The Doc, the River, and Lessons Learned


Doctor Hays casts one of his Leonard bamboo rods–left to him by his father–on Maine’s Rapid River.
Photos by Sandy Hays

Although I had been a fisherman since early childhood, I didn’t learn to fly-fish until I was in graduate school at the University of New Hampshire. My older brother, Brian, lived nearby, . . .

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Video: How to Cast a Fly Rod, the Basics

The most popular casting video that Pete Kutzer has ever done is “The Basic Fly Cast” (below), which has been viewed almost 1.2 million times. But I am a big believer that people learn in . . .

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Video: How to Build a Tapered Thread Body

Building a tapered thread body on a small hook, for a fly such as a Zebra Midge, is a fairly simple process, but things can go wrong pretty easily. You don’t want to end up with a misshapen or fat . . .

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Video: In the Heart of the Rockies

The northern Rockies are known for their majestic peaks, gorgeous rivers, abundant wildlife, and amazing natural beauty. At the same time, the area offers some of the finest hunting and fishing in the Lower 48. This film from Conservation Hawks show . . .

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Master Class Monday: How to Cast to Very Spooky Trout

Today’s Master Class Monday video by Dave and Amelia Jensen is an Orvis-exclusive in which Dave offers great advice on how to approach very spooky fish in small streams. The second these trout are aware of your presence, they’re gone, so you need to . . .

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Make Your Voice Heard in the Fight Against Pebble Mine

The Pebble Mine project–which would create the world’s largest open-pit mine at the headwaters of Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed–is a disaster waiting to happen. At risk is the last great wild-salmon run on the planet, as well as . . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 04.19.19

Welcome to the another edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival! Each week, we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available and then serve them up for you to enjoy. This week, we’ve got a baker’s dozen production that will . . .

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