Dealing with Runoff in SW Montana

Huge Cutthroat

When the snowpack starts to melt, rivers run high and muddy, but the many lakes and ponds of southwestern Montana can provide plenty of action and huge fish.

photo by Toby Swank

The reality of the spring melt is finally upon us here in southwestern Montana. We’ve got a lot of snow to get rid of in the high country this year, and everyone around here is ready for the sun after a long Montana winter. It’s hard to say how things will shake out over the next few weeks, but right now. . .

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Monster Brookies on Mouse Patterns: Labrador Adventure Part II

Mike and I spend the rest of the morning with Steve Murray, owner of Riverkeep Lodge, while Jim and John fish with Wilson, who has been the head guide for 15 years. His knowledge of the area is equally matched by his good humor and wit, and throughout the day, whenever Wilson is within earshot, we can hear laughing. Prospecting with drys, we catch an occasional trout, but no one lays into a really big fish. Still, with each colorful brookie, Steve shakes his head in wonder. Even for him, this place takes getting used to.

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Friday Film Festival 06.10.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we’re pretty trout-centric, featuring New Zealand browns, Argentina rainbows, and Arctic char (okay, technically not trout) from Sweden. For you salt lovers, there’s a long film on fly fishing in Belize that will have you checking flights to Punta Gorda. While our West Coast compatriots. . .

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Coffee and Rod Testing

As I walked up to the office yesterday morning, I saw the guys from the rod shop carting long cardboard boxes to the picnic table on the lawn. I knew that this could mean only one thing: a morning rod-testing session.

The product developers, others in the Rod & Tackle division, and the folks who actually. . .

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Of Blue Damsels and Bamboo Girls

Tom Rosenbauer is out this week, and he asked me to stand in for him and read a story I wrote for American Angler some time ago.

This story is appropriate for this week as we are promoting the Graceful Rise exhibit in Manchester, Vermont, opening next week. Click here for more information.  

Click the play button below to listen to “Of Blue Damsels and Bamboo Girls”. Go to orvis.com/podcast to subscribe to future episodes

If you cannot see the podcast player, please click this link to listen.

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Of Blue Damsels and Bamboo Girls

Tom Rosenbauer is out this week, and he asked me to stand in for him and read a story I wrote for American Angler some time ago.

This story is appropriate for this week as we are promoting the Graceful Rise exhibit in Manchester, Vermont, opening next week. Click here for more information.  

Click the play button below to listen to “Of Blue Damsels and Bamboo Girls”. Go to orvis.com/podcast to subscribe to future episodes

If you cannot see the podcast player, please click this link to listen.

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Show this Post to your Boss: Dogs Make Employees More Productive At Work

As we wrote about in a  a previous post, Orvis is a pretty dog-friendly work environment. On any given day you’ll see three or four dogs playing together during lunch, swimming in our casting pond or running trhough training sessions with their owners.

 
Dogs Training on the lawn  at Orvis HQ

Click the READ MORE button to read about experts who believe that companies should be more dog-friendly as a way to become more productive.

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Fighting Tarpon, Bones and the Wind (and Losing to all of Them) in Key Largo


Author Sarah Hoog on a Much Better Day

The wind keeps blowing and I keep spazzing out, this is just the way it goes. During the Bonefish Bonnie’s flats tournament on the 20th the wind blew a non-cooperative 20 knots and really caused trouble for most of the anglers. I fished with my husband guiding me and I managed to hook and release a small redfish on fly and had a second one on that I lost two feet from the leader, bye bye 50 points! I casted to a few other schools of reds and some snook, but had no takers.

Later in the afternoon we made our way to the flats in Biscayne Bay to try for some bones before lines out at 4pm. With 4 minutes to go I hook up to what we are sure is a bonefish on fly, he ate a nice little crab fly and took off. This was the first time all day I was able to see the fish and cast right to it, so I was feeling pretty good about it, maybe even a little cocky. A few minutes into the fight we get close to the fish and it turns side to us and I say, “Why is there a jack where my bonefish should be?” Oh, well! Needless to say, it was a good fight but no points! The winners of the Tournament caught 5 snook on live shrimp and top lady angler caught two bonefish on shrimp. I’m pretty sure I was the only dummy fly fishing in that wind, but what can I say, I’m addicted!

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Fighting Tarpon, Bones and the Wind (and Losing to all of Them) in Key Largo


Author Sarah Hoog on a Much Better Day

The wind keeps blowing and I keep spazzing out, this is just the way it goes. During the Bonefish Bonnie’s flats tournament on the 20th the wind blew a non-cooperative 20 knots and really caused trouble for most of the anglers. I fished with my husband guiding me and I managed to hook and release a small redfish on fly and had a second one on that I lost two feet from the leader, bye bye 50 points! I casted to a few other schools of reds and some snook, but had no takers.

Later in the afternoon we made our way to the flats in Biscayne Bay to try for some bones before lines out at 4pm. With 4 minutes to go I hook up to what we are sure is a bonefish on fly, he ate a nice little crab fly and took off. This was the first time all day I was able to see the fish and cast right to it, so I was feeling pretty good about it, maybe even a little cocky. A few minutes into the fight we get close to the fish and it turns side to us and I say, “Why is there a jack where my bonefish should be?” Oh, well! Needless to say, it was a good fight but no points! The winners of the Tournament caught 5 snook on live shrimp and top lady angler caught two bonefish on shrimp. I’m pretty sure I was the only dummy fly fishing in that wind, but what can I say, I’m addicted!

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