June 1980 marked my third year fishing the Battenkill and also the third year of my fledgling fly-fishing career. The previous fall, I had acquired my first bamboo rod after having spent the summer cutting lawns and saving up to earn the asking price for the rod, $175. It was a 7 ½ foot 5-weight Orvis Midge characterized by a rich brown coloring brought out by the hand flaming process. . .Read More
Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we offer some fine videos from destinations as diverse as Sweden, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Yellowstone National Park. You may also see an angler casting to a species you never thought of as fly-rod quarry. Enjoy!Read More
In this week’s podcast, the main event is The Dawn Patrol, on the pleasures, perils, and advantages of getting up as early as a turkey hunter to get some of the best fly fishing of the season. We’ll discuss dawn fishing for trout, tarpon, stripers, bonefish, permit, and steelhead. In this weeks’ fly box we’ll explore small stream trout rods, a couple tips for fighting fish, and how to fish alongside your buddies.
If you are within driving distance of Manchester, Vermont on Saturday, May 7, I will be speaking at the Northshire Bookstore with Orvis Fly Fishing Guide producer, James Hathaway, to read from my new book “The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing”. It all starts at 7pm. Would love to see you there!
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Casting for Recovery is hosting its Spring Online Auction to raise money to fund their programs for women who have or have had breast cancer. This year, the organization will run 46 retreats in 33 states, incorporating counseling and educational services. These events are staffed by trained facilitators, including a psycho-social therapist, a health care professional (e.g. physical therapist, nurse), as well as fly-fishing instructors and river helpers. The attendees pay nothing because CFR believes there should be no barriers to participation.Read More
I’m excited to be heading down to Townsend, Tennessee, next weekend for Troutfest Great Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing Exposition, which will be held May 13-15. A bunch of my heroes will be there–Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, and Joe Humphreys in particular–and I love small-stream fishing for wild trout and have never sampled the Tennessee version, which I hear is some of the best. . .Read More
As far as fly fishing goes, Wade Fellin has lived somewhat of a charmed life. Having grown up at a fishing lodge in southwestern Montana–his dad, Craig Fellin, started Big Hole Lodge in 1984, before Wade was even born–he’s been immersed in the sport since toddlerhood. (See the picture below.) But the kid has not just hung out at the ranch. Wade is pursuing a law degree at the University of Montana while. . .Read More
Is it a caddisfly? Is it a Hendrickson? Is it a stonefly? Do you really care, since the fish are willing to eat it?
Mike’s Thin Mint is pretty much my take on a steelhead Soft-Hackle. Just as the Girl Scout cookie called the Thin Mint is irresistible to me, the fly version seems irresistible to steelhead. When wet, the Senyo Laser Dub lies back across the body, . . .Read More
When I was 23, I decided it was time to get a “real” job — the main qualifier for “real” being health insurance — and move away from my idyllic but poverty stricken ski/trout bum life in Colorado. So I scoured the internet and sent out my resume to anyone who had a posting. I was thrilled to get one call back about a job at Orvis working as a coordinator for their Fly Fishing product development team and somehow managed to convince them to hire me.
I arrived at my first corporate job ready to learn and prove myself, but not old enough to rent a car. It was a perfect job for me, and I look back on that first position and the people I worked with fondly. A few years later I moved on to be a buyer for that same department – what luck! It was my dream job, and I scoured the marketplace for the latest fishing accessories, technical clothing and eventually waders.Read More
Before you cast to that rising trout, take the time to inspect your fly, knot, and leader to ensure you’re giving yourself the best shot to land the trout.
photo by Sandy Hays