Monthly Archives: April 2012

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

Written by: Phil Monahan

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

Written by: Phil Monahan

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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. . .


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. . .


Video: River Goes Cuckoo for Coconuts

Written by: Phil Monahan

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. . .


Picture of the Day: Jurassic Rainbowasaurus

Written by: Phil Monahan


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 . . .


Friday Film Festival 04.27.12

Written by: Phil Monahan

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 quite eclectic, with big fish, small fish, and no fish. As usual, there’s an international flair to the group, with Europe and Canada leading the charge of foreign lands. The comments are. . .


Training Native Alaskans to Work on and Protect Their Watersheds


Editor’s Note: Orvis is one of the Program Supporters for this year’s Bristol Bay River Academy. To learn more visit the organization’s website.

It started when I found myself standing alone in a pelting rain on a gravel airstrip in the Yu’pik village of Ekwok. I’d just taken a mail-run flight from Anchorage to the Bristol Bay, seated next to bulk boxes of rice and paper towels. I was already wondering how I’d get home when an old pickup truck pulled up moving no faster than a riding mower. Out popped Tim Troll of The Nature Conservancy, and soon after, . . .