Vote for the Winner in the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast Access Fly Rod Giveaway Contest!

We had over 300 entries in our contest to suggest the next Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast topic and win a new Orvis Access fly rod! That’s fantastic. Out of all of those tp[ics, the OrvisNews.com team had to pick five. No easy task. If you did not get chosen this time, don’t worry… we will be having contests often here on OrvisNews.com!

A note on the selection process: We are always looking for something new, or at least a new slant on a topic. If we’ve already done a podcast on a topic, we won’t select it for the contest. Also, we always look for a topic that is of interest to people all over the country (and the world, as we do have a lot of international listeners), so destination-specific entries won’t be chosen. Finally, if more than one person suggests a topic (as is often the case) we randomly select one entry for the contest.

Vote below. Voting closes at 3pm EST on Thursday, January 20.


We had over 300 entries in our contest to suggest the next Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast topic and win a new Orvis Access fly rod! That’s fantastic. Out of all of those tp[ics, the OrvisNews.com team had to pick five. No easy task. If you did not get chosen this time, dont worry… we will be having contests often here on OrvisNews.com!

A note on the selection process: We are always looking for something new, or at least a new slant on a topic. If we’ve already done a podcast on a topic, we won’t select it for the contest. Also, we always look for a topic that is of interest to people all over the country (and the world, as we do have a lot of international listeners), so destination-specific entries won’t be chosen. Finally, if more than one person suggests a topic (as is often the case) we randomly select one entry for the contest.

Vote below. Voting closes at 3pm EST on Thursday, January 20.


Six tips on Emergers- A Black Diamond Episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast

You have all requested more advanced podcasts and Tom delivers in his first “Black Diamond Episode”. It’s a long, detailed podcast… let us know if you want to hear more like this.

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You have all requested more advanced podcasts and Tom delivers in his first “Black Diamond Episode”. It’s a long, detailed podcast… let us know if you want to hear more like this.

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- The First Thirty Feet

Casting out that first thirty feet of line can sometimes be tricky. Tom has some easy-to-follow tips from for the advanced and beginner angler alike. Take a listen and learn to false cast less and fish more.

Tom also asks if you would like to hear some more advanced, “black diamond” podcasts. Let us know in the comments.

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Casting out that first thirty feet of line can sometimes be tricky. Tom has some easy-to-follow tips for the advanced and beginner angler alike. Take a listen and learn to false cast less and fish more.

Tom also asks if you would like to hear some more advanced, “black diamond” podcasts. Let us know in the comments section.

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Let the Fur Fly

Tying a Let The Fur Fly from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.

This is a great tying video—produced by Tightline Productions—which shows how to tie an interesting nymph using layers of rabbit fur for the abdomen to give the pattern the same wiggly motion as the natural. The video begins with underwater footage of the nymphs you’re trying to. . .

Tying a Let The Fur Fly from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.

This is a great tying video—produced by Tightline Productions—which shows how to tie an interesting nymph using layers of rabbit fur for the abdomen to give the pattern the same wiggly motion as the natural. The video begins with underwater footage of the nymphs you’re trying to imitate and then moves on to the step-by-step tying sequence.

The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Traveling with Fly Gear

Tom takes the mystery out of packing for your next trip telling you what you need, what you don’t and what you REALLY shouldn’t forget to bring.

He also shares his top five flies for fresh and saltwater

Did he miss anything? Was this helpful? What would you like to hear in the future? Let us know in the comments.

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Tom takes the mystery out of packing for your next trip telling you what you need, what you don’t and what you REALLY shouldn’t forget to bring.

He also shares his top five flies for fresh and saltwaterbr

Did he miss anything? Was this helpful? What would you like to hear in the future? Let us know in the comments.

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Top Five Casting Mistakes Revisited

In this episode, Tom is joined by Peter Kutzer of the Orvis Fly Fishing School to revisit a subject that we have covered in the past, but is still requested: common casting mistakes. We’ve all made them, in this podcast learn how to identify and fix them.
Tom and Pete also discuss what soft hackle is and when to use it, whether or not the color of your bead-head matters on bead-head flie, and when you should replace your leader.

Did they miss anything? Was this helpful? What would you like to hear in the future? Let us know in the comments by clicking the READ MORE link, below.

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In this episode, Tom is joined by Peter Kutzer of the Orvis Fly Fishing School to revisit a subject that we have covered in the past, but is still requested: common casting mistakes. We’ve all made them, in this podcast learn how to identify and fix them.

Tom and Pete also discuss what soft hackle is and when to use it, whether or not the color of your bead-head matters on bead-head flie, and when you should replace your leader.

Did they miss anything? Was this helpful? What would you like to hear in the future? Let us know in the comments.

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The End of Fall

Nate battles a steelhead against a backdrop of fall leaves
Battling a Great Lakes steelhead against a backdrop of autumn leaves.
photo by Jim Lampros

Now that the snow is flying here in Vermont, as well as in many other parts of the country, even the chilly days of fall seem like the Good Ol’ Days. Jim Lampros, the fishing manager of the Orvis Cleveland store, sent us this musing on the first frost of the year: . . .

