Take a Survey to Help Research on Aquatic Invasive Species

Dave Kumlien

Dave Kumlien, director of the Aquatic Invasive Species Program scans the Madison River looking for risers. Dave wants you to take an online survey to help his research.

photo by Phil Monahan

Dear Fellow Trout Anglers,

Scientists agree that second only to habitat loss, aquatic invasive species (AIS) pose the greatest threat to the decline of native aquatic species in North America. The spread of already established AIS, and the impacts of new AIS invasions combined with rapid climate change is expected to increase AIS problems and will have a significant negative impact on efforts to conserve and protect threatened and listed native species across the country. A striking example of AIS impacts has occurred in Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park where two AIS, . . .

Read More

Rio’s Carnival Goes to the Dogs

Sunday’s parade in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, featured many dogs in costume.

AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo via FoxNews latino

Pretty much the only thing most Americans know about Rio de Janiero is that it hosts one of the world’s biggest parties every year when Carnival kicks off the weekend before Lent begins. Rio’s Carnival is known for its samba schools and incredible costumes, and . . .

Read More

“My wife told me to buy every color” – The Trout Bum Quarter Zip Sweatshirt

Visually appealing and highly functional. That is my motto when it is comes to my wardrobe, whether it is a work shirt or a fishing jacket. And it is a real advantage to me to have an article of clothing that you can wear in the office and on the river. The Trout Bum Quarter-Zip fills both these requirements, which make it a real winner. The wool/polyester Polartec Power Dry fabric provides great breathability and light insulation making it an ideal piece under a wading jacket on cool days. The attractive styling and colors are ideal over a dress shirt or when the air conditioning is cranked up in the office. As added bonus, this is the only article of clothing that I own that my wife told me to buy every color offered. How often does that happen?

Read more and purchase the Orvis Trout Bum Quarter Zip, here.

Read More

Tournament at El Pescador Helps Bonefish Conservation

El Pescador Tagging Tournament to Benefit Bonefish & Tarpon Trust from AM Films on Vimeo.

Here’s a cool video from El Pescador Lodge on Ambergris Key in Belize, which features my friend Lori-Ann Murphy (with whom I once spent a fabulous week casting to big trout in New Zealand). As a way to get a read on fish populations in the area, El Pescador hosted a tournament in which all caught fish would be tagged for further study. Here are the details: . . .

Read More

The Brilliant Fly-Fishing Art of Bob White

Bob White 1

“One Last Look – Rainbow Trout”

Oil on board by Bob White

I’ve been friends with Minnesota-based artist 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. He’s more than just an artist, though: he’s a real-deal sportsman and angler. Bob guided fly fishers in Alaska and Argentina for many years, and he continues to lead groups of anglers to far-flung destinations.

Bob posted a beautiful Dolly Varden painting—which you’ll see below—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 and drawings. Luckily for us, he agreed. He wrote the following brief introduction and then notes on each piece of artwork: . . .

Read More

Orvis Announces 2012 Commitment Projects


Through matching grants, Orvis and its customers work together to protect
nature, support communities, and advance canine well-being.

The Orvis Company has announced five new recipients of its annual Customer Matching Grant program, the cornerstone of Orvis’s perennial commitment of 5% of its pre-tax profits to protecting nature. This year’s grants include more than $200,000 in direct funding, as well as an aggressive promotional campaign designed to solicit an equal amount or more in customer donations to these programs.

Read More

Video: Incredible Puppy Rescue in Michigan

Here’s a rescue story unlike any we’ve posted before. Last Thursday, the Michigan Human Society‘s Emergency rescue department pulled off a miraculous feat—successfully saving a 4-week-old puppy who had traveled some 15 feet down a drainpipe in Detroit. Rescuers could hear the pup but could not see it, so . . .

Read More