What’s Your Dog’s Security Worth to You?

A little boy in search of his lost dog. It’s the stuff of which movies are made. A few summers ago, with the help of one of our personalized dog collars, Orvis was involved in such a drama when Buddy, a golden retriever tagging along to a family reunion far from home, wandered off and found himself in a dog pound.

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Tying the Clouser Minnow

Saltwater action on the Atlantic Coast is heating up, so it’s time to stock up on baitfish patterns for stripers, bluefish, and false albacore. Perhaps the most famous fly for the salt is the Clouser Deep Minnow–created by Susquehanna River icon Bob Clouser, named by Lefty Kreh, and mutated into hundreds of forms by other tiers. This version, by New Jersey angler and tier Brad Buzzi, is fairly beefy and durable and should work for. . .

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Pic of the Day – A Beauty

Steve from Elizabethton took this great shot that captured an array of colors, both of the trout and the rocks and water. What’s the most beautiful fish you ever caught?

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Surf’s Up! Dogs Take to the Longboard in California

What crazy fun summer things do you and your dog like to do? How about…surfing? The Loews Surf Dog Competition took place at Imperial Beach, California, Saturday June 4, 2011. Thousands of people came to watch around 50 dogs and their owners surf as the dogs competed for the surfing championship. Tell us what fun things you and your dog like to do, then check out the awesome photos at the the Loews Surf Dog Competition Blog



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Save Big at Our Giant Fly Sale

You’ve waited all winter to fish again. You’re finally on the water when you realize… your fly box is pretty darn thin and you don’t have that one pattern the fish want. The only thing more excrutiating than having trout rising near you (or bonefish tailing; or bass foraging) but not having the right fly they’re taking, is your buddy having that right fly and slaying the fish right in front of you. No one wants that. That’s why we’re having our Giant Fly Sale the month of June.  100+ flies are on sale now. Just $1.50 for most trout flies and $2 for saltwater flies and big ugly trout flies. Baetis, PMDs, Adams, Hare’s Ears, WD-40s, Disco Midges, Pheasant Tails, Elk Wing Caddis,  Prince Nymphs, Silver Sides, Albies, Zug Bugs, Flashback Emergers, Brass Ass, Flats Minnows, Woolly Buggers, Ants, San Juan Worms, and many more. Get the picture? Great flies. Cheap.

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Friday Film Festival 06.03.11

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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, you’ll discover all the ways that trout can break your heart; you’ll witness the magic of a fishery that we Americans still can’t (legally) experience; and you’ll learn the secret to making a fire with wet wood. From Norway to the tropics, New Zealand to Ohio, we’ve got the good stuff for your viewing pleasure. Remember: We surf so you don’t have to. Enjoy!

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Wappy Dog: Pet of the Future or Passing Fad?

There’s a new dog in town and its name is Wappy. It wags, it sits up, it’s cute, but not so cuddly. That’s because it’s a plastic robot toy dog. Is this the new wave of pets for kids and parents who want low maintenance and no shedding fur, or just another passing fad? What do you think?

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Wappy Dog! Pet of the Future or Passing Fad?

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Tom’s Ten Tips on Identifying and Matching the Hatch

This week in the podcast, we address the color red in flies, post-flood fishing conditions, and what to do if you only have a few hours to fish. For the main event I give a brief guide to the major aquatic insects, how to identify what’s hatching, and some strategies for fishing different types of insect hatches.

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Fish Pic of the Day – Monster Permit

Sometimes, the pendulum swings in the right direction. But, according to Mikes Dawes of WorldCast Anglers, it is always swinging one way or the other. Things must have been going well when he caught this huge permit, held in the photo by his guide. 


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His guide hefts Mike Dawes’s monster permit
photo by Mike Dawes, WorldCast Anglers


Mike wrote this about this gorgeous permit, taken on a fly:

More often than not when fishing for permit with a fly, I find myself thinking, “What am I doing?” I often wonder why my infatuation for saltwater fishing with a fly had to get stuck on permit. What I have learned in fishing for permit with a fly over the past eight years is how quickly the pendulum swings. For the most part,. . .

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