This week Aaron Reed talks with fly fishing newbies, John and Jen Pelicano about their journey into the sport.
00:10 Introducing John and Jen Pelicano
01:19 Shout out to sponsors: Duck Camp, Real Ale and Real Spirits, and Imbrifex Books’ The Local Angler Series
02:57 It’s National Beer Day!
04:00 How Jen and John got into fly fishing during the pandemic year.
05:00 John takes one for the team, goes shopping.
06:25 Jen’s father sets them up for success.
07:11 Is it appropriate to put a vintage Ross San Miguel reel on an Eagle Claw rod?
08:25 Living Waters Fly Fishing to the rescue.
10:45 Jen hopes she doesn’t catch a fish.
12:20 How fishing guide Griff England gets great fish photos for the ‘gram.
14:12 Beyond the 5-weight.
15:15 Jen says “the Llano,” but she means “the Lampasas.”
17:35 Shout out to Shane Gray of Graywolf Rods.
19:00 Aaron flubs “Livingston Rod Company,” even though he knows Dusty Smith and thinks he’s one of the coolest cats in the industry.
21:30 The Poage Lake incident.
23:50 Everything about fly fishing is beautiful.
26:15 John takes a potshot at Aaron’s musical taste.
26:55 Jen mentions the learning curve when it comes to fish handling.
28:00 Well-met at Mesquite Creek Outfitters on Georgetown’s historic town square.
29:55 Was John a Jesuit, or just slow?
30:27 John brings Aaron to tears.
33:45 Jen attempts to put a damper on John’s fanboy enthusiasm.
36:27 John offers to give Aaron some fly fishing pointers.
37:52 “If you’re not building, healing, teaching or growing, don’t get too worked up about your job. It’s not that important.”
42:00 A brief, uninformed aside about John Shewey’s book: “Classic Steelhead Flies”
45:20 Aaron’s sausage fingers.
45:30 Is Aaron writing a memoir?! (and would anyone care?)
49:00 In praise of Wes Ferguson’s “The Blanco River,” and Rob McConnell’s “Fly Fishing the Sam.”
50:10 The upside of social media and isn’t the fly fishing community great?