Fish Whispering fly fishing show coming to WA


The last episode I watched dealt with him fishing a river in Montana (I think) that was killed decades ago by mining operations. Once the operations stopped, conservationists set about to fix what the mining destroyed. They were successful and the entire point of that episode was showing that a dead river can be brought back to life if you stop polluting the sucker and reverse what man did.

He mentioned that fact in so many different words time and time again.

I'd say he would certainly mention conservation concerns of a river if he's aware of them. The guy is an river environmentalist and he makes no bones about that. If someone knew which river (s) he is fishing, you could determine if there is info he needs to mention in the series and pass it along. Maybe James could help with that. I seriously doubt if Zac would avoid pointing out problems if there are any.

Chris Bellows

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There are plenty of interesting fisheries for non-glamour species that could make a cool show. It is not all pumping up steelhead or beach sea-run cutthroat fishing. He could fish high alpine lakes, the beaches for surfperch, lowland lakes, non-anadromous stream reaches, find a boat and fish salmon or rockfish. None of these options would hurt wild fish, but it is easier to knock guides and fly shops for promoting any fishing. Some always have to attack others to make a point. Sad......


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I have seen several episodes of "Fishing Whispering" and have generally enjoy them.

Western Washington has dozens (100s?) of interesting small streams that support native trout (rainbows, coastal cutthroat, bulls and even a few Dolly Varden). Many of those streams can provide unique and challenging fishing for some beautiful trout. They range from some step across cutthroat streams in the lowlands to wild rainbows living in streams that would qualify as full blown rivers in other parts of the country. In nearly every case these water hold beautiful trout that depending on the water can very from those smaller than your palm and to those might be considered trophy in most parts of the Country. Some of those waters the trout still persist in waters that have been significant others are as wild and unspoiled as they were 200 years ago.

These unique habitats and the native fish they support are the back bone of our larger rivers systems. Without those waters many of the larger main stems would be fishless. This a conservation story that can be told without naming a single water or threating our precious anadromous salmonids. I for one would enjoy such an episode.



I hope it's better than the last episode. He was fishing for tiger trout in a creek the size of a tiny irrigation ditch and caught nothing but a ton of 4-5 inch rainbow. He never did catch a tiger trout.


I watched the episode that was shot in the Washington Cascades. It wasn't exactly a fish and tell kind'a deal... the small stream looked like just about every other small Cascade Range stream I've seen in Oregon or Washington.

Again, he didn't catch anything of any size which doesn't surprise me. I learned to fly fish on a cascade stream similar to the size of the one he was fishing and also never caught any trout of any size.

Once in awhile Gin and I go back to that stream to wet wade and fish for the small native, wild trout with dry flies... just for ol' time sake... plus, it is a beautiful creek.

So, no worries, the show didn't pinpoint anything and considering he didn't catch anything of significant size, I doubt if there will be herds of anglers stampeding to the Washington Cascades.


He may have but it was certainly vague if he did. And like I said, I sure as the devil wouldn't go out of my way to try and track down a single, remote Cascade stream that holds small trout. Most all of them hold trout that size.


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He identified it as a trib (not by name) to a certain S river (by name).

It took him about 20 minutes into the half hour show to get a fish to hand, and it was about 6 inches.

No need to prepare for the incoming hordes, I think. It did give me some pleasure in knowing it took a TV host that long to find a taker, even if he does seem like a good (and kind of goofy) guy.


I have no doubt that most in WA and OR who frequently fish Cascade Range streams could have caught a trout much quicker than he did.

It isn't rocket science when it comes to the wild trout in those small creeks.

I've never needed anything other than an Adams, an Elk Hair Caddis or a Royal Wulff.

He seems like a nice guy and all that but it was almost embarrassing that he had such a hard time catching a six inch trout in a tiny stream.

Oh well... at least it is real flyfishing. That's why I watch the show. He falls down. He gets hung up. He doesn't always catch a lot of fish nor catch giant ones. He does have a sense of humor and likes dogs so he's okay in my book.

Old Man

Just an Old Man
If you know where to go in the Cascades you can catch fish of all sizes. Not just small fish all day long. And I ain't telling.