In the Loop 03.17.11

fly fishing in ireland 2010 from josep guardia on Vimeo.

To celebrate the holiday, here’s a lovely slideshow about fishing in the Emerald Isle, featuring a soundtrack by the wonderful Waterboys. I had a chance to fish in Ireland in 2006, and I was blown away by the quality of the fishing, how inexpensive it was, and the skill of some of the. . .

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Tying the Knucklehead

The Knucklehead Streamer from Richard Strolis on Vimeo.

The spring season is almost here, and high water on the Battenkill will mean it’s streamer time. I’ve always liked articulated patterns, though I haven’t tied many because they seemed kind of complicated. But in this video, Connecticut-based guide Rich Strolis, demonstrates a straightforward method for tying wiggly, two-hook streamers using some innovative new products. You can tie the Knucklehead in lots of different colors to mimic your local forage fish. I plan on tying up some olive and copper ones for the ‘Kill.

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Tuesday Tip: The Line Hand and Shooting

Last week we discussed the basics of the front and back casts, using a simple pick-up-and-lay-down drill with the line pinched against the cork grip. Now it’s time to add the “line hand,” the one that controls the fly line during the cast, and discuss shooting line to lengthen the cast.

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Podcast- 15 Tips on Fishing the Evening Hatch

In this episode, by request via our voicemail line at (802) 362-8800, I give 15 tips on fishing the evening hatch. This is a long episode, clocking it at just over an hour.
We also had a trivia contest on the same subject yesterday. See how well you do on the quiz and let us know!.

Did I leave anything out of this podcast? Have a sugestion for a future podcast? Was it too long this time? Call me at (802) 362-8800 or leave us a comment below.

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In the Loop 03.14.11

Flats Fishing Unsalted Style from luke Kavajecz on Vimeo.

Start your week off right with some serious Great Lakes flats fishing for big smallmouths in this film from photographer Luke Kavajecz. It doesn’t hurt that the soundtrack is by the insanely talented Andrew Bird. (If you like the song in the video but have never heard of Bird, . . .

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Rosenbauer’s Trivia Challenge: Evening Hatches

This week’s Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge is all about the evening hatch. Take it and see how you do. On Tuesday, March 15, we’ll post a new Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, 15 Tips for the Evening Hatch, so youcan give it a listen and learn even more about fishing evening hatches.

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Friday Film Festival 03.11.11

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Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s videos features the world’s most minimalist fly fisher, a search for the perfect angling companion, and a couple of kids we’re sure to be hearing about for years to come. Enjoy!

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The Next Generation

ISE Shows

Children learning to fly cast at the Orvis booth at the Phoenix ISE show.

 photo by Spencer Higa

Spencer Higa, of  Falcon’s Ledge, sent in this great picture from the Phoenix International Sportsmen’s Exposition, along with this report:

First of all, I thought the entire show was a great success in that we taught more people about fly fishing through our “Fly Fishing 101” promotion and hopefully got them excited about continuing to learn more about the sport. The kids were especially excited when we allowed them to use the short demo rods to catch some foam fish. By making a game of fly casting, we ensured that the kids had fun and didn’t want to stop. Parents literally had to pull their kids away from our booth. And seeing how determined the kids were to catch the fish, the parents couldn’t help but to wander over and give it a try themselves. 
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Press Release: The Orvis Company Announces Winners of its Commitment to Protect Nature Grants for 2011

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Restoration of Montana’s Clark Fork is one of the projects receiving Orvis Company grant support in 2011

Manchester, VT- The Orvis Company announced today the winners of their Commitment to protect Nature Grants for 2011. Every year, Orvis reviews projects submitted from around the world. From those submissions Orvis chooses the best ones to share with their customers in matching grant campaigns in their catalogs and online. This year’s projects reach around the globe and include: Protection of the endangered black rhino of Zimbabwe and of the Coral Triangle fishery

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Northern New Mexico Snowpack Report

Cimarron River Snowing

Although the media has been focusing on drought in the Southwest, the snowpack in the mountains above Taos is looking good for the spring season.

 photo by Doc Thompson

[Editor’s note: Here’s a snowpack update from Doc Thompson, owner of High Country Anglers.]

The media throughout the Southwest is working hard to paint a doom-n-gloom picture of a bone-dry New Mexico. I have an issue with this, since they forgot to look into what’s going on in the northern part of the state, particularly the Taos area. Yesterday I had 4 to 5 inches of fresh snow, and it continued to snow throughout the day. Here is a picture I took yesterday morning along the Cimarron. The Cimarron Watershed snowpack is only 9% below average, and some of our other high-mountain. . .

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