Kelly Galloup and I talk meaty flies, new books and lines (and why we wished more women fly-fished)

Ask any of my fishing friends what my favorite fly is and they’ll tell you it’s undoubtedly the Sex Dungeon. Who wouldn’t love a fly with a name like that? What a lot of people still don’t get though…trout love ’em too. Particularly big trout. I’m also known for taking plenty of skunkings, but that’s because most of my casts wind up catching my hat. The inventor of the Sex Dungeon doesn’t have this problem – he’s Kelly Galloup, lifelong fly-fisherman, guide, and proprietor of the Slide Inn on the edges of the Madison River in Cameron, Montana.

Mr. Galloup is well known in fly-fishing circles for his what could be considered unorthodox techniques – huge, articulated flies with tandem hooks, and the use of fast sinking lines in moving water – but he’s probably best known for the “jerk-strip”, whereby the fly is retrieved by jerking the tip of the rod, and line drawn up as the rod tip is moved back towards the fly. The jerk-strip, along with all the rest of Kelly’s heavily researched methodologies, were first described in his 1999 book Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout.

I was walking through the International Sportmen’s Expo right after the show opened, and Kelly decided he’d put me in a headlock (former martial arts practitioner that he is) and drag me over to the loudest part of the convention center available to share his philosophy on fly-fishing as well as spill the beans on the new Scientific Anglers Kelly Galloup Streamer Express and his soon to be released book Modern Streamers 2. What I learned from the thirty-seven minutes to follow was that Kelly Galloup is without question one of the most enthusiastic, open-minded, and downright salt-of-the-earth people participating in the sport of fly-fishing today.

I could have spent the next couple of days hashing out the substance of the interview, parsing the question and answer “guts” of our talk, but the whole bit was just too damn good (and a hell of a lot of fun). Hence, it’s being published here as a first ever podcast. Enjoy.


I’ll add that after we turned off the microphone, Kelly was still talking fishing, and we continued on for at least another ten minutes until I realized I was way late for the next call. I wish I could have stayed.

Kelly Galloup will be at the International Sportsmen’s Expo, Denver, through Sunday, and will continue on to some of the other shows throughout the country. Check the schedule for his appearances here.

And by the way, thanks Kelly! It was as real as it gets.

Editor’s note: Approximately fifteen seconds of the audio doesn’t exactly relate to fly-fishing, but it was about 15F outside; hence we were subconsciously wishing we were sitting on a beach drinking beers. Or at least that’s the best excuse I could come up with.


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Great stuff MG! From what I have heard, Kelly definitely sounds like a guy I would like to have a beer with. Who’s got two thumbs and wants to go throw huge nasty streamers? This guy!

Tom says:

Good stuff….kelly’s the man. Clearly drawing more interest than previous post. Who cares about lake caught fish when we could talk about streamer fishing. In case anybody cares….scott harkins was wearing a “mojo bass” hat at the ISE. Lets all ridicule him for being a gear hucker. HAHAHAHA….gear hucker.

Fishin' Terp says:

So where is this second book? I haven’t ssen it mentioned online anywhere, but I can’t wait for it to come out. I got the second DVD and I want a recipe for the smoke wagon for a trailer fly!

Andrew Metzger says:

It was good to meet you Michael, I was hanging with Kirk. I had to get there to cast the new Bank Robber, meet Kelly and sit through both of his “Streamer fishing for trophy trout”. Had a blast!

Pleasure meeting you too Andrew. Kelly is the shizzle, eh? Cool cat. KD too!

Pat says:

Hi Any news about the new book? Never seen it anywhere

Never heard anything else about it myself.

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