Pictures of the Day: Red, Hot, & Salty

Shawn Combs and an LA Red

Orvis Rod & Tackle product developer Shawn Combs with a fine Louisiana redfish.

photo by Tim Daughton

On the way to the International Fly Tackle Dealer show in New Orleans, Tim Daughton and I had an opportunity to test our new Hydros Redfish line in a real bayou setting. After a couple airplanes and rental cars, we showed up to the Cajun Vista Inn, about a half an hour south of the city. We set off in the morning, dodging gators in search of clear water. One “almost sunk the boat” experience later. . .

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Friday Film Festival 08.19.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection features plenty of gorgeous footage of anglers catching everything from big trout to jumping tarpon to the mysterious triggerfish of the Farquhar Atoll in the Seychelles. Plus, we have the return of Rolf and the guys from Frontside Fly teaching us the rituals of fishing in. . .

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Steelhead Dreams

It’s hard to believe summer’s flown by so fast, but the cooling temps have a number of us at Orvis already thinking about fall steelhead fishing. While daydreaming about the gear I’d love to acquire before my first steelhead foray this year (like the 11′ 7 wt switch rod that’s on my wish list), I stumbled upon a couple of articles on the BloodKnot.

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Steelhead Dreams

It’s hard to believe summer’s flown by so fast, but the cooling temps have a number of us at Orvis already thinking about fall steelhead fishing. While daydreaming about the gear I’d love to acquire before my first steelhead foray this year (like the 11′ 7 wt switch rod that’s on my wish list), I stumbled upon a couple of articles on the BloodKnot.

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Understanding Trout Behavior

Trout Activity Stages, by Matt Supinski from Thomas Harman on Vimeo.

Here’s a short video clip from guide Matt Supinski’s new DVD “Selectivity: Trout.” Supinski puts his years of experience to work, dividing trout behavior into three categories—aggressive/active, selective/reflective, and passive/dormant. As you’ll see, one of the great things about the DVD is that it offers concrete examples, including fantastic footage of feeding trout, of everything discussed.

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An Impatient Perfectionist Attends the Orvis Women-Only Fly Fishing School

I started working for The Orvis Company five years ago. For each of those five years, taking the fly-fishing school has been on my neglected “things I want to do” list. When a girlfriend of mine at Orvis told me there was an all-women’s fly-fishing school, I felt that was a calling. Sign me up! Let’s get ‘er done. I was excited to take the school to finally see what it was all about.

Our group of women was made up of young and old, experienced and non-experienced, and each had a different story and reason for being there. With our women-only group lead by renowned instructor, Molly Semenik, the pressure of hovering husbands and competitive counterparts was removed for most, and we could calmly learn and ask questions.

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Fly-Fishing History, Part VII: 1955-2000

Editor’s note: For the last couple of months, we have featured entries from Gordon M. Wickstrom’s The History of Fishing for Trout with Artificial Flies in Britain and America: A Chronology of Five Hundred Years, 1496 to 2000. In this chronology, Gordon marks significant events—the publication of seminal books, tackle developments, important social changes, the dissemination of trout species beyond their native ranges, etc.—on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Pictures of the Day: Hexed Brown Trout

Hex Brown Trout 1

When huge Hexagenia mayflies start hatching, big brown trout feast on the giant bugs.

photo by Dave Jensen

Outfitter Dave Jensen of Fly Fish Alberta sent us these pictures to demonstrate how great this year’s hatches have been on the Red Deer River. “Believe it or not, the Hexes are still hatching here!” he writes. Click “Read More” to see two more great shots from Alberta.

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Summer Reading: The Contemporary Sportsman

Contemporary Sportsman Summer 2011

The new issue of The Contemporary Sportsman is
almost 300 pages of fishing, shooting, and cooking
.

Fans of online magazines should check out the new issue of The Contemporary Sportsman and feast on an astonishing 292 pages of content, including articles on steelheading in British Columbia, casting for tigerfish in Tanzania, and lots more. I like the nice, clean design and the easy-to-read format. The same company will soon be launching a fly-fishing-only title called Backcast, as well. You do have to sign up to read the new issue, but it’s well worth the effort.

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Tying a Simple Foam Bass Popper

During the dog days of late summer, many trout rivers are running low and warm (although this year’s runoff has Western trout streams in perfect shape), so fly fishermen often turn to warmwater species. Few anglers would argue that the most exciting and fun way to fish for bass and panfish is with a surface pattern, which allows you to see the strike. Traditionally, . . .

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