Somewhere in the Neighborhood of Six Tips on Sinking Lines – A Black Diamond Episode

Tom goes into great detail in this podcast on sinking lines. This is advanced stuff, but plenty for everyone here.

In the FLY BOX section, Tom touches on how to remove ice from the guides on your rod, casting around objects and gives a couple pointers on choosing a good fishing guide.

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Friday Film Festival 01.21.11

Marlin To Fly: Vintage IGFA Video from Costa Sunglasses on Vimeo.



Welcome to the Friday Film Festival. We’re kicking things off with some amazing archival footage, from the IGFA, of the very first striped marlin landed on a fly rod. How often do you get to see such a first? The boats and tackle seem primitive by today’s standards, but Doc Robinson’s pioneering methods of teasing the fish to the boat are still used today. His wife, Helen, looks like a. . .

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Canine Cancer Hits Home at Orvis


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Willow and Riley, 2010

We found out on Christmas Eve that Willow, our daughter Riley’s six-month-old golden retriever, had cancer. She was Riley’s best friend since we picked her up this summer. We waited until after Christmas to break the news. Needless to say Riley was devastated.

Riley asked a couple of times if we were sure that she couldn’t be saved. Unfortunately, the answer for Willow was “no”. All we could do was love her as much as we could in the time she had. Riley did just that, she got up before the sun and took Willow out, fed her, and then played with her all day. The only breaks taken were for Willow to catch a nap while Riley’s snow clothes dried out.

We lost Willow a couple weeks ago, two weeks to the day of getting the news. Riley kept Willow’s toys. Every night she puts them on her bed in the spot where her pup used to sleep.

This was heartbreaking for my family, but it hit home for me as an Orvis associate how important the Orvis commitment to helping end canine cancer is. I’m grateful, as well, to all of you, our customers, for your help in curing canine cancer. Thank you.

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In the Loop 01.20.11

If you’re headed to the tropics for bonefish this winter or plan to try for salmon in Alaska next summer, you’re going to have to learn to cast into the wind. Here are a couple of helpful tips from a Cayman Islands fishing guide. 

fish icon A study commissioned by Trout Unlimited to assess the combined value of sport, commercial, subsistence, and hatchery fisheries in Southeast Alaska has determined that these activities top $986 million and account for nearly 11 percent of the region’s jobs.  According to Trout Unlimited communications director Paula Dobbyn, “The bottom line, it is a huge economic driver of the economy, and we hope the forest service will take this information and really move forward with its. . .

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Striper Slaughter at Sea

This week, the Charlotte edition of Examiner.com published a hard-hitting story by Jeffrey Weeks on the slaughter of striped bass by commercial trawlers off the coast of North Carolina. The video above, posted on Sunday, purports to show the results of commercial fishermen culling. . .

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Preventive Heartworm Measures Still a Necessity, Especially for Outdoor Dogs

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We all want to make sure our dogs are as healthy as possible and do our best to prevent them from picking up ticks, fleas, and from getting heartworm.If you have a dog that spends a lot of time outdoors, its exposure to heartworm increases.

A recent study at California State University at Fresno, funded by Morris Animal Foundation, showed that heartworm prevention is still an important part of a well-rounded health plan for dogs in the Western states, especially if the dogs spend a lot of time outside.

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Shooting Made Simple

Recently, I have heard a few shooters, on the front deck, chattering about different shootings styles and techniques. One conversation struck me as particularly odd. A gentleman mentioned to his friend that recently he had made a big break through with his shooting. His friend inquired as to what the epiphany might have been. The gentleman responded, “I am focusing on the target now when I shoot.” I found the comment puzzling. I have seen this man shoot before and he is a reasonably good shot. What has he been looking at for all these years? The gun.

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Dream Ranch Lives Up to Its Name in Alabama

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Dream Ranch

We recently added a new endorsed hunting lodge in northeast Alabama called Dream Ranch. It’s located on a hill overlooking Lake Guntersville and that in itself is significant; I’ll tell you why in a minute. Dream Ranch is a family-owned operation and I called manager Austin Ainsworth to see what they have to offer. It was a bit more than I expected. While they offer great quail hunting, there are some unique opportunities there that make made it stand out for me.

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Fly Fishing 101 at the Sacramento ISE Show this Weekend

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Two brothers learn the finer points of fly casting at the Orvis Fly Fishing 101
booth at the Denver ISE.

photo by Hutch Hutchinson

Wow, the Denver International Sportsman’s Expo was spectacular. We had more than 165 people come to the Orvis booth and attend our 45-minute Orvis Fly Fishing 101 classes. Men, women and kids of all ages participated. Most already knew how to fish with spinning gear, but they wanted to learn how to use a different type of tool to extend their fishing time and enhance the experience. Everyone walked away with little bag of goodies, information on what and where. . .

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Fly Tying with My Daughter

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Young Alex ties her first fly with her dad.

[Editor’s note: Here’s an email we received from a reader named Jeff, who had listened to Tom Rosenbauer’s podcast on  Fly Tying with Kids and put Tom’s advice to work.]

Hey Tom!

I decided to follow the advice you gave in the “Fly Tying With Kids”podcast and gave my six year old daughter Alex her first session at the vise this afternoon.

We have a fairly large kitchen table, which let me set up a tying space for each of us. Prior to “The Big Event,” I collected several baggies of materials just for her—some chenille, marabou, and peacock herl, among others. The largest hook I have is a size 8 streamer, which turned out to be. . .

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