Tom Rosenbauer- Swinging Flies: How, When and Where to Do It

This week I talk about swinging, and get your mind out of the gutter because it’s not that kind of swinging. This is a family show.

We discuss the art and science of swinging flies for trout, salmon, and steelhead, one of the most relazing and elegant way of covering lots of water. It doesn’t work all the time and in every type of water, so listen to the podcast to find out where and when to do it–and how to choose the right fly.

In the Fly Box questions this week we talk about using a 7-weight rod for trout, what an individual can do to make a trout stream better, invasive species, and how to catch bass in southern rivers in summer. Plus a note about an exciting new upgrade to our fishing reports where you can get a text message every time your favorite waters are updated.

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Tuesday Tip: The Curve Cast

Welcome to our fifth 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 Cindi wrote, . . .

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Cleaning Up The Yellowstone River Oil Spill

yellowstone river

More than 240 miles of The Yellowstone River were affected by the spill
Fortunately for anglers, and small consolation for other folks,
 the spill did not affect trout fishing in its blue ribbon strecth

Did ExxonMobil understimate their initial claim of how much oil spilled into the Yellowstone River when a pipe ruptured back on July 1? They may well have, since they first claimed they stopped the leak in minutes, but regulators have since learned it actually took an hour to stop the leak. This according to an insightful update on the American Rivers newsroom blog by Scott Bosse.

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The Good Ol’ Days in Katmai

Here’s some great old footage, from the IGFA archives, of fly fishing in Alaska’s Katmai region. When I guided on the Alaska Peninsula back in the mid-1990s, I often wondered what things were like in the “Good Ol’ Days,” and this video offers a glimpse into that period before there was a real fly-fishing industry in the bush. I especially love the narrator’s exhortations to the angler who has hooked a big rainbow on a Dardevle spoon: “Ride him, fella! Ride him!”

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Picture of the Day: Family Affair

Family Affair

Orvis Western ELOG Director Tom Evenson and his son Oscar show off a nice
Owyhee brown trout that fell for a small grasshopper pattern.

photo by Bonnie Evenson

Tom Evenson, director of the Orvis-Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, & Guides (ELOG) Program for the western U.S., sent us this great picture and a story to go with it: . . .

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Friday Film Festival 07.15.11

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we travel from New Zealand to Iceland, and from Florida to Kiribati. If you’re interested in the ways that fish feed, we’ve got a couple of gems for you—featuring some extremely hungry tarpon and. . .

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Yellowstone River Oil Spill Update

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The Yellowstone River

The EPA updated its site yesterday regarding ExxonMobil’s clean-up plan for the oil spill on the Yellowstone River, which, though it did affect ranchers and other landowners, has NOT affected fishing. In part, the EPA stated: . . .

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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 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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