Repost: How to Cast in the Wind

Editor’s note: Given the conditions that anglers on the East Coast will be facing over the weekend, I figured it was time to repost Peter Kutzer’s video lesson on casting in the wind. This does not mean that you should venture out into the heart of Irene with a fly rod in hand, of course. But if you do get on the water ahead of or behind the storm, you’ll find these tips useful.

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Friday Film Festival 08.26.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available. This week’s collection features stunning footage of leaping tarpon, big brown trout slurping dry flies, and some of the least likely Polish anglers you’ll ever see. And, of course, there’s Rolf. It seems we can’t. . .

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Tying the Green Caddis Larva

The Green Caddis Larva—also known as the Green Rock Worm—is an old stand-by nymph pattern, which is descended from the original Rock Worm created by Missoula, Montana barber Franz Pott in the 1920s. It’s an exceptionally effective nymph pattern that imitates many species of caddisflies, in the Hydropsychidae and Ryacophillidae families. Fished alone or as a dropper, a Caddis Larva is a great searching. . .

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Fly-Fishing Week in Review 08.23.11

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from across the world of fly fishing, featuring interesting stories, new records, important conservation news, and anything else we think you should know about.

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make Delicate Presentations

Welcome to our ninth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. A few weeks ago, reader “Steve” wrote, Thanks for the great tips. My problem is with presentation. Usually my flies land with a splat. What would help achieve a more delicate presentation?

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Mark and Kate Rutherford are a Father/Daughter Guide Team out of Alaska

Here’s a video of Mark and Kate Rutherford, father/daughter guide team in Alaska fishing for salmon, rainbows, and grayling. R.A. Beattie produced this a couple of years ago, but it’s definitely worth watching if you haven’t seen it yet. Kate’s full of spunk (and sarcasm). The fish are gorgeous, but it’s the family dynamics that make this video entertaining!


Kate and Mark – Father / Daughter guide team in Alaska from RA Beattie on Vimeo.

Kate’s also an amazing climber (think National Geographic and ESPN) with big name sponsors – check out her blog. Look for Mark in the Nervous Water DVD produced by R.A. Beattie in the ‘First Descent Alaska’ featured film.

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Bonus Friday Fly-Fishing Film

Gaula – River of Silver & Gold from tapamthemovie on Vimeo.

The maker of the incredible tarpon-from-a-float-tube movie “Tapam: a fly-fishing journey”, Daniel Göz, has turned his attention to one of Norway’s last great wild-salmon rivers, the Gaula. His new film—made in partnership with Anton Hamacher and with support from Orvis—is called, appropriately enough, “Gaula: The Movie.” Here’s the first trailer, which shows some remarkably sophisticated cinematography. I can’t wait to see the finished film.

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Friday Film Festival 08.19.11

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 plenty of gorgeous footage of anglers catching everything from big trout to jumping tarpon to the mysterious triggerfish of the Farquhar Atoll in the Seychelles. Plus, we have the return of Rolf and the guys from Frontside Fly teaching us the rituals of fishing in. . .

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Understanding Trout Behavior

Trout Activity Stages, by Matt Supinski from Thomas Harman on Vimeo.

Here’s a short video clip from guide Matt Supinski’s new DVD “Selectivity: Trout.” Supinski puts his years of experience to work, dividing trout behavior into three categories—aggressive/active, selective/reflective, and passive/dormant. As you’ll see, one of the great things about the DVD is that it offers concrete examples, including fantastic footage of feeding trout, of everything discussed.

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Tying a Simple Foam Bass Popper

During the dog days of late summer, many trout rivers are running low and warm (although this year’s runoff has Western trout streams in perfect shape), so fly fishermen often turn to warmwater species. Few anglers would argue that the most exciting and fun way to fish for bass and panfish is with a surface pattern, which allows you to see the strike. Traditionally, . . .

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