Orvis Dog of the Day: Takoma, a. k. a. “Best Dog Ever”


Takoma—whose owner dubbed him "Best Dog Ever"—lost his battle with kidney disease last month, after a happy, 14-year life (1997 - 2012).

photo by blog reader Tammy, Seattle

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Tom Rosenbauer’s 15 Tips on Switching from Freshwater to Salt

This week, in preparation for the best months of saltwater fishing from Maine to Florida (May and June) we explore the idea of moving from freshwater to salt. Trout anglers are seldom prepared for the transition to saltwater fly fishing--although the equipment requirements are easy enough to understand and you only need a few extra knots, it's mainly the casting and the expectations that throw trout anglers a curve ball. There are 15 tips for making this transition easy and fun. Also in the Fly Box this week, we answer questions about the Surgeon's vs. Clinch knots, knots for attaching wire bite tippets, polarized sunglass colors, hook styles on nymphs, trout stream ettiquette, and how to balance a reel with a rod (or not).

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Photos of the Day: More Giant Trout from Argentina

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Marcus Baughman shows off a huge Argentina brown trout with brilliant red spots.

photo courtesy Rio Manso

Roberto Pandolfi of Rio Manso Lodge sent us a few recent images of Orvis customers fishing. Rio Manso is about 90 minutes south of Bariloche, Argentina, and there was a volcanic eruption in neighboring Chile last year that temporarily closed the airport. However, it's clear from these photos that the ash didn't hurt the fishing. It was a relatively warm, dry summer in Patagonia, and the fishing was. . .

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Video: Dog Guards Bike and Then Gets a Ride

Here's a great video from China, where this dog serves as its owner's bike lock. When his job is done, he gets his just reward. My favorite part is how he barks that he's ready to roll.

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How to Fish High, Off-Color Water

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Gerry shows off one of many trout that fell for a jigged nymph during high water.

photo by Tim Linehan

In the spring, daily conditions can change dramatically. Wednesday it’s cool, overcast, and the river is in great shape. Thursday you show up at the boat ramp to find that thunder storms in the high country have tributaries running high and pushing color into the main river. Such was the case for me last week. I arrived on the Bitterroot and discovered that, in the previous twenty-four hours, the river had risen 2,000cfs and visibility was. . .

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Video: River Goes Cuckoo for Coconuts

Here's a very sweet video of a man and his dog sharing an evening together by the water. According to the filmmaker, Mac Stone, "River, a labrador and Australian shepherd mix, is perhaps the most famous dog in the Florida Keys. A patron of popular bars and hangouts, she has earned her legend as the dog that will go to any length to retrieve all matter of slobber-covered sticks, balls, and even coconuts." Luckily, she gets to. . .

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Picture of the Day: Jurassic Rainbowasaurus


We knew that Argentina's Jurassic Lake grew big trout, but we didn't know they got this big. (The photo obviously came right off the camera, which explains the control bar. Doh.)

photo courtesy Estancia Laguna Verde

Last night, I checked my cell phone and saw that I'd received an email from Luciana Alba at Estancia Laguna Verde in southern Argentina. Since they fish Lago Strobel (also known as Jurassic Lake), I knew it would have a picture of a big fish attached, but I didn't actually see the photo until . . .

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Dazee!

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Dazee has a flair for the dramatic.

photo by Peggy, Amherst

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