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Dana Walker shows off a chunky brown from the Little Red River in Arkansas. photo by Toby Swank
I just wrapped up a whirlwind tour of the Little Red River in northern Arkansas. November and December is typically the time of year when the brown trout move into the shallow shoals to spawn. We planned this trip so that we could both sight fish and streamer fish to some trophy-classfish. Well, as with just about every fishing trip, Mother Nature and the Army Corps of Engineers. . .
Tom covers a lot of material in this podcast. In the “Fly Box” section, he compares and contrasts vests vs chest packs vs waist packs vs sling packs, he covers how best to keep your flies floating (and reveals his secret) and then answers a question about realistic vs impressionistic flies.
The main topic of this podcast, though is what easterners can expect when taking a fishing trip west and what westerners can expect when making a trip east. What are the differences? How can you best prepare?
Click the play button below to listen to this episode. Go to orvis.com/podcast to subscribe to future episodes
We have a special edition of my quiz this week to celebrate the release of the Orvis Fly Fishing App for Android devices, also available for iPhone. All the questions were taken from the app. We have a couple of knot videos in this quiz. A lot of fun.
Click the banner below to take the quiz and then come back and tell me how you did!
I recently ran across this marvelous piece of archival film from the International Game Fish Association, which shows casting champion Bill True and guide Jim Brewer chasing tarpon in the Florida Keys. It’s a great piece of history, and it will give you a sense of how much easier. . .
A nice brown from the [REDACTED] River in Montana. photo by Phil Monahan
A couple of years ago, Eric Rickstad and I made plans to go to Montana in late April for the Orvis Western Guide Rendezvous. As soon as our travel plans were finalized, Eric started talking about a river I’d barely heard of. “We gotta hit the [REDACTED] River,” he said. “I’ve heard lots of whispering about some big browns there in spring and fall, but I’ve never had the chance to fish it.” When I mentioned that I hadn’t heard any such rumors, Eric just said, “Exactly,” and smiled knowingly. The possibility that there was an “undiscovered” river anywhere in Montana. . .
Ok! Finally… ‘Droid users, you can now stop the emails and Facebook posts that simply say “ANDROID!!”
My friends at Green Mountain Digital submitted the Orvis Fly Fishing App to the Android store for Android version 2.1 and 2.2 last night and it is now available for download. Go to the Android store and search for ORVIS.
It was worth waiting for:
Animated knot instruction
Fly casting video instruction
Top 10 fly casting mistakes (I’ve made most of them at one time or another)
A field guide to the top 100 trout flies
LIVE Orvis fishing reports from around the country
A glossary of terms
AND the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast
All of this at your fingertips! So go to the Android store, check it out and let me what you think.
Start your Monday on a calming note with this performance of Franz Schubert’s Trout Quintet, written when the composer was just 22 years old. Those of us who love fly-fishing for trout can appreciate the mood of the piece. It is a series of variations on Schubert’s earlier song “The Trout,” which begins (in German, of course): . . .
As you sit around trying to digest your seventh piece of pumpkin pie tomorrow, exercise your eyes with some great videos that will have you dreaming of wetting a line. Have a great holiday, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. (Three more videos after the jump.)
Last week we ran my first trivia quiz (if you have not yet taken it, you still can, here)and the response was fantastic. Let’s see if you do as well on this one. Click on the banner with my picture, below and good luck!