Tuesday Tip: How to Make Delicate Presentations

Welcome to our ninth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. A few weeks ago, reader “Steve” wrote, Thanks for the great tips. My problem is with presentation. Usually my flies land with a splat. What would help achieve a more delicate presentation?

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Mark and Kate Rutherford are a Father/Daughter Guide Team out of Alaska

Here’s a video of Mark and Kate Rutherford, father/daughter guide team in Alaska fishing for salmon, rainbows, and grayling. R.A. Beattie produced this a couple of years ago, but it’s definitely worth watching if you haven’t seen it yet. Kate’s full of spunk (and sarcasm). The fish are gorgeous, but it’s the family dynamics that make this video entertaining!


Kate and Mark – Father / Daughter guide team in Alaska from RA Beattie on Vimeo.

Kate’s also an amazing climber (think National Geographic and ESPN) with big name sponsors – check out her blog. Look for Mark in the Nervous Water DVD produced by R.A. Beattie in the ‘First Descent Alaska’ featured film.

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Take our Poll: Is Virtual Dog Fighting on Par with Cruelty to Animals?

Dog Wars App Graphic

Last week animal rights activists hacked the controversial game “Dog Wars”, a game for Android phones where users raise virtual dogs to fight in Michael Vick style dog fights. In a creative bid to embarass the users of the app, the hackers configured the phones to send messages to all the contacts on the gamers’ phones saying “I take pleasure in hurting small animals, just thought you should know that,” 

What do you think? Is virtual dog-fighting on par with cruelty to animals or just a game and the controversy is an overreaction? Take our poll below and share it with your friends.


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Bonus Friday Fly-Fishing Film

Gaula – River of Silver & Gold from tapamthemovie on Vimeo.

The maker of the incredible tarpon-from-a-float-tube movie “Tapam: a fly-fishing journey”, Daniel Göz, has turned his attention to one of Norway’s last great wild-salmon rivers, the Gaula. His new film—made in partnership with Anton Hamacher and with support from Orvis—is called, appropriately enough, “Gaula: The Movie.” Here’s the first trailer, which shows some remarkably sophisticated cinematography. I can’t wait to see the finished film.

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Friday Film Festival 08.19.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection features plenty of gorgeous footage of anglers catching everything from big trout to jumping tarpon to the mysterious triggerfish of the Farquhar Atoll in the Seychelles. Plus, we have the return of Rolf and the guys from Frontside Fly teaching us the rituals of fishing in. . .

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Steelhead Dreams

It’s hard to believe summer’s flown by so fast, but the cooling temps have a number of us at Orvis already thinking about fall steelhead fishing. While daydreaming about the gear I’d love to acquire before my first steelhead foray this year (like the 11′ 7 wt switch rod that’s on my wish list), I stumbled upon a couple of articles on the BloodKnot.

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Steelhead Dreams

It’s hard to believe summer’s flown by so fast, but the cooling temps have a number of us at Orvis already thinking about fall steelhead fishing. While daydreaming about the gear I’d love to acquire before my first steelhead foray this year (like the 11′ 7 wt switch rod that’s on my wish list), I stumbled upon a couple of articles on the BloodKnot.

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Understanding Trout Behavior

Trout Activity Stages, by Matt Supinski from Thomas Harman on Vimeo.

Here’s a short video clip from guide Matt Supinski’s new DVD “Selectivity: Trout.” Supinski puts his years of experience to work, dividing trout behavior into three categories—aggressive/active, selective/reflective, and passive/dormant. As you’ll see, one of the great things about the DVD is that it offers concrete examples, including fantastic footage of feeding trout, of everything discussed.

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Pictures of the Day: Hexed Brown Trout

Hex Brown Trout 1

When huge Hexagenia mayflies start hatching, big brown trout feast on the giant bugs.

photo by Dave Jensen

Outfitter Dave Jensen of Fly Fish Alberta sent us these pictures to demonstrate how great this year’s hatches have been on the Red Deer River. “Believe it or not, the Hexes are still hatching here!” he writes. Click “Read More” to see two more great shots from Alberta.

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