Trout Bum of the Week VIII: Dave Jensen

Dave Jensen started fishing before he started first grade, and it’s been central to his life ever since. He now runs Flyfish Alberta and Fortress Lake Retreat with his wife Amelia. In May, they were named 2011 Orvis-Endorsed Expedition of the Year. When they’re not hosting clients, the Jensens like to kick back, relax, and watch a little TV. I’m kidding, of course; in fact, . . .

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Fly-Fishing 101 in Richmond

Fly Fishing 101. Free Lessons at Orvis

Sunday’s FF101 class at Orvis Richmond braved the elements to learn to fly fish.

photo by Duber Winters

If you haven’t heard about it yet, Orvis is offering FREE fly-fishing lessons through programs called Fly Fishing 101, which teaches fly casting and outfit rigging. These small classes are held at Orvis stores and participating fly shops in 37 states and Canada, so chances are there’s one near you. Graduates can move on to FF201, which includes a short outing on the water for a chance to. . .

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Caesar Guerini Shotgun Wins Outdoor Life’s Editor’s Choice Award

Outdoor Life’s editors just announced in their 2011 Shotgun Review that this year’s shotgun of the year is the Caesar Guerini Ellipse Evo Light, a shotgun Orvis has been proud to carry and offer our customers since last year.

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 The workmanship on the EVO Light received and A+ from Outdoor Life 

As the editors of Outdoor Life put it: “If by some alchemy you could distill the essence of an upland bird gun and give it physical form, it might look something like the Ellipse Evo Light from Caesar Guerini, a sexy stunner that took top honors in this year’s hotly contested shotgun evaluation. It’s a classic 20-gauge over/under game gun with both British and Italian influences. The solid ribbing on the barrels, which are topped with a single brass bead, give the gun a clean, uncluttered elegance and contrast pleasantly with the gorgeous wood and handsome extensive engraving on the coin-finished receiver… The Ellipse Evo Light shoots as well as it looks. With 28-inch barrels and a lithe 5 1⁄2-pound weight, it got on our clay birds as fast as a diving falcon, and to the same deadly effect. To a person, we raved about its handling; each of us longed to carry it for wild quail or sword-tailed cock pheasants.”

That is heavy praise indeed coming from a staff of folks who know their shotguns inside and out. It is for these great reasons, and many more, that Orvis first chose to sell the EVO Light. It is a spectacular shotgun at a price that Outdoor Life ranks as as an extremely good value, especially for the A+ they annointed it with for both Workmanship and Performance.

If you are an upland hunter in search of the perfect 20 gauge over/under, Outdoor Life found it and Orvis offers it to you as the exclusive US retailer. Look no further than the Caeser Guerini Ellipse EVO Light. Get in touch with Orvis Gun Room Manager John Rano today at 802-362-2580 or

Learn more about this great shotgun at our online Gun Room.

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Picture of the Day 05.23.11

Chris Courtney with a huge Muskegon brown

Chris Courtney of Arizona experienced a little Michigan Magic on the Muskegon River over the weekend when he brought this monster brown to the boat.

photo courtesy Matt Supinski

Matt Supinski of Gray Drake Outfitters sent in this great picture along with a note:

Check out this Muskegon River brown trout pig! Guide Jeff Bacon got it with our client Chris Courtney from Arizona stripping a chinook salmon parr streamer. The trout was a resident 29-inch, 9/10-pounder, not a lake-run fish!”

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Friday Film Festival 05.20.11

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Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we start off with a wonderful father-daughter experience during Utah’s green-drake hatch and end with another uplifting story, about the rise of California Trout as an important conservation force protecting trout and salmon. In between, we’ve got a nice mix of freshwater, saltwater, and warmwater. And, as usual, there are more hijinx from our Scandinavian pals, who will make you think of Whitney Houston in a completely different way. Enjoy!

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Trout Bum of the Week VII: Jamie Rouse

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Arkansas guide Jamie Rouse (right) with a true tailwater hog.

photo courtesy Jamie Rouse

Jamie Rouse discovered in college that he wasn’t cut out for a “real world” job, so he embarked on a guiding career that took him from Arkansas to Alaska and back again. Over the years, he has learned how to “pursue a wide variety of species in a wide variety of water conditions for a wide variety of anglers.” This knowledge has helped him build Jamie Rouse Fly Fishing Adventures into one of the most respected guide services on the big Arkansas tailwaters: the Little Red, the White, and the Norfork.

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Ten Tips for Preparing for a Day on the Water

This week we answer a listener’s question about a day in the life of an experienced fly fisher–but more how to prepare for a day than what he or she would actually do once on the water, which can vary greatly from day to day or on different kinds of waters. In this week’s fly box, we talk about what color is most visible on attractor fly wings (you will be as surprised as I was!), how to pick the right reel seat, and what color to choose on attractor flies. Plus Phil Monahan updates us on the latest juicy bits from the Orvis blog.

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Tying the Prince Nymph

In a recent poll of fly-fishing professionals asking them to identify their favorite searching nymphs, the Prince Nymph was one of the most popular choices. Although some argue that this style of nymph originated with Don and Dick Olson of Bemidji, minnesota, it is named for Doug Prince, a California tier of the 1940s. This pattern works great as a caddisfly nymph, a small. . .

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast; The Ten Most Endangered Rivers in America

American Rivers has released their annual, Orvis-sponsored Most Endangered Rivers list. Since Tom is out of the office this week, we thought it was a good opportunity for a podcast episode with American Rivers’ Senior Director of River Protection, David Moryc. We Skyped together just this afternoon and I think it turned out pretty well.

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Murph Part XV: Training with Two Dogs

Yesterday, I brought both Pickett and Murph to work for two reasons. One, Pickett is getting fat and lazy sitting at home, and two, he seems a bit depressed lately as I walk out of the house every day with Murph. I’m no dog psychologist, but it’s easy to see he’s not all that happy. Undoubtedly my attention to Murph is pushing it, but being a sole trainer with two dogs, I need to figure out a way to work with both of them.

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