Lawn-Testing the New Superfine Touch

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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…

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Mongolian Monster

Mongolian Monster
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:…

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You Could Win a Battenkill Large Arbor Reel for Helping us Decide on a New Logo For The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast

Contest Closed: Congratulations to Joseph Strong and thanks to all of you for your great feedack!

When choosing the artwork for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer, I failed to realize a fatal design flaw that would prove to haunt me for the next 2.5 years: Tom’s face.

I have gotten sick of looking at it after over 100 episodes (so has Tom, but he is more stuck with it than I am).

So, Tom and I asked the brilliant James Daley (web designer for Orvis) to come up with a new logo. Click READ MORE to see the result and give us feedback to win!

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Casting from a Drift Boat

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…

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The Autumn Ritual

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.

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The Original “One Fly”

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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.

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In the Loop 10.21.10

Kasatochi Eruption
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.

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