Tying the Prince Nymph

In a recent poll of fly-fishing professionals asking them to identify their favorite searching nymphs, the Prince Nymph was one of the most popular choices. Although some argue that this style of nymph originated with Don and Dick Olson of Bemidji, minnesota, it is named for Doug Prince, a California tier of the 1940s. This pattern works great as a caddisfly nymph, a small. . .

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast; The Ten Most Endangered Rivers in America

American Rivers has released their annual, Orvis-sponsored Most Endangered Rivers list. Since Tom is out of the office this week, we thought it was a good opportunity for a podcast episode with American Rivers’ Senior Director of River Protection, David Moryc. We Skyped together just this afternoon and I think it turned out pretty well.

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Murph Part XV: Training with Two Dogs

Yesterday, I brought both Pickett and Murph to work for two reasons. One, Pickett is getting fat and lazy sitting at home, and two, he seems a bit depressed lately as I walk out of the house every day with Murph. I’m no dog psychologist, but it’s easy to see he’s not all that happy. Undoubtedly my attention to Murph is pushing it, but being a sole trainer with two dogs, I need to figure out a way to work with both of them.

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Tuesday Tip: Look Before You Fish

Look before you fish

A pair of anglers surveys the stretch of river they’re about to fish.

photo by Sandy Hays

One of the more common mistakes that guides see is an angler stumbling into a river before taking a few minutes to figure out what’s going on. Observation is an undervalued tool, and too many fly fishermen skip this first step because they assume that they know what’s happening on the water. Maybe they fished the same spot yesterday or perhaps a guy at the local shop explained. . .

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Watch TU’s “On the Rise” Show on the Battenkill

Check out this week’s episode of TU’s “On the Rise” (trailer above) which takes place on the Battenkill and at the Orvis fly rod shop in Manchester, Vermont. Over the past several years, Orvis has raised more than $100,000 to help TU and the state of Vermont restore key in-stream cover to the famous Battenkill. The result is a success story, with restored stretches seeing fish returning in. . .

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Scary Decline in Striper Stocks



striped bass

Peter Brannen of the Martha’s Vineyard Gazzette wrote a great piece on the drastic decline in striped bass stocks that has state and federal officials scrambling to protect the fish, but many recreational fishermen say the government isn’t moving fast enough.

“It’s really scary,” said Cooper (Coop) Gilkes 3rd, owner of Coop’s Bait and Tackle shop in Edgartown, who has seen the haul from the annual June catch-and-release striper tournament fall dramatically. “At one point we had somewhere between 1,500 and 2,000 fish weighed in on one night. Last year there were 100 and it’s like a staircase going all the way down to last year. It’s just dropped every year.”

Last year, Mr. Gilkes said the annual springtime sea worm hatch in the Island’s coastal ponds — an event that historically attracts stripers by the hundreds — had “just about failed” after years of under-performance.

“It’s mind-boggling that we could get to this point with everybody watching,” he said.

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High Water Success at Holter Dam

Holter Dam Hog 2

When runoff causes the rivers of southwestern Montana to swell, Toby Swank
heads to the tailwater of the Missouri River below Holter Dam.

photo by Toby Swank

Tis the season for high water here in southwest Montana now that our spring melt is finally under way. Unless you’re fishing stillwaters, tailwaters, or a spring creek, chances are that you’re going to be looking at some very dirty water. It looks like the high water will be here for a while, as most of the mountain ranges in the region are well above their long-term averages in both snowpack and moisture levels. That said, there is still some great fishing to be found; it just requires a little different thought process and some variations of standard techniques.

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Stoking the Fire for the Next Generation


Orvis Eastern ELOG Coordinator Scott McEnaney shows off a trophy
rainbow trout for a youngster.

photo by Lauren Mazzotta

Last week, Orvis held its semi-annual Kids Fishing Derby at the ponds beside the flagship retail store in Manchester, Vermont. It’s an opportunity to introduce kids to the joys of fly fishing, as well as a way for the folks at the store to remove some of the larger fish from the population to ensure the health of all. This year’s deby was quite a success, although those big ol’ trout are awfully wily and more difficult to catch than you’d image a semi-“tame” fish to be. All the kids had a wonderful time, as evidenced by the big smiles in the pictures below.

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Catch Orvis on TU’s On the Rise Show

Check out this week’s episode of TU’s On the Rise (trailer above) which takes place on the Battenkill and at the Orvis fly rod shop. Over the past several years, Orvis has raised more than $100,000 to help TU and the state of Vermont restore key in-stream cover to the famous Battenkill. The result is a success story, with restored stretches seeing fish returning in strong numbers; up to a 500% increase in some stretches. In this episode of On the Rise, Orvis CEO Perk Perkins speaks with host Jed Fiebelkorn about the Orvis Commitment to conservation. I was lucky enough to fish with Jed and show him some of the restored water. We caught some nice fish and had a great fall morning of fishing and wandering the river. You can watch the entire show this week on the Sportsman Channel.

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Friday (the13th!) Film Festival 05.13.11

Friday 13

Welcome to the Friday the 13th edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we’ve got Atlantic salmon on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, barramundi Down Under, native brookies in the Shenandoah, and lots more. Don’t worry: there’s nothing too scary. (Thanks to Orvis designer extraordinaire James Daley for tweaking our logo to match the occasion.) Enjoy the show!

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