Trout Bum of the Week VIII: Dave Jensen

Dave Jensen started fishing before he started first grade, and it’s been central to his life ever since. He now runs Flyfish Alberta and Fortress Lake Retreat with his wife Amelia. In May, they were named 2011 Orvis-Endorsed Expedition of the Year. When they’re not hosting clients, the Jensens like to kick back, relax, and watch a little TV. I’m kidding, of course; in fact, . . .

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Fighting Tarpon, Bones and the Wind (and Losing to all of Them) in Key Largo


Author Sarah Hoog on a Much Better Day

The wind keeps blowing and I keep spazzing out, this is just the way it goes. During the Bonefish Bonnie’s flats tournament on the 20th the wind blew a non-cooperative 20 knots and really caused trouble for most of the anglers. I fished with my husband guiding me and I managed to hook and release a small redfish on fly and had a second one on that I lost two feet from the leader, bye bye 50 points! I casted to a few other schools of reds and some snook, but had no takers.

Later in the afternoon we made our way to the flats in Biscayne Bay to try for some bones before lines out at 4pm. With 4 minutes to go I hook up to what we are sure is a bonefish on fly, he ate a nice little crab fly and took off. This was the first time all day I was able to see the fish and cast right to it, so I was feeling pretty good about it, maybe even a little cocky. A few minutes into the fight we get close to the fish and it turns side to us and I say, “Why is there a jack where my bonefish should be?” Oh, well! Needless to say, it was a good fight but no points! The winners of the Tournament caught 5 snook on live shrimp and top lady angler caught two bonefish on shrimp. I’m pretty sure I was the only dummy fly fishing in that wind, but what can I say, I’m addicted!

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Fighting Tarpon, Bones and the Wind (and Losing to all of Them) in Key Largo


Author Sarah Hoog on a Much Better Day

The wind keeps blowing and I keep spazzing out, this is just the way it goes. During the Bonefish Bonnie’s flats tournament on the 20th the wind blew a non-cooperative 20 knots and really caused trouble for most of the anglers. I fished with my husband guiding me and I managed to hook and release a small redfish on fly and had a second one on that I lost two feet from the leader, bye bye 50 points! I casted to a few other schools of reds and some snook, but had no takers.

Later in the afternoon we made our way to the flats in Biscayne Bay to try for some bones before lines out at 4pm. With 4 minutes to go I hook up to what we are sure is a bonefish on fly, he ate a nice little crab fly and took off. This was the first time all day I was able to see the fish and cast right to it, so I was feeling pretty good about it, maybe even a little cocky. A few minutes into the fight we get close to the fish and it turns side to us and I say, “Why is there a jack where my bonefish should be?” Oh, well! Needless to say, it was a good fight but no points! The winners of the Tournament caught 5 snook on live shrimp and top lady angler caught two bonefish on shrimp. I’m pretty sure I was the only dummy fly fishing in that wind, but what can I say, I’m addicted!

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Getting Started in Bamboo from FlyFishergirl.com

Want to make your onw cane rod? It’s no small feat, but Kathy Scott over at FlyFisher Girl has some good advice for those just getting started.

Unlike the early days of the craft, even the first hundred years, some good resources are readily available. There’s a lot to be said for independence, but you should also be the type of person who considers the journey a key part of the experience. This approach could add considerably to the 60 hours or so it takes to complete a cane rod.

Read more on her blog here.

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Getting Started in Bamboo from FlyFishergirl.com

Want to make your onw cane rod? It’s no small feat, but Kathy Scott over at FlyFisher Girl has some good advice for those just getting started.

Unlike the early days of the craft, even the first hundred years, some good resources are readily available. There’s a lot to be said for independence, but you should also be the type of person who considers the journey a key part of the experience. This approach could add considerably to the 60 hours or so it takes to complete a cane rod.

Read more on her blog here.

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Fly-Fishing 101 in Richmond

Fly Fishing 101. Free Lessons at Orvis

Sunday’s FF101 class at Orvis Richmond braved the elements to learn to fly fish.

photo by Duber Winters

If you haven’t heard about it yet, Orvis is offering FREE fly-fishing lessons through programs called Fly Fishing 101, which teaches fly casting and outfit rigging. These small classes are held at Orvis stores and participating fly shops in 37 states and Canada, so chances are there’s one near you. Graduates can move on to FF201, which includes a short outing on the water for a chance to. . .

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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 ranoj@orvis.com

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 www.orvis.com/coverdog.

 

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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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