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Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Podcast

Apr 26, 2023

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Presented By: Yellowstone Teton


Bob Jacklin, the founder of Jacklyn's Fly Shop, is here today to share stories of his 50+ years of fishing, guiding, and teaching in the West Yellowstone area. He talks about who his mentor was in fly fishing and how they eventually became competitors while still being good friends. We talk about the book he wrote with Bruce Staples about West Yellowstone fly fishing and how it's relevant in today's time.

Bob walks us through the best times to fish the Firehole River. And we also talk a little bit about fly fishing history where we noted some of the fly fishing legends and how he relates to those stories.

Show Notes with Bob Jacklyn

03:10 - Bob opened his fly shop in April 1974.

03:55 - The Firehole River is Bob's go-to river and the Madison in the park.

04:45 - Bob just retired from guiding last year after 53 years of guiding and outfitting.

06:20 - We've had Justin Spence from Big Sky Anglers at WFS 227.

06:50 - Bob started guiding in 1969 and Bud Lilly offered him a job. They eventually became competitors but remained very good friends.

08:30 - Bob wrote a book with Bruce Staples called, Fly Fishing West Yellow Stone: A History and Guide. We also had Bruce Staples on the podcast a while back at WFS 269.

13:00 - He noted Jim Danskin who was a great angler and also feature in their book.

15:25 - Bob tells us about the fly fishing school they taught.

17:30 - Bob was one of the first 6 people that passed the certification test for the International Federation of Fly Fishers.

23:00 - Bob has kept only 6 fish in his whole life.

31:30 - Tip for new guides: Use a long leader and a long tippet.

33:10 - The best time to fish the Firehole River on the first couple weeks of June up until the first couple weeks of July.

39:00 - Bob talks about Kelly Galloup. We had Kelly on the podcast twice at WFS 52 and WFS 167.

41:10 - Sage Rods used to be called Winslow Rods. Bob also tells us about the history of Fenwick Rods, which was one of his first rods, and how it's related to Sage Rods.

44:20 - We hear about the story of how Jim Green patented the Feralite ferrule.

54:00 - Bob was a musician and was raised in a musically inclined family. He used to be a drummer when he was in the army. He also had dyslexia but did not find out until later.

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