Podcast- Getting the Most out of Summertime Fly Fishing

In this week’s fly box, I mention a tip on mending line that I just got from a guide, a recommendation for how to choose a rod for nymphing, and 10 tips for reeling in and playing fish. For the main part of the podcast, I give some recommendations for high summer fishing–for having more fun, getting in more fishing time, and broadening your horizons.

We also have a great, new way to participate with The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast. Go to orvis.com/podcastfeedback to participate in our online forum to suggest podcast ideas or discuss episodes.

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“It’s finally here!”

Salmonflies on the Madison

Salmonflies cluster on streamside vegetation along the Madison River above Ennis. The combination of dropping flows and huge bugs means killer fishing ahead.

photo by Toby Swank

After a wild and unpredictable couple of months, it now seems like things are settling down and our season is finally underway here in southwestern Montana. The runoff is almost over, and flows on rivers such as the Gallatin and Madison have been dropping at a rapid rate. Just a week ago, we were all wondering when it would happen, and then all of a sudden…it’s here!

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Tying the Elk-Hair Caddis

In many parts of the country, mayfly hatches are dwindling, and midsummer means caddisflies. For decades, the standard by which all caddisfly patterns have been judged has been Al Troth’s Elk-Hair Caddis, which first came to the fly-fishing public’s attention in a 1978 article in Fly Tyer
(but which Troth had been tying for some years). In the article, Troth claimed that he had set out to develop a wet fly for his Pennsylvania streams, but his design ended up floating so well that. . .

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Tuesday Tip: Casting for Accuracy

Welcome to our fourth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. A couple months ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest casting problems. Reader “Castalot” wrote,

What would you recommend as most helpful with accuracy at medium, trout stream distances? I sometimes have trouble reaching as far as I want with a cast, but more often I have trouble putting the fly where I want it at a reasonable distance. I know practice is the key but is there something(s) in particular to keep in mind when practicing?

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Picture(s) of the Day: Huge Big Hole River Brown Trout

Big Hole Brown Trout 1

After spending the morning learning how to cast, Cheryl went out on the Big Hole
and slammed this monstrous brown trout on a dry fly.

photo by Wade Fellin

Wade Fellin, a fly-fishing guide at
Big Hole Lodge, sent us these great photos, along with an inspiring story of beginner’s luck:

Cheryl had been working hard on learning how to fly cast all morning. She had finally made her leader turn over consistently after lunch, when we saw an unassuming rise in an eddy. I rowed closer, and Cheryl made a perfect cast with a salmon fly imitation, executed a perfect mend, and BOOM!  She was soon landing this 24-inch Big Hole brown trout!

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Picture(s) of the Day: Huge Big Hole River Brown Trout

Big Hole Brown Trout 1

After spending the morning learning how to cast, Cheryl went out on the Big Hole
and slammed this monstrous brown trout on a dry fly.

photo by Wade Fellin

Wade Fellin, a fly-fishing guide at
Big Hole Lodge, sent us these great photos, along with an inspiring story of beginner’s luck:

Cheryl had been working hard on learning how to fly cast all morning. She had finally made her leader turn over consistently after lunch, when we saw an unassuming rise in an eddy. I rowed closer, and Cheryl made a perfect cast with a salmon fly imitation, executed a perfect mend, and BOOM!  She was soon landing this 24-inch Big Hole brown trout!

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Tips for Fly Fishing the Spinner Fall

Returning mayfly spinners or egg-laying caddisfly adults can cause intense feeding by the trout, but this situation can be misleading. Because the spent insects are lying prostrate on the surface, nothing sticks up above the water and they’re difficult to see. The secret is to look up. Aquatic insects can hatch over spread-out periods of time, but they must all mate at the same time. They form mating swarms, . . .

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Summer Reading for Fly Fishermen

Catch Magazine

It’s a bonanza for lovers of online fly-fishing magazines, with new issues of three great online publications. As someone who has edited a fly-fishing magazine, I can tell you that it takes a lot of work to put something like this together, and the quality of online offerings continues to improve. Click “Read More” to check them out.

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“The Blitz: A Year on the Road” Trailer

If you love fly-fishing for stripers, bluefish, false albacore, and other denizens of the sea off the Eastern Coast, you’re gonna love this. Photographer Tosh Brown and angler Pete McDonald (who writes the Fishing Jones blog) spent a year chasing fish from Casco Bay, Maine, to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The result is the book The Blitz: Fly Fishing the Atlantic Migration.

In the disclaimer for the video, Brown writes, “This entire production was shot on a cheap-ass camcorder that fits in a shirt pocket. It ate about 50 pounds of AA batteries during this odyssey and died of saltwater sickness about two weeks after their last shoot.” But I think you’ll agree that it’s still plenty fun to watch, especially because it features cameos from some of the sport’s biggest names.

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2011 Orvis-Endorsed Operations Awards

For twenty years the Orvis Company has been recognizing excellence in sporting experiences through its Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, and Guides program. Each endorsed operation has its own character, but all share the same high standards: great service, great fishing or wingshooting, and an experienced, professional staff. These standards of excellence are continually reviewed by the Orvis staff and evaluated by visiting guests in post-visit critiques sent directly to The Orvis Company. Orvis-Endorsed operations cater to every ability from beginners to experts.

At their annual Endorsed Operations Rendezvous in Key Largo, Florida and Endorsed Guide Rendezvous in Casper, Wyoming the Orvis Company announced the winners of their 2011 Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, and Guide Awards. There are seven categories, three for lodge operations and four for guiding operations. The awards are chosen based on customer survey feedback that Orvis solicits from their customers who patronize these operations.

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