This week on the Blue Collar Fly Fishing Podcast, Aaron talks with the Vice President/Editor in Chief of Trout Unlimited, Kirk Deeter.
00:00 Show welcome and Kirk Deeter intro
00:49 Thank you to our sponsors
02:14 Kirk comes on.
03:33 Aaron and Kirk pour a Rye Grain Straight Malt Whiskey from Real Spirits.
04:08 How John Wayne drank his whiskey
06:40 How Kirk became King of All Fly Fishing Media.
09:45 Kirk cops to being a fly fishing heretic. We talk carp.
12:26 Is there a print media renaissance?
14:25 Why does fly fishing produce so much great writing?
18:05 Kirk says something nice about Aaron’s book.
19:00 “Clarity, Simplicity, Honesty.” And the impact of social media.
22:55 The coolest adventures are close to home.
24:55 Kirk admits to loving Texas.
26:55 We talk about Kirk’s two early fly fishing books, Castwork and Tideline.
32:10 Shout-out to Steve Ramirez, Guadalupe bass, and Casting Forward.
33:55 The Little Red Book of Fly Fishing, and the upcoming Little Black Book of Fly Fishing.
38:10 How the VP of Trout Unlimited came to write a book about fly fishing for carp. Aaron and Kirk talk about the joys of fishing for mud marlin.
51:35 How to cobble together a living as a creative in the fly fishing world.
54:13 Shout-out to Willie.
58:39 Kirk admits to getting skunked on his last fishing trip.
59:55 Shout-out to April Vokey
1:00:25 Kirk talks about the big year the pandemic brought fly fishing.
1:02:30 One-hit wonders on the rivers, and “you can’t play in saltwater.”
1:03:08 Kirk cusses a little.
1:03:35 Name-dropping Josh Crumpton; gatekeepers vs. door openers.
1:05:55 Shout-out to Living Waters Fly Fishing
1:08:25 How do we create more diversity in fly fishing?
1:09:49 “People want to know how to fish. People want to know how to appreciate nature. What they want is a serious, honest, lasting connection to nature.”
1:13:05 “You don’t need to catch 30 fish in a day to call it a good day.”
1:18:54 Aaron and Kirk talk a little bit about diversity in fly fishing. Kirk has some good ideas.
1:27:05 Grace and humility, man.
1:28:15 Mary Gauthier’s “Mercy Now.”
1:30:45 Kirk’s perfect fly fishing trip.
1:40:55 Before signing off, Kirk and Aaron talk tarpon.
1:36:55 “Your boat, my boat.”