The Orvis Fly-Fishing Blog celebrates a rich angling heritage stretching beyond a century, with timely articles, tips, photos, videos, podcasts, and the latest fly-fishing news. We keep you informed about the things you want to know, from improving your casting technique to the art and science of tying flies.
[Editor’s note: From time to time, we like to look back at the literature of fly fishing to see how anglers viewed the sport we love. Here’s a fun passage from Charles Dudley Warner, who always wrote with a healthy dose of humor, which perhaps explains his long friendship with Mark Twain.]
Trout fishing. . .would be a more attractive pastime than it is but for the popular notion of its danger. The trout is a retiring and harmless animal, except when he is aroused and forced into a combat; and then his agility, fierceness, and vindictiveness become apparent. No one who has studied the excellent pictures representing men in an open boat, exposed to the assaults of long, enraged trout flying at them through the open air with open mouth, ever ventures with his rod upon the lonely lakes of the forest without a certain terror, . . .
Last weeks ago, we asked you to vote on the best caption for this photo by Tom Rosenbauer. The voting was close, but the clear winner was “Chester,” with the caption above. For his efforts, Chester gets a free copy of the Orvis App. If you think you have a fun photo that would make a great caption contest, send it to monahanp [at] orvis.com. Thanks for playing!
Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s got a banner crop: ten videos to soak up your lunch hour or to spread out over the weekend. Throughout, there is a theme of questing: embarking on a journey in search of something valuable. We’ve got. . .
This week we range in topics from toilet paper to bass leaders, but the main topic is one that is frequently requested: How to make sense of the thousands of patterns of dry flies into a reasonable number that will cover most of the hatches you encounter. I offer 10 tips on slimming down your fly box (or filling it up, depending on where you are in the game) plus my favorite dozen dry flies.
We recently received an email from Damien Nurreowner of Deep Canyon Outfitters in Bend, Oregonwho shared this video and comment:
I was lucky enough to spend three days with Goran Andersson. He’s not well known in the U.S., but is a legend in Europe and in Atlantic salmon fishing. Our Skagit and Scandi lines are his claim to fame…truly an amazing dude. My head is still jumbled from everything I learned.
There is a lot of wisdom, gleaned from decades on the water, contained in this short film. Andersson is basically the Yoda of two-handed fly fishing.
Tom Rosenbauer is back, which I know will make many of you happy. This week’s Trivia Challenge covers everything from casting to wading to controlling the speed of your fly in the water. Post your score in the comments below to become eligible for our giveaway: One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will win a signed copy of Tom’s recent book The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies, a great resource for anyone who enjoys tying flies.
Last week’s winner, Norman Boucher, had this to say about his prize:
Tom’s book arrived yesterday, and I went through it page by page last night. I am just so delighted to have it. The book is very impressive, a beautiful work, and as a beginning-level fly tier I will put it to a lot of use.
The winner of the random drawing for last week’s quiz was commenter ted1, who did better than most on what was apparently a pretty tough quiz, judging from the scores and comments.
O, Sir, doubt not but that Angling is an art; is it not an art to deceive a Trout with an artificial Fly? a Trout! that is more sharp-sighted than any Hawk you have named, and more watchful and timorous than your high-mettled Merlin is bold? and yet, I doubt not to catch a brace or two to-morrow, for a friend’s breakfast: doubt not therefore, Sir, but that angling is an art, and an art worth your learning. The question is rather, whether you be capable of learning it? angling is somewhat like poetry, men are to be born so: I mean, with inclinations to it, though both may be heightened by discourse and practice: but he that hopes to be a good angler, must not only bring an inquiring, searching, observing wit, but he must bring a large measure of hope and patience, and a love and propensity to the art itself; but having once got and practiced it, then doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant, that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself.
Body art is everywhere these days, but much of it is garish and over-the-top. I appreciated the classic, understated look of this tattoo, which I noticed on the leg of an attendee at the Sandy River Spey Clave in Gresham, Oregon. Photo by Phil Monahan
Although most anglers think of midge hatches as winter phenomena, these tiny insects hatch year-round in most places. (In fact, some stillwater anglers focus on midges almost exclusively throughout the season.) However, winter anglers love midges best because Chironomids are often the only hatches that bring fish to the surface during the coldest months, and a Griffith’s Gnat cast to sipping. . .