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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.
When I go fishing–no matter where I go or what I’m fishing for–there are four items I always have with me. None of them is technically fishing gear, but all make the experience of fishing better, more productive, and even safer. Of course, you won’t . . .
How did you first get into fishing? Was it your dad, brother, uncle, mom, or neighbor who brought you out for your first time on the water? Trout Unlimited is helping to get today’s kids out on the water and into fishing in an age when there are fewer opportunities for kids to get outside, let alone fish. Check it this great video about how kids are getting involved in fishing and conservation through TU.
I remember the day the light bulb went off for me. I was standing shin deep in a small New Hampshire stream under the colorful fall foliage canopy while several brook trout rose in front of me. I was a rookie angler but had finally managed to learn how to cast without embarrassing myself. It wasn’t pretty, but it was beginning to work. However, I knew little about. . .
Casey Peltier tries her luck for native brook trout.
photo by Phil Monahan
Back in September, I posted about a great day of fishing I shared with Casey Peltier, who had bid on the trip in a Casting for Recovery auction. CFR is an organization that holds the annual auction to raise money for their programs, which combine fly fishing, counseling, and medical information to help breast-cancer patients and survivors focus on wellness instead of illness. This year, Casey was again the high bidder for a day on southwestern Vermont waters because she wanted to share the experience with her husband, Alec. Instead of a fall trip, they’d decided to head north from. . .
Because I was raised in a family of fly fishermen, the sport has become a necessary component of my lifestyle, as integral to my identity as my DNA. With that being said, I am constantly looking for ways to fish more often. I think for women especially, as passionate as we may be about the sport, there are specific barriers that can make it difficult to get on the water. While I’m lucky to work in an industry that surrounds me with “fishing buddies,” many women have a hard time finding people to fish with; and fishing alone is not always the best idea, especially in more remote locations.
A few summers ago, I spent two days at Orvis-endorsed Madison Valley Lodge in Ennis, Montana. Manager Chris Eaton took me on a great short float through the Channels section of the lower Madison and showed me just how much I have to learn about fly fishing this river, even after fishing it for 25 years. I think I caught one fish for every ten he hooked. After we got back to the lodge, I asked him about a tiny feeder stream of the Madison that runs through the ranch property. “Lots of fish in there,” he said, “and it only gets fished a few times a year.
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 trout and tropics, plus a very cool piece of animation and another Scandinavian gem. You’ll also see several species of salty game fish that will test your credulity. What the heck are those things, anyway? Enjoy!
Orvis is proud to have helped sponsor Reel Water Productions
for the filming of an exploration of the Zhupanova River in Kamchatka, Russia. The film, to be aired on National Geographic television, involves kayakers who braved huge waterfalls, rapids, grizzly bears, and more. They also took advantage of the fantastic fly fishing, catching huge rainbows and Dolly Vardens.
Click READ MORE below to watch the cool trailer and we’ll keep you updated for the TV air times.