False Casts: Addressing Rumors

Tom and Friends

Not everything you read on the Internet is true.

A few rumors made their way into my email inbox this morning. One makes its rounds around the Internet every once and a while, and I would like to address it here once and for all. The other two are new.

1.) Orvis is selling rods at Costco. FALSE

This rumor was posted on a New Jersey message board.

I see this rumor on the web from time to time, and I usually post a response addressed to the author of the blog post or discussion group. But I wanted to post it here, too, so that if you see this bogus story posted anywhere in the future, you can be the smart guy and say, “Actually, I saw this rumor addressed on OrvisNews.com and it is not true.”

The amusing thing about this most recent rumor/post is that someone took the effort to write a fake press release complete with a bogus quote from our CEO, Perk Perkins. A tip to bogus press-release writers in the future: Perk doesn’t talk like that.

2.) The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast is shutting down. FALSE

From time to time, Tom will joke that if we don’t hear from you guys, we will turn the podcast studio into a janitor’s closet. I have gotten a few emails lately stating, “I am sad to hear the podcast is ending.” Don’t worry, the podcast is safe, Tom is nearing 2 million downloads, and we have a good time doing it.

We did shut down the podcast forum temporarily, for technical reasons, and plan to launch a new one some time in the future.

3.) If you listen to the 9th episode of the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast backwards, you will hear “Tom is dead” repeated over and over. Some have noted that Tom is barefoot on the cover of The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide , and take this as evidence that Tom Rosenbauer died years ago in a bizarre fly tying accident and Orvis found a look-a-like and sound-a-like named Lewis Coleman to carry on. NO COMMENT

2 thoughts on “False Casts: Addressing Rumors”

  1. Can you address the rumors of a Lewis Coleman Signature Spey Rod especially designed for standup paddle board users?

  2. I know my response here is to a thread that started in 2012 with you saying that Orvis in Costco is bogus. It’s now December 2017 and the rumor is now true. Orvis IS in Costco and they are ruining a decades old brand identity that has represented quality outdoor gear. Orvis will reap more sales but lose their the customers that truly built the brand.

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