Beauty Lessons—Updated!

11.02.10 Update: Back in September, we told you about a new DVD from New Zealand’s On the Fly Productions. Yesterday, the video was released and is now available for purchase.

The advent of digital video has led to a marked increase in the number and quality of fly-fishing movies in recent years. Pioneers such as Felt Soul Media (The Hatch, Running Down the Man, and Red Gold) and the now defunct Angling Exploration Group (Trout Bum Diaries I – III) raised the bar, spurred by the success of the Fly Fishing Film Tour. But, for the most part,. . .

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In the Loop 11.01.10

121 Year Old Trout
This 121-year-old mounted brown trout—caught in Loch Stennes on mainland Orkney, Scotland, in March 1889—is expected to fetch as much as $4,800 at auction this month.
Photo courtesy The Courier

Bonhams’ auction house in Edinburgh, Scotland, will be the scene of an exciting sale on November 11, when a 121-year-old mounted brown trout goes on the block. Caught in 1889, . . .

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Orvis Fish Pic of the Week

Orvis Fly Fishing Contest - Bonefish Eye
Bonefish Big Eye
Josh, Spokane

Enter the Orvis Fly Fishing Photo contest for your chance to put your photograph on a future cover of the The Orvis Fly Fishing catalog, win a $1000 Orvis Gift Card or complete Helios Fly Rod Outfit and help preserve rivers and streams in the United States! Enter online at www.orvis.com/fishphoto.

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Wild vs Stocked Trout – Their Different Behaviors and How to Fish to Them

Today on the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer, Tom gets downright professorial in an information-packed episode on the differences in stocked vs wild trout and the different approaches to fishing them. A fascinating episode, bound to become one of your favorites.

Click the play button below to listen to Comparing and Contrasting Wild and Stocked Trout Behaviors and How to Fish Them. Go to orvis.com/podcast to subscribe to future episodes

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Lawn-Testing the New Superfine Touch

Superfine 1
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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