Quail season in Georgia is getting underway and having grown up there, I was feeling a little homesick, particularly this time of year. I called Todd Rogers at Wynfield Plantation just to get a little southern accent fix and talk about quail hunting. “We’re just getting underway. I’ve got some European guests here just getting ready to go out and the hunting is looking great for this year.Read More
New Biography of Wes Jordan
Photo from the Orvis Archives
It is very rare when we get the opportunity to hear the inside story about one of the great fishing-tackle legends. But this is exactly what we get with William H. Jordan’s new book Jordan the Rodmaker: A Biography of Wesley D. Jordan at Cross – South Bend – Orvis. Wes Jordan needs no introduction to anyone who has done any serious fly angling. Maker of incredible (and ahead-of- their-time) fly rods from 1921-1926 at Cross Rod & Tackle at Lynn, MA, Wes Jordan moved to South Bend, Indiana and set up the rod shop for South Bend Tackle Company, which he ran until 1938, producing upwards of 5,000 rods per week. In 1939 he moved to Manchester, Vermont…Read More
Saying Goodbye to Ol’ Rupe
I had to put Ol’ Rupe down the other day. It was really hard – harder than I had imagined. I guess the guy had curled himself around my heart tighter than I knew. But I also knew that with Ol’ Rupe being 14 1/2 years old as an English Pointer that this might be his last autumn, so I flew him out to Montana at the end of August to spend the glorious month of September to accompany me on days afield and astream.Read More
Early Morning Hooky on the Battenkill
Another gorgeous October morning here in Vermont. Only two weeks left of trout season, so Phil Monahan and I got up before light and met at a stretch on the Battenkill that we both like (which does not equate to a stretch where we consistently catch the river’s wild brown trout…there is not such stretch, for us anyway). A cold night in the thirties meant fog on the river first thing. Jumped some wood ducks first thing and thought maybe I should have hung up the rod and gone with the shotgun instead….Read More
Pond-Testing New Switch Rods
photo by Phil Monahan
Bull Trout Critical Habitat Expanded
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service this week greatly expanded protections for waterways critical to the restoration of bull trout in the Northwest. This video by USFWS explains the many challenges bull-trout populations face across their native range.Read More
Double Barrel Podcast – Training Your Gun Dog Part 3
In the third part of the four part series with Mike Stewart from Wildrose Kennels we cover more advanced training techniques and guidelines to continue to shape your gun dog to the ultimate field companion. (Part 1, Part 2)
Listen to this episode by clicking the play button below and subscribe to future podcasts at www.orvis.com/podcast!
On the River Test
River Test Project from Matt Dunkinson on Vimeo.
English photographer Matt Dunkinson has launched a film project with a very good friend who is the riverkeeper on the River Test. Here is a small clip of what they have been up to.Read More
Chasing the Huns, Part II
Continued from Chasing the Huns, Part I Fifteen minutes later, Fern locked up again. We picked up the pace, climbing down the side of a slope before crossing a flat. She stood stiff and motionless, pointing thirty yards from a draw that ran the length of the hillside. As we walked in, I looked at Paul. He seemed more relaxed and I decided not to say anything. The covey of Huns scattered into the air in front of us. Joel missed his shots.Read More
October is Adopt-a-Dog Month
Today’s Dog of the Day is is Klara, lovingly adopted by Amanda
Submitted by Amanda in the 2010 Orvis Cover Dog Contest
As one who’s adopted a shelter dog, I can tell you firsthand that there is no better feeling than bringing one of these wonderful animals into your home. And since October is American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month , there’s no better time than the present to head to your local animal shelter and adopt a new companion.
You’ll find just about every dog (and cat) breed imaginable at a shelter—as well as some pretty unique mixed breeds—all in need of loving homes. If you prefer a specific breed, there are numerous online rescue organizations that specialize in individual breeds.
If you’re looking to do a something that will not only make you feel great inside, but will also potentially save a life, please adopt a dog or cat today.
Do you have an adoption story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear it in the comments section!