to the outer atolls of the Seychelles when that fishery was still very much in its infancy. He spent years guiding and exploring the Seychelles, spending close to 100 weeks on motherships on Cosmoledo, Providence, Astove and numerous other locations. During his time on Alphonse, he literally "cracked the code" when it came to catching milkfish on the fly, developing patterns and techniques that are still used to this day. Since that time, he has become obsessed with giant tarpon - fishing and exploring the flats, coastal areas and rivers all throughout western Africa. Arno now resides in Gabon - home to what he will tell you are the largest tarpon on the planet.
63 minutes | Oct 9, 2019
#10 Checking in on Abaco and Grand Bahama – October 2019 Updates Post Hurricane Dorian
On the first two days of September 2019, Hurricane Dorian – a Category 5 storm – hit the Bahamian islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. For two days, the islands were pummeled by sustained winds of 185 miles per hour, with maximum gusts in excess of 220. It was the strongest hurricane on record to affect the Bahamas, and – parked over the islands for two days – it destroyed everything in its path. In the four weeks following the storm, a lot has taken place, but in many areas and in many communities on both Grand Bahama and Abaco, the recovery efforts continue, and the rebuilding has only just begun. To discuss the ongoing relief and rebuilding efforts to date, host Jim Klug sits down with two guests: Doug McKnight, the Bahamas program director for Yellow Dog Flyfishing, and Dillon Gruber, Associate Director of the Yellow Dog Community and Conservation Foundation. We talk with Doug and Dillon about what YDCCF and others from throughout the fly fishing industry are doing to assist post-storm, and we share live reports from several lodge owners on both islands, including Rob Neher of East End Lodge, Greg Vincent of H2O Bonefishing, and Oliver White of Abaco Lodge.
48 minutes | Oct 2, 2019
#9 KIMBERLY FRANKE: Trip Insurance and Evac Coverage for the Traveling Angler - Deciphering the Ins-and-Outs
Kimberly Franke is the founder and principal for Kanna Travel Services, a Montana-based, full-service travel agency that specializes in trip logistics, flights ticketing and insurance solutions for adventure and sporting travel. A strong believer in outstanding customer service, Kimberly and her team offer in-depth solutions and travel coordination through a thoughtful approach that ties your fishing adventures and your travel logistical together in a seamless and easy way. She one of the most knowledgeable people in the industry when it comes to “insider advice” for flights, and is also incredibly experienced when it comes to knowing the ins-and-out of trip insurance policies, coverages and plans. Kimberly studied business and design at Curtain University in Perth, Western Australia, and over the years has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Africa, New Zealand, India, Belize, Australia, Fiji and North America. A native Aussie from “WA”, she has adapted well to the Montana lifestyle.
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