Griffin’s Woven Candy Caddis Nymph

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The finished fly has just the right combination of 
contrast, bugginess, and flash.

Woven-body fly patterns often look intimidating, as if creating the body involves some kind of arcane knitting skill. But Georgia-based tier Kevin Griffin’s caddisfly-nymph pattern reveals that you can achieve that neat woven look simply by tying repeated overhand knots in contrasting materials. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you can mix and match colors and materials to create new. . .

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It’s Beginning to Happen on the Delaware

Delaware hatch

Things are starting to heat up on the Delaware River, and it won’t be long before hatches like this one start coming off.

photo Courtesy West Branch Angler

Just a couple of hours north of New York City, the Delaware River system offers some of the finest big-river fishing east of the Mississippi and ranks right up there with the best rivers in the country. It’s a wide, western-style river with legendary hatches and some very big wild trout. The beauty of it is that the Delaware can be a fickle mistress, offering epic days and incredibly challenging days, and you never know which one you’ll have until you step in the river.

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Seeing Red(s)

Wake from Bay Street on Vimeo.

Most promotional videos are pretty much the same, showing guys catching fish over a heart-thumping soundtrack. There’s plenty of that in the short film Bay Street Outfitters put together about fishing for redfish off Beaufort, South Carolina, but they decided to go the extra mile by creating a fun narrative plot. It makes it easy to imagine yourself in the role of an angler checking into his hotel the night before his big trip, dreaming of the next day. I hope more lodges and outfitters try this narrative method. It would eliminate a lot of the “same old, same old” feeling you get from watching these kinds of videos.

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Tarpon on the Fly

Tarpon on a fly
Photo by Dan Michels, Crystal Creek Lodge

A bunch of folks from the Orvis Home Offices in Vermont are down here in the Florida Keys for an annual meeting with the owners of Orvis-Endorsed lodges. A few of us got in some fishing, including Vice Chairman of Orvis, Dave Perkins, who got into a nice tarpon straight away when he went out with Dan Michels, owner of Crystal Creek Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska; both of them guided and hosted by Gordon Baggett, at Bahia Honda Sporting Club and Lodge.

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In the Loop 04.04.11

Madison Gauge

Anglers heading to fish the Madison River south of Ennis, Montana have a new way to check on water conditions before hitting the road. The U. S. Geological Service has installed a real-time water-data gauge at Varney Bridge, which will provide information on water flow and temperature. There had not been such a monitoring station on that stretch since. . .

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Friday Film Festival 04.01.11

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Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. It may be April Fool’s Day, but the FFF is not something we fool around with. This week’s collection takes you from Canada’s Skeena River for steelhead, to the Florida Keys for tarpon, and across the Pond to France for largemouth bass(?). Plus, there’s dancing. Enjoy!

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Ten Tips for Fishing a new Trout Stream

This week we have a couple of interesting fly box items–one on reeling right or left hand, and the other on how to dress for fly fishing. The main podcast is about evaluating a new trout stream to figure out how fast to move, what fly to use, and how rich the stream is. I also include a shameless plug for my new book Small Stream Trout Fishing.

Listen to this podcast by clicking the READ MORE button below.

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Catch TU’s ON THE RISE TV Show; Season Premiers This Week

Trout Unlimited’s On the Rise TV show, airing on the Sportsman Channel, resumed this week with a new host Jed Fiebelkorn, a Montana guide and former host of Fly Fisherman’s TV show. On the Rise focuses on great American trout rivers and the conservation issues surrounding them. In the first episode, Jed floats the Teton River with Mike Dawes of WorldCast Anglers and Kasey Collins, President of Teton Valley Trout Unlimited Chapter 721.

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Introducing “Ask a Casting Instructor”

Peter Kutzer casting

Peter Kutzer strutting his stuff on the Orvis casting ponds.

Our Tuesday Tips on casting have been so popular that we’ve decided to add a new feature to “Ask a Casting Instructor”! If you’re having a problem with casting in general, casting in specific angling situations, or progressing to the next level of distance or accuracy. . .

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Removing a Hook with Style

We dig the style of English graphic designer and fanatical angler Steve Edge. Back in February, we featured a video of his attempt to hook and land a Ferrari in the narrow streets of London. Now he offers really good advice on how to remove a hook that’s been buried in someone’s. . .

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