Fly-Fishing History, Part I

Gordon M. Wickstrom

Gordon M. Wickstrom at the London Fly Fisher’s Club.

photo by Linnea Wickstrom

Editor’s note: For the next few months, we will be featuring entries from Gordon M. Wickstrom’s The History of Fishing for Trout with Artificial Flies in Britain and America: A Chronology of Five Hundred Years, 1496 to 2000. In this chronology, Gordon marks significant events—the publication of seminal books, tackle developments, important social changes, the dissemination of trout species beyond their native ranges, etc.—on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Wickstrom is the author of Notes from an Old Fly Book (2001) and Late in an Angler’s Life (2004), editor of The Boulder Creek Angler newsletter, and writer and director of The Great Debate—A Fantasia for Anglers, an imagined debate between Frederic M. Halford and G. E. M. Skues.

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Podcast- 12 Steps to Better Summer Dry Fly Fishing

This week in the Fly Box section, we talk about rod actions, line sizes, sunscreen, and dry flies in high water. In the main event, we’ll give you some tips on summer dry flies, as summer is prime time for fishing on the surface.

We also have a great, new way to participate with The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast. Go to to participate in our online forum to suggest podcast ideas or discuss episodes.

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Tying the Black Ghost Marabou Streamer

I cut my teeth fly-fishing on Maine’s Rapid River for landlocked salmon and brook trout, and it was on that steep, tumbling freestoner that I first fell in love with traditional streamer patterns. Of course, the Rapid begins at Middle Dam, just a lake’s length from Upper Dam, the spot where Carrie Stevens invented her famous featherwing streamers, such as the Gray Ghost and the Colonel Bates. The Black Ghost was first tied by Herbert Welch, of Mooselookmeguntic, . . .

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In Memory of Rudy: Hope for a Canine Cancer Cure



Rudy was a wonderful, happy-go-lucky yellow Labrador retriever; my best friend. When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in May, 2010, I was shocked! How could this happen to a dog neutered at six months of age? Then I found out that the prognosis for this type of cancer is only about one month. With the help of our Board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist, Dr. Ronald Hodges, we were able to have three quality months with him; I will always treasure each day. Even though Rudy is gone, others may have a chance because of the work being done at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Foundation.


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Shirley Cleary, Master Painter, Uses Fly Fishing As a Subject

Shirley Cleary is a renowned painter who works mainly in oils. Many of her paintings use fly fishing as the subject, although she also paints outstanding landscapes and bird-hunting scenes. She is one of the modern masters represented in a recent book, The Fine Art of Angling: Ten Modern Masters.

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Fly-Fishing for Bowfin

The first time I ever heard of bowfin was a couple of years ago, when I was ice-fishing for pike on Lake Champlain with a couple of friends from Orvis—I didn’t work here yet—and a few of their friends. Several of the guys were members of a bass-fishing club that held events on the big lake, so while we waited for the tip-ups to go off, there was lots of discussion of the fishing to be had during warmer. . .

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Orvis Job Wall for July 5

The Orvis Home Office in Sunderland VT

The Orvis Home Office in Sunderland, VT

Today, we feature two of our California retail stores looking for people who can add their experience and passion to selling our great selection of fly-fishing gear! With more than 300 days of sun each year, the Pasadena and San Jose retail stores are great locations for someone interested in working for Orvis.

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Friday Film Festival 07.01.11

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Interweb for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, to kick off the long holiday weekend, we’ve got a wide array of tasty fishing action. You’ll see what it’s like to catch Atlantic salmon on dry flies, learn how to avoid becoming lunch while releasing a snook, and discover the majestic Murray cod from the. . .

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