The Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge – Android App Edition

We have a special edition of my quiz this week to celebrate the release of the Orvis Fly Fishing App for Android devices, also available for iPhone.
All the questions were taken from the app. We have a couple of knot videos in this quiz. A lot of fun.

Click the banner below to take the quiz and then come back and tell me how you did!

Take the Tom Rosenbauer Fly Fishing Trivia Challenge

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In the Loop 12.02.10

I recently ran across this marvelous piece of archival film from the International Game Fish Association, which shows casting champion Bill True and guide Jim Brewer chasing tarpon in the Florida Keys. It’s a great piece of history, and it will give you a sense of how much easier. . .

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Reading Between the Lines

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A nice brown from the [REDACTED] River in Montana.
photo by Phil Monahan

A couple of years ago, Eric Rickstad and I made plans to go to Montana in late April for the Orvis Western Guide Rendezvous. As soon as our travel plans were finalized, Eric started talking about a river I’d barely heard of. “We gotta hit the [REDACTED] River,” he said. “I’ve heard lots of whispering about some big browns there in spring and fall, but I’ve never had the chance to fish it.” When I mentioned that I hadn’t heard any such rumors, Eric just said, “Exactly,” and smiled knowingly. The possibility that there was an “undiscovered” river anywhere in Montana. . .

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Orvis Fly Fishing App Now Available in the Android Store!

Ok! Finally… ‘Droid users, you can now stop the emails and Facebook posts that simply say “ANDROID!!”

My friends at Green Mountain Digital submitted the Orvis Fly Fishing App to the Android store for Android version 2.1 and 2.2 last night and it is now available for download. Go to the Android store and search for ORVIS.

It was worth waiting for:
  • Animated knot instruction
  • Fly casting video instruction
  • Top 10 fly casting mistakes (I’ve made most of them at one time or another)
  • A field guide to the top 100 trout flies
  • LIVE Orvis fishing reports from around the country
  • A glossary of terms
  • AND the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast
All of this at your fingertips! So go to the Android store, check it out and let me what you think.
My turn: ANDROID!!

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In the Loop 11.29.10

Start your Monday on a calming note with this performance of Franz Schubert’s Trout Quintet, written when the composer was just 22 years old. Those of us who love fly-fishing for trout can appreciate the mood of the piece. It is a series of variations on Schubert’s earlier song “The Trout,” which begins (in German, of course): . . .

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Thanksgiving Film Festival

Fly Fishing short from John Griber on Vimeo.

As you sit around trying to digest your seventh piece of pumpkin pie tomorrow, exercise your eyes with some great videos that will have you dreaming of wetting a line. Have a great holiday, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. (Three more videos after the jump.)

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Good Ol’ PA Steel

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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.

Click the play button below to listen to this episode. Go to orvis.com/podcast to subscribe to future episodes

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9 Year-Old April’s first fly! Listen to the podcast to hear more.
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