Tying the Tabory Snake Fly

The advent of autumn means it’s time for the serious saltwater-blitz season along the Atlantic seaboard. For many salty anglers, Lou Tabory’s seminal book Inshore Fly Fishing unlocked the secrets to casting for striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore from the beach. Tabory has designed many of the best striper patterns, including the Snake Fly shown here. With its ostrich-herl tail, marabou collar and. . .

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Update: Surf Dog sets world record and Surf-A-Thon raises $100k for California animal center

Last Thursday, we posted about the Surf City Surf Dog competition, which took place over the weekend in Huntington Beach, California. It turns out that there was another event—the Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon in Del Mar—held the same day. Organizers of the Surf-A-Thon announced yesterday that the event raised more than $100,000 for the no-kill Helen Woodward Animal Center

Check out the great video above, featuring scenes from both events, which shows a spectacular board-switching ride by Abbie G., who set a Guinness World Record for longest ride by a dog!

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Fly-Fishing Week in Review, September 19-25

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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More evidence that Pebble Mine will be a disaster for Alaska’s sockeye salmon

A host of conservation organizations–including Trout Unlimited, Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska, and Orvis–has been working for years to stop construction of the Pebble Mine project, which would see the construction of the world’s largest copper and gold mine at the headwaters of the last great wild salmon run in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. Throughout the debate, the Pebble Limited Partnership has claimed that our fears are unfounded because technological advances will allow them to build this monstrous extraction operation without affecting nearby streams and lakes, which are the spawning grounds for millions of sockeye salmon. This recently released video shows what happens when you fact-check some of these claims. The results are disturbing at best and cast doubt on the viability of the whole operation. To help stop Pebble Mine, visit the Orvis Take Action page.

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Friday Film Festival 09.23.11

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 starts off slow and thoughtful, builds to some serious excitement, and then ends with a video that just may haunt your dreams—especially if you’re an ophidiophobe. At this shoulder season, we’re still pretty US-centric, with films from the. . .

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Live from the TRCP Media Summit, Day 3

K-T Brown 2

A fine brown taken on the last cast of the day at K-T Ranch in Meeker, Colorado.

photo by Buzz Cox

The final day of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Western Media Summit continued the run of ridiculously gorgeous weather we’d been on, and I chose to spend it with a small group at the K-T Ranch (pronounced kay-bar-tee) about two hours away in the town of Meeker. A satellite property of The High Lonesome Ranch, the K-T sits on the White River and contains two spring creeks, as well. I fished with Todd Tanner, senior editor at Sporting Classics magazine, and. . .

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Friday Film Festival 09.16.11

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 great videos from Europe and the Americas, running the gamut from huge sailfish off the coast of Costa Rica, to Texas largemouths, to smallish “ugly” trout in Sweden. Every week, I think, “Surely we’re going to run out of great fly-fishing video one of these. . .

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Tying the Popsicle Fly

The Popsicle has been around since the 1980s, when young George Cook was guiding in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, and it’s part of a group of patterns he created called the Alaskabou Series. Cook, who is now a well known casting instructor and industry representative, used marabou as a base for the pattern and added some flash. The result is. . .

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Tuesday Tip: Don’t be a Creep

Welcome to our twelfth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. Reader Marc asked for help with this: I have been told my casting has a fault that’s called “creep.” I was at an Orvis-dealer fly shop called Bob Marriott’s in Fullerton, California, and was was casting one of their rods. The sales person. . .

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Friday Film Festival 09.09.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. In this week’s collection, Europe takes the lead, as we focus on France, Sweden, and the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Italy. But don’t fret, the Land of the Free is represented by films from Alaska, Oregon, Montana, and Florida. If you’ve ever wondered what the perfect excuse is for why you lost the tarpon you had hooked, we offer. . .

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