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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Orvis Fish Pic of the Week

Orvis Fly Fishing Contest - Say Cheese
Brown Trout
Michael, Mechanicsville

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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In the Loop 11.08.10

SomethingFishy


When I returned to grad school in New Jersey after my first summer as a fishing guide in Alaska in the early 90s, I proudly sported a “Spawn Till You Die” tee shirt—a creation of cult artist Ray Troll—which caused consternation among my suburbanized peers. It was a sad day more than a decade later when I was forced to admit that the threadbare shirt had become unwearable. A collection of Troll’s cool, witty artwork has just been released by Sasquatch books. Something Fishy This Way Comes: The Artwork of Ray Troll includes more than a hundred pages. . .

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Fly Tyer Digital Subscriptions

FTwinter_cover


Fly Tyer is the world’s best magazine about lashing fur and feathers to hooks, and I don’t say that just because I used to be its editorial director. My friend Dave Klausmeyer combines great how-to articles with stunning photography to create a magazine that’s not just instructive, but . . .

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New Issue of “This is Fly”

This is Fly
The cover of the new issue of This is Fly.
Art by AJ Fosik


The new issue of the Web magazine This is Fly is online now, featuring a great selection of adventure articles, music, photography, and video. Check it out.

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Last Chance in Yellowstone

YNP Fall
Fall fishing on the Upper Madison in Yellowstone National Park.
photo by Toby Swank


The fishing season in Yellowstone National Park is winding down and will officially close this Sunday, November 8. This date is probably more relevant now than ever, as the popularity of fishing for fall-run trout heading up to the Madison River headwaters. . .

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