Burritos, Breaks, and Flies - A Fly Fishing Podcast
By BearFish Alliance
We mash up our two favorite topics:Fly Fishing and Food! Fly Fishing feeds our soul just as much as a fine burrito fuels our hunger. Our podcast connects with folks who make the sport great and we learn a little something about fly fishing (and epic burritos) along the way.
This Burritos, Breaks, and Flies Micro-Tip Podcast will be covering the East Walker River and the new regulations set forth by the CDFW. This change is of the upmost concern for this trophy fishery and if it remains unchanged it will certainly have a negative impact on the fishery as well as the town of Bridgeport.
What you are about to hear in this podcast is a series of truths, no tales, about the streamer and strip game on Pyramid Lake. We join one of our favorite anglers, Anthony Gulisano, on a recap on his incredible run at the ‘Mid this season this late winter and spring. We will cover what was successful for Anthony as well as tips on how to up the stakes on your own personal streamer game. Lets not forget the food side of the house as well….no burritos this episode because Anthony went whole hog with a full on protein assault on the best damn ziti I have ever had. Might as well been a Unicorn Ziti….it was that good.
Eric was our very first podcast guest and we welcome him with open arms and ears in this triumphant return to the burritos, breaks and flies podcast. Eric is the GM of the world renowned Whitney Peak Hotel in Reno, NV but most importantly he is a passionate outdoorsman and fly fisherman that can really bring some sweet fish to the net.
Alastair operates Twin Peakes in Aberdeenshire, Scotland that targets Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout, Rainbow, and Brown Trout. Not only does Alastair teach single hand and double hand casting techniques along the River Dee, but he also has a hand in running one of the LOOP Tackles field centers where you get hands on with the latest in LOOP products and give them a cast on the River Dee. We chat with Alastair about Spey and Switch Fly Fishing, International hosted trips, and of course a bit about burritos and some awesome spit fired Argentine Lamb....with chimichurri of course! This is a great podcast with a lot of terrific information, you won't want to miss it!
I'm gonna give you your dream shot, I still can't believe I’m doing this, I'm going to send you two up against the best, you two clowns are going top Top Gun – That’s Commander Jordan talking to Goose and Maverick in the classic movie Top Gun. This is what Ben and I hear in our heads every time we hit the water with todays guest, Taylor “The Prodigy” Brune. We feel like mere grasshoppers in this fly fishing masters presence, and we are stoked to have him join us again in this podcast covering high water techniques and some Pyramid Lake fly fishing basics. And yes, as much as we wanted to hear from Jimmy Kimmel on this podcast, we think that having the prodigy in his stead will leave you with a bit more knowledge on how to be successful on our local waters. Sit back and take in some lessons from the prodigy himself, Taylor Brune.
We are excited to have Travis Hawks, who is a Fisheries Biologist with the Nevada Department of Wildlife and outdoor superstar joins us in this episode of Burritos, Breaks, and Flies. We will learn about what it is to be a fisheries biologist in the state of Nevada as well as all the exciting work Travis does on the daily to ensure we not only have a pleasurable experience out on the water, but also that future generations will as well. Travis will also tell us a bit about the many offerings to be found in Northern Nevada and he will also reveal his three favorite burrito joints in all of the land….so stay tuned for a trip into Nevada’s backcountry with Travis Hawks!
"Fishing is a discipline in the equality of men - for all men are equal before fish" - President Herbert Hoover
In this episode of Burritos, Breaks, and Flies we shift that balance in favor of man as we revisit with local fly fishing ace and industry professional Anthony Gulisano to see what he has been up to since our last podcast in spring of 2020. Anthony will share his experience and wisdom as it pertains to one of his greatest fly fishing passions….and that is cruising and ripping streamers in our local waters and some of his favorite streamer patterns to tie. We also talk Pike, Trout, Pyramid Lake, and cover down on some fish handling faux paus we commonly observe and of course dive into a bit of chatter on some fine cuisine that includes Ducks and Geese. Sit back and enjoy!
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We visit with our fly fishing amigos in Scotland, Wes Parke, Owner and Operator of You Fish Scotland and David Mateer, 2x Gold Medal recipient and holder of the prestigious Scottish Game Angling Instructors Certificate. These two are Demi-Gods in the art of Spey and Switch fly fishing, and have offered up a bit of time to chat with us about the who, what, where, when and why aspects of two handed fishing. The conversation also includes bits about strategies on casting into the wind (handy bit of info for Pyramid Lake) and some great culinary tales…hence the title of the podcast!
Denis Isbister is arguably one of the most well traveled and accomplished anglers in the world today, and hold no prejudice against any type of angling. We go beyond the Denis we know from the accomplished TV Series “Wild Fish, Wild Places” and dig down to get to see what makes this fishing icon tick. From fly fishing to spin casting Denis can really knock it out of the park, so join us on this adventure that blurs the lines between angling types, international culture, and most importantly Burritos (and maybe some Catfish head Soup….yep!). Sit back, crank up the volume and enjoy this conversation we have with a true Jedi of the fishing world.
Mise En Place is a French culinary term for "everything in its place", and in this podcast we shed light on this terminology. Our special guest is Chef Dave Preston who has many achievements to his name and those include things such as Food Judge at the Bocuse d'or (The FINEST food competition in the world), a fellow with the American Academy of Chefs, and of course host of the radio program "Weekend Magazine" on KKOH radio in Reno, Nevada. Dave walks us through his culinary adventures and also leaves us with some simple yet elegant ways to prepare wild game fish...plus his stories of eating different fish from around the world and dining in Michelin rated restaurants is something you will want to hear! Buon Appetito with the Guru of the Good Life!
