Podcast: Ten Tips for Warm Water Fly Fishing

This week we’re exploring the wide open world of warm water fly fishing, and not just for bass. We talk about landlocked stripers and gar and bowfin and northern redhorse–and especially shad and carp. Basically, it’s about finding the fish and experimenting with retrieves–tackle and flies are the least of your worries. Most of us have some sort of warm water close to home, so it’s like that old Stephen Stills song, “if you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with”.

In the fly box, we answer phone calls about how to measure the length of a fly cast, how long lines, leaders and backing last, keeping fish for the table and when to fly and when to spin.

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Phil’s Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 05.31.12


Don’t mind that banner up there; Tom’s still busy, and I’m back with another fly-fishing quiz. The last one, asking you to identify the authors of 20 famous fly-fishing books produced some really impressive scores. Some of you are incredibly well-read, apparently.

Today’s quiz has no theme, just 10 questions of random knowledge, covering such topics as famous fly tiers, fishing location, trout biology, and fishing terminology. Those of you who are Jacks-of-all-trades should score well.

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Slideshow: Killer Brown-Trout Fishing on the Delaware System

Patton Delaware Trip 3

The gorgeous brown trout on both the East and West branches of the
Delaware were cooperative on our trip.

photo courtesy Ty Patton

Earlier this month, I hosted a group of clients for three days of fishing and fun at the West Branch Angler—in Hancock, New York—which sits on one of the nicest looking and most productive stretches of the West Branch of the Delaware River. Our group opted to see a variety of. . .

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Video: A Dramatic Dog Rescue in Florida

By now, we should be accustomed to the heroics of animal rescuer Eldad Hagar of Hope for Paws in Los Angeles, but this video involves cross-country travel, a team of rescuers coordinating their actions, and a trained veterinarian. It’s like an action movie, but it’s all. . .

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Video: Stray Dog Follows Cyclists for Over 1,000 Miles Across China

A group of cyclists traveling across China and climbing into Tibet has had an unlikely companion for 24 days of their trip: a stray dog who joined the group after one of the travelers gave her a chicken drumstick. Now the dog—named Xiao Sa and nicknamed Forrest Gump—is an international sensation. She has stayed with the cyclists across more than 1,100 miles, climbing at least. . .

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UPDATE: Matthew Owen Receives Scholarship to Fly-Fishing Conservation Camp

Matthew Owen

Matthew Owen, a former Trout Bum of the Week, has earned a trip to the Rocky Mountains.

photo courtesy Joe Millner

We first posted about young Matthew Owen back in March, when one of his fishing mentors wrote about how Matthew was honoring his late father by continuing to develop as an angler. Then, earlier this month, one of Matthew’s classmates wrote an essay nominating Matthew for Trout Bum of the Week. Now, we receive word that, because of his accomplishments, . . .

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Bella!


Bella living it up in the Green Mountain State.

photo by Gretchen, Boston

Blog reader Gretchen just sent us this cute picture of Bella, along with a heartwarming story: . . .

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