Resistance is Futile

Hi, my name is Mike.  I’m in Information Technology and have been with the Orvis Company for 25 years.  You may find this hard to believe, but until two weeks ago, I had never been fly fishing. I’m an avid golfer, and any spare time I had was spent the links. I have family and friends who, upon learning I work for Orvis, immediately launch into a fly-fishing discussion, which leads to an awkward moment where I have to admit I don’t fish…resistance is futile.

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Mia Sheppard on the Cover of The Drake’s Fall 2011 Issue

Check out the new Fall 2011 issue of the Drake, featuring a cover photo of Mia Sheppard, taken by photographer Shauna Stephenson.

Mia’s passion for the outdoors led her to employment with both the US Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. She changed up in the late 90’s and moved to Alaska to work on commercial fishing boats. In her down time, Mia fished for trout and salmon. Mia met her husband Marty on the water and became hooked on spey casting while watching him work a two-handed rod. Mia’s a self-professed spey addict, and she holds the title to prove it. In 2010, she won first place in the Spey-O-Rama World Championship in San Francisco. She and her husband own and manage a guide service in Oregon called Little Creek Outfitters and she spends a lot of her spare time teaching others to spey cast.

Shauna’s a freelance writer and photographer based in Wyoming. She loves being outdoors fishing, hunting, hiking, etc and often snaps fantastic shots with the camera she totes around with her. Although she appears to be incredibly modest, her photos are taking the fly fishing world by storm. Keep an eye out for an insert in Catch Magazine featuring more of her phenomenal photos.

This issue includes: The Spawn is On: Thomas McGuane catches the last steelhead, plus: Rock Creek, MT; Michigan carp; Maine brookies; Wyoming cutties; Wisconsin pike; New York Albies; peacocks in the canals; anchovies in the bay; stripers in the surf; Trey Combs; Baja roosters; midge over mayfly; Bighorn over everything; Charles Bukowski goes steelheading; and David DiBenedetto goes crazy

Can’t wait to get it in the mail…

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch Mia handle a two-handed rod in this video of her fishing small flies for big steelhead.

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Mia Sheppard on the Cover of The Drake’s Fall 2011 Issue

Check out the new Fall 2011 issue of the Drake, featuring a cover photo of Mia Sheppard, taken by photographer Shauna Stephenson.

Mia’s passion for the outdoors led her to employment with both the US Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. She changed up in the late 90’s and moved to Alaska to work on commercial fishing boats. In her down time, Mia fished for trout and salmon. Mia met her husband Marty on the water and became hooked on spey casting while watching him work a two-handed rod. Mia’s a self-professed spey addict, and she holds the title to prove it. In 2010, she won first place in the Spey-O-Rama World Championship in San Francisco. She and her husband own and manage a guide service in Oregon called Little Creek Outfitters and she spends a lot of her spare time teaching others to spey cast.

Shauna’s a freelance writer and photographer based in Wyoming. She loves being outdoors fishing, hunting, hiking, etc and often snaps fantastic shots with the camera she totes around with her. Although she appears to be incredibly modest, her photos are taking the fly fishing world by storm. Keep an eye out for an insert in Catch Magazine featuring more of her phenomenal photos.

This issue includes: The Spawn is On: Thomas McGuane catches the last steelhead, plus: Rock Creek, MT; Michigan carp; Maine brookies; Wyoming cutties; Wisconsin pike; New York Albies; peacocks in the canals; anchovies in the bay; stripers in the surf; Trey Combs; Baja roosters; midge over mayfly; Bighorn over everything; Charles Bukowski goes steelheading; and David DiBenedetto goes crazy

Can’t wait to get it in the mail…

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch Mia handle a two-handed rod in this video of her fishing small flies for big steelhead.

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Tuesday Tip: How to Avoid Hitting Your Rod with Your Fly

Welcome to our eleventh installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. Reader Larry asked for help with this: Sometimes my fly hits the rod on the forward or backcast. How can I avoid that? In this lesson, I’ll explain why a smooth acceleration is so important to a proper casting motion. If you start a forward or backcast. . .

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Friday Film Festival 09.02.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection features a bunch of trailers for films that are or will soon be available, featuring footage from exotic locations around the world. But there are also films of more humble waters here in the US of A, Europe, and our neighbor to the north. One of my favorites features the elusive mooneye, a species that I’ve never chased with a fly, even though it’s available. . .

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A Double Dose of John Gierach

It’s no secret that fly fishermen, as a whole, love John Gierach. He has served as the sport’s philosopher for almost 30 years, during which time he has published 16 books and countless magazine articles, yet he has never sought to become one of those fly-fishing “celebrities” who travel from sports show to sports show soaking up the admiration of the masses. Instead, he. . .

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Tying a Simple Foam Beetle

As the story (perhaps apocryphal) goes, someone once asked the British scientist J.B.S. Haldane what we could infer about the Creator from studying nature, and Haldane replied, “I’m not sure, but he has an inordinate fondness for beetles.” Haldan’s point was that beetles make up some 40% of known insects. And since trout eat insects, it’s only logical that trout share this inordinate fondness for such readily available sources of protein. Earlier this summer, we featured a. . .

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Tuesday Tip: The Steeple Cast

Welcome to our tenth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. Several readers have asked variations of a common fly-fishing question: What do I do if I don’t have room for a back cast, and my roll cast isn’t doing the trick?

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The Battenkill at Flood Stage

As you surely know by now, Vermont has suffered historic flash flooding in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which passed through yesterday. The problems here were not caused by high winds or storm surge, but by massive amounts of rainfall over a short time. I live a couple miles uphill from the Battenkill and route 313, which runs alongside the river, and that meant that we were stranded all day yesterday because the river had jumped the banks in both directions. When the road became passable. . .

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