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Orvis Vice Chairman Dave Perkins puts an 8′ 6″ 5-weight through its paces. Photo Tim Bronson
A couple weeks a go, we posted about some switch-rod testing down at the office pond. Well, it turns out that this kind of thing is a regular occurrence around here. This morning, the Orvis rod-design team brought some test models of the new Superfine Touch series out on the lawn at Orvis HQ for Vice Chairman Dave Perkins to test. A complete redesign of the old Superfine series, these new rods are designed for…
Jim Hickey of Worldcast Anglers—in Jackson, Wyoming—landed this huge taimen in Mongolia. photo by Jim Hickey
Yesterday, Worldcast Anglers partner Jim Hickey emailed us this photo and a report on his recent trip to Mongolia. BE WARNED: Reading this post may cause irrational checking of flights to Ulaan Bataar:…
When two anglers are fishing from a drift boat, both must exhibit good technique to avoid conflicts. The main pitfall is tangling during casting because drift-boat anglers rarely watch their back casts. If the casting planes of the two anglers intersect, nasty line tangles ensue. And every second that you waste untangling lines, good water is slipping past…
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post about a photographer who focuses on images of spawning brook trout, Dave Jensen of Fly Fish Alberta sent us some video he shot of large browns and brookies preparing to mate. To anyone who loves wild trout, this mating dance is a thing of beauty.
The late Russell Blessing with his most famous creation, the Woolly Bugger. Photo courtesy of Fly Rod & Reel
If you’ve ever wondered about the origins of the world’s most popular fly, Fly Rod & Reel has a great interview with Fred Blessing, son of the late Russell Blessing, the man who first tied a Woolly Bugger way back in 1967.
The 2008 eruption of the Kasatochi volcano in the Aleutian Islands. Photo by Chris Waythomas, courtesy of the Alaska Volcano Observatory / U.S. Geological Survey
Scientists searching for an explanation for the record-breaking number of sockeye salmon returning to Canada’s Frasier River have come up with an explosive theory. A 2008 eruption of a volcano in the Aleutian Islands may have created just the right conditions for a massive bloom of Phytoplankton, the sockeye’s favorite dish.