In the Loop 9.21.10

The editor of Angling Trade magazine, Kirk Deeter, picks the Orvis Shoe-In—a flip-flop big enough to fit over your wading boots—as one of the coolest new products on display at the recent International Fly Tackle Dealer show in Denver. The Shoe-In is designed to let anglers wearing studded boots fish from a drift boat…

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Orvis Dog of the Day – Scout!



Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Scout

Orvis Cover Dog Contest – Scout!
“On the lookout”

– Dan, Glastonbury

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 https://www.orvis.com/coverdog

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Meet the Fly-Fishing Editor

Welcome to the OrvisNews.Com fly-fishing blog, where you can get a daily dose of news, tips, lessons, and more! Although Orvis is behind this great new venture, our content will not be Orvis-exclusive. Instead, we aim to cover the entirety of the sport, bringing you cool stories, videos, and pictures from around the angling world. We’ll take advantage of a large network of…

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In Praise of Ugly Streamers

It was a brutal summer in Vermont, and the Battenkill has been running so low and warm that everyone I know stopped fishing it in
August for fear of over-stressing the trout. But recently, nighttime air temperatures have started dipping into the 40s, and the leaves on the maples are beginning to turn—sure signs that fall is here. The Tricos, which started coming off last month, are winding down. They’re the last big hatch of the year on the ’kill, bringing fish to the surface again to feed on spinnerfalls at dusk…

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The Future of Felt

Face it: the Age of Felt is coming to an end, and anglers will simply have to adjust. Biologists have known for years that felt soles serve as vectors for all manner of aquatic nuisance species (ANS), from whirling disease to didymo, and various attempts at solving or at least ameliorating the problem have been proposed—sprays, boot baths at boat ramps, public-education campaigns, and the like. Yet the ANS problem persists, so states such as Alaska and Vermont have passed bans on felt soles to take effect in the near future, with more such legislation from other states expected soon. (New Zealand was way ahead of the curve,…

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The Trouble with Brook Trout, Part I

The historic range of the Eastern brook trout in the U.S. stretches from the northern tip of Maine to the high country of northern Georgia, and from Minnesota to the Atlantic. Unfortunately, with the first appearance of Europeans on these shores, the waters that supported brook trout began to suffer from dams, deforestation, and siltation. Add in poor agricultural practices, road building, mine runoff, acid precipitation,…

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Conservation News 9.20.10

The proposed Pebble Mine isn’t the only place where gold mining could damage a fishery. Since four dams on Oregon’s Rogue River were removed in recent years, gold-seekers with suction dredgers have moved in to sift through the gravel that had built up behind the dams for decades. Many of these gold-seekers are from out of state and have come to Oregon because California banned the practice last year….

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In the Loop 9.20.10

The Fly Fishing Hall of Fame in Livingston Manor, New York, has announced the 2010 inductees: Art Lee, author of author of Fishing Dry Flies for Trout on Rivers and Streams; John Randolph, longtime editor of Fly Fisherman magazine; Louis Rhead, and Englishman whose books The Speckled Brook Trout and American Trout Stream Insects are considered important to the development of the sport; and the iconoclastic Jack Gartside, innovative tier and writer, who died last year.

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Pebble Mine of the East?

For a few years now, fly fishermen have been committed to stopping construction of the Pebble Mine, which threatens the salmon runs—and the entire ecosystem—of Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Felt Soul Media’s film Red Gold has helped to spread the word about the potential damage that could result from an accident at such a huge mine. But even much smaller extractive practices can do irreparable harm to fish and wildlife. In recent years, oil companies have been devoting more and more resources to getting at the huge amount of natural gas stored in the Marcellus Shale formation, which lies beneath some of the more fragile brook-trout habitat in the East. A unique geological formation more that 400 million years old—stretching from Columbus, Ohio, to Albany, New York, and south into northeastern Tennessee—the Marcellus Shale doesn’t give up its natural gas easily,…

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