Nate battles a steelhead against a backdrop of fall leaves

Battling a Great Lakes steelhead against a backdrop of autumn leaves.

photo by Jim Lampros


Now that the snow is flying here in Vermont, as well as in many other parts of the country, even the chilly days of fall seem like the Good Ol’ Days. Jim Lampros, the fishing manager of the Orvis Cleveland store, sent us this musing on the first frost of the year and what it means for Great Lakes steelheaders: 

The leaves are all but gone. For the dedicated angler in this tiny part of the world that marks an important milestone, a reality that is at once depressing and exhilarating—because as the vibrancy of autumn in the Midwest fades with each falling leaf, big silver fish are rapidly filtering in to fill the void.  Indeed, that chill in the air means that things around here are about to go from good to really good.  

Fall Leaves and a Chromer On The Swing

A chromer taken on the swing is one of the joys of autumn.

photo by Jim Lampros

Long before the last leaf hits the ground, the first frost of the season serves as winters’ warning: Fish now and fish hard while you can still feel your fingertips. There is an air of unease about the local angling community—look upstream on a cold November morning, and you will see the angst you feel inside coming from your buddy, desperation filling the air with each frantic breath. For now, we’ll heed the Old Man’s warning, taking the good (lots of very big trout) with the bad (hordes of zealous anglers), and fish at every opportunity, because it won’t be long until we’ll be standing on the river rather than in it.

Buck steelhead taken on a streamer

Fall color isn’t just about the leaves.

photo by Jim Lampros

Quail in the Epicenter of Plantation Hunting

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Rio Piedra hunters benefit from thousands of acres of managed habitat.

Bill Atchison is justifiably proud of Rio Piedra. Year after year it wins awards—including the Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year award an unprecedented three times. That’s purely based on customer feedback. In 2009 it won the Sporting Classics Hunting Lodge of the Year.

His secret? . . .

RioPiedrahunt2011

Rio Piedra hunters benefit from thousands of acres of managed habitat.

Bill Atchison is justifiably proud of Rio Piedra. Year after year it wins awards—including the Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year award an unprecedented three times. That’s purely based on customer feedback. In 2009 it won the Sporting Classics Hunting Lodge of the Year. His secret? 

His secret? 

“We just try to stay ahead of the competition in every aspect of the operation.”

The hunting is as good as one could ask, for a number of reasons. Certainly the management of the habitat is important, but Rio Piedra’s 6,000 acres lie on the Flint River in southern Georgia—dead center in the heart of plantation quail country and are surrounded by other large, private plantations.

“Of course we release birds, but we also have wild birds because of the natural migration of birds from one plantation to the other,”  Atchison says. Essentially, if added together and taken in aggregate, this is a massive area of highly managed quail habitat on nearly 100 contiguous plantations, and everyone benefits from the combined efforts of their management and their neighbor’s management. Rio Piedra has the benefit of being landlocked by highly managed quail habitat.

“We’ve also instituted the use of English cockers as flushers, which is a real client favorite,” Atchison explains. “Nothing gets birds up and flying as well as a cocker tearing into the covey with teeth bared. It’s really improved not only the quality of the shooting, but the safety of the hunters and guides, as well.”

New this year is the dock and the ferry on the river. 60% of Rio Piedra’s hunting land is on one side of the Flint and 40% on the other. 

“We used to have to drive up and around to the bridge, but now we put the hunters in the boats and take them directly across. Our guests seem to like this and on the return trip is when the cigars tend to come out of the pocket for the boat ride home.”

The cuisine at Rio Piedra is what Bill calls “relaxed five-star.”

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The lodge at Rio Piedra.

“We don’t tend to adhere as closely to the southern-style cuisine as perhaps others. Of course we serve quail, but our chef is European, and much of the food we serve is no different than what you would find in New York or Boston. We may have quail one night, but the next night it could be grouper, veal, or lamb shank.

That Rio Piedra is one of the top quail lodges in the country is certainly undeniable, and one of the indicators is the bookings.

“We’re having a great year and are working at about 90% capacity, but we do have available dates, particularly for couples or perhaps a group of four.”

If quail hunting has been on your mind lately, there are a few months left and a bit of room still available at an award-winning quail plantation. If you have the chance, take it. Customer feedback would say you’ve made the right choice.

The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast: The Go East – Go West Podcast

Tom covers a lot of material in this podcast. In the “Fly Box” section, he compares and contrasts vests vs chest packs vs waist packs vs sling packs, he covers how best to keep your flies floating (and reveals his secret) and then answers a question about realistic vs impressionistic flies.

The main topic of this podcast, though is what easterners can expect when taking a fishing trip west and what westerners can expect when making a trip east. What are the differences? How can you best prepare?

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Tom covers a lot of material in this podcast. In the “Fly Box” section, he compares and contrasts vests vs chest packs vs waist packs vs sling packs, he covers how best to keep your flies floating (and reveals his secret) and then answers a question about realistic vs impressionistic flies.

The main topic of this podcast, though is what easterners can expect when taking a fishing trip west and what westerners can expect when making a trip east. What are the differences? How can you best prepare?

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