In this week’s podcast, 12 Tips for Fishing the Spring Runoff, I give a number of valid excuses for getting skunked during spring runoff, and what you can do if faced with high, cold, muddy water.
In the Fly Box section, I talk about fly rod design, fishing pressured waters, and the reality of fly-fishing magazine articles and TV shows. Plus a great tip for threading flies from a listener who left a message on our Podcast Message Line.
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 is a bonanza of high-definition goodness, which means you should watch everything at full-screen, in full resolution, with the sound cranked. Co-workers be damned! There’s a little bit o’ steel, a tad of golden dorado, a smidgen of salmon, and even a bit of BWO. Enjoy!
In rivers throughout the Northwest, from the mighty Columbia to Seattle’s urban Green River, wild steelhead populations are desperately hanging on. The steelhead are listed as threatened, and even hatchery efforts to increase their numbers are failing. Habitat loss, dams, and warming waters caused by climate change, appear to be sealing their fate. In a great piece by Green Acre Radio,(brought to our attention by the Wild Steelhead Coalition)Martha Baskin visits the Soos Creek hatchery on the Green River and talks with wild steelhead advocates including veteran fisheries biologist Don Chapman, who’s been monitoring the situation for fifty years. Click here to go to the audio and give it a listen.
Welcome to our first “Trout Bum of the Week” post, in which we’ll highlight one of the guys living the good life…of a sort. Most of them are guides who have turned their passion into a vocation, spending their time in an outdoor “office” that may include a drift boat, gorgeous mountain scenery, and crystal clear water. Others do have day jobs but manage to spend every other available minute on the water with a fly rod in hand. Whether you aspire to one lifestyle of the other, it’s illuminating to explore the different paths these men and women have taken on their way to achieving “trout bum” status.
The finished fly has just the right combination of
contrast, bugginess, and flash.
Woven-body fly patterns often look intimidating, as if creating the body involves some kind of arcane knitting skill. But Georgia-based tier Kevin Griffin’s caddisfly-nymph pattern reveals that you can achieve that neat woven look simply by tying repeated overhand knots in contrasting materials. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can mix and match colors and materials to create new. . .
It’s cold up here, although spring is finally starting to show up. There is still ice in most of the ponds, and I’ve still got snow in the yard. I had no intention of even trying to introduce Murph to the water until it had warmed up significantly and the water temps weren’t just above freezing. I certainly didn’t want to give him an. . .
Things are starting to heat up on the Delaware River, and it won’t be long before hatches like this one start coming off.
photo Courtesy West Branch Angler
Just a couple of hours north of New York City, the Delaware River system offers some of the finest big-river fishing east of the Mississippi and ranks right up there with the best rivers in the country. It’s a wide, western-style river with legendary hatches and some very big wild trout. The beauty of it is that the Delaware can be a fickle mistress, offering epic days and incredibly challenging days, and you never know which one you’ll have until you step in the river.
Most promotional videos are pretty much the same, showing guys catching fish over a heart-thumping soundtrack. There’s plenty of that in the short film Bay Street Outfitters put together about fishing for redfish off Beaufort, South Carolina, but they decided to go the extra mile by creating a fun narrative plot. It makes it easy to imagine yourself in the role of an angler checking into his hotel the night before his big trip, dreaming of the next day. I hope more lodges and outfitters try this narrative method. It would eliminate a lot of the “same old, same old” feeling you get from watching these kinds of videos.
A bunch of folks from the Orvis Home Offices in Vermont are down here in the Florida Keys for an annual meeting with the owners of Orvis-Endorsed lodges. A few of us got in some fishing, including Vice Chairman of Orvis, Dave Perkins, who got into a nice tarpon straight away when he went out with Dan Michels, owner of Crystal Creek Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska; both of them guided and hosted by Gordon Baggett, at Bahia Honda Sporting Club and Lodge.
Anglers heading to fish the Madison River south of Ennis, Montana have a new way to check on water conditions before hitting the road. The U. S. Geological Service has installed a real-time water-data gauge at Varney Bridge, which will provide information on water flow and temperature. There had not been such a monitoring station on that stretch since. . .