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.

Video: Restoring the South Branch of the Raritan River, by Tightline Productions

Written by: Phil Monahan

Tightline Productions, which produces our amazing weekly fly-tying videos, recently turned their cameras on a large restoration project on their home water, the South Branch of the Raritan River in Califon, New Jersey. Joke all you want about The Garden State, but the South Branch is a. . .


Saving the Chesapeake Bay, One Oyster at a Time

Written by: Laura Wood

Recent low lunar tides along the Lafayette River offered an excellent opportunity to see the fruits of our oyster restoration work. Above, reef balls planted two years ago are now completely covered in oysters.
Photo by CBF Staff

Once so chock-full that Native Americans called it “great shellfish bay,” the Chesapeake has long since seen its oyster population decimated by overharvesting, pollution, and disease.

This is bad news…


Salt River: Speeding Tickets and Collaboration

Written by: Cory Toye, director, Trout Unlimited’s Wyoming Water Project

Trout Unlimited installed a fish passage on this diversion barrier.
Photo courtesy TU

I get a speeding ticket almost every time I drive through the Snake River Canyon on my way to the Salt River basin in western Wyoming. I am not sure if it is the 55 mph speed limit or because I spend a lot of time watching the river below me work its way through walls of rock, big plunge pools, and. . .