Video: How to Tie Vinnie’s Isonychia Nymph

Isonychia mayflies, often known as slate-wing or mahogany duns, are prevalent throughout the Eastern United States, plus, the nymphs are active for most of the fishing season. That means an Iso nymph is a good searching pattern if you can’t tell what the fish are feeding on. These are predatory “swimmer” nymphs, which means. . .

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The Gorgeous Sporting-Dog Art of Bob White


“The Little Prince” – oil on canvas

by Bob White

Editor’s note: I’ve been friends with Bob White since we first met at a benefit fly-fishing event for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in 2007, but I’ve been a fan of his artwork for much longer than that. For instance, he did the wonderful illustrations for Tom Rosenbauer’s The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide. Bob posted a gorgeous dog painting on his Facebook page a few days ago, so I asked him if he would allow us to post a few examples of his work along with his thoughts about what goes into these paintings. Luckily for us, he agreed. He wrote the following brief introduction and then notes on each piece of artwork: . . .

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Moose!


Moose is a two-and-a-half-year-old yellow labrador that was rescued from a neglectful home. Now he’s living the life and exploring all that Pittsburgh has to offer.

photo by Emily, Pittsburgh

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Picture of the Day: Virginia is for Musky Lovers

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Mark MicKinney hoists a monster musky, caught on an unnamed Virginia River.

photo courtesy Mark McKinney

One of guide Mark McKinney’s clients took this monster musky on January 15, while fishing a river within an hour or Roanoke, Virginia (although Mark doesn’t want to say which river). They had floated 12 miles in wind, rain, sun, and even a little bit of snow. Casting flies tied by musky guru Brah Bohen, they landed three muskies that day, had a couple get off, and enjoyed a couple more follows. Strangely, all the fish were landed in the. . .

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Putting the Podcast to Work on the River

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Eric Everett with a great rainbow that he caught using techniques discussed in one
of Tom Rosenbauer’s Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcasts.

photo by Tommy Ding

[Editor’s Note: We received this note and the accompanying photos from podcast fan Eric Everett. If you’re not listening, perhaps you’re missing out]

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Upcoming Film Focuses on the Love of a Dog

The first trailer for an upcoming film called “Darling Companion” has just been released. According to, the film tells “the story of a woman who loves her dog more than her husband. And then her husband loses the dog.” The film is scheduled for release on April 20, and it looks like it could be both funny and touching. Plus, you know, it’s about a dog.

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An Appeal to Protect California’s Model Shelter Law

Last month, we posted about how California Governor Jerry Brown’s dog, Sutter, has his own page on the official state website. Yesterday, political activist and former state senator Tom Hayden released a video calling on Governor Brown not to repeal the “Hayden Bill,” passed in 1998, which created a statewide policy preference for adoption and owner-redemption at all animal shelters. (You can read a summary of of the bill here.) It’s an important issue for those who believe that shelters should use euthanization as a last resort. If you feel strongly about this issue, you can sign Hayden’s petition.

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make a Serpentine Cast

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make a serpentine cast, a slack-line presentation which has several useful applications. Like all slack-line casts, the serpentine cast puts slack into the line on the water, in this case by creating a series of. . .

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Another ISE Orvis Casting Champion

Hutch Hutchinson Best of the West

Orvis Western Regional Business Manager Hutch Hutchinson competes in the
Best of the West Fly-Casting Tournament in Sacramento, California.

photo by Spencer Higa

A couple weeks ago, we posted about Peter Kutzer and Molly Semenik’s sweep of a Denver casting competition. Now there’s even more Orvis representation among the casting ranks. Last weekend, Orvis Regional Business Manager Hutch Hutchinson won the Sacramento, California leg of the prestigious. . .

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How to Submit a “Picture of the Day”

Deerfield Brown Trout

This buttery brown trout was our Picture of the Day back in June.

photo by Phil Monahan

Several folks have asked how they can submit a photo for our “Picture of the Day” on the Fly Fishing blog. It’s easy, and there are two ways you can do it: . . .

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