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Oprah and Gayle pose with guides Brian and Jenny Grossenbacher. photo courtesy Grossenbacherphoto.com
Today is the big day, when the world gets to see Oprah Winfrey fly fishing. News leaked online a few weeks ago that the talk-show host and her best pal Gayle had fished with Bozeman-based guides (and my pals) Brian and Jenny Grossenbacher on Yosemite’s Merced River. Field & Stream’s Kirk Deeter got the scoop interview with Brian, in which we learn that Oprah was actually a quick study when it came to learning how to fly cast. Check your local listings.
Anglers sneak up on a small mountain stream to avoid spooking the trout. That orange bag should be left far behind on the bank, though. photo by Sandy Hays
Watch a heron stalk its prey in the shallows of a pond or a river, and you can clearly see why stealth is so important to anglers of all kinds. Yet many fly fishermen still act as if the fish were deaf, blind, and stupid, which keeps anglers from having the kind of success they desperately want. A good fly fisher is always aware of his surroundings and how his place in them may be tipping off the fish that something’s amiss. Here are five ways you can be more like that heron:…
I’m starting to think that being a partner in Worldcast Anglers is a pretty good job. Last week, we posted a picture of a monster taimen that WCA Jim Hickey caught on his recent trip to Mongolia. Now, his partner Mike Dawes offers a report and some great shots from his journey to Argentina in search of golden dorado. These guys work like dogs all summer, . . .
The advent of digital video has led to a marked increase in the number and quality of fly-fishing movies in recent years. Pioneers such as Felt Soul Media (The Hatch, Running Down the Man, and Red Gold) and the now defunct Angling Exploration Group (Trout Bum Diaries I – III) raised the bar, spurred by the success of the Fly Fishing Film Tour. But, for the most part,. . .
The Vermont trout season ended yesterday, but I found the perfect cure for my blues sitting in my email this morning: a cool redfish video sent by the guides at Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort, South Carolina. Having frozen my butt off on the Battenkill Saturday morning, . . .
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Today on the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer, Tom gets downright professorial in an information-packed episode on the differences in stocked vs wild trout and the different approaches to fishing them. A fascinating episode, bound to become one of your favorites.
Click the play button below to listen to Comparing and Contrasting Wild and Stocked Trout Behaviors and How to Fish Them. Go to orvis.com/podcast to subscribe to future episodes
Orvis Vice Chairman Dave Perkins puts an 8′ 6″ 5-weight through its paces. Photo Tim Bronson
A couple weeks a go, we posted about some switch-rod testing down at the office pond. Well, it turns out that this kind of thing is a regular occurrence around here. This morning, the Orvis rod-design team brought some test models of the new Superfine Touch series out on the lawn at Orvis HQ for Vice Chairman Dave Perkins to test. A complete redesign of the old Superfine series, these new rods are designed for…