Good Ol’ PA Steel

Carter Hawkins steelie
Carter Hawkins with some fine PA steel.
photo by Greg Senyo


Scott Hawkins and his son Carter fished Pennsylvania’s Elk Creek with guide Greg Senyo Last week, and got into some good fish, as this photo attests. I think Carter’s smile pretty much says it all.

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Fly Tying 101 (and we get a great email)

As Tom was sitting down to tape this episode we got an email from a listener that made us all smile regarding his daughter, April’s first fly (see her work below!). Tom reads it in this episode and it was good timing as in this edition Tom lays out the basics of what you need to get into fly tying as a great addition to your fly fishing experience… but don’t get into it thinking you’re going to save money on flies!

Good lighting, a comfortable seat, reading glasses and this podcast episode are a great start to a rewarding, lifelong hobby.

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aprils_fly
9 Year-Old April’s first fly! Listen to the podcast to hear more.
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The First Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge!

So, you think you know your stuff? Take my quiz by clicking the banner below and let’s see how you do. Challenge your friends to beat your score. We’ll post the cumulative results next week. No Google cheating!


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Swinging for Steel

In all they years that I have been going to the New York’s Salmon River, I always spend a day or two swinging big junk waiting for that magical tug. Well, last week I not only got that tug, but I brought the fish to hand—and to make the success ever so sweeter, it was done in the presence of my fishing buddies. Every fly fisherman has had those days: . . .

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Tuesday Tip: Maximum Efficiency

Line in the Water
Even when you’re moving to a different part of the river, you can keep your fly in the water. Trout will often hit a trailing streamer, nymph, or even dry fly.
photo by Jay Morr

There’s an old saying among fishermen: You can’t catch fish if your line isn’t in the water. I believe that this is one of the reasons that wives often outfished their more-experienced husbands on float trips when I guided on the Yellowstone and in Alaska. Whereas the husband recognized every great trout lie the boat floated past and felt the need to cast to all of them, the wife was generally more content to keep a given drift going as long as possible. Every time the husband picked up his line and started false-casting, he was taking himself out of the game.

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In the Loop 11.15.10

Record Brown
Roger Hellen’s 41-pound, 8-ounce brown trout is now the co-world record..
photo by Benny Sieu, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For the second time in two years, the International game Fish Association has certified a world-record brown trout. Roger Hellen of Racine, Wisconsin, caught the 41-pound, 8-ounce behemoth while trolling on Lake Michigan in July. Although the official weight is 1 ounce heavier than the trout caught on Michigan’s Manistee River in 2009, the two will stand as co-records because. . .

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Teaching Fly Fishing to Beginners and we Introduce a New Segment!

Wow! About 250 entries and over 500 votes in our first podcast giveaway contest to win an Access Fly Rod! Congrats to troutbumpk for winning the contest with 52% of the vote for this entry:

How about a podcast on teaching others how to fly fish, and/or how to create a successful outing when bringing along first time or novice fly fishers….

The people have spoken, in this episode, Tom gives some tips on teaching others to fly fish and also introduces a new segment to the show: The Flybox. We get a lot of requests that can’t quite fill a whole episode, so Tom is going to address those in this new segment!

Let us know what you think of The Flybox segment!

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