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

McKinney Musky

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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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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How to Submit a “Dog of the Day” Photo

Harry was our Dog of the Day back in 2011.Photo by Kathleen, Richmond

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

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Two Amazing Days in New Zealand

Dave Jensen with a gorgeous backcountry New Zealand brown, one of many he and his
wife, Amelia, caught in an epic two-day stretch on a pair of remote streams.

photo by Amelia Jensen

[Editor’s Note: Each winter, Dave and Amelia Jensen, owners of Fly Fish Alberta, escape the harsh Canadian climate by traveling to New Zealand for a few months of chasing big brown trout. Here’s a recent update from Dave.]

When we run into people in New Zealand, we always tend to listen a great deal more than we talk. We simply mention that we’re Canadian fly fishers looking for beautiful waters to fish, not necessarily having the biggest or most fish, just to have a neat experience. Those beautiful moments can happen in a 10-foot-wide spring creek, breaking the scene down to one ponga fern and a fantail chirping over our shoulder as we cast to a four-pound brown, or that beauty can be as in-your-face on the large scale as. . .

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Video: All It Takes Is a Hug

Last month, we posted a wonderful video of a dog rescue by Eldad Hagar, of Hope for Paws. The video above, also featuring Eldad, shows the power of a human-dog connection. Poor Edie, absolutely terrified and just an hour from being euthanized, is transformed by a simple embrace. Incredible, moving stuff.

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