An Urgent Call to Help Save Wild Tigers

Tiger numbers are dwindling due to habitat loss and poaching.

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Around the world, tiger numbers are at an all-time low—dropping from 100,000 to as few as 3,200 over the last century. Demand for tiger parts in some Asian countries is resulting in poaching and trade that will empty forests of. . .

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In Praise of Mr. Whitey

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Many a troutless day has been saved by the tug of the whitey.

photo courtesy Lone Mountain Ranch

[Editor’s Note: When I guided on the Yellowstone in the mid 1990s, I learned to value the mountain whitefish immensely. On those days when trout fishing was tough, I could always count on Mr. Whitey to jump on a size 10 Beadhead Prince Nymph if I needed to get a client on a fish. It seems that John McKinnie agrees with me.]

Who hasn’t heard the phrase “not another Whitefish,” uttered with sheer disappointment? All too often, you will hear this said by guides and anglers on rivers throughout southwestern Montana. For years, I have given my dad a hard time about his. . .

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Video: How to Tie an Isonychia Emerger

Back in January, we featured a how-to video on tying an Isonychia nymph, and now the folks at Tightline Productions have followed it up with an emerger to match the same genus. Isonychia mayflies, often known as slate-wing or mahogany duns, are prevalent throughout the eastern half of the United States, and trout feed on duns and spinners throughout the mid- to late season. Even though Isonychia. . .

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McKinney Diaries III: A Season of Firsts

Spring has brought a season of firsts. Being new to fly fishing, nearly everything I experience is a first. Jim LePage has been kind enough to take me fishing several times, and I’m sure he’s getting tired of hearing me say, “Well, that’s the first time I’ve ever. . . .” Of course, the phrase does not apply to snagging a tree or creating a gnarly knot in my leader from poor casting technique or. . .

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Video: Minor League Baseball Team Adopts Blind Puppy

Here’s a great story about a big-hearted minor-league baseball team, the Albuquerque Isotopes, that adopted a sweet, six-month-old shepherd-mix puppy named Stevie. His full name is Stevie Wonder, because he is blind as a result of an injury and infection. But that doesn’t stop him from having a blast out on the field and in the locker room, and the players love having. . .

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The True Story of the First Orvis Dog’s Nest

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Williams the goat received this comfortable bed from a traveling tweed salesman. So, technically speaking, we should perhaps refer to these products as “goat beds.”

photo courtesy Perk Perkins

Of all the products Orvis has introduced over the years, none has received a better reception than the Dog’s Nest® dog beds. No doubt this is because the dog is perhaps the greatest common element shared by everybody remotely familiar with the. . .

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Picture of the Day: Another Big Virginia Musky

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Fish of a thousand casts? Pshaw.

photo courtesy Jimmy Cheers

There must be something in the water down near Orvis’s Roanoke shipping center, as this is the second big muskie of the year caught by an Orvis associate. Back in January, we posted this monster taken by one of Mark McKinney’s clients, and now Jimmy Cheers sends us a picture of a. . .

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