As the results from the this year’s Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass & Bluefish Derby showed, striper populations are not as healthy as some would have us believe. The total number of striped bass entered in the Derby was 384 fish—the lowest number since bass were reintroduced to the Derby in 1997 and eight fish less than the previous low set in 2008. But the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is about to vote on a proposal to increase the number of bass commercial fishermen can harvest. The conservation organization Stripers Forever sent out this call to action:Read More
Photo courtesy of Fly Rod & Reel
If you’ve ever wondered about the origins of the world’s most popular fly, Fly Rod & Reel has a great interview with Fred Blessing, son of the late Russell Blessing, the man who first tied a Woolly Bugger way back in 1967.Read More
Tom is out this week, so I asked resident Orvis author Paul Fersen to read from a recent piece he wrote for American Angler on fishing for bass off Cape Cod and the benefits of purposeful solitude.
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Since our friends over at GoFishn.com are featuring bonefishing all this week, I thought it was a good time to repost a popular podcast episode on the topic from the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer.
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Photo by Chris Waythomas, courtesy of the Alaska Volcano
Observatory / U.S. Geological Survey
Scientists searching for an explanation for the record-breaking number of sockeye salmon returning to Canada’s Frasier River have come up with an explosive theory. A 2008 eruption of a volcano in the Aleutian Islands may have created just the right conditions for a massive bloom of Phytoplankton, the sockeye’s favorite dish.Read More
I’m new to this, painfully new. I just completed my Hunters’ Safety course this past summer and had only aimed a shotgun at clays. I had no plans of coming home with a ringneck, but the possibility had me excited on the dark drive to our meeting spot before dawn. When I pulled my truck to the parking area on the side of the road, I was greeted by what I would learn would be the classic pre-hunt scene. My friends Steve, Tim, and Tim’s son Holden were outside their trucks, talking with coffee in their hands and Steve’s dog, Cayenne, lunging at the end of her leash. I was an emotional concoction of excited and nervous. I kept it to myself that I hadn’t felt this way since Prom Night. This was a whole different dance though, and the borrowed 20 gauge would’ve looked awkward with my teal dress from high school.Read More
photo courtesy Anglers of the Au Sable
A great amateur video by two Australian fly fishermen who venture deep into the backcountry of New Zealand’s South Island. They land several trout that would be “fish of a lifetime” for most of us on this side of the Pacific. If you watch the second volume of their series, you’ll get a sense for just how spooky these trout can be, as one of the anglers struggles to get a fish to bite.Read More
Quail season in Georgia is getting underway and having grown up there, I was feeling a little homesick, particularly this time of year. I called Todd Rogers at Wynfield Plantation just to get a little southern accent fix and talk about quail hunting. “We’re just getting underway. I’ve got some European guests here just getting ready to go out and the hunting is looking great for this year.Read More