The Great Lakes Under Siege

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” did an excellent segment on the threats posed by Asian carp to Great Lakes fisheries. Although only bass-and-walleye types are interviewed here, it’s clear that salmon, trout, and steelhead populations would be gravely affected if the voracious carp. . .

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New Buccaneers & Bones Trailer

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has released a trailer for the new season of “Buccaneers & Bones,” in which famous anglers such as Tom Brokaw, Thomas McGuane, and Michael Keaton travel to Belize to catch fish and talk about the conservation challenges facing the fishery. (Last season, the show was called “Pirates of the Flats.”) Episode 1 airs on the Outdoor Channel on December 26, and will air three times that week. Episodes 2 through 7 will air in the following weeks.

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How to Buy a Fly reel

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Choosing from among all the available reel models and sizes can be intimidating.
Photo Tim Bronson

A fly reel is a thing of beauty. Put one on a table in front of an angler and they will invariably pick it up, feel it, turn it, listen to the click, adjust the drag, and in essence fondle it. The longer they handle it, the better they like it. You can literally test the perceived quality of reels by the length of time anglers hold them. Reels are the jewels of the sport, and a great fly reel is something. . .

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The UV Ice Dub Baetis Nymph

Here’s a good video from the guys at the Oregon Fly Fishing Blog that demonstrates how to tie a simple yet enticing Baetis nymph. This should be a good pattern for winter fishing in small sizes.

What patterns are you tying this winter?

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The End of Fall

Nate battles a steelhead against a backdrop of fall leaves
Battling a Great Lakes steelhead against a backdrop of autumn leaves.
photo by Jim Lampros

Now that the snow is flying here in Vermont, as well as in many other parts of the country, even the chilly days of fall seem like the Good Ol’ Days. Jim Lampros, the fishing manager of the Orvis Cleveland store, sent us this musing on the first frost of the year: . . .

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Orvis Puppy Monday- Chocolates!

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - The Nethermead Puppies of Brooklyn
The Nethermead Puppies of Brooklyn
Stephen, Brooklyn
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 www.orvis.com/coverdog.
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Quail in the Epicenter of Plantation Hunting

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Rio Piedra hunters benefit from thousands of acres of managed habitat.

Bill Atchison is justifiably proud of Rio Piedra. Year after year it wins awards—including the Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year award an unprecedented three times. That’s purely based on customer feedback. In 2009 it won the Sporting Classics Hunting Lodge of the Year.

His secret? . . .

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