Monthly Archives: July 2013

A Chance to Win a Vintage Fishing Trailer and Support Casting for Recovery


Written by: Phil Monahan

Sweet Charity would look great parked on the banks of your favorite stream.
Photo via Sisters on the Fly

We have posted before about the organization Sisters on the Fly, an adventure club for women who travel by towing vintage trailers and enjoying all that the outdoors have to offer, including fly fishing. As their website attests: “It is all about the participating in outdoor adventures with. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Beadhead Psycho Prince Nymph


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Psycho Prince can be tied in a variety of color combinations.

Since the brown trout we featured earlier today was taken on a Psycho Prince Nymph, I figured we oughta check the pattern out. Californian Mike Mercer is one of the more prolific fly tiers in the country, and he has an astounding 42 patterns listed with. . .

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Photos: Big California Brown Trout from “Location X”

Written by: Mark Schaller, Orvis San Jose


It’s always gratifying when a difficult-to-access piece of water offers a big return on your investment.
Photo by Jack Golan

Fellow Orvis sales associate Jack Golan and I ventured out of the shop last week to scout a new section of water, which we suspected, might hold some big trout. We had picked up some nice fish on a smaller, more easily accessed part of this river earlier in the year and hoped the more. . .

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Essay: What Makes Dogs Different

Written by: Jenna Woginrich


Photo by Tim Bronson

[Editor’s note: Jenna Woginrich, one of our former colleagues, is now a homesteader and an author. She shares her life with Siberian huskies Jazz and Annie, as well as Gibson, a border collie. Here’s a wonderful essay Jenna published on her blog, Cold Antler Farm.

No animal even remotely compares in import to the dog here at Cold Antler Farm. Dogs get the lion’s share of attention, love, and care. They live in the house with me. They share my. . .

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Video: The Way It Began


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a beautiful video of Kami Swingle¬†dry-fly fishing in Shenandoah National Park for wild brook trout and talking about her love of the sport. Along with her husband, Nick, Kami is TwoFisted Heart Productions, which produced the great Urban Lines earlier this year.

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make a Downstream Dead Drift


Written by: Phil Monahan

One of my favorite fishing holes in Yellowstone National Park is just below the attraction called Mud Volcano, where the Yellowstone River flows over a ledge of volcanic rock into a very deep pool. (I don’t feel like I’m giving any secrets away here, since the stretch of river is so popular.) When blue-winged olives are hatching, huge cutthroats come to the surface to feed at the center of the pool, but because the pool is so large and so deep at the edges, there’s no way to cast to these fish from the bank or from. . .

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