The Airing of Grievances

June 18, 2022 Domenick Swentosky Season 3 Episode 13
The Airing of Grievances
Show Notes

So, you know how you see something from far away and it looks really great? It’s almost perfect. But if you look a little closer, even from a long distance, you might start to find a few things that aren’t quite right. But it’s good . . . it’s still pretty good.

When you get even closer, you notice more problems. And when you’ve been around it for a long time, you can’t help but see many, many things that could be better.

Well . . . that’s the fly fishing industry.

And I don’t just mean the companies and the big names either. I mean the whole thing: the full scale, from Instagram hashtags and big internet groups to the few anglers that hang out at your local bar. The industry trends, these habits, these practices — some of them just seem wrong. And the gear, the ads, videos and articles, — a lot of it kind of steers people in the wrong direction.

So we thought we’d have a little fun with this and call out as many issues as we can fit into one podcast.

Yes, we’re here to criticize and complain a bit. But it's all in good fun. And quite honestly, I think most of the things we’ll bring up could certainly benefit from a fair dose of constructive criticism. Think of this as a cleansing. It’s a chance to bring everything out into the open — from the dark corners and into the sunlight.

I'm joined by my friends Josh Darling, Austin Dando, Trevor Smith, Matt Grobe and Bill Dell.

We Cover the Following

  • Purists. Elitism
  • The warm water police
  • Spot burning
  • Weather complainers
  • Marketing to lifestyle anglers
  • Mean people
  • Euro anything
  • Cheap gear
  • Telling anglers to be specialized
  • Leaky Waders
  • The squeezing fish hold
  • The knuckles hold
  • People who comment without reading article, watching full video, or listening to whole podcast
  • Club Fishing
  • The assumption that "experts" knows more than you about fishing
  • Anyone pretending that catching fish doesn't matter


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