Pop’s Flies – Generational Fishing, Adventure and Mental Wellness (Ep. 17)


“Don’t be surprised by adversity… And hold onto the hope that comes out of it.”

– Ray Cameron

Pop’s Flies

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This week, Reid and Ed interview Ray Cameron, the man behind Pop’s Flies. Pop’s Flies, a collection of fly patterns and recipes, is a story that extends beyond fly fishing, encompassing family connections, mental wellness, and adventures across the Rocky Mountains. Ray discusses the legacy of fly fishing in his family and how his attempt to tie flies opened the door to his father passing on the tradition. The conversation highlights the importance of mentorship and the bonds formed through shared interests. Ray shares a heartwarming story about recreating a photo of his grandfather fishing in the same spot decades later, this time with his own son.

Ray also delves into his passion for helping men with mental health challenges, emphasizing how fly fishing and other outdoor activities can be therapeutic. He stresses the need for open conversations about mental health and normalizing such discussions. He reminds us of the importance of checking in on each other. Sharing his favorite fishing memories, Ray also offers advice on encouraging the younger generation to embrace outdoor activities. Plenty of great insight through it all and lots of laughs along the way!

Takeaways

  • The legacy of fly fishing has been passed down through generations in Ray Cameron’s family, starting with his great-grandfather.
  • The fly fishing community provides a supportive network of like-minded individuals who share a passion for the outdoors and the sport.
  • Ray emphasizes the importance of mental health awareness and encourages open conversations about anxiety and other mental health challenges.
  • It is important to talk openly about mental health and normalize the conversation.
  • Mentorship and sharing knowledge are essential in preserving the tradition of fly fishing and passing it on to future generations. Recreating a family fishing photo can be a powerful and meaningful experience that connects generations.
  • Encouraging the next generation to embrace the outdoors can be done by leading by example and teaching respect for nature.

Links Noted in the Show:

Casting Feathers & Fur (Instagram | Etsy)

Freddys Flyz (Instagram)

Shyanne Orvis – ShyOnTheFly (Instagram)

Project Healing Waters (Instagram | Website)

Fly Fishing Film Tour (Instagram | Website)

Orvis Podcast (Website)

Book: From Strength to Strength – Arthur Brooks

Fishing Locations Mentioned:

Arkansas River

South Platte River (11 Mile Canyon, Cheesman Canyon, Dream Stream, Tomahawk State Wildlife Area)

Clear Creek

Cottonwood Creek

Antero Reservoir

Spinney Reservoir

Wind Rivers, Wyoming


The Guys Fishing Weekly is a podcast dedicated to the camaraderie of men through fishing. Hosted by Ed and Reid, it’s where men gather to share not just the thrill of the catch but the deeper connections forged on the water. Each episode dives into stories, tips, and interviews that celebrate the bonds between fishermen. From tales of early morning casts to arguing about the size of the one that got away, it’s a space for men to connect over shared passions and experiences. Whether you’re an experienced angler or just starting, here’s where you find your crew, united by the love of fishing.

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