Orvis guides from east of the Mississippi are in town for two days of information and networking.
photo by Scott McEnaney
Last week, the Orvis Western ELOG Rendezvous was held in Missoula, Montana, and now the eastern folks are meeting here in Vermont. (ELOG = Endorsed Lodges, Guides, and Outfitters.) About 60 fishing guides, lodge owners, and shop owners coming from all over the eastern United States will get a chance to compare notes, get company updates, and learn about new products. It’s a very cool event, for it offers us the opportunity to learn more about their fisheries, as well.
Drew Price shows off a 24.5-inch beast that fell for a dead-drifted streamer on Saturday.
photo by Drew Price
Early in the season, trout streams tend to be a bit on the high side, and the water is cold and discolored. These can be tough conditions for fishing, but it can also be one of the best times of year to get into larger fish if you use the right techniques. This past weekend was the opening of the trout season in Vermont. Although conditions here are very atypical of April—most streams are low, the water is fairly warm (in the mid to upper 40’s) and there is good clarity—I still stuck with my opening weekend tradition of. . .
Tom Rosenbauer (right) and guide John Herzer with a sweet brown.
photo by Tim Linehan
Last Thursdaythe day before the 2012 Orvis Western Guide Rendezvous in Missoula, MontanaTom Rosenbauer and Tim Linehan hit the water with guide John Herzer of Blackfoot River Outfitters. All the area rivers were. . .
In this week’s podcast I interview Captain Jim Barr from Rhode Island and we talk about the effects of barometric pressure changes and moon phases on fly fishing, both in Jim’s arena of striped bass fishing and also on various freshwater species. If you’re looking for easy answers you’ll be disappointed, but I think you’ll enjoy hearing us talk about the empirical observations we’ve made over the years. In the Fly Box section this week we discuss methods of weighting flies with non-toxic materials, why you catch bigger fish on worms than you do on flies, and an explanation of the term “turning over” a fly and what you can do to make sure your fly turns over.
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Over the past year or so, we’ve seen author and blogger Matt Grobert tie innovative patterns and his unique variations on classics. In this great video from Tightline Productions, he takes on the venerable Catskill-style dry fly, which is actually pretty brave. For some tiers, the importance of getting every detail correct in tying Catskill-style patterns is of the utmost performance, and . . .
Jon Hill discovered that the browns in a local creek grow a little bigger than he thought.
photo courtesy Jon Hill
Blog reader Jon Hill sent us an email with the accompanying photos about a recent great afternoon on the water: “I got off work early and had a few hours to kill, so I headed out to my favorite fishing hole. I had heard that there were some big browns in this little creek but never thought they would be. . .