Tuesday Tip: 5 Keys to Good Dry-Fly Mending (REPOST)

A good upstream mend counteracts the effects of faster currents between you and your fly.

photo by Eric DeWitt

Mending is a skill that most novice anglers struggle to understand, but even experienced fly fishermen can find mending difficult. The only way to get good at it is to practice on the water, dealing with currents of different speeds. Your fly will tell you if you’re doing it right: a long dead-drift is a sure sign of successful mending, while a “motorboating” fly dragging across the surface points to some problems. Here are 5 steps to good mending: . . .

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Post Office Issues New Dog Stamps!

Dog Stamps

The new “Dogs at Work” stamps, featuring art by John M. Thompson.

photo via U.S. Postal Service

Last week, the U.S. Postal Service released a series of four 65-cent stamps that feature working dogs. The black Labrador retriever, Welsh springer spaniel, yellow Labrador tracking dog, and German shepherd are beautifully rendered by a world-class artist.

Here’s the information from USPS.com:

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A Kafkaesque Angling Moment from the New York Times


The scene of the “crime”: The excessively dry, fish-free Madison Square Park, just across
the street from the Urban Angler fly shop (see arrow) in Midtown Manhattan.

image via Google Maps

My dad sent me a link to this brief story (below) in the New York Times “Metropolitan Diary.” The diary a regular feature in the paper in which regular folks write in about their odd or wonderful experiences in the Big Apple. It seems that Mr. Stuart found himself in danger of being fined for fishing in a park where there is, in fact, . . .

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Picture of the Day: Tennessee Titan

Tennessee Steelie

Still relatively new to fly fishing, Dean Kennedy looks like he might be getting the hang of it.

photo courtesy Dean Kennedy

[Editor’s note: Here’s a great note—and photo of what he calls a “redneck steelhead”—sent in by blog reader Dean Kennedy.]

Seeing I have no one to fish with, I deemed it absolutely necessary to share my story with the blog that I credit over half of what I’ve learned in the measly year I’ve been fly-fishing. I’ve never been one with words, but I feel I owe it to myself and the fish to try to explain the absolute placidity I gained from the experience.

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Video: Six New Breeds at the Westminster Kennel Club Show

This is always a great time to walking around midtown Manhattan because there are suddenly dogs everywhere. And these aren’t just the normal dogs you see on the streets; these are pampered, gorgeous, regal, and sometimes exotic animals. That’s because the Westminster Kennel Club’s Annual Dog Show takes place at Madison Square Garden each February. For 2012, the 136th time the event has been held, six new breeds are being recognized, and the video above introduces them. By the end of the day, I expect everyone of you to be able to pronounce Xoloitzcuintli.

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Video: Faceless Fly Fishing “Plan B”


It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from the folks at Faceless Fly Fishing. The last time we featured one of their videos was last April. We’ll, it turns out that they’ve been very busy, and this awesome video is proof. Featuring both cool editing and great fishing action, “Plan B” is a feast for the eyes. And there are a couple of trout at the end that will leave your jaw on the floor. Happy Monday.

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Repost: How to Decide Which Knot?

Which Knot

The Orvis Animated Knot Series can help you find the knot that works best for you.

The $60,000 question for many anglers is, “Which knot should I use to connect the fly to the tippet?” We all want the strongest possible connection we can get because the sickening feeling of breaking off a big fish can ruin a day on the water. Ingenious tinkerers have come up with many different knot options over the last 25 years—although how many of these “new” knots already existed is unknown—and basement scientists have spent thousands of hours testing knots against each other, under all kinds of. . .

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Friday Film Festival 01.27.12

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 debuts some locations and species we’ve never featured before. Ever wondered if there is catch-and-release fly fishing for rainbows in North Africa? Well, your answer is below. (Hint: yes.) Learn how to thrill and mystify your friends by. . .

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