A Brush with Greatness

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. . .

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Friday Film Festival 05.06.11

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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!

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Dawn Patrol: Ten Tips (ok, eleven, but who’s counting) for Early Morning Fishing

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 Spring Auction


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.

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Trout Bum of the Week: Wade Fellin

Wade Fellin in NZ

Wade Fellin with a fine New Zealand brown trout.

photo by Craig Fellin

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. . .

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Mike’s Thin Mint

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, . . .

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Working in the Fly Fishing Industry- One Woman’s Experience

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.

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Tuesday Tip: On-the-Water Checklist

Inspecting the Fly

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

Fly-fishing is such a process-oriented sport that it’s easy to become fixated on the specific task at hand—whether it’s drifting a dry fly along a fallen long or high-sticking a nymph rig through a riffle. But there are lots of other things an angler needs to pay attention to if he wants to be successful. How many times have you hooked and lost a fish, only to ask yourself, “When was the last time I checked that knot?” or “Why did the tippet break there?”

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