Repost: Deep Thoughts

[Editor’s Note: A buddy of mine just returned from Montana, where the water was pretty high everywhere he fished. He stressed that the key to success was getting flies deep, so it seemed a good time to repost this from last September.] 

Many years ago on Maine’s Rapid River, when I was still a relative newcomer to the sport, I learned a valuable lesson about getting my flies deep enough. It was the middle of a hot June day, . . .

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Podcast- 12 Steps to Better Summer Dry Fly Fishing

This week in the Fly Box section, we talk about rod actions, line sizes, sunscreen, and dry flies in high water. In the main event, we’ll give you some tips on summer dry flies, as summer is prime time for fishing on the surface.

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

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Tying the Black Ghost Marabou Streamer

I cut my teeth fly-fishing on Maine’s Rapid River for landlocked salmon and brook trout, and it was on that steep, tumbling freestoner that I first fell in love with traditional streamer patterns. Of course, the Rapid begins at Middle Dam, just a lake’s length from Upper Dam, the spot where Carrie Stevens invented her famous featherwing streamers, such as the Gray Ghost and the Colonel Bates. The Black Ghost was first tied by Herbert Welch, of Mooselookmeguntic, . . .

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Fly-Fishing for Bowfin

The first time I ever heard of bowfin was a couple of years ago, when I was ice-fishing for pike on Lake Champlain with a couple of friends from Orvis—I didn’t work here yet—and a few of their friends. Several of the guys were members of a bass-fishing club that held events on the big lake, so while we waited for the tip-ups to go off, there was lots of discussion of the fishing to be had during warmer. . .

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Friday Film Festival 07.01.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Interweb for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, to kick off the long holiday weekend, we’ve got a wide array of tasty fishing action. You’ll see what it’s like to catch Atlantic salmon on dry flies, learn how to avoid becoming lunch while releasing a snook, and discover the majestic Murray cod from the. . .

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Picture of the Day: First Tarpon

Jeff Tarpon

Orvis liquidations manager Jeff Swedberg headed to Florida last week and landed his very first tarpon, with guide David Mangum. He doesn’t look too excited about it, does he?

photo by Steve Hemkens

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Podcast Double Feature- Five More Tips on Matching the Hatch and Progressing from Novice to Intermediate

I was out of the office for a couple of weeks, so we did not have any new episodes of the podcast to publish. Hopefully I can make it up to you with a double feature this week with two listener-requested topics.

Matching the Hatch Part 2: Five More Tips

In the fly box section this week we discuss a couple tackle maintenance items (cork grips and fly lines) and some tips on how to learn from some “old school” techniques.

In the main part of the podcast, we learn more about hatches and how to deal with them, especially on how to collect insect specimens and what to do with them once you’ve otained them.

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Ten Tips from Novice to intermediate fly fisher

In this week’s podcast we have a great phone call from Molly with some exciting news and a tip on further refining your casting practice. For the main event, we explore the topic of moving from novice to intermediate fly fisher with some tips on how to get there.

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Are Certain Dog Breeds Dangerous?

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Cody

 

Last month, we blogged about a new laws in the Atlanta region that deemed certain breeds of dogs dangerous and required their owners to license them as such. These breeds included German shepherds, pit bulls, Doberman pinschers, and others. In Ohio, a new law takes a different approach.

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Tips for Fishing Emergers

You might be tempted to fish emergers with a subtle twitch. It sometimes works during a caddis hatch or during an emergence of large mayflies like green drakes, but most times you are better off fishing an emerger like a dry fly— on a dead drift. Any movement you can impart to your fly is far more overt than the diminutive quivering of the naturals.

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