Fish Facts: Sculpins (genus Cottus)


Prickly sculpin (Cottus asper) demonstrates the classic sculpin shape: big head, wide fins, tapering body.
Photo by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Ever since Don Gapen tied the first Muddler Minnow in 1936, fly fishers have recognized that freshwater sculpins (genus Cottus) can be important forage fish for trout, and there are now . . .

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Dog-Training Tips: Motivators and Reinforcement

Training your dog at home is a wonderful bonding experience—especially if you are willing to be consistent and put in the work—but there are a few nuances about dog behavior and learning theory you need to understand in order to work with your dog . . .

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Why You Should Learn the Slim Beauty Knot

When it comes to fishing knots, most anglers tend to stick with a few go-to favorites. And that’s usually a good thing, since confidence and practice are arguably the two most important ingredients when tying any knot. But one weakness many . . .

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Podcast: On a November Morning

In early November Reid reflects on what his fall has looked like and what remains. He shares a reflection about food, hunting, land, and childhood. With hunting seasons in full swing, it is a time to appreciate the gifts that hunting gives us! . . .

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Classic Video Tips: The Basics of Bonefishing

The first time I cast to bonefish, in Belize in the late 90s, I had done very little to prepare for the trip. . .and it showed. My guide ended up yelling at me for various failures on my part, and it . . .

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Video: Everything You Need to Know About Leaders

Hopefully, by now you’re familiar with Alvin Dedeaux of All Water Guides, who has been creating killer how-to videos for quite a while–everything from how to tie his favorite “guide flies” to what his life as a guide and outfitter is like. Here, he shares . . .

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Podcast: The Finer Points of Picking a Pup with Tyla Kuhn

Reid joins Tyla Kuhn of Sunsage Sporting Dogs to discuss the health and genetic testing criteria and standards that should accompany a new puppy. Tyla, a longtime breeder of both English Cocker Spaniels and German Shorthair Pointers, explores . . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 01.07.22

Welcome to the first, all-new edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival of 2022. Each week, we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available. It’s film-festival season, so we have a plethora of gorgeous trailers, as well as some sweet . . .

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