Tuesday Tip: How to book the fly-fishing adventure that you want

Tikchik Narrows Lodge

Tikchik Narrows Lodge in the Bristol Bay region of southwestern Alaska is one of many operations that offer a comfortable lodge, fine dining, and fly-out fishing.

photo courtesy Bud Hodson

Booking a trip to a place you’ve never been is a leap of faith—especially when there is a lot of money involved—but there are ways that you can protect yourself from making a bad decision. When I was a guide, I was constantly amazed by how few people had bothered to research their destination before getting on the plane. At one Alaskan fly-fishing-only lodge, I was amazed to see two guests arrive carrying spinning gear and Plano boxes full of trout lures. When we told them that. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Huge False Albacore

Dave Woolley's Huge Albie 1

Dave Woolley with a false albacore that most likely would have broken the state record.

photo by Chick Corrado

Connecticut-based angler Chick Corrado sent in these photos of his buddy, Dave Woolley, along with this note, which demonstrates how quickly a bad day can go good:

Dave and I spent the day out on the boat on Saturday. For the better part of the day, it was not happening, nothing but a few small bluefish and the chance to observe a nasty shouting match between two other boats. Lots of birds, small blues, but not much else. I had just landed yet another fly-trashing crappy little “bitta,’” when Dave hooked into this. . .

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Fly Selection Made Easy

Many anglers are turned off by fly-fishing because they think it is too technical. Oftentimes, experienced anglers try to impress new fly fishers by spouting off about the “Baetis hatch” or talking about the “Ephemerellas” they saw yesterday. It can seem a bit overwhelming for a beginner, and learning the Latin names of all the insects one encounters on-stream seems a daunting task. Fear not, because the fish know less Latin than you do!

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Video of the Day: Fall Fun!

Fall Fun from paul swint on Vimeo.

It’s no mystery why sportsmen love fall. From exceptional fishing, to wingshooting, to big-game hunting, it’s definitely a time of plenty. Here’s a great video from Utah’s Paul Swint that shows the kinds of opportunities on display in the Beehive State. Hat tip: Moldy Chum.

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Picture of the Day: Kings of New York

Feltrinelli salmon

Western New York guide Scott Feltrinelli with a Johnson Creek king salmon.

photo courtesy Scott Feltrinelli

Webster, NY-based fly-fishing guide Scott Feltrinelli sent in this photo with a note:

“My client and I caught a bunch of these king salmon and then released them back into the wild of Johnson’s Creek in West Rochester, New York. These fish were on the bite for about two hours, chasing egg patterns.”

I wonder how that Hydros grip tastes.

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Tragic tale of abuse has a heartwarming ending


After being thrown off a highway overpass, this beautiful young lab has made a full recovery and found a new home.

photo by HEATHER L. SMITH/Aurora Sentinel

A story that started with horrific animal abuse now has a heart-warming ending. Five months ago, someone threw a young yellow-Lab puppy off an overpass in Aurora, Colorado, and she plummeted onto the highway below, severely tearing the ACL on one of her legs and breaking her canine tooth on impact. As if that weren’t bad enough, she was very nearly run over by five different cars. Luckily, she survived and was brought to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, where she was treated for. . .

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Friday Film Festival 10.21.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. In this week’s collection, we witness the beginning of trout season in New Zealand, which is hopefully the harbinger of many great videos to come over the next six months. We’ve also got great steelhead action from Oregon, big-river cohos on the Skeena, and excellent saltwater. . .

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