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Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Podcast

Jul 17, 2018

Doug Stewart, one of my biggest mentors and my dad, is on the show today to talk about some of the history of steelhead fly fishing on the Deschutes River.

Some topics really hit home with me especially as he talked about my grandpa and the comparisons between the two.  We talk about some of his big influences and how 30 years of guiding came to be in his life.

Show Notes with Doug Stewart

Here's a link to the first episode I put together with my dad.

Take a look below for the picture of Roderick Haig-Brown that looks just like my dad.

Here's a link to the Jim Teeny episode.  Jim was there with my dad in the early days of fly fishing on the deschutes and around Oregon.

Fly Fish Food will be on the show in a few episodes and is a great example of an online company doing well on the side.

A River Runs Through It was the biggest fly fishing movie of all time.

Some of the books Doug has published include Tying and Fishing Outstanding Flies, The Practical Fly Fisher and Rattlesnake Tails.  He has also produced articles for various fly fishing magazines.

Steve Duda in this episode noted the fact that John Gierach's submissions are always perfect to the Fly Fish Journal.

John Shewey was on the show in episode 16 and noted the impact of the Max Canyon fly pattern that Doug created back in the day.

Here is a video on tying The Stewart, here's a photo of the Dark Max and the Max Canyon flies.

Books recommended by Doug Stewart include Trout by Ray Bergman and Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing by Joseph Bates.

Here's a video tying the Dark Tied Down Caddis, one of Doug's favorite wet flies for trout fishing.

You can reach Doug Stewart at or by giving him a phone call at 503-666-3454.


The above photo is of Doug Stewart and the photo below is of Roderick Haig-Brown.  I think they shopped at the same hat store.

Resources Noted by Doug Stewart

Tying and Fishing Outstanding Flies

The Practical Fly Fisher

Trout by Ray Bergman

Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing by Joseph Bates

Conclusion with Doug Stewart

That was a lot of fun for me.  Especially hearing some of the history of how my dad got started and turned fly fishing into a lifetime love and business.  Leave a comment below if you had a mentor in your life that helped you along in your journey.

You can get all of the show notes links below: