Like the arrival of the first robins, one sure sign of spring is the reappearance of Orvis Rod & Tackle product developers out on the lawn here at Orvis HQ to test-cast new fly rods and lines. This morning, I was heartened to see Steve Hemkens, Divisional Merchandising Manager for Rod & Tackle, and Vice Chairman Dave Perkins throwing some saltwater sticks, so I grabbed the iPhone. . .Read More
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Friday Film Festival 03.18.11
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 an expedition to wild Mongolia, some Swedish dry-fly action, and a trip to the Land Down Under the Land Down Under (and no, I’m not repeating myself). Enjoy!Read More
Hungry Trout and Cold Stout: Springtime in Montana
Right about now, we fly fishers are all but frothing to find a bit of water to fish. Though some of us may be lucky enough to live near tailwaters to fish in the winter, the first signs of spring have a different feel to them than fishing in the winter. For one, it’s nice not to have to knock ice out of your rod’s guides after every cast. I spoke with Brandon Boedecker of PRO Outfitters in Montana, and he told me about a new idea they came up with to chase away the winter blues and get out there on some of the best waters in Montana as spring hits. They call it the Pub Crawl…Read More
In the Loop 03.17.11
To celebrate the holiday, here’s a lovely slideshow about fishing in the Emerald Isle, featuring a soundtrack by the wonderful Waterboys. I had a chance to fish in Ireland in 2006, and I was blown away by the quality of the fishing, how inexpensive it was, and the skill of some of the. . .Read More
Tying the Knucklehead
The Knucklehead Streamer from Richard Strolis on Vimeo.
The spring season is almost here, and high water on the Battenkill will mean it’s streamer time. I’ve always liked articulated patterns, though I haven’t tied many because they seemed kind of complicated. But in this video, Connecticut-based guide Rich Strolis, demonstrates a straightforward method for tying wiggly, two-hook streamers using some innovative new products. You can tie the Knucklehead in lots of different colors to mimic your local forage fish. I plan on tying up some olive and copper ones for the ‘Kill.
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Tuesday Tip: The Line Hand and Shooting
Last week we discussed the basics of the front and back casts, using a simple pick-up-and-lay-down drill with the line pinched against the cork grip. Now it’s time to add the “line hand,” the one that controls the fly line during the cast, and discuss shooting line to lengthen the cast.Read More
Podcast- 15 Tips on Fishing the Evening Hatch
In this episode, by request via our voicemail line at (802) 362-8800, I give 15 tips on fishing the evening hatch. This is a long episode, clocking it at just over an hour.
We also had a trivia contest on the same subject yesterday. See how well you do on the quiz and let us know!.
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In the Loop 03.14.11
Start your week off right with some serious Great Lakes flats fishing for big smallmouths in this film from photographer Luke Kavajecz. It doesn’t hurt that the soundtrack is by the insanely talented Andrew Bird. (If you like the song in the video but have never heard of Bird, . . .Read More
Rosenbauer’s Trivia Challenge: Evening Hatches
This week’s Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge is all about the evening hatch. Take it and see how you do. On Tuesday, March 15, we’ll post a new Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, 15 Tips for the Evening Hatch, so youcan give it a listen and learn even more about fishing evening hatches.
Friday Film Festival 03.11.11
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 features the world’s most minimalist fly fisher, a search for the perfect angling companion, and a couple of kids we’re sure to be hearing about for years to come. Enjoy!Read More