Win a New Access Fly Rod from Orvis!

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You can win a new Orvis Access Fly Rod (reel not included) simply by finishing this sentence:
"If I won a new Access fly rod from Orvis, the first place I'd fish with it would be _______"

Enter your answer in the comments section below. We'll pick a random winner at 12 noon EST on December 6th to win a NEW Orvis Access fly rod! Good luck!
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Orvis Puppy Monday – Ruby!

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Ruby
Picking our new puppy! Yep, she's the one!
Jane, Federal Way
Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Photo contest for your chance to put your dog on a future cover of the The Orvis Dog Book catalog, win a $500 gift card from Orvis and help us beat canine cancer! Enter online at

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In the Loop 11.29.10

Start your Monday on a calming note with this performance of Franz Schubert's Trout Quintet, written when the composer was just 22 years old. Those of us who love fly-fishing for trout can appreciate the mood of the piece. It is a series of variations on Schubert's earlier song "The Trout," which begins (in German, of course): . . .
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Product Reviews Lead to Better Product Development

Developing a product and getting it on the shelves of a store or the pages of our catalog and website is merely one step of many in the life of a successful Orvis product. Of the thousands of products Orvis has developed in more than a century-and-a-half, many hundreds of them have become customer favorites. And many of these favorites have achieved this status due in large part to customer comments and reviews. In short, it’s our customers who, by commenting on the good (and bad) attributes of our products, ensure their success.
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Thanksgiving Film Festival

Fly Fishing short from John Griber on Vimeo.

As you sit around trying to digest your seventh piece of pumpkin pie tomorrow, exercise your eyes with some great videos that will have you dreaming of wetting a line. Have a great holiday, and we'll see you back here on Monday. (Three more videos after the jump.)
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The Tom Rosenbauer Thanksgiving-Break Trivia Challenge!

Last week we ran my first trivia quiz (if you have not yet taken it, you still can, here)and the response was fantastic. Let's see if you do as well on this one. Click on the banner with my picture, below and good luck!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Take the Tom Rosenbauer Fly Fishing Trivia Challenge

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Trout Unlimited Podcast- Upcoming Important Legislation for Anglers

Chris Wood, TU’s President and CEO, talks with Steve Moyer,TU’s Vice President of Government Affairs, about upcoming legislation that is important to sportsmen. Steve gives an insider’s look into lobbying in Washington, D.C.—how it works and how people who care about trout and salmon can make their voices heard.

If you cannot see the podcast player above, please click here to listen.
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New Farm Added to Harpole’s Upland Program

Harpole's Heartland Lodge
Harpole's Heartland Lodge

Gary Harpole of Harpole's Heartland Lodge and I were talking Friday, and he was pretty enthusiastic about a new 450-acre farm that he just added to the other 2,000 acres in his upland program. "This is all CRP land in native grasses and has been managed for wild quail in the past. It has gently rolling hills and some tree lines and fencerows, and has that kind of 'hunting Uncle Charlie's' farm feel to it. It's only ten minutes away, and we've been improving it with food plots. Our upland hunters. . .
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