Fly Fishing 101 at the Denver ISE Show This Weekend!

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Come learn how to cast—or to fine-tune your skills—at the Orvis Fly Fishing 101 booth, which is part of the Denver ISE show this weekend

REMINDER: If you’re in the Denver area this week, swing by the Orvis booth (# R557) at the International Sportsman’s Show at the Denver Convention Center. If you think you can make it, here’s a coupon for two dollars off the admission price.

Come take advantage of our free fly-casting and fishing lessons—a program called Fly Fishing 101, which is a fun, quick class for anyone who would like to learn how to get started in the awesome sport of fly fishing. Those who participate will not only learn the very basics to fly casting, but they will also receive some Orvis swag and a coupon for $25 off a $50 purchase. We’ll also point you in the right direction to those who can help you further your education.  
 
We will have some fun casting games in (or near) the booth to play with and some additional Orvis product coupons you. . .

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Finding a Cure for Canine Heart Disease

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Rocky & Rico
Veterinary student Eva Oxford usually spends most of her nights and weekends in the lab at Cornell University trying to unravel the mystery of heart disease in boxers.

In 2004, Oxford was studying for a PhD at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, where she was pursuing a career in human biomedical research. Her career track changed when her adviser’s boxer became ill with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), an inherited disease that causes arrhythmia, heart failure and death. That’s when Oxford met Dr. Sydney Moïse, a veterinary cardiologist at Cornell University who is funded by Morris Animal Foundation.

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Steelhead Odyssey, Episode I

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Ted Morris is all smiles as he shows off his first steelhead, taken from Idaho’s Little Salmon.

photo by Eric Strader

[Editor’s Note: This month, three trout guides from Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge have embarked on a steelhead trip through Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. They’ll be filing frequent updates on their progress. The anglers—all steelhead novices—are Eric Strader (from Missouri), Robert McCallister (from New Mexico), and Ted Morris (from Pennsylvania).]

Once elk-hunting season is over at Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge, it’s time to find the steelhead! Our first stop on the trip is Boise, Idaho, where we met with a few local fishing guides to help us plan our trip to the Olympic Peninsula, as well as a few places to fish along the way. We set up our temporary camp at a friend’s house in Boise. We tied flies and met with a few guys who had fished. . .

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Swinging for Steel

In all they years that I have been going to the New York’s Salmon River, I always spend a day or two swinging big junk waiting for that magical tug. Well, last week I not only got that tug, but I brought the fish to hand—and to make the success ever so sweeter, it was done in the presence of my fishing buddies. Every fly fisherman has had those days: . . .

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Orvis Dog of the Day- Pip!

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Pip
Pip, the Flying Machine
Alys, Lexington
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 www.orvis.com/coverdog.
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Last Chance in Yellowstone

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Fall fishing on the Upper Madison in Yellowstone National Park.
photo by Toby Swank


The fishing season in Yellowstone National Park is winding down and will officially close this Sunday, November 8. This date is probably more relevant now than ever, as the popularity of fishing for fall-run trout heading up to the Madison River headwaters. . .

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Get More Time in the Field: Plan Annual Trips

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Annual Seve Commermorative Hunt
Mike Quartararo

All of us who have experienced a good day afield with dogs working and birds flushing feel anticipation as each fall bird season approaches. Leaves start to fall, the temperatures starts to drop and memories of wonderful times spent outdoors with friends and dogs enters into the mind. The question is: How do you make time to get out there as much as possible?

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First Pheasant

Jenna's First Pheasant
First Pheasant

Photo – Tim Daughton

I’m new to this, painfully new. I just completed my Hunters’ Safety course this past summer and had only aimed a shotgun at clays. I had no plans of coming home with a ringneck, but the possibility had me excited on the dark drive to our meeting spot before dawn. When I pulled my truck to the parking area on the side of the road, I was greeted by what I would learn would be the classic pre-hunt scene. My friends Steve, Tim, and Tim’s son Holden were outside their trucks, talking with coffee in their hands and Steve’s dog, Cayenne, lunging at the end of her leash. I was an emotional concoction of excited and nervous. I kept it to myself that I hadn’t felt this way since Prom Night. This was a whole different dance though, and the borrowed 20 gauge would’ve looked awkward with my teal dress from high school.

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New Biography of Wes Jordan

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Famed rodmaker Wes Jordan doing some product testing in the Orvis Rod Shop, Manchester, VT.
Photo from the Orvis Archives

It is very rare when we get the opportunity to hear the inside story about one of the great fishing-tackle legends. But this is exactly what we get with William H. Jordan’s new book Jordan the Rodmaker: A Biography of Wesley D. Jordan at Cross – South Bend – Orvis. Wes Jordan needs no introduction to anyone who has done any serious fly angling. Maker of incredible (and ahead-of- their-time) fly rods from 1921-1926 at Cross Rod & Tackle at Lynn, MA, Wes Jordan moved to South Bend, Indiana and set up the rod shop for South Bend Tackle Company, which he ran until 1938, producing upwards of 5,000 rods per week. In 1939 he moved to Manchester, Vermont…

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Saying Goodbye to Ol’ Rupe

I had to put Ol’ Rupe down the other day. It was really hard – harder than I had imagined. I guess the guy had curled himself around my heart tighter than I knew. But I also knew that with Ol’ Rupe being 14 1/2 years old as an English Pointer that this might be his last autumn, so I flew him out to Montana at the end of August to spend the glorious month of September to accompany me on days afield and astream.

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