Caesar Guerini Shotgun Wins Outdoor Life’s Editor’s Choice Award

Outdoor Life’s editors just announced in their 2011 Shotgun Review that this year’s shotgun of the year is the Caesar Guerini Ellipse Evo Light, a shotgun Orvis has been proud to carry and offer our customers since last year.

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 The workmanship on the EVO Light received and A+ from Outdoor Life 

As the editors of Outdoor Life put it: “If by some alchemy you could distill the essence of an upland bird gun and give it physical form, it might look something like the Ellipse Evo Light from Caesar Guerini, a sexy stunner that took top honors in this year’s hotly contested shotgun evaluation. It’s a classic 20-gauge over/under game gun with both British and Italian influences. The solid ribbing on the barrels, which are topped with a single brass bead, give the gun a clean, uncluttered elegance and contrast pleasantly with the gorgeous wood and handsome extensive engraving on the coin-finished receiver… The Ellipse Evo Light shoots as well as it looks. With 28-inch barrels and a lithe 5 1⁄2-pound weight, it got on our clay birds as fast as a diving falcon, and to the same deadly effect. To a person, we raved about its handling; each of us longed to carry it for wild quail or sword-tailed cock pheasants.”

That is heavy praise indeed coming from a staff of folks who know their shotguns inside and out. It is for these great reasons, and many more, that Orvis first chose to sell the EVO Light. It is a spectacular shotgun at a price that Outdoor Life ranks as as an extremely good value, especially for the A+ they annointed it with for both Workmanship and Performance.

If you are an upland hunter in search of the perfect 20 gauge over/under, Outdoor Life found it and Orvis offers it to you as the exclusive US retailer. Look no further than the Caeser Guerini Ellipse EVO Light. Get in touch with Orvis Gun Room Manager John Rano today at 802-362-2580 or

Learn more about this great shotgun at our online Gun Room.

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Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Contest and Help Fight Canine Cancer

Enter your dog in our Cover Dog Contest to help battle canine cancer and for your chance to get your dog’s photo on an Orvis catalog or to win a $500 gift card! Orvis had helped raise nearly $500,000 dollars to fight canine cancer through our Cover Dog Contest. Each time someone votes online for a favorite photo, they donate $1 directly to Morris Animal Foundation‘s Canine Cancer Campaign. Enter today, and vote too!

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Chloe on the run!

Photo by – Amy, Maineville

Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Photo contest for your chance to put your dog on a future cover of the The Orvis Dog Book catalog, win a $500 gift card from Orvis and help us beat canine cancer! Enter online at


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Tuesday Tip: 5 Keys to Rod Safety

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Keep your rods in their tubes until you are ready to go fishing. Leaning your rods
against the car while you wader-up can lead to disaster.(Dramatization.)

photo by Craig Fellin

Sure most fly rods come with a lifetime guarantee these days, but breaking your rod can be a real drag. It often means a ruined trip and some down time, while you wait for repairs. Here are 5 ways you can protect your favorite rod:

1. Keep it in its tube until you are ready to go fishing….

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Picture of the Day 05.23.11

Chris Courtney with a huge Muskegon brown

Chris Courtney of Arizona experienced a little Michigan Magic on the Muskegon River over the weekend when he brought this monster brown to the boat.

photo courtesy Matt Supinski

Matt Supinski of Gray Drake Outfitters sent in this great picture along with a note:

Check out this Muskegon River brown trout pig! Guide Jeff Bacon got it with our client Chris Courtney from Arizona stripping a chinook salmon parr streamer. The trout was a resident 29-inch, 9/10-pounder, not a lake-run fish!”

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Orvis Supports the Ambergis Caye Eco Challenge

The mangrove and reef ecosystem around Ambergris Caye is one of the most productive fly-fishing locations in Belize with vital habitat for bonefish, permit and tarpon. When Ali Flota, owner of the Orvis-endorsed El Pescador Lodge approached Orvis Travel about supporting the Ambergris Caye Eco Challenge to promote conservation and awareness of the complex ecosystem, we donated a $500 gift card. It went to the most Eco-Friendly Team. The winners are Irvin Chacon and Shadany Bradley.

The 42-mile, two-day kayak race, which attracts dozens of participants from across the country, is designed to promote awareness, protection and the conservation of mangroves, lagoons, reefs and the diverse species found in Belize. The race starts on the stunning lagoon side of Ambergris Caye and finishes the next day in San Pedro where a celebration awaits participants, including everything from barbecue and ceviche competitions to live music.



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Friday Film Festival 05.20.11

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Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we start off with a wonderful father-daughter experience during Utah’s green-drake hatch and end with another uplifting story, about the rise of California Trout as an important conservation force protecting trout and salmon. In between, we’ve got a nice mix of freshwater, saltwater, and warmwater. And, as usual, there are more hijinx from our Scandinavian pals, who will make you think of Whitney Houston in a completely different way. Enjoy!

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Orvis Job Wall for May 20, 2011

The Orvis Home Office in Sunderland VT

The Orvis Home Office in Sunderland, VT

This week, we wanted to shine a light on the tremendous opportunities available within our retail organization. Orvis currently has 50 stores nationwide, with another 20 stores in the UK, and 10 outlets throughout the US.  Many of you may have taken an Orvis trip or experienced a time with one of our guides.  Perhaps you have been a catalog or online customer.

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Trout Bum of the Week VII: Jamie Rouse

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Arkansas guide Jamie Rouse (right) with a true tailwater hog.

photo courtesy Jamie Rouse

Jamie Rouse discovered in college that he wasn’t cut out for a “real world” job, so he embarked on a guiding career that took him from Arkansas to Alaska and back again. Over the years, he has learned how to “pursue a wide variety of species in a wide variety of water conditions for a wide variety of anglers.” This knowledge has helped him build Jamie Rouse Fly Fishing Adventures into one of the most respected guide services on the big Arkansas tailwaters: the Little Red, the White, and the Norfork.

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Ten Tips for Preparing for a Day on the Water

This week we answer a listener’s question about a day in the life of an experienced fly fisher–but more how to prepare for a day than what he or she would actually do once on the water, which can vary greatly from day to day or on different kinds of waters. In this week’s fly box, we talk about what color is most visible on attractor fly wings (you will be as surprised as I was!), how to pick the right reel seat, and what color to choose on attractor flies. Plus Phil Monahan updates us on the latest juicy bits from the Orvis blog.

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Guide Tip: 3 Ways to Find New Water

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Even on a river as popular as the Madison, you can find solitude if
you’re willing to walk far from the parking area.

photo by Philip Monahan

At the end of April, I and several hundred other Orvis-endorsed fishing guides headed to Casper, Wyoming, for a week’s worth of fishing and camaraderie. As I made my steady descent out of the high country of the Colorado Rockies into the bustling metropolis of Denver, I stared in amazement at the sheer abundance of urban sprawl. I make the drive all the time, and I always find myself wondering where all these people came from and how many more are coming. For most of us in the lower 48, the last couple of decades have been a sobering realization that the good ol’ days of uncrowded. . .

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