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Wet Fly Swing Fly Fishing Podcast

Aug 28, 2018

Show Notes:

Rick Hafele, one of the biggest entomologist in the western US, was on the podcast to all things entomology and fly fishing.  Rick provides some great tips on fishing dries, nymphs and wet flies.

He breaks down the basics of entomology, how the bugs life changes and how this will make you a more consistent fisherman.  He shares the top 3 things you need to think about when you first get to a stream to increase your success.


Show Notes with Rick Hafele

05:02 - Rick met Dave Hughes at the Free U at OSU and through the Aquatic Entomology which lead to The Complete Book of Western Hatches.

06:15 - Norm Anderson was Rick's professor and mentor at OSU and a real naturalist in the field.

08:30 - The Society of Freshwater Scientist is mostly composed of aquatic entomologist.

15:25 - The most critical piece is understanding the size of the adults.

16:30 - The show Ask About Fly Fishing where Rick noted fishing size 16 nymphs and smaller.

19:30 - Kelly Galloup talking about how he doesn't fish beads on the high sticking episode of Ask About Fly Fishing.

23:30 - Rick Hafele is the Bug Won and hear is a clip of Rick with his alter ego.

25:25 - Vimeo is where all of Rick's video have found a home.

27:45 - The bug net, vials and other bug sampling tools are at Rick's website.

31:35 - Rick published Nymph Fishing Rivers and Streams, Western Hatches, Tactics for trout, seasons for trout

40:15 - The Green Rock Worm and the baetis nymph pattern are Rick's goto patterns.

43:35 - Tim Cammisa is a big east coast friend who has a big youtube channel.  Here is the podcast interview.

47:05 - Davy Wotton was on the fly fishing podcast to talk all wet flies.

52:30 - Carry a rusty spinner in a range of sizes to catch trout on a spinner fall.

56:35 - The Bridge City Blues Band and Garry Meziere and no Tomorrow are 2 of the bands that Rick still plays live shows in.

57:45 - Rick notes Skip Morris who was on the podcast in episode 36.

59:25 - Find Rick's instagram account where he shares bug photos.

1:02:45 - This links shows all of the locations where Rick will be speaking.


You can find Rick at or on instagram where he shares lots of cool bug pics.


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Resources Mentioned in this Episode

Western Hatches is the bible for trout fisherman in the west

A bug net and vials can be found on Rick's website




Conclusion with Rick Hafele

I wanted to give Rick a big thank you for coming on the show and sharing his knowledge of entomology and fly fishing.  We covered a lot of great stuff including his blues bands and the infamous Bug character on his videos.