Picture of the Day: Family Affair

Family Affair

Orvis Western ELOG Director Tom Evenson and his son Oscar show off a nice
Owyhee brown trout that fell for a small grasshopper pattern.

photo by Bonnie Evenson

Tom Evenson, director of the Orvis-Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, & Guides (ELOG) Program for the western U.S., sent us this great picture and a story to go with it: . . .

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Picture(s) of the Day: Huge Big Hole River Brown Trout II

Big Hole Monster 1

This aged, 27-inch brown trout was taken from a high-and-muddy Big Hole River.

photo by Chuck Page

On Tuesday, we posted pictures of a monster brown trout caught by a novice angler on the Big Hole in Montana. She was part of a group of female anglers known as The Quality Chicks (check out their story over on the Women in Fly Fishing blog). Well, the saga doesn’t end there. Here’s another update from Wade Fellin, of Big Hole Lodge:

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Friday Film Festival 07.15.11


Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we travel from New Zealand to Iceland, and from Florida to Kiribati. If you’re interested in the ways that fish feed, we’ve got a couple of gems for you—featuring some extremely hungry tarpon and. . .

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Yellowstone River Oil Spill Update

yellowstone river

The Yellowstone River

The EPA updated its site yesterday regarding ExxonMobil’s clean-up plan for the oil spill on the Yellowstone River, which, though it did affect ranchers and other landowners, has NOT affected fishing. In part, the EPA stated: . . .

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Podcast- Getting the Most out of Summertime Fly Fishing

In this week’s fly box, I mention a tip on mending line that I just got from a guide, a recommendation for how to choose a rod for nymphing, and 10 tips for reeling in and playing fish. For the main part of the podcast, I give some recommendations for high summer fishing–for having more fun, getting in more fishing time, and broadening your horizons.

We also have a great, new way to participate with The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast. Go to orvis.com/podcastfeedback to participate in our online forum to suggest podcast ideas or discuss episodes.

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“It’s finally here!”

Salmonflies on the Madison

Salmonflies cluster on streamside vegetation along the Madison River above Ennis. The combination of dropping flows and huge bugs means killer fishing ahead.

photo by Toby Swank

After a wild and unpredictable couple of months, it now seems like things are settling down and our season is finally underway here in southwestern Montana. The runoff is almost over, and flows on rivers such as the Gallatin and Madison have been dropping at a rapid rate. Just a week ago, we were all wondering when it would happen, and then all of a sudden…it’s here!

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Fly-Fishing History, Part II

Gordon M. Wickstrom

Gordon M. Wickstrom at the London Fly Fisher’s Club.

photo by Linnea Wickstrom

Editor’s note: For the next few months, we will be featuring entries from Gordon M. Wickstrom’s The History of Fishing for Trout with Artificial Flies in Britain and America: A Chronology of Five Hundred Years, 1496 to 2000. In this chronology, Gordon marks significant events—the publication of seminal books, tackle developments, important social changes, the dissemination of trout species beyond their native ranges, etc.—on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Wickstrom is the author of Notes from an Old Fly Book (2001) and Late in an Angler’s Life (2004), editor of The Boulder Creek Angler newsletter, and writer and director of The Great Debate—A Fantasia for Anglers, an imagined debate between Frederic M. Halford and G. E. M. Skues.

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4 Facts about Chemotherapy Help You Make Good Dog Care Choices

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Sophie & Chloe

The word “chemotherapy” comes loaded with emotional baggage, and this itself is often a barrier for dog owners as they face decisions about treating their pets with cancer. Almost everyone has heard some bad stories about canine chemotherapy. As always, a bit of understanding and frank discussion about what’s really going on are helpful. These four facts about chemotherapy should help pet owners to understand what their veterinarian is proposing and, therefore, allow owners a more certain basis for important decision-making.

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Tying the Elk-Hair Caddis

In many parts of the country, mayfly hatches are dwindling, and midsummer means caddisflies. For decades, the standard by which all caddisfly patterns have been judged has been Al Troth’s Elk-Hair Caddis, which first came to the fly-fishing public’s attention in a 1978 article in Fly Tyer
(but which Troth had been tying for some years). In the article, Troth claimed that he had set out to develop a wet fly for his Pennsylvania streams, but his design ended up floating so well that. . .

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Yellowstone River Oil Spill Update

yellowstone river

The Yellowstone River

The EPA updated its site yesterday regarding ExxonMobil’s clean-up plan for the oil spill on the Yellowstone River, which, though it did affect ranchers and other landowners, has NOT affected fishing. In part, the EPA stated:

“Over the weekend, ExxonMobil delivered a draft work plan to EPA. The work plan contains seven elements. EPA has determined three of those elements require further clarification and scope definition by the company. EPA has instructed ExxonMobil to provide a revised plan within the week. Those three areas that will be addressed are the oil recovery containment, source release area, and remediation sections of the plan.”

UPDATE: Jason Elkins of Orvis Travel notes that fly fishermen traveling to Montana have little to fear from the oil slick. “Although this is a serious issue, trout fishermen may be relieved to know that the spill is located far downstream from any trout habitat. Anglers planning to fish in Yellowstone Park or on the Yellowstone River this summer will not be impacted by the oil spill.”

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