Tying the Parachute Ant

The Parachute Ant is among the most productive terrestrial dry-fly patterns you can carry. On the freestone mountain streams of Vermont, where I fish for native brook trout, this ant pattern is killer. The fish love it, and it’s easy to see, whether it’s floating in foam, a riffle, or a dark shadow under a bush. And since I mostly fish after work, a small fly that I can see in low light is a big advantage.

 

 

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Enter to Win a FREE Dog Bed in our “Help Us Help Dogs” Contest

Like you, we at Orvis love our dogs, and we love to help them. Through our Dog Photo Contest and our partnership with Morris Animal Foundation, we’ve helped raise nearly a half million dollars for canine cancer research. But there is so much more we wish to do. In fact, there are so many worthy causes for our canine friends that we are asking you, our customer, to help us choose a worthy cause and making a fun contest of it. Click READ MORE below and in the comments section of the blog post leave us a suggestion for a cause we can support to help better the lives of dogs. Other visitors can then “like” your comment by clicking the “thumbs up” next to it. Encourage folks to vote. The customer whose suggestion gets the most votes by Monday, June 6 at 4 PM eastern wins a FREE Orvis Dog Bed, and may well have given us the next cause Orvis supports to help dogs. Have fun!

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Tuesday Tip: Stretch for Success

If you haven’t been out fishing for a few months, weeks, or even days, chances are that your line has settled into a series of coils from being on your reel for so long. When you peel line off the spool, you can see how the line’s “memory” causes it to coil on the ground. (The core and coating. . .

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Bonus Friday Video: The Trout Bum

Our own Simon Perkins–who guides for PRO Outfitters in Helena, Montana–put together this fantastic video from footage he shot during a trip to Patagonia. Orvis will be using the video to promote the Trout Bum line of clothing, designed for when you’re kicking back around the fire after a long day on the river. Simon’s video really captures the “Trout Bum” ethos, and the footage itself is gorgeous. I could watch that one dry fly take (at about :38, when the music really kicks in) over and over again. Pass it on.

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Little Dog Lost Finds Way Home After Two Months

What a funny and heartwarming story about a little dog lost; with a happy, and tech-savvy, Hollywood (OK, Fresno) ending. Turns out a microchip in Coco means that after being missing for two months he’ll be back with his family. Microchips are a great way to keep track of your dog. So is theOrvis Personalized Dog Collar with your phone number and the dog’s name on it. It’s a best-seller for a reason. Enjoy this upbeat tale as you start your weekend.

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Friday Film Festival 05.27.11

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 span the globe, from New Zealand to Iceland to Idaho. There are plenty of great shots of big trout eating dry flies, as well as some sweet aerial tarpon action. This oughta get you pumped up for a long weekend on the water. Enjoy!

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Fly Fishing 101 on TV

As we posted yesterday, Orvis is offering FREE fly-fishing lessons through a program 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. One such program at the Orvis Store in Dedham, Massachusetts, was featured on New England Cable News yesterday. Watch Orvis Dedham Fishing Manager Ty Patton work his magic.

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10 Waters to Watch – and to Save

The National Fish Habitat Action Plan has unveiled the 2011 10 “Waters to Watch” list, a collection of rivers, streams, lakes and estuaries that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition over the next year. 

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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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