Spring Fishing on Grand Lake Stream

Written by: Debra Carr Brox


West Grand Lake is the source of Maine’s Grand Lake Stream.
Photos by Debra Carr Brox

I ’m not a creature of habit, but I have a few rituals. One of them is to officially start my fishing season each spring with trip to Grand Lake Stream in Maine. It’s a long way from. . .

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Video: The Ballad of Holland Island House


Holland Island House in October 2009, one year before it fell into the bay.
Photo by Flickr User baldeaglebluff

Bay-dwellers know the joys of exploring tidal pools and salt marshes, uncovering century-old pottery fragments, glass Rumford Baking Powder bottles, and arrowheads. We inhale the. . .

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An Afternoon in the Sugar House

Written by: Michael Gardner, Fifth Generation Vermonter First Generation Sugar maker


The author, Michael Gardner and daughter, Edie, spend an afternoon in the sugarhouse.
Photo by Kendra Gardner

With Vermont’s Maple Open House Weekend approaching on April 2 and 3, it seems prudent to offer our non-native visitor and sheltered locals a brief guide to maple syrup. . . .

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Fly Fishing in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, Part I

Story and photos by Bob Dagley


This door painting reflects Bhutan’s official title as the Thunder Dragon Kingdom.
Photo by Bob Dagley

The year was 2001 and a trip to Bhutan, in a virtually untouched corner of the Himalayas, was an enviable assignment. It was also a rare opportunity. The mysterious, high-altitude mountain. . .

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Casting for Recovery: Life-Changing Moments


Connie Burke and friend grab a little gusto!
Photo by Casting for Recovery

The mission of Casting for Recovery is to enhance the quality of life for women with breast cancer through a unique program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. Orvis is proud to be a founding sponsor.

No one can explain the therapeutic value of a Casting for Recovery retreat better than the women who have participated. Last summer Connie Burke was one of those participants….

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Footwear History: The Boat Shoe That Started It All

Written by: Kimberly Bellamy


A piece of footwear history that has saved many sailors and boaters.

In 1935, avid sailor and inventor Paul Sperry—a former Dartmouth student and U.S. Navy seaman—made an astounding discovery. One day, after watching his dog run effortlessly across the. . .

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