Tarpon on the Fly

Tarpon on a fly
Photo by Dan Michels, Crystal Creek Lodge

A bunch of folks from the Orvis Home Offices in Vermont are down here in the Florida Keys for an annual meeting with the owners of Orvis-Endorsed lodges. A few of us got in some fishing, including Vice Chairman of Orvis, Dave Perkins, who got into a nice tarpon straight away when he went out with Dan Michels, owner of Crystal Creek Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska; both of them guided and hosted by Gordon Baggett, at Bahia Honda Sporting Club and Lodge.

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In the Loop 04.04.11

Madison Gauge

Anglers heading to fish the Madison River south of Ennis, Montana have a new way to check on water conditions before hitting the road. The U. S. Geological Service has installed a real-time water-data gauge at Varney Bridge, which will provide information on water flow and temperature. There had not been such a monitoring station on that stretch since. . .

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Friday Film Festival 04.01.11

Film Festival2

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. It may be April Fool’s Day, but the FFF is not something we fool around with. This week’s collection takes you from Canada’s Skeena River for steelhead, to the Florida Keys for tarpon, and across the Pond to France for largemouth bass(?). Plus, there’s dancing. Enjoy!

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Ten Tips for Fishing a new Trout Stream

This week we have a couple of interesting fly box items–one on reeling right or left hand, and the other on how to dress for fly fishing. The main podcast is about evaluating a new trout stream to figure out how fast to move, what fly to use, and how rich the stream is. I also include a shameless plug for my new book Small Stream Trout Fishing.

Listen to this podcast by clicking the READ MORE button below.

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Catch TU’s ON THE RISE TV Show; Season Premiers This Week

Trout Unlimited’s On the Rise TV show, airing on the Sportsman Channel, resumed this week with a new host Jed Fiebelkorn, a Montana guide and former host of Fly Fisherman’s TV show. On the Rise focuses on great American trout rivers and the conservation issues surrounding them. In the first episode, Jed floats the Teton River with Mike Dawes of WorldCast Anglers and Kasey Collins, President of Teton Valley Trout Unlimited Chapter 721.

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Introducing “Ask a Casting Instructor”

Peter Kutzer casting

Peter Kutzer strutting his stuff on the Orvis casting ponds.

Our Tuesday Tips on casting have been so popular that we’ve decided to add a new feature to OrvisNews.com: “Ask a Casting Instructor”! If you’re having a problem with casting in general, casting in specific angling situations, or progressing to the next level of distance or accuracy. . .

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Removing a Hook with Style

We dig the style of English graphic designer and fanatical angler Steve Edge. Back in February, we featured a video of his attempt to hook and land a Ferrari in the narrow streets of London. Now he offers really good advice on how to remove a hook that’s been buried in someone’s. . .

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First Redfish in the Grass

First Wade in 2011 Capt. Tuck Scott 3/17/11 from Bay Street on Vimeo.

We are T-minus 12 days until trout season here in Vermont, but some of our southern compatriots are getting an early start to their fishing year. Here’s a great video from Capt. Tuck Scott of Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort, South Carolina, who recorded his very first wading trip for redfish.

“Here in Beaufort, we love our tailing redfish, and about half way through the winter we start dreaming about warmer days so the fish will start tailing again,” he writes. “Usually tails don’t start. . .

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Tuesday Tip: The Roll Cast

In our last lesson, we discussed how to add line during the cast. But what do you do when you can’t make an overhead cast because there’s no room for a backcast? In many situations, bushes, parked cars, or even people make it impossible to throw the line behind you. That’s when you need to break out the roll cast. . .

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In the Loop 03.28.11

We’re still freezing our butts off up here in Vermont, even if the snow is mostly gone, but it’s heartening to know that the trout opener is less than two weeks away. Here’s a short video on how the New Jersey Department of Fish & Wildlife is getting ready for their Opening Day by stocking local rivers. There are some breeder fish in the mix, and you can see a serious hog. . .

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