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051 – Tricky Game with Zach Drazner

carp fly fishing, carp fishing, fly fishing, saltwater fly fishing, saltwater slam, tarpon, bonefish, permit, grass carp, buffalo carp

“It’s a tricky game with those guys …”

Guest Profile

Zach Drazner is a fly fishing guide that hails from parts all over, and has done some serious fishing in all of them. Idaho, Wyoming, Texas, you name it and he has probably fished there (or close to it). His prime target? Carp. Zach is a carp fly fishing expert, and has a ton of experience at it for his age. Zach’s knowledge of not only fly fishing but his target species is impressive. If you didn’t know or think much about carp before, that will all change after you hear this episode. Zach delivers some great info on carp fishing, and of course drops an awesome carp fly fishing story. But we don’t stop there. He also tells us of his first saltwater fly fishing trip, and the epic Key West flats slam that followed.

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Fishing experience

Zach’s background is in trout and carp fly fishing. And as you will hear in this episode, he really knows his stuff. But in recent years he has gotten into the fly fishing game down in the Florida Keys. Let’s just say that he’s not too shabby at that either, as you are about to find out.

carp fly fishing, carp fishing, fly fishing, saltwater fly fishing, saltwater slam, tarpon, bonefish, permit, grass carp, buffalo carp

Zach Drazner with a Florida Keys fly fishing flats slam (left) and some epic fly fishing carp catches


This episode takes us from Las Colinas, Texas to the Florida Keys.

For more awesome Florida Keys fishing action, check out Episode 20 with Capt. Greg Poland.

Catch of the Day

Carp – Carp Fly Fishing


This episode is about carp fly fishing, and also saltwater fly fishing for tarpon, permit, and bonefish.

Gear Used

Crawdad Flies –

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Sculpin Flies –

And check out the fly section at Reels & Tackle for some great fly fishing accessories:


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