RECORDED LIVE AT BELLA ITALIA RESTAURANT IN SOUTH RENO, NEVADA!
The iconic Pyramid Lake is open and the Bearfish Crew holds a round table to discuss the success of the opener and also the challenges that anglers are facing amidst the Covid-19 situation. We are stoked to have our own Executive Director of Operations, Jeff Taylor, join us as he tells a bit about himself and his fly fishing background and his variant of his favorite burrito! Other topics discussed are the Derby Dam fish gate, the future of the Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in the Truckee River, and even the prospect of our very own Ben "The Big Kahuna" King surfing the breaks at Pyramid. This is a fun podcast that you will be glad you listened too.
RECORDED LIVE AT BEARFISH HEADQUARTERS IN RENO, NV!
We have been waiting to do this one for a while, and as luck would have it the stars aligned to make it happen! This is a rare glimpse of the man behind the Legendary Adamsbuilt Fishing Company. The Adamsbuilt foundation is built on a legacy that will never be duplicated, and Mont's passion for fly fishing is reflected in what he brings to the table with a great product line that all anglers can benefit from. Sit back and listen as we discuss international travel (Business and Fly Fishing!) and also hear about some pretty awesome international culinary experiences Mont has endured. This is a great one!
We sit down with Fly Fishing Industry professional and Moonlight Madness Champion Anthony Gulisano and have a candid conversation about the current situation on our local river (and rivers abroad) and also discuss best practices about how to best approach highly trafficked rivers, etiquette, and just basic courtesy. Oh, and of course we lighten it up with some culinary indulgence into the burrito culture of the eastern and western United States....AND we talk mousing for big browns. This is a great listen!
RECORDED AT THE HISTORIC LOUIS BASQUE CORNER IN RENO, NV!
Strange things happen when out fly fishing, and this is a story of one such event. Normally we have a handful things to worry about on the Truckee River, things like Bears, Bums, or sometimes just falling a ton in the slick as snot rock sections. This one is different and quite unexpected and we are thankful we made it through this one!
In this episode we unravel the mystery behind the Legendary Bodie Monroe. Bodie is a local Truckee River legend in his own right who has contributed heavily to the future of the Truckee River. From assuming an almost decade long leadership role with Trout Unlimited as well as to leading youth activities in the City of Reno, Bodie is always giving back and making our area a wonderful place to live, work and play. Not to mention his affinity for snacks in the field made me feel not so alone....no longer do I feel like I am the only one who loves devouring Kipper Snacks when on the river!
Bishop, Ca Based Rick Saez of the Outdoor Biz Podcast has brought exceptional podcasts to the outdoor industry. On top of that he has been very helpful in helping us grow the BBF podcast, so in this episode we get to know the man that sits in the magic podcast studio deep within the realm of the Eastern Sierras! This is our first podcast during the COVID -19 Crisis, so we actually connected via shortwave radio to practice social distancing (not really, but our alternative means of communication doesn't detract from the awesomeness of this podcast!).
In this episode we sit down with Matt Heron of Matt Heron Fly Fishing. Matt is very well known on both local and international waters and has been a leader in promoting fly fishing as a passion, art, and means of promoting a better way of life for those less fortunate. You will hear everything ranging from his work with Cast Hope, his guiding outfit, and all the way to his infamous WWE takedown of a monster Brown Trout. This is a great podcast you will not want to miss!
RECORDED AT THE CEDAR HOUSE SPORT HOTEL IN TRUCKEE, CA
This is our first international podcast, and we are so excited that Wes and Jen of You Fish Scotland are a part of it. This is going to be a podcast that will bring you to the roots of fly fishing, and you will hear stories steeped in tradition and full of customs and courtesies that are for the most part absent in our Fly Fishing culture in the United States. Not to mention that the gamefish they are hooking into are legendary...Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout, Wild Brown's, Arctic Graylings and more, So set a fire in the camping ring or fireplace and get ready to sit back and take in this incredible podcast trip to Scotland!
RECORDED LIVE AT THE HIVE IN RENO!
Meet Sam Sedillo of Trout Unlimited. Sam is TU's secret weapon in ensuring that Trout in California and Nevada have a safe and robust living conditions, and not to mention he is one heck of a Jedi with a fly rod. This is a great episode that will have you ready to jump up and help save your local river, stream, or watershed! Oh, and we dive into Burritos like we never have before....get ready for this one!
RECORDED ON LOCATION AT THE FAMOUS LOUIS BASQUE CORNER IN RENO, NEVADA!
In this episode we meet Anton Novak of Rounds Bakery. Anton is a pillar, icon, and leader in the Reno business scape, and his contribution to the growth of Reno is undeniable. Anton has a very rich and colorful past in Aviation that ultimately led him to Reno, and his formula for success is as he puts it "by not riding on the back of the community, but rather building WITH the community". Learn how he went from flying around the world to establishing the premier bakery and food service provider in Reno in this great episode.
In this episode we chat with Taylor Brune. Taylor has been fly fishing the Truckee River for many years, and his own terms. We also discuss the new eastern Truckee River regulations set in place by NDOW. If you have been wondering how to approach the Truckee and be successful, this is great listening experience!
Recorded outside and onsite at the McCarran Ranch Preserve Amphitheater, thank you to the Nature Conservancy of Nevada for the time and space at this wonderful location!