Tom Rosenbauer’s Tips for Fly Fishing the Spinner Fall

Returning mayfly spinners or egg-laying caddisfly adults can cause intense feeding by the trout, but this situation can be misleading. Because the spent insects are lying prostrate on the surface, nothing sticks up above the water and they’re difficult to see. The secret is to look up. Aquatic insects can hatch over spread-out periods of time, but they must all mate at the same time. They form mating swarms, . . .

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Summer Reading for Fly Fishermