In this week’s On the Rise episode, host Jed Fiebelkorn visits the Klamath River and fishes for its wild steelhead. The Klamath has faced may challenges in the past (and today) but much is being done to help restore this famed river. Check out some great fishing and even better conservation work this week on the Sportman Channel. What’s your favorite river in need of restoration and protection?
“Big fly, big fish” may be an old adage, but it’s as true now as ever. The bigger the protein source, the farther a big fish will move for it to get a protein fix. I’ve caught plenty of good fish on RS2s and other size 20 flies, but mostly on spring creeks and tailwaters, where you sight-fish and have to all but hit the trout on the nose. In faster, heavier, deeper, or cloudy water, a big trout isn’t. . .
Murph (l) and Pickett (r) sit calmly with Mimi Fersen
Now that Murph is six months old it’s time to expand his horizons a bit and begin to inject the retrieve a bit more as that’s what he’s here for. That’s not to say I’m going to stand out there and toss marks for him for an hour, but I’m beginning to inject short retrieves and even the first hand signals into his routine and he is responding well.
The author with a spring hog from the Pere Marquette.
photo courtesy Chris Raines
As a full-time fly-fishing guide on the Pere Marquette River in northern Michigan, I enjoy year-round fishing to a variety of species of trout, salmon, and steelhead. As the spring steelhead guiding season winds down in late April/early May, the fishing pressure drops and some of the best trout fishing of the year is at hand.
June 1980 marked my third year fishing the Battenkill and also the third year of my fledgling fly-fishing career. The previous fall, I had acquired my first bamboo rod after having spent the summer cutting lawns and saving up to earn the asking price for the rod, $175. It was a 7 ½ foot 5-weight Orvis Midge characterized by a rich brown coloring brought out by the hand flaming process. . .
We all love our new puppy, but not always that new puppy “smell.” Housebreaking a pup can be a challenge. But this Woman’s Day article gives tips from dog expert Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic Channel’s popular Dog Whisperer show. It makes housebreaking your new puppy a cinch. We listed the six steps below, but check out the Woman’s Day article to get the details.
The first Friday of May brought Vermont’s annual Green Up Day, and folks here at Orvis took the afternoon off to walk the roadsides and clean up the trash left behind over the winter. It’s amazing what we find each year…
Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we offer some fine videos from destinations as diverse as Sweden, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Yellowstone National Park. You may also see an angler casting to a species you never thought of as fly-rod quarry. Enjoy!
In this week’s podcast, the main event is The Dawn Patrol, on the pleasures, perils, and advantages of getting up as early as a turkey hunter to get some of the best fly fishing of the season. We’ll discuss dawn fishing for trout, tarpon, stripers, bonefish, permit, and steelhead. In this weeks’ fly box we’ll explore small stream trout rods, a couple tips for fighting fish, and how to fish alongside your buddies.
If you are within driving distance of Manchester, Vermont on Saturday, May 7, I will be speaking at the Northshire Bookstore with Orvis Fly Fishing Guide producer, James Hathaway, to read from my new book “The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing”. It all starts at 7pm. Would love to see you there!
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