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The Itinerant Angler Podcast

By Zach Matthews

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The Itinerant Angler Podcast is a long-running online radio program focusing on fly fishing and other outdoor pursuits, hosted by outdoor writer and attorney Zach Matthews. Now in its twelfth season, it features interviews with guests including expert anglers, television personalities, authors of books, editors of magazines, outdoor business CEOs, local expert guides and artists. Eclectic, diverse, and supported by excellent Americana music, it is one of fly fishing's best experiences in any form.

Customer Reviews

A thinking man or woman's angling podcast!

This is the flyfishing podcast for the rest of us. Sure, like every trout bum, I drool over long dissertations on "power fibers" in various grades of bamboo, and I'm a sucker for a good review of the "slickness" of floating fly lines. However, Zach Matthews goes well beyond my expectations with this marvellously sophisticated and literate podcast. Don't let the photos on his site put you off. Okay, he may be young and look suspiciously like a member of Hootie and the Blowfish, but he's no intellectual lightweight. It takes real genius to weave old timey music, brilliant angling interviews, audio journals, and allusions to everything from NPR programming to English literature into one podcast! The great thing about Zach Matthews is that he seems impishly unaware of just how brilliant he is! He is genuinely, unaffectedly humble. This young man will certainly join the ranks of legends like Lefty Kreh in the annals of flyfishing as a true ambassador of the sport. Thanks Zach! Kevin Brady, Coatesville, PA

Long overdue

Zach's podcast is timely. There are too many of us who are tired of yet anther techie podcast and we've had more than enough ESPN shows. The future of this media is in the kind of quirky insights that Zach provides (IMHO). Good humor, valuable info, itinerancy (whatever that means). Keep 'em coming!

Relevant, engaging, informative

In an industry where hype has become dogma, the Itinerant Angler brings us back to the fundamental reality of why most of us like fly fishing. For those who care and are in this for the long haul, it's not "The Movie", it's not to spend our dollars conspicuously, and it's not about a sense of superiority over other types of anglers - though those are all great topics for poking fun at ourselves and at others. Via the wide variety of topics, interviews and essays on these podcasts, Zach captures the plain fact that it's just cool to live in the moment - typically in very pretty places - which is mainly what this business is about. Doing so with some neat gear and a bunch of random stuff tied to a hook is just the vehicle that gets us there. As an engineer, I really like the fact that he interviews folks in the tackle industry to allow those of us buying these shiny, well crafted objects like rods, reels, etc... to better understand what they really need to do, and also realize that there's many ways to accomplish the task at hand. Given that Zach has to work "within" the industry, I give him credit at doing so without alienating either the fine craftsmen or volume manufacturers that both must exist for this industry to be viable. Being the engineer that I am (and a skeptical one at that), I might choose to ask a few more pointed questions of those designing and making the gear, but Zach does a credible job in that regard. The essays of hunting fish in some remote, backwoods stream really distill the essence of the experience down to something that comes across nicely through the earbuds. Check 'em out!

The Itinerant Angler Podcast
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  • Category: Outdoor
  • Language: English

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