My First Landlocked Salmon Fishing Trip

 landlock and reel


Last year, on the last weekend of the season in Vermont, I invited myself along on a fishing trip to a river in Northern Vermont with my boyfriend Tyler and his good buddy Kyle. Kyle had been up there recently and got us all pumped up over the prospect of a fresh landlocked salmon on the line. We left Saturday morning around 1 a.m. with a thermos full of coffee and arrived at the river before sunrise. We geared up by headlamp and we bolted for the section of river Kyle had scoped out on his last trip. The first snow flurries of the year drifted around us and we hunkered down on some boulders on the bank waiting for sunrise.

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Orvis Job Wall, July 18

Orvis Flagship Store

Orvis has exciting news for customers and fans in the greater New York City area, as we announce that Yonkers, New York, will soon be home to an Orvis retail store! We are searching for the absolutely right people to become our new Store Manager and Fishing Manager in this new location.

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4 Facts about Chemotherapy Help You Make Good Dog Care Choices

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Sophie & Chloe

The word “chemotherapy” comes loaded with emotional baggage, and this itself is often a barrier for dog owners as they face decisions about treating their pets with cancer. Almost everyone has heard some bad stories about canine chemotherapy. As always, a bit of understanding and frank discussion about what’s really going on are helpful. These four facts about chemotherapy should help pet owners to understand what their veterinarian is proposing and, therefore, allow owners a more certain basis for important decision-making.

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Quality Chicks, Fishing Together for 19 Years

chick with big brown 

Quality Chick Linda Windels with a quality brown trout

It has been one year since twelve women, armed to the teeth with fly rods and fly boxes, took the Big Hole Lodge by storm. For one week, we were lucky enough to host The Quality Chicks’ annual retreat, an event filled with laughter and motivated by a ferocious passion for the sport. This week, their hand-tied patterns, precise casts, and “fish-on” cries return to the Big Hole Valley and it is sure to be an experience not soon forgotten.

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In Memory of Rudy: Hope for a Canine Cancer Cure



Rudy was a wonderful, happy-go-lucky yellow Labrador retriever; my best friend. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in May, 2010, I was shocked! How could this happen to a dog neutered at six months of age? Then I found out that the prognosis for this type of cancer is only about one month. With the help of our Board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist, Dr. Ronald Hodges, we were able to have three quality months with him; I will always treasure each day. Even though Rudy is gone, others may have a chance because of the work being done at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation.


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Orvis Job Wall for July 5

The Orvis Home Office in Sunderland VT

The Orvis Home Office in Sunderland, VT

Today, we feature two of our California retail stores looking for people who can add their experience and passion to selling our great selection of fly-fishing gear! With more than 300 days of sun each year, the Pasadena and San Jose retail stores are great locations for someone interested in working for Orvis.

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Dog(s) of the Day – Lee and Bear

Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Photo contest for your chance to put your dog on a future cover of the The Orvis Dog Book catalog, win a $500 gift card from Orvis and help us beat canine cancer! Enter online at

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Lee and Bear
Lee and Bear take the plunge
Photo by Elizabeth, Missoula

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Catch-and-Release Tips for Bonefish

I’ll be the first to admit it, and then other fly fishermen can chime in. In the past, though I was well intentioned, I sometimes handled fish in a manner that may have reduced their chance of survival after they were released. Maybe it was because I was excited about catching an especially big fish, or perhaps it was the first of that species for me. But mostly it was. . .

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