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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Friday Film Festival 03.25.11

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TGIFFF! 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 span the globe, from Greenland to Argentina, and may involve more species than we’ve ever covered on a single Friday. Lots of topwater action is a real bonus. Enjoy!

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New App Helps You Choose Seafood Wisely

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The New Seafood Watch App for Android

I love seafood, but I have read enough to know that my gastronomical preferences might be contributing to the demise of some of my favorite fish! Two-thirds of fish stock worldwide require rebuilding. Aquaculture is now responsible for half the seafood consumed on the planet. Some aquaculture practices are very harmful to the environment, while many are environmentally responsible. Enter Monterey Bay Aquarium’s  Seafood Watch app, which I now keep on my iPhone and refer to all the time. MBA is a world leader in seafood research and consumer education. This app advises which seafood are responsible choices from a sustainability viewpoint. I highly recommend it. — Perk Perkins Orvis CEO

Remember the days when you went to the store, bought what you needed and went home again without much thought to it? Now there are choices for organic, Fair Trade, eco-friendly and a whole host of other things. Welcome to the age of the conscious consumer. All of us are beginning to recognize that things we do have an impact on our planet and that through thoughtful consumerism we can make a difference.

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Senyo’s Wiggle Stone

Since we tied a jointed streamer, The Knucklehead, last week, I figured we’d try a jointed nymph. The Wiggle Stone is the creation of Greg Senyo of Steelhead Alley Outfitters in Ohio. This pattern should work great in the high water of spring, when stonefly nymphs are on the move, and trout are looking for big morsels after a long winter of eating tiny stuff.

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Audio and Video Podcast Episodes- Fly Fishing for Pike

We have a very exciting podcast for you this week. Many of you have asked for a pike podcast, and we’ve delivered what I think is one of our best presentations in two parts.

Part 1 is an audio interview I conduct with pike expert Drew Price, where he goes into great detail on where, when, and how to catch pike. Also in part 1,  we have some tips in the Fly Box section on fishing CDC flies, choosing one rod for bass and trout, and how to get your nymph deep in small plunge pools.

Click the play button below to listen to part 1, the audio portion of this episode.


If you cannot see the podcast player, please click this link to listen.

 

Part 2 is a video where we have  tips on pike fishing (along with some shots of nice pike caught on a fly), courtesy of The New Fly Fisher TV show, the best how-to fly fishing show on TV right now (it’s on World Fishing Network and some PBS stations).

I know I learned a ton from interviewing Drew and watching the video and can’t wait to get at the pike this spring.

Click the READ MORE button, below, to watch the video and to leave suggestions on fly fishing for pike!

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Training Murph, Part VIII: Murph’s Excursion to the Country Store

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Murph and his new pal at the country store
Photo by Mimi Fersen

The snow is melting slowly but surely here in Vermont. The sun is out every once in a while, and Murph, Pickett, and I have been taking longer and longer walks. The concept of heel seems to be firmly ingrained in Murph now, and I am using it every chance I get to make sure it stays that way. I used to just make Murph sit calmly for his dinner, but now that he understands heel, I call both him and Pickett to heel before every meal. I make them sit and wait while I place both bowls, then I release them separately by name. One act, three lessons: heel, patience, and name recognition.

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Tuesday Tip: Adding Line to the Cast

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Learning to add line to the cast is the key to distance-casting.

photo by Steve Hemkens

In our last lesson, we learned how to control the line hand during casting, as well as how to “shoot” line by releasing the line at the end of the forward cast. After shooting the line, you then pinched the against the cork handle in what we call the “fishing position.”

 

Now we’re going to put lessons 1 and 2 together to learn how to add line to the cast during false casting. This is the skill that allows you to lengthen your casts after you’ve stripped line in.

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Snow’s Gone, Back on the Lawn

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. . .

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Friday Film Festival 03.18.11

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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!

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