ClassicPodcast: How to Catch Winter Tailwater Trout, with Jamie Rouse


Guide Jamie Rouse on his home waters in Arkansas.
Photo courtesy Rouse Fly Fishing

This week I interview Jamie Rouse, who runs Rouse Fly Fishing, the 2012 Orvis Endorsed Guide Service of the Year. It’s the second time he’s won such an award for superior service, as rated by our customers, as he was the 2007 Orvis Endorsed Guide of the . . .


Tom is having tech issues in the studio this week. We hope to have it resolved soon. In the meantime, here’s a popular show from 2013.
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This week I interview Jamie Rouse, who runs Rouse Fly Fishing, the 2012 Orvis Endorsed Guide Service of the Year. It’s the second time he’s won such an award for superior service, as rated by our customers, as he was the 2007 Orvis Endorsed Guide of the Year, as well. He was also an OrvisNews.com “Trout Bum of the Week.”

Jamie gives us a very full lesson on fishing for tailwater trout during the winter, particularly on his home stream, the Little Red River in Arkansas. Jamie targets huge brown trout on the fly all winter long—and usually catches them—so it’s worth a listen to pick up some valuable tips. I know I learned a lot in this podcast and I’m ready to get out on the water, even if the line does freeze in my guides.

Click the play button above to listen, or click here.


Guide Jamie Rouse on his home waters in Arkansas.
Photo courtesy Rouse Fly Fishing

Classic Video: “Useful Dog Tricks 3″ by Jesse the Jack Russell

Jesse the Jack Russell is a pretty accomplished little dog. He has his own website, a blog, and some 40 videos on his YouTube page.


Jesse the Jack Russell is a pretty accomplished little dog. He has his own website, a blog, and some 40 videos on his YouTube page. Here’s the latest demonstration of his skills, in a video called “Useful Dog Tricks 3.” As you can see, he’s a very helpful pup, who serves as an alarm clock, cleaning service, disc jockey, and errand boy. (Who wouldn’t want a dog who could do daily chores?) His owner, Heather Brook, says she spends all her spare time playing with Jesse and teaching him new tricks. It really shows. Check out the videos below for the previous installments in this series.


Heather and Jesse share a special bond.
Photo via justjessethejack.blogspot.com

Verena Mei at the Orvis Sandanona Land Rover Experience

Rally driver Verena Mei and “travel junkie” Kirsten Alana recently checked out the Land Rover Experience at Orvis Sandanona in Millbrook, NY. The Orvis Game Fair and Sporting Weekend taking place September 20th and 21st, 2014 is a great time to plan on trying this course out for yourself!

Rally driver Verena Mei and “travel junkie” Kirsten Alana recently checked out the Land Rover Experience at Orvis Sandanona in Millbrook, NY. The Orvis Game Fair and Sporting Weekend taking place September 20th and 21st, 2014 is a great time to plan on trying this course out for yourself!

8 Reasons Owning a Dog is Good for You


Stress reduction is one of many reasons dog ownership is good for you.
photo via HuffingtonPost.com

We know we’re preaching to the choir here in posting 8 reasons dogs are good for you. We can think of several more! This list was put together by John Homans, author of the book What’s a Dog For?, in which he explores the dog’s complex and prominent place in our world and how it came to be:


Stress reduction is one of many reasons dog ownership is good for you.
photo via HuffingtonPost.com

We know we’re preaching to the choir here in posting 8 reasons dogs are good for you. We can think of several more! This list was put together by John Homans, author of the book What’s a Dog For?, in which he explores the dog’s complex and prominent place in our world and how it came to be:

To start with, loneliness is not only an emotion–it’s terrible for the health. Companionship, since the earliest days of the relationship between dogs and humans millennia ago, has been a basic that dogs fulfilled, having many different corollaries. A dog can protect your house, help hunt your food, show you the way when you can’t see. But on another level, What’s a Dog For is a trick question–What’s art for? What are people for? They’re deeply embedded in our human world.

Check out the slide show Homans put together right here. Did he leave any big reasons dogs are good for you off? What would you add?

Classic Photo: Uh oh – can you spot Addie?


“There is a very guilty Lab in this picture. Can you find her?
Photo by James Hathaway

“There is a very guilty Lab in this picture. Can you find her?
Photo by James Hathaway

Addie is a chocolate Lab rescue with a very sweet face. We all get into a little trouble sometimes though, right? Anyone who has a Lab can probably empathize with Addie’s person James. Addie has been featured here before as “Dog of the Day,” and we refuse to revoke her status.


How could you stay mad at this face?
Photo by Andrea Diamond

Podcast: Five Reasons for Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone

After a hiatus for family vacation, a trade show, a tarpon trip, and just plain sloth and procrastination, we finally have a new podcast and it’s a long one, well over an hour…

After a hiatus for family vacation, a trade show, a tarpon trip, and just plain sloth and procrastination, we finally have a new podcast and it’s a long one, well over an hour. In the podcast we talk about keeping hold of big brown trout, big browns chasing hooked fish, rusty hooks, broken hooks, and dubbing problems. Quite an eclectic mix. The main part of the podcast is “Five Reasons for Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone” and I think you’ll be surprised at some of the benefits of trying new places and new techniques. There is a bonus feature of Big Pete Kutzer explain Tom’s big casting mistakes on long casts with big rod—hopefully pointing out my problems will help you as well.

THANK YOU!

If you don’t see the “Play” button above, click here to listen.

Win the Helios 2 of Your Choice in Our Latest Sweepstakes!


That’s right, we’re giving away another Helios 2 fly rod. Click “Read More” to enter.


That’s right, we’re giving away another Helios 2 fly rod.

Here’s how the contest works: All you have to do is use the widget below to tell us what your favorite species to fish for is, and you’ll be entered in the random drawing. One lucky winner can choose from among the array of Helios 2s–from a 2-weight to a switch rod.

You can double your chances of winning by subscribing to the Orvis Mailing list, too, using the same widget.

The contest runs through August 20th, and one winner will be chosen at random to receive the Helios 2 of his or her choice.

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Sweepstakes III: Enter to Win a $500 Orvis Gift Card!

Yes, that’s right – we decided to give away another $500 Orvis gift card to one random reader of the Orvis Dogs blog. The winner of our last giveaway was Nancy Ownes, of Edinburgh, Indiana and her adorable dog Stimpey. Click “Read More” to enter.

Yes, that’s right – we decided to give away another $500 Orvis gift card to one random reader of the Orvis Dogs blog. The winner of our last giveaway was Nancy Ownes, of Edinburgh, Indiana and her adorable dog Stimpey.

Here’s how the contest works: All you have to do is use the widget below to tell us how many dogs you have (the answer can be 0, but if so – we encourage you to look into adding a pup to your household!), and you’ll be entered in the random drawing. One lucky winner will receive a $500 Gift Card that can be used for any Orvis products—from dog beds, to women’s and men’s apparel, to gift and home items.

You can double your chances of winning by subscribing to the Orvis Mailing list, too, using the same widget.

The contest runs through August 20th, and one winner will be chosen at random to receive a $500 gift card!

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