Friday Film Festival 07.22.11

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 is mostly amateur footage, but there’s no shortage of great action and gorgeous fish. There’s plenty of backcountry action, from Montana to New Zealand, as well as a group of college students who may well turn out to be future FFF stars if they build on what they’ve learned. . .

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Tom Rosenbauer- Swinging Flies: How, When and Where to Do It

This week I talk about swinging, and get your mind out of the gutter because it’s not that kind of swinging. This is a family show.

We discuss the art and science of swinging flies for trout, salmon, and steelhead, one of the most relazing and elegant way of covering lots of water. It doesn’t work all the time and in every type of water, so listen to the podcast to find out where and when to do it–and how to choose the right fly.

In the Fly Box questions this week we talk about using a 7-weight rod for trout, what an individual can do to make a trout stream better, invasive species, and how to catch bass in southern rivers in summer. Plus a note about an exciting new upgrade to our fishing reports where you can get a text message every time your favorite waters are updated.

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Tips on Better Hopper Fishing

Yesterday while floating the Kootenai River in northwestern Montana, Bostonians––and fellow Red Sox fans¬≠¬≠––Tom and Sue Ukena had a great morning sniping trout with long leaders and size 16 Pale Morning Dun spinners. During lunch, with bright sunshine and the heat of the day coming on, we decided the best plan of attack was to switch to big hoppers. 

I shoved the boat out of the shade, felt the blast of heat.. . .

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Picture(s) of the Day: Powder Dry Flies

Powder River Brown Trout

Nymphs need not apply: The Red Fork of the Powder River was dry-fly heaven.

photo by Greg Senyo

Driving toward the Powder River, I felt like a big ‘ol fat Labrador sticking his head out the window and slobbering down the side of the jeep. At this point I didn’t have a care in the world; I was just smiling! The history of this place is as intriguing as the wild trout that inhabit the water running through. . .

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Fly-Fishing History, Part III

Editor’s note: For the next few months, we will be featuring 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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Joan Wulff: Fly-Fishing Pioneer and World-Class Fly Caster

Joan Wulff is a legend in the fly fishing industry – she blew away her competition in fly casting tournaments starting at the age of 11. I had the opportunity to watch Joan cast at the Graceful Rise Women’s Symposium held at the American Museum of Fly Fishing back in June and was simply awed by how effortlessly, and precisely, she casts. Check out this video for some shots of Joan’s tight loops!

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Tuesday Tip: The Curve Cast

Welcome to our fifth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. A couple months ago, we asked you to
post some questions about your biggest casting problems. Reader Cindi wrote, . . .

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My First Landlocked Salmon Fishing Trip

 landlock and reel

 

Last year, on the last weekend of the season in Vermont, I invited myself along on a fishing trip to a river in Northern Vermont with my boyfriend Tyler and his good buddy Kyle. Kyle had been up there recently and got us all pumped up over the prospect of a fresh landlocked salmon on the line. We left Saturday morning around 1 a.m. with a thermos full of coffee and arrived at the river before sunrise. We geared up by headlamp and we bolted for the section of river Kyle had scoped out on his last trip. The first snow flurries of the year drifted around us and we hunkered down on some boulders on the bank waiting for sunrise.

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The Good Ol’ Days in Katmai

Here’s some great old footage, from the IGFA archives, of fly fishing in Alaska’s Katmai region. When I guided on the Alaska Peninsula back in the mid-1990s, I often wondered what things were like in the “Good Ol’ Days,” and this video offers a glimpse into that period before there was a real fly-fishing industry in the bush. I especially love the narrator’s exhortations to the angler who has hooked a big rainbow on a Dardevle spoon: “Ride him, fella! Ride him!”

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Orvis Job Wall, July 18

Orvis Flagship Store

Orvis has exciting news for customers and fans in the greater New York City area, as we announce that Yonkers, New York, will soon be home to an Orvis retail store! We are searching for the absolutely right people to become our new Store Manager and Fishing Manager in this new location.

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