11.15–MoC Anthem

The holiday season is a time of joy and fellowship, but it can also put a person through the wringer. According to the American Psychological Association, 70% of Americans feel increased stress due to lack of time, the pressure of gift-giving, and difficulty managing expectations. That’s why Orvis has a gift for you—something you can enjoy guilt-free throughout the season.

From November 15 through December 25, pause and de-stress from the frantic pace of the holidays with a daily #MomentofChill –which may involve a frolicking puppy, a crackling fireplace, or the soothing ripples of an untouched stream.

11.16–Homeward Bound

The watershed of Alaska’s Bristol Bay is home to the world’s last great wild-salmon population. Each year, more than 50 million sockeyes entered the system, returning to their natal waters to spawn. This migration sustains the entire ecosystem–from brown bears, to eagles, to other fish species–as well as robust commercial and recreational fishing industries.

To find out how you can help preserve this incredible natural bounty, visit Save Bristol Bay.

11.17–Lazy Risers

During an insect hatch, the newly emerged insects float downstream on a river’s current until their wings are dry enough to enable flight. Oftentimes, an eddy will concentrate the helpless duns in slow water, giving hungry trout an opportunity to feast on the insects without having to fight the current.

11.18–Autumn View

The Cobble is a rocky outcropping atop the ridge behind Orvis headquarters, on the western edge of the Green Mountains, in Sunderland, Vermont. The view across the valley reveals the Taconic Range, which parallels the Greens for about 120 miles in southwestern Vermont. The Battenkill flows from the north and makes a 90-degree turn at Arlington, flowing westward to New York through the valley you can see heading directly away from the camera. (The beautiful German shorthaired pointer is named Cooper.)

11.19–Fall Friends

According to a research survey by the American Kennel Club, growing up with a dog benefits a child in many ways. Kids who live in a house with dogs have higher self esteem, are more compassionate, and feel supported. They also demonstrate better cognitive skills, which may be a result of talking to the dog and interacting with it. Most important, dog-loving kids are happier and healthier.

11.20–Slow Crawl

Throughout the Rocky Mountains, many anglers refer to any very large mayfly–such as this one from British Columbia–as a “drake.” These big bugs offer a high-calorie meal that will draw even trophy-size trout to the surface during a hatch. Anglers also love these mayflies because the patterns that imitate them are easy to see on the water.

11.21–End of the Hunt

The grasslands of central South Dakota are ground zero for pheasant hunting in America. Common pheasants (known throughout the U.S as ring-necked pheasants) are native to China and were first introduced in Oregon in 1881. Throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s, many more birds–mostly from English game-bird farms–were released across the country.

Although 2018 saw an uptick in pheasant populations across South Dakota, the long-term trend is not so rosy. Statewide, the number of pheasants is down 41% over the past decade. To learn more, visit Pheasants Forever.

11.22–Cutthroat Feast

Cutthroat trout are known for their lazy takes, as they eat adult mayflies off the water’s surface. When a mayfly transforms from a nymph to a dun (or subimago), it cannot fly until its wings dry, so it is helpless for a brief period. Trout take advantage of the situation, gorging on the immobile insects.

11.23–Far from the Madding Crowd

The Labrador taiga is among the largest contiguous swaths of pristine wilderness left in North America. Labrador is one of last places where these native brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) have remained unchanged since distinguishing themselves on the evolutionary ladder 10,000 years ago.

11.24–Little Drummer Boy

Male ruffed grouse “drum” in springtime as a way to establish territory and to attract females. Although it looks as if the sound is caused by the bird’s wings hitting its chest, the sound actually comes from small sonic booms. The wings beat up to 5 times per second, causing the sound waves to stack up until they create a penetrating shock wave that creates the boom. Male grouse usually perform on a “drumming log,” which might help project the low-frequency sound. Drumming exerts a remarkable amount of energy, and a male might lose 10 percent of its body mass during mating season.