In the Loop 10.08.10

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A nice fall Salmon River steelhead from the top of the Douglaston Salmon Run.
photo by Shawn Brillon

Last week, severe rainstorms caused flooding regionwide, and New York’s Salmon River, which normally runs in the 350-to-700-cubic-feet-per-second range, jumped to an astonishing 25,000 cfs. By late this week, though, river levels had dropped to a more manageable 1,500 cfs, and anglers were out in force, chasing steelhead and salmon running out of Lake Ontario. Some of the best fishing…

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Three and a Half Tips on Fly Fishing for Steelhead

In the most recent episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, I have three tips for fly fishing for steelhead; location, timing and presentation. Since it is not as important, I threw in half a tip on tackle.
Did I leave anything out? Have more questions? Let me know by leaving a comment in the comments section.

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Report from the Big Hole River

The cottonwoods in the Big Hole Valley are on fire, the brown trout are copper colored and spawning; it must be fall. We ended our season at Craig Fellin Outfitters & Big Hole Lodge fishing hoppers, small mayflies, and streamers. The mornings have been frosty and the fishing gets better as the day progresses. For the past few weeks we have been fishing at mid-morning and staying out late. On the great days the tricos were thick in the sun and the blue winged olives came off when the clouds rolled in. On the marginal days…

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Shocking Video Footage

The biannual electroshocking fish survey conducted by fisheries officials from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) on the Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam allows biologists to determine the size and health of the trout population. This year, Brett Prettyman of The Salt Lake Tribune went along for the ride and provided some great video that shows how the survey process works, as well as how the electric current…

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Emily’s Excellent Adventure

Orvis receives a lot of letters and emails from customers who have a story to tell, but few of these writers capture the excitement of discovering fly fishing and the wonders of a journey to Alaska the way Emily Williams does. Just 14 years old, this high-school freshman from Princeton, Massachusetts, displays language and observational skills well beyond her years. And it seems she’s pretty good with that fly rod, too. Click “Read More” to enjoy Emily’s story.

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Montana Journal

Fished out of Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge today. Up before light, even though out West the norm is to start about 9 or 10 AM. It’s hard to get out of Eastern habits that go back thirty years, so Gary and I are sipping coffee by the stone fireplace at 6:30 AM. Hubbard’s Lodge is perched up on a ridge in the Tom Miner Basin of Montana’s Paradise Valley, and at first light the Yellowstone River down below wends its way north out of the Park, lit up by the early sun…

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In the Loop 9.28.10

Matt Skoglund of the Natural Resources Defense Council describes the pleasures of finding and fishing for golden trout on a three-day trip with his brother into the wild Beartooth Mountains of Montana. These small, beautiful fish have been an obsession since Skoglund was a child: That you can’t find goldens in roadside rivers also titillated me. To catch a golden,…

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