Video: Giant Mayflies of Vindelälven

Rolf Nylinder is back with a wonderful video about fishing the hatch of giant mayflies (Ephemera vulgata or green drakes) in Sweden’s Vindelälven Valley. There are some spectacular takes, gorgeous fish, and, as usual, a good amount of humor. Rolf’s friend Stefan has the magic tough, forcing Rolf to. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Set Up a Trout Reel

My good friend Zach Matthews, editor of The itinerant Angler website and host of the podcast of the same name, got a new video camera from his wife for Christmas, and he’s putting it to good use. Here’s a great lesson on setting up a fly reel, from start to finish—getting the backing on the reel, attaching the fly line to the backing, attaching a butt section to the fly line, and then attaching a leader. In the process, you’ll learn the double surgeon’s loop, a new arbor knot, the nail knot, the perfection loop, and. . .  

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Highland Hills Ranch Named 2012 Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year

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A guest a Highland Hills Ranch takes a nice crossing shot on a hard flying chukar.


photo courtesy Highland Hills Ranch

Highland Hills Ranch, located in north-central Oregon, was recently named 2012 Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year at an event held in Key Largo, Florida. This is the second time that Highland Hills Ranch has been awarded this honor, making it only the second two-time winner. This award is based on. . .

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New “Sight Fishing Trout Rivers” DVD

Dave and Amelia Jensen of Fly Fish Alberta spend three months a year in New Zealand, providing us with fantastic photos and video, and then return to their home waters of Alberta for the guiding season. So they know a thing or two about catching big trout, and their favorite way to do it is sight-fishing. They’ve just a released a DVD called “Sight Fishing Trout Rivers” that contains all they’ve learned over the years about spotting and stalking big trout. As you’d imagine, there’s lots of. . .

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Photos: Jessica’s First Day on the Water!

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How many kids get to fish with bamboo the first time out?

photo by Morgan Lyle

Writer Morgan Lyle sent us these photos of his daughter, Jessica, from the Opening Day of the New York trout season. He wrote:

Jessica will be 11 in July. She had tied flies and fished with a spinning rod before, but this was her first time wading and fly-fishing. She wore her father’s spare waders and used her grandfather’s. . .

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Photos: Jessica’s First Day on the Water!

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How many kids get to fish with bamboo the first time out?

photo by Morgan Lyle

Writer Morgan Lyle sent us these photos of his daughter, Jessica, from the Opening Day of the New York trout season. He wrote:

Jessica will be 11 in July. She had tied flies and fished with a spinning rod before, but this was her first time wading and fly-fishing. She wore her father’s spare waders and used her grandfather’s. . .

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Video: A Lesson in Rod Rigging from Dave Perkins

When you work for Orvis, you discover that lots of people have preconceived notions of the company and its owners. Especially in the West, there’s an impression that Orvis is somehow “tweedy,” upper-crusty, and tradition-bound, and I would guess that most people who believe this also assume that Orvis executives are the kinds of guys who only fish with guides on private waters. I mean, they may fly-fish, but surely they’re not . . .

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Picture of the Day: What a Gorgeous Prom Date!

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Thomas Nave knows how to kick off Prom Night with a bang.

photo courtesy Thomas Nave

Fly-fishing guide (and sometime employee at the Orvis Roanoke, Virginia, facility) Mark McKinney sent us this great photo yesterday. It seems that Thomas Nave, senior at Hidden Valley High and soon to be freshman at Virginia Tech, had few minutes before he had to get ready for his senior prom. So what did he do with that time? He headed to. . .

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“I’ll Never Buy a Different Pair of Waders” – Sonic Seam Wader Review by Orvis Customer Michael Coleman

Read more reviews and purchase Orvis Sonic Seam Waders, here.

When I was first introduced to fly fishing by my father, I wasn’t allowed to step foot into a river, lake, or stream.  Looking back on it now, I see this was mostly a safety concern for my father and it makes perfect sense not to allow an eight year old to dive head first into a river.  Thus, fly fishing during my formative years under my father’s tutelage was spent learning to cast, tie and observe from a stream side perspective until he felt I was skilled enough to step into the trout’s natural habitat.  As you can imagine, it was quite a joyous occasion when I received my first pair of waders for my 14th birthday.  Nothing flashy; just some hunter green Cabella’s stocking foot neoprene waders.  I don’t remember them being overly comfortable, but I was so excited to get into the river that I wasn’t about to complain.  The waders were accompanied by an Orvis 2 piece, 5-weight fly rod, and I was one happy fly fisherman.  Both the rod and the waders served their purpose and lasted me the next 15 years of my fly fishing adventures (with some help from a wader repair kit here and there).

One of the first things I did when I got a steady job was to buy some new fly fishing equipment.  My family always respected Orvis for their high quality products and great customer service.  However, since this was to be my first waders purchase with my own money, I poured over fishing journals, websites, blogs and magazines to try to educate myself on the different types of waders available.  My primary concern revolved around my frequent travel and I wanted something I could easily pack in my carry-on bag.  The trade off to portability always seemed to be less durability, less breathability, a huge mark-up on the price or just less quality overall.   I also knew I wanted to get stocking foot waders again, and I hoped to make a purchase that would stand the test of time like my old waders did.

After plenty of research, I finally set my sights on the “Pack & Travel Waders with SonicSeam Technology”.  I talked to a couple Orvis representatives who wore these waders themselves and they stated confidently: “once you buy these, you’ll never want another pair of waders.”   I kind of balked at that quote because they not only worked for the company, but I knew they were trying to sell me a product.  I thought about it some more and I figured: “well, if I don’t like them, I can always send them right back to Orvis and let them know what I think.”

I ordered the waders right before the spring steelhead run in Minnesota began.  They arrived on time and my wife accepted the package and cleverly added a bow before setting it out for me to find after work.  I tried the waders on immediately to make sure they fit.  This is one of the areas where Orvis always excels: their online fitting chart made choosing my size without trying them on easy and reliable.  So of course, they fit perfectly.  Before my steelheading adventure was to begin, the next stop was the Kinnickinnic River in Wisconsin for some spring creek trout fishing.  I also convinced my fishing buddy to purchase the SonicSeam waders, and we were both “getting our feet wet” with them for the first time.  I can say without reservation that the waders performed admirably.  They were easy to put on, and I’ve never felt warmer inside a pair of waders.  It’s true what they say about the “sonic seam” technology.  They’re easy to fold and pack up because there are no seams, and they don’t leak for the same reason.  I was impressed with the maneuverability they provided.  They didn’t feel stiff like some waders feel until they are broken in.  After having had the same pair of waders for the last 15 years, it was like night and day.

The part I hate most about using waders is taking them off at the end of the day.  I’m usually a bit tired by that point, and taking them off always means an end to the day’s adventures.  They slipped off effortlessly and the mud and dirt seemed to almost slide right off them.  Don’t get me wrong, they still needed their proper cleaning, but they also wouldn’t destroy the back of my friend’s SUV if I just tossed them in the back.  After cleaning them according to the recommended instructions with the machine wash setting on my washer, they looked brand new. 

About a week later, they got their ultimate test under the grueling conditions of a post-winter steelhead run on the North Shore of Minnesota.  They held up great under turbulent conditions with rain, sleet and high wind.  They remained breathable while keeping me nice and dry.  The stocking foot left plenty of room for thick thermal socks.  I never felt underprepared and the little chest pocket kept my phone out of the rain (it was also in its own waterproof bag).

The only part I haven’t mentioned is that the SonicSeam waders barely take up any room when they’re packed.  At just a little over 2 lbs and tightly packed, it makes my travel plans so much easier.  Now I can bring them with me even when I’m not sure if I’ll be fishing.

I couldn’t have asked for a better pair of waders and my friend feels the same way.  I’ve had them for two seasons now and they perform like the day I first bought them.  I have enjoyed these waders so much, I bought a pair for my brother just this year, and he’ll be stepping into them for the first time in about a month.  I have no doubt he will be singing praises and become a convert to the new SonicSeam technology as I have.

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Ohio Dog-Auction Ban Still A Possibility!


Ohio’s animal-control laws are notoriously lax, allowing the dog-auction industry to thrive.

photo Courtesy Rob Snowhite

Back in December, we posted about how the Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auctions had collected enough signatures to bring a bill before the state legislature. (See “Ohio One Step Closer to Banning Dog Auctions”.) However, no one stepped forward to sponsor the bill, which meant that the organization would have to collect more signatures to get the issue on the November ballot for. . .

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