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Orvis Eastern ELOG Coordinator Scott McEnaney shows off a trophy rainbow trout for a youngster.
photo by Lauren Mazzotta
Last week, Orvis held its semi-annual Kids Fishing Derby at the ponds beside the flagship retail store in Manchester, Vermont. It’s an opportunity to introduce kids to the joys of fly fishing, as well as a way for the folks at the store to remove some of the larger fish from the population to ensure the health of all. This year’s deby was quite a success, although those big ol’ trout are awfully wily and more difficult to catch than you’d image a semi-“tame” fish to be. All the kids had a wonderful time, as evidenced by the big smiles in the pictures below.
Welcome to the Friday the 13th edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we’ve got Atlantic salmon on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, barramundi Down Under, native brookies in the Shenandoah, and lots more. Don’t worry: there’s nothing too scary. (Thanks to Orvis designer extraordinaire James Daley for tweaking our logo to match the occasion.) Enjoy the show!
This week I give a brief and sorta rambling overview of fly-fishing history, which is difficult to do in a short podcast so I’ve included the names of a couple good books on the subject.
In this week’s fly box, we have two casting tips, a word about “lining” fish, a short discussion of what to do when faced with crowded trout streams, and help when trying to detect a strike when nymph fishing.
Capt. Taylor Edrington has a pretty enviable resume, which just screams “Trout Bum.” He has lived on the Arkansas River in Canon City, Colorado pretty much his whole life, and has fished and guided all over the Rocky Mountain region, as well as in Alaska. Taylor spent eight seasons as a full-time guide, and three years as a lodge manager in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. He is now co-owner of Royal Gorge Anglers fly shop and SoCo Anglers outfitters in Cañon City, Colorado. Check out his video (above) about a day on the “Dream Stream” section of the South Platte.
“Big fly, big fish” may be an old adage, but it’s as true now as ever. The bigger the protein source, the farther a big fish will move for it to get a protein fix. I’ve caught plenty of good fish on RS2s and other size 20 flies, but mostly on spring creeks and tailwaters, where you sight-fish and have to all but hit the trout on the nose. In faster, heavier, deeper, or cloudy water, a big trout isn’t. . .
The author with a spring hog from the Pere Marquette.
photo courtesy Chris Raines
As a full-time fly-fishing guide on the Pere Marquette River in northern Michigan, I enjoy year-round fishing to a variety of species of trout, salmon, and steelhead. As the spring steelhead guiding season winds down in late April/early May, the fishing pressure drops and some of the best trout fishing of the year is at hand.
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. . .
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!
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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