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The author’s brother working a streamer deep and slow. Note how he keeps the rod tip
low to ensure there’s no slack and he has constant contact with the fly.
photo by Drew Price
Freezing rain. That was the initial forecast for early Saturday morning. I thought it could be the end of this early-season trip in search of a pike or two. My brother Pete and a few other friends had told me about a spot with some decent pike during the winter. I have been dying to get into a water wolf, since it has been since October since I last landed one. I know that the season is coming up quickly, but it is never too early to have a pike on the end of a fly line. My buddy Kevin was concerned about. . .
Today’s the day it finally hit me: I’m sick of winter. With a foot of snow still on the ground and tomorrow’s high expected to be in the teens, fishing season still seems a long way off. Feeling sorry. . .
Lovers of fly-fishing photography should feast their eyes on the new issue of Catch Magazine, which features a wonderful photo essay on trout fishing in South Africa, some great closeups of mayflies, and Todd Moen’s video “Steelhead Dreams, Part II.”
It looks like Maine could be the next state to ban felt-sole wading boots. The state legislature’s Natural Resources Committee hosted a hearing Tuesday to start the ball rolling, and representatives of Maine Audubon, The Nature Conservancy, Congress of Lakes Association, Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, and the Departments of Environmental Protection and. . .
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 run the gamut from winter bull trout on the Metolius to 1950s-era double-haul lessons to urban angling in Norway. Click “Read More” to see this week’s films, and enjoy!
Adam and John caught this 27″ brown trout on a hoppper in August
I spoke with Rebecca Shirley of Eagle Nest Lodge (2007 Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year) yesterday to see what was happening out there for them on the Bighorn River. Apparently, there is quite a bit of good fishing on the horizon. As Shirley put it…
Here’s a video I shot at the first annual Trout Unlimited of Southwestern Vermont’s “Flies & Pies” tying evening, held on February 15th, 2011 at the Orvis Manchester Fishing School building. We had over 25 people in attendance, and we offered a three-fly “menu” for the evening. This was pattern #2 offered by Orvis Rod & Tackle Product Development Specialist Shawn Brillon. Hendricksons are the best. . .
Former Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide Vince Scheuerman still cherishes time on the water as a way to balance the rigors of trying to “make it” in the music business.
photo courtesy Vince Scheuerman
[Editor’s note: I met Vince Scheuerman a few years ago through a mutual friend—a fly-fishing guide with the unlikely nickname “Cupcake”—whom we both had worked with at Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge, although at different times. I’ve been following Vince’s musical career ever since, and I asked him to write something about how his passions for music and fly fishing interact. Here’s what he came up with.]
“Don’t throw it back, Dad,” I cried with all the emotion I could muster. Tears followed, as he released a beautiful and sizable largemouth bass back into the Hillsborough River, a few miles from my childhood home in Tampa, Florida. Catch-and-release was something that I couldn’t quite get. . .