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On Monday Henry Winkler stopped by Orvis NYC to promote his new book, I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River. Henry’s a talented fellow, no doubt–writer, director, actor, shark jumper–but many an angler is scratching his head with uncertainty about the title of Winkler’s book. Who hasn’t met an idiot on the river?
Maker of fine fly-fishing films, New Zealand-based Gin-Clear Media just released a teaser for their upcoming film “Hatch.” I think you’ll agree that this is some of the most beautiful insects-and-trout video we’ve seen. Make sure you watch it in full HD and at full screen.
Here’s what the filmmakers have to say about it: . . .
All of us yearn for a stream of our own, a place visited by only a few other fly fishers each season, where the tight feeling in your chest when you round the bend to check if anyone is in your favorite pool could be banished. You can find such a spot and it might be closer to home than you think.
You might be tempted to fish emergers with a subtle twitch. It sometimes works during a caddis hatch or during an emergence of large mayflies like green drakes, but most times you are better off fishing an emerger like a dry fly— on a dead drift. Any movement you can impart to your fly is far more overt than the diminutive quivering of the naturals.
We all know the Fonz was cool, but the actor who played him, Henry Winkler, is even cooler. Why? Because he’s a devoted, passionate fly fisher. As he puts it in his new book I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Photography, and Fly-Fishing:
My heart lives in New York, where I was born and raised. My body lives in Los Angeles, where I do much of my work. My soul lives in Montana, where I fish.
Come meet Henry Winkler at his book signing for his new book at Orvis NYC, Monday June 27 from 12-2 PM.
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, we’ve got a pretty salty mix, featuring wild baby-tarpon action and an epic striped marlin battle in Mexico, plus a little bit of Cuban spice. Trout lovers will enjoy the views of monster New Zealand browns, as well as. . .
Author Peter Matthiessen caught this nice brown using Depth Charge line
Before a recent trip to Chile and Argentina, a friend who runs a lodge down there said “Don’t forget to bring a sinking line around 200 grains.” Naively, I made some comment like, “I’ll just bring a floater, that’s why God invented tungsten cones.” But at the last minute, I packed a 250-grain Depth Charge line. And I learned a lesson—never go trout fishing in big deep rivers without one. I’d always taken a Depth Charge when saltwater fly fishing but never on trout trips.
Twelve-year-old Bridger put aside his preference for dry flies and worked a deep nymph rig on the Missouri to great effect.
photo courtesy Brandon Bodecker
Our excessive snowpack and torrential rains of May and early June have led to some challenging times for anglers and outfitters alike in Montana. I am usually guiding on the Smith River this time of year and don’t get to spend a lot of time with my family, so when my 12-year-old son Bridger said,. . .
If you think terrestrial imitations are only for summer fishing, you’re missing a great deal of dry-fly action. The normal thought is that trout ignore land-bred insects in the spring and early summer, until mayfly and caddisfly hatches dwindle with the heat of summer. They ignore terrestrials about as much as you ignore chocolate mousse when out to dinner.
In this wonderful video, fly fisher and photographer Christen Magaret shares her love of fly fishing and the outdoors, and her gratitude to her father for exposing her to both. She and her father express why fly fishing is special to them, and to so many of us who pursue it.