In the Loop 03.28.11

We’re still freezing our butts off up here in Vermont, even if the snow is mostly gone, but it’s heartening to know that the trout opener is less than two weeks away. Here’s a short video on how the New Jersey Department of Fish & Wildlife is getting ready for their Opening Day by stocking local rivers. There are some breeder fish in the mix, and you can see a serious hog. . .

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Friday Film Festival 03.25.11

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TGIFFF! Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s videos span the globe, from Greenland to Argentina, and may involve more species than we’ve ever covered on a single Friday. Lots of topwater action is a real bonus. Enjoy!

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Snow’s Gone, Back on the Lawn

Like the arrival of the first robins, one sure sign of spring is the reappearance of Orvis Rod & Tackle product developers out on the lawn here at Orvis HQ to test-cast new fly rods and lines. This morning, I was heartened to see Steve Hemkens, Divisional Merchandising Manager for Rod & Tackle, and Vice Chairman Dave Perkins throwing some saltwater sticks, so I grabbed the iPhone. . .

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Friday Film Festival 03.18.11

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Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s videos an expedition to wild Mongolia, some Swedish dry-fly action, and a trip to the Land Down Under the Land Down Under (and no, I’m not repeating myself). Enjoy!

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Take a Walk to Help Fight Canine Cancer

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A Recent K9 Cancer Walk

This May 7th marks the 3rd annual Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk in Elk Grove, Calif. Many dogs succumb to cancer each year. Last March, Buddy, an 8-year-old chocolate lab mix, lost his human best friend to leukemia and his canine friend Raja to cancer too. On Saturday, May 7, help Buddy celebrate their memory, and raise money and awareness for canine cancer. All proceeds will benefit Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, a national effort to help dogs live longer, healthier, cancer-free lives.

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Tying the Knucklehead

The Knucklehead Streamer from Richard Strolis on Vimeo.

The spring season is almost here, and high water on the Battenkill will mean it’s streamer time. I’ve always liked articulated patterns, though I haven’t tied many because they seemed kind of complicated. But in this video, Connecticut-based guide Rich Strolis, demonstrates a straightforward method for tying wiggly, two-hook streamers using some innovative new products. You can tie the Knucklehead in lots of different colors to mimic your local forage fish. I plan on tying up some olive and copper ones for the ‘Kill.

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In the Loop 03.14.11

Flats Fishing Unsalted Style from luke Kavajecz on Vimeo.

Start your week off right with some serious Great Lakes flats fishing for big smallmouths in this film from photographer Luke Kavajecz. It doesn’t hurt that the soundtrack is by the insanely talented Andrew Bird. (If you like the song in the video but have never heard of Bird, . . .

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The Power of Public-Private Partnerships

You may have heard about the Obama administration’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, which argues that

[L]asting conservation solutions should rise from the American people–that the protection of our natural heritage is a non-partisan objective shared by all Americans. AGO recognizes that many of the best ideas come from outside of Washington. Instead of dictating policies, this initiative turns to communities for local, grassroots conservation initiatives. Instead of growing bureaucracy, it calls for. . .

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Friday Film Festival 03.11.11

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Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s videos features the world’s most minimalist fly fisher, a search for the perfect angling companion, and a couple of kids we’re sure to be hearing about for years to come. Enjoy!

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