The Orvis fly-fishing blog celebrates all things fly fishing, featuring top-notch articles, tips, photos, videos, podcasts and the latest fly-fishing news. From trout fishing in the famed rivers of Montana to brown-lining for carp in the urban jungle to chasing sailfish of the coast of Baja, we cover all sides of the sport we love. Regular features include Tuesday Tips, which will make you a better angler, and the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, made up of the best videos from around the world.
Longtime Great Lakes guide Greg Senyo and his biggest steelie ever, a 17-pounder.
photo courtesy Greg Senyo
Greg Senyo of Steelhead Alley Outfitters recently took his biggest steelhead ever, estimated at 17 pounds, and the smile on his face suggests he’s pretty excited about it. When you spend as much time on the water as Greg does, catching a personal-best fish is something special. And every time he does it, the bar is raised a little higher. We can’t wait to see the next one. Click “Read More” to see another shot of this beast.
Here it is: the very firstest-ever issue of Southern Culture on the Fly (well, if you don’t count the spring “half” issue.) There’s tons of great photography, video, writing, and a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor here. (Check out “Why You Shouldn’t Fish Here,” by David Grossman, for a particularly gooey brand of sarcasm.) The issue weighs in at a remarkable 150 pagesfeaturing destinations, tips, and conservationso there’s sure to be something you like.
The Trout o’ Lantern, traditional Halloween carving of fly fishers everywhere!
photo and carving by Josh McCullock
This picture showed up in my email last week, along with a note from its creator, Josh McCullock:
I’m a photographer from Oklahoma City and a novice fly fisherman. I really enjoy your blog as well as Tom’s podcast. Tom actually featured my question last week in the podcast. I was stoked. Anyway, we carved our annual pumpkins last night and I thought I’d send along a shot of my carving. I thought. “Hey, maybe my favorite fly fishing company could use this for something.”
Last week, on the Conservation blog, we posted a cool video of the blast that breached the Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington. Here’s a better look from National Geographic that shows what happened after that initial rush of water. It’s incredible to see disappearance of Northwestern Lake and the rebirth of a river channel. As you’ll see, though, there’s a long way to go before the stretch above the dam looks anything like a natural river.
If you’re not spending the weekend on the water or in the woods, here are some great pieces of writing to help you relax and pass the time. First, check out the latest issue of Flyfishers Inc, an online publication from New Zealand. Most of the content is focused on early-season fishing, since their spring fishing is just getting. . .
Dave Hise of Caster’s Fly Shop in Hickory, North Carolina, says of this 34-plus-inch rainbow, “I chased this fish on ‘Stream X’ for two years before I finally fooled her. She ate a size 16 Hetero-Genius Nymph.”
Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection bounces all over the planet; in fact, just three of the eight videos are from the good old U.S. of A. The rest come from such far-flung locations as Wales, Japan, Russia, and Lithuania. Who knew. . .
Tom is out of the office this week, so I put the quiz together. I must say, I think it’s pretty darned tough. If you score high on this one, you should be very proud of yourself.
Post your score in the comments below to become eligible for our giveaway: One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will win a signed copy of Tom’s recent book The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing, a great resource for anyone who enjoys chasing trout in mountain or meadow streams.
The winner of last week’s random drawing was a commenter with the interesting handle “dirtysouth.” Good luck!
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Orvis Rod & Tackle product developer Shawn “Puffy” Combs sent in this picture, along with a note: “Jim Logan (in background), Tyler Atkins, and I floated on Sunday to rip streamers one last time before the season comes to a end. My favorite part of this photo is the drip of water coming off the fish.”