This blog highlights conservation issues we feel are important to fly fishers and others who love outdoor sports, and we cover the latest and most pressing environmental issues affecting wildlife habitat and resource conservation. Orvis believes that, if we are to benefit from the use of our natural resources and environment, we must be willing to act to preserve them. Therefore, the company commits 5% of pre-tax profits to protecting nature.

URGENT: EPA Hearing on Pebble Mine Thursday in Seattle!


Written by: Phil Monahan

EPA Hearing

Last week, the EPA announced that it will hold a public hearing this Thursday in Seattle on its recent Bristol Bay watershed assessment. This will be the ONLY hearing in the Lower 48, so it’s your best shot to be heard on the issues facing the conservation of this fragile ecosystem.

A strong showing from anglers and conservationists will. . .

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Protecting the Wild Bonefish of Hawaii

Market Bonefish

Imagine what a bonefish is worth to the sport-fishing and tourist industries, and then check out the price in the market: a paltry $2.99 per pound.

photo courtesy Terry Duffield

Aloha Orvis Nation,

As many of you know, we have monster bonefish here in Hawaii. I’ve worked for years to get respectability bestowed by us in the fly-fishing world, and thanks to great anglers like yourselves, we’ve made it! People are becoming more and more aware of our giant bonefish and our extensive flats that surround the eastern, southern, and northern sides of. . .

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EPA Study Sees Grave Danger to Salmon from Pebble Mine


Written by: Phil Monahan


A new report casts doubt on the “safe” operation of the proposed Pebble Mine.

photo via msnbc.com

Opponents of the proposed Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska, now have more ammunition in the battle: a new draft study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)has found that such a massive project would endanger the spawning grounds of. . .

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Video: Former AK Senate President Rick Halford Speaks Out Against Pebble Mine


Written by: Phil Monahan

The pro-Pebble Mine forces would have you believe that all “real” Alaskans are in favor of the project, and that the agitators are transplants, hippies, or from “outside.” This video shoots a big, fat hole in that argument. Rick Halford is about as Alaskan as they come: bush pilot, avid outdoorsman, and longtime Republican political leader. He retired from public life in 2003 as. . .

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Video: Maryland Biologists Fly-Fishing for Science


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a cool video from the Maryland Division of Natural Resources Fisheries Service. It seems that they wanted to tag some brook trout on the Savage River, but the traditional methods of collecting fish weren’t working. The solution? Fly-fishing for science! It’s cool to see how they anesthetize, tag, and revive the trout, while using technical terms, such as “a bit loopy.”

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