Meet Henry Winkler (‘The Fonz’) at Orvis NYC Book Signing: Monday June 27, 12-2 PM




We all know the Fonz was cool, but the actor who played him, Henry Winkler, is even cooler. Why? Because he’s a devoted, passionate fly fisher. As he puts it in his new book I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Photography, and Fly-Fishing:  

      My heart lives in New York, where I was born and raised. My body lives in Los Angeles, where I do much of my work. My soul lives in Montana, where I fish.

Come meet Henry Winkler at his book signing for his new book at Orvis NYC, Monday June 27 from 12-2 PM.

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Friday Film Festival 06.24.11

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we’ve got a pretty salty mix, featuring wild baby-tarpon action and an epic striped marlin battle in Mexico, plus a little bit of Cuban spice. Trout lovers will enjoy the views of monster New Zealand browns, as well as. . .

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A Secret to Catching Trout in Deep Water

Author Peter Matthiessen caught this
nice brown using Depth Charge line

Before a recent trip to Chile and Argentina, a friend who runs a lodge down there said “Don’t forget to bring a sinking line around 200 grains.” Naively, I made some comment like, “I’ll just bring a floater, that’s why God invented tungsten cones.” But at the last minute, I packed a 250-grain Depth Charge line. And I learned a lesson—never go trout fishing in big deep rivers without one. I’d always taken a Depth Charge when saltwater fly fishing but never on trout trips.

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Picture of the Day: High-Water Special

Bridger and Big Trout

Twelve-year-old Bridger put aside his preference for dry flies and worked a deep
nymph rig on the Missouri to great effect.

photo courtesy Brandon Bodecker

Our excessive snowpack and torrential rains of May and early June have led to some challenging times for anglers and outfitters alike in Montana. I am usually guiding on the Smith River this time of year and don’t get to spend a lot of time with my family, so when my 12-year-old son Bridger said,. . .

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Secret Tips for Fishing Terrestrial Flies

If you think terrestrial imitations are only for summer fishing, you’re missing a great deal of dry-fly action. The normal thought is that trout ignore land-bred insects in the spring and early summer, until mayfly and caddisfly hatches dwindle with the heat of summer. They ignore terrestrials about as much as you ignore chocolate mousse when out to dinner.

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TU Getting Kids into Fishing

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.

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Tuesday Tip: Mending as a Process

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. . .

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