Video: Why I Need a Sling Pack

I Need a Sling Pack from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.

Last week, blogger Owl Jones ran a contest in which contestants had to make a short video about why they needed an Orvis Sling Pack. The winner would receive said Sling Pack as a prize. Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions—the folks who make the killer fly-tying videos we feature every Wednesday—got his entry in late, but it’s a doozy. As regular blog readers know, we don’t often feature Orvis products on this blog, but we couldn’t resist posting this.

Note: before writing an angry email, please watch the video all the way to the end. Thank you in advance.

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Should I Stay or Should I go?

In this week’s podcast we first talk about nets and bluegills. I in the main part of the podcast, Should I Stay or Should I Go? (what do you want to bet James will have some music to go along with that?) we talk about when to move and when to stay put, on everything from trout streamers, nymphs, and dries, to Atlantic salmon, bonefish, and steelhead.
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Video: Dog Welcomes Home Soldier After Eight Months

Chuck the boxer is very excited to see his daddy again after an 8-month military deployment. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a happier, more excited pup. Truly heartwarming, and it speaks to how strong an emotional attachment dogs develop for people.

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Friday Film Festival 03.23.12

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is very trouty, but given that many of us are eagerly awaiting Opening Day (where it applies), I think there can’t be too much trout. Strangely, there’s nothing from the Southern Hemisphere, which I find odd, given that their fishing seasons should be. . .

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Warning: “Dog Flipping” on the Rise

I doubt that many of our readers are looking to re-home a dog—in fact, they’re more likely to be the ones taking in new animals—but it’s worth putting out the word on a growing problem: “dog flipping.” In the same way someone would “flip” a house, buying it to then sell it at a profit, unscrupulous pet dealers do the same thing with companion animals. As the report above makes clear, these dealers scour classified ads and websites such as craigslist looking for people trying to re-home their dog. (Perhaps the dog owner is moving or can no longer care for a pet.)The dealer then pretends. . .

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Vermont Bass on the surface. . .in March?

First Bass

My first fish of the season, for the first time ever, is a bass. . .taken on a topwater fly. Weird.

photo by Tim Bronson

We’ve had a week of ridiculous weather here in Vermont for the past week. As I type this, it’s 76 degrees and brilliant sunny outside. March came in like a lamb and is currently a furry little puppy. I wondered what that would mean for the small bass that live in the company pond, so I strung up a rod to find out. To make things even more interesting, I put on a topwater pattern. We usually don’t

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Fly-Fishing Picture of the Day: Newbie Brown

James McKinney

James McKinney with a fine Jackson River brown trout.

photo by Mark McKinney

That’s a pretty good trout James McKinney holds in this picture, but it gets a little more impressive when you realize he just started fly fishing in December. I went many years before I caught a fish that big. I’m sure it helps that James’s brother is guide Mark McKinney, who tells the story: . . .

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Spaulding the Sweeper


Spaulding loves soccer, and he’ll play with anyone.

photo by Kendra Zimmer

Spaulding is a 17-month-old English bulldog who is obsessed with soccer. According to his owner, Andrew Pierce, who works at Orvis as a Liquidations Web Merchandising Analyst, Spaulding is an excellent “sweeper”—which means that nothing gets past him.

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