Action Alert: The Time to Save Bristol Bay is Here!

“The break we’ve been looking for is here!” — Perk Perkins, CEO, The Orvis Company

We’ve just learned the EPA plans to assess the Bristol Bay watershed to understand how future large-scale development may affect water quality and Bristol Bay’s salmon fishery. This is a pivotal step toward protecting this pristine region from the proposed Pebble Mine. Frankly, it’s a step that may not have happened if not for partners like TU and The Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska, and sportsmen and women such as yourselves working non-stop to help protect the area.

Part of the EPA’s process is to get public input. We encourage you to click the TAKE ACTION image below to let the EPA know the value you place on the wild resources of this magnificent region. It takes all of thirty seconds to help protect a national treasure forever.

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Tying a Dropper Knot

How to Tie the Instant Dropper Knot from Zach Matthews on Vimeo.

Here’s another how-to video from Zach Matthews, who taught us how to set up a fly reel two weeks ago. This time, he describes a quick, neat method to tie the clinch knot required to attach a dropper line to the bend of a hook. Years ago, I learned a different method from a guide on Utah’s Green River. (See below.) Either way, the ability to make this knot quickly means you’ll get your flies. . .

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Friday Film Festival 02.04.11

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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. We’ve got a lucky set of seven videos to keep you warm for the weekend (or, if you can’t wait, at lunchtime today). Every day brings us closer to the opening of trout season in the north, and I’m starting to get the itch to wade into the Battenkill. Until then, watching others fishing in spectacular locations will have to do. Enjoy!

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Take Tom Rosenbauer’s Trivia Challenge!

This week’s Trivia Challenge is all about fly fishing in the winter, a time of year that requires a whole different approach. I think it’s a fun one. Click the Read More link below to take it. Good luck!



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Early Spring in Montana

It’s now February. According to my calendar, next month will be March, which means that despite the snow and cold temperatures currently slamming most northern states, early-season fly fishing is right around the corner.

Early spring is a time when a lot of Montana guides hit the water hard. Our schedules are pretty wide open, and we’ve been cooped up all winter, so we are more than ready to get after it. So are the fish. Especially the BIG fish. For the most part, they’ve been relatively dormant since the fall, making them hungry and willing to be aggressive. This combination can produce some. . .

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Full Circle: Paul Fersen Reads His Story from Gray’s Sporting Journal

Tom Rosenbauer needed a day off and I told him I would be more than happy to read a story I wrote for Gray’s Sporting Journal a few year’s back. The story is about my Grandma Moon who taught me to fish in the ponds of our South Georgia farm and how important it was to pass that simple knowledge to my son Cooper. There is a bit of magic in the simplicity of the cane pole and though far gone from my experience, I brought it back for him. “Full Circle” is a story of generations and the common thread that ties a little boy to the great grandmother he never knew.

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A Striper Season

Surf Fishing 2010 – NYC Edition from Peter Laurelli on Vimeo.


Yesterday, Rob Ceccarini, Fishing Manager at Orvis Manhattan, sent me a link to a video created by one of his customers, Peter Laurelli. Usually, when I get these kinds of emails hailing some “great” video, the video itself is a bit of a letdown—there might be great fish or a cool shot, but. . .

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In the Loop 01.31.11

Just in time to rescue many of us from Snowpocalypse-induced cabin fever, the Fly Fishing Film Tour is hitting the road again. Now in its fourth year, the FFFT (or F3T, if you’re cool) will visit more than 80 cities this year, hopefully one near you. Watching videos on the Web is fun, but it’s no substitute for. . .

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast: Tom’s Ten Tips on Winter Fly Fishing

Winter fly fishing is beautiful. It’s quiet, the scenery is specatcular and there are not as many people on the water. There are some techniques you have to adopt, though in order to be succesful and have a good time.

First, remember to layer-up. Tim Daughton wrote an excellent post on the topic. Read it here.

Listen to the podcast for the other nine tips.
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