Shocking Video Footage


The biannual electroshocking fish survey conducted by fisheries officials from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam allows biologists to determine the size and health of the trout population. This year, Brett Prettyman of The Salt Lake Tribune went along for the ride and provided some great video that shows how the survey process works, as well as how the electric current…

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Emily’s Excellent Adventure

Orvis receives a lot of letters and emails from customers who have a story to tell, but few of these writers capture the excitement of discovering fly fishing and the wonders of a journey to Alaska the way Emily Williams does. Just 14 years old, this high-school freshman from Princeton, Massachusetts, displays language and observational skills well beyond her years. And it seems she’s pretty good with that fly rod, too. Click “Read More” to enjoy Emily’s story.

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Restoring the Mighty Penobscot- Trout Unlimited Joins the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast

The Penobscot River provides the largest freshwater input into the Gulf of Maine, and there are important connections between sea-run fish and groundfish and other commercially important species in Penobscot Bay.
Photo: Cheryl Daigle

We are adding a new feature to the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast by partnering with Trout Unlimited to bring you updates on their conservation programs. Tom is a huge fan of Trout Unlimited and Orvis has been a long-time partner in their efforts to restore and protect coldwater fisheries.
In this episode TU President & CEO Chris Wood interviews Jeff Reardon about restoring the Penobscot River. Involving miles and miles of river and multiple dam removals, this is the largest project of its kind in history.
We hope you enjoy this new feature of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast. Let us know what you think on our Facebook wall at facebook.com/orvisflyfishing or by dropping us a line at podcast@orvis.com. Listen by clicking the play button below.

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In the Loop 9.28.10

Matt Skoglund of the Natural Resources Defense Council describes the pleasures of finding and fishing for golden trout on a three-day trip with his brother into the wild Beartooth Mountains of Montana. These small, beautiful fish have been an obsession since Skoglund was a child: That you can’t find goldens in roadside rivers also titillated me. To catch a golden,…

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Brookies for a Good Cause

Big Native Brookie
Few fish are more beautiful than a native, male brook trout in its fall glory.
Photo by Phil Monahan, 2010

Last winter, Casting for Recovery held an online auction to raise money for their programs, which combine fly fishing, counseling, and medical information to help breast-cancer patients and survivors focus on wellness instead of illness. One of the auction items was a day of fishing in southwestern Vermont,…

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Rehabilitating the Dogs Rescued from Michael Vick’s Kennels

Ever wonder what happened to the dogs raised to fight and then rescued from Michel Vick’s “Bad Newz Kennels”? National Public radio ran a piece a few days ago on the efforts to rehabilitate those dogs and the people behind the effort.

“We had started developing a battery of tests … : Could you touch the dog and handle the dog? Was the dog reactive? How did it respond to people? How did it respond to other dogs? Was the dog safe around food, toys and children? Things like that. So when we sat down to take a look at [the Vick] case, we needed to understand what the potential aggression problems were going to be. And we also needed to satisfy the government’s concerns about liability. If this dog goes out and we permitted it and it attacks a small child, it’s going to get back to us somehow. So we really needed to demonstrate to the government that the dogs were going to be safe when we made some recommendations for placement.”

You can listen the story or read it in its entirety here.

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In the Loop 9.24.10

Robert Humston, a biology professor from Virgina’s Washington and Lee University, has been studying the
impact of stocked trout in reservoirs on the Commonwealth’s native brook trout. His findings so far are fascinating: it turns out that the stocked trout may actually help

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