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Tom Rowland Podcast

Mar 28, 2018

Frank Smethurst is a revered fly fisherman and guide whose passion for the sport began at a very early age. He began tying his own flies at age eight, starting working at The Fish Hawk by age 12, and eventually moved to Colorado to launch his career as a guide.

Aside from guiding, winning tournaments, and hosting television shows (and running a mothership operation in the Sea of Cortez somewhere in there), Smethurst is also well known for his role in a number of award-winning films that feature his fly fishing adventures in some of the most exciting and interesting parts of the world. One of Rowland’s favorites is a film called Running Down The Man, which features Smethurst and friends fly fishing up and down the Baja for the elusive Roosterfish...via dune buggy.

Join Rowland and Smethurst as they look back on their last fishing trip together in The Marquesas and share their thoughts on the most difficult fish to catch a various parts of the world. Learn how the fishing film industry has grown and evolved, what their favorite fish to go after is, and even the best thing to sauté your mushrooms in. This episode takes you on an adventure you truly do not want to miss!


  • Frank Smethurst was born and raised in a non-fishing family in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • He showed an interest in fishing very early in life, began tying flies at the age of eight, and was working in revered tackle shop, The Fish Hawk, by age 12.
  • Smethurst now guides out of Colorado and is well known for his role in several award-winning fly fishing films that take place in some of the world’s most interesting locations.

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