Monthly Archives: February 2012

Video: How to Tie the Single-Wing Flatwing


Written by: Phil Monahan

Flatwings are traditional Maine streamers with the wing feather tied in perpendicular to the hook, but I believe it was Rhode Island striper guru Ken Abrames who first moved the horizontal hackle to the rear of the hook shank sometime in the late 1970s. So I guess these patterns might be more accurately called “Flattails,” but . . .

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Livia!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Livia

Livia has been through a lot in her six years, but that hasn’t dampened her sweetness.

photo by Stacy Pobatschnig

I was walking by Stacy’s desk the other day—she’s Orvis’s Sporting Traditions Marketing Manager—when I saw the cute face above on her computer screen. I asked about it, and Stacy replied, “That’s Livia!” and proceeded to rave about her for a few minutes. So I asked Stacy to send me the picture, as well as a description of what makes Livia so special. Here’s what she came up with: . . .

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Chasing Skwallas on the Lower Yuba

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The author’s pal with a chunky Yuba River rainbow.

photo by Jason Cotta

The clouds loomed overhead when I picked up my good friend Jason to begin yet another California adventure. We were headed to the Yuba River, located less than 90 minutes outside Sacramento. The trip wasn’t as glamorous as our exploits over the last couple weeks, but we were excited nonetheless. In the last month, we’ve been fortunate enough to catch steelhead up to ten pounds on fabled waters such as the Klamath and Trinity, but. . .

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Video: Another Teaser for a Film About Dam Projects That Threaten Chilean Patagonia


Written by: Phil Monahan

AITUE / Teaser 2/4 from AITUE on Vimeo.

Back in late December, we posted a gorgeous trailer for an upcoming film about fly fishing and conservation in the mountains of Patagonia. The video above is a second trailer for the same cause. At issue is a massive hydroelectric project that would dam some of the regions most pristine watersheds. Here’s a brief description of the struggle being waged in Chile: . . .

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Video: Dogs in Cars


Written by: Phil Monahan

Dogs in Cars from keith on Vimeo.

Okay, before you watch this, please be advised that Orvis recommends that all dogs in cars be restrained. We sell a very nice Dog Safety Harness, but there are lots of other such products available.

That said, this is a beautiful video that features dogs of all shapes and sizes. (You’ll note that many of the dogs here are restrained, which we applaud.) What’s particularly wonderful are their expressive faces and the sense of wonder apparent in their eyes.

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Orvis Strikes Again in “Best of the West” Casting Competition


Written by: Phil Monahan

Cinda Best of the West

Orvis Scottsdale Fishing Manager Cinda Howard shows off her first-place cap after
winning the “Best of the West” casting compeition at the Phoenix ISE show.

photo by Spencer Higa

Back in January, we posted about Peter Kutzer and Molly Semenik’s sweep of a Denver casting competition at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition. Then, later in the month, Orvis Regional Business Manager Hutch Hutchinson won the Sacramento, California leg of the prestigious Best of the West Fly Casting Tournament.

Now we’ve got another top finisher: this time, it’s Cinda Howard, Fishing Manager of. . .

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Orvis Strikes Again in “Best of the West” Casting Competition


Written by: Phil Monahan

Cinda Best of the West

Orvis Scottsdale Fishing Manager Cinda Howard shows off her first-place cap after
winning the “Best of the West” casting compeition at the Phoenix ISE show.

photo by Spencer Higa

Back in January, we posted about Peter Kutzer and Molly Semenik’s sweep of a Denver casting competition at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition. Then, later in the month, Orvis Regional Business Manager Hutch Hutchinson won the Sacramento, California leg of the prestigious Best of the West Fly Casting Tournament.

Now we’ve got another top finisher: this time, it’s Cinda Howard, Fishing Manager of. . .

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