Story and Photos: You Never Forget Your First Love


A native Vermont brook trout caught from a stream flowing out of the Green Mountains.
Photo by Phil Monahan

The first brook trout I ever saw was about three inches long, little bigger than a baitfish really. But the memory of that vision—of that glittering flash of color and light—remains sharply etched in my . . .

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We Love Dogs: Julia & Greta

We Love Dogs: Julia & Greta
Author Phil MonahanPosted on March 20, 2019Categories Uncategorized
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It’s “We Love Dogs” season at Orvis, so we’re highlighting some of our wonderful “working dogs”—those pups who come to the home office in Vermont every day. Today, meet Greta, recently adopted by Campaign Manager Julia

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Pro Tips: How to Fish the High Water of Spring

Written by: Spencer Durrant


High water presents anglers with plenty of challenges, whether you’re fishing from a boat or wading.
Photo by Spencer Durrant

From the Colorado River drainage to the Snake, western rivers are high, muddy, and a pain to fish. If you know where clean water is, you keep it close to your vest because this spring is so . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Tungsten Rainbow Dart

In the latest great fly-tying video from Tightline Productions, Tim Flagler shows you how to tie a fly that’s a mash-up of three great Lance Egan patters: The Rainbow Warrior, Tungsten Surveyor, and Red Dart. The idea is to . . .

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Pro Tips: Top 10 Flies for Bahamas Bonefish

Written by: Joe Buntom, Deep Water Cay


Angler Rory MacKay shows off a 15.44-pound bonefish, a Deep Water Cay Lodge record caught in June 2015.
Photo courtesy Deep Water Cay

Deep Water Cay, located on the east end of Grand Bahama Island, is surrounding by nearly 250 square miles of pristine flats, creeks, and channels that hold some of the biggest bonefish, . . .

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Video: Glossy vs. Penetrating Finishes

Here, Tim explains when you want to use a glossy finish–one that stands out from the fly materials, and when you should go with a penetrating fish–one that soaks into the materials. The effects of each are quite different, . . .

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Photos and Story: Fishing Among Dragons

What if I told you of a mysterious place where dragons are real, fish strike with ferocity, and the islands shiver, amid the relentless heat of Indian Ocean sun? This is Indonesia—a nation made of more than 17,000 islands (no one knows the exact . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Choose the Right Nymph

One of the first things that a fly fisher learns is that matching the hatch is important. But how, exactly, do you do that–especially when there are no insects on the water’s surface? Here’s a two-part . . .

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Master-Class Monday: Dry-Dopper Accuracy

When it comes to catching large trout, accuracy and timing are everything. Watch Dave Jensen, as he spots a huge fish in a small stream, agonizes over just where to place his fly, and makes . . .

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