Photos of the Day II: The Birth of a Carp Junkie

Written by: Mike Mazzoni

Who travels from Kansas to Utah for carp? This guy does.
All photos courtesy Mike Mazzoni

[Editor’s note: Last year, we posted two sets of photos of big trout (here and here) by Mike Mazzoni, who was a summer intern at Falcon’s Ledge in Utah. He’s back again, but this time, he has a new job—Guest Relations/Facilities Manager—and a new mission.]

While some fly fishers find success in enticing carp with a Prince Nymph under a strike indicator, or by stripping a Woolly Bugger blindly, I have grown to love the challenge and thrill of sight-casting to feeding carp, watching the take, and enjoying the long, powerful. . .

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Tuesday Tip: The Un-Swung Wet Fly

Wet flies, such as this Sparkle Soft Hackle, are more versatile than you may think.
Photo via

These days, classic wet flies are probably the most underused patterns in the average American fly fisher’s box. Trailing far behind nymphs, dry flies, and streamers in popularity, wet flies have the reputation of being for older guys or those not willing to sling two tungsten-beadheads and a Thingamabobber. But for hundreds, if not. . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 05.24.13

Welcome to a new edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. We have a killer selection this week, fifteen videos that will take you from the trout waters of New Zealand, to a rooster party off the coast of Mexico, to the chilly waters of Finland, as well as many places in between.

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Take Action to Protect Bristol Bay, and Register to Win a Trip to Alaska!

What better way to appreciate the wonder of Alaska than with a trip for two to Crystal Creek Lodge—2011 Orvis Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year—in the heart of Bristol Bay? All you have to do to enter the contest is take action to let the EPA know that you stand with millions of others against the proposed Pebble Mine. The video above explains why stopping this. . .

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Soldier Reunited with Dog Missing for 18 Months

Brandon Patterson was serving in Iraq when he learned that his beloved dog, Alfaba, had run away, escaping through a hole in a fence. When he returned Stateside, he looked everywhere, and he couldn’t bring himself to give up and get another dog. The reason he couldn’t find her, he now knows, was that she was being kept in the house of an. . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 05.17.13

Welcome to a new edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. Remember, we surf so you don’t have to. But if you do stumble upon something great that you think is worthy of inclusion in a future FFF, please post it in the comments below. And don’t forget to check in regularly at The Tug, the Orvis online video theatre. See you next week with a fresh set of. . .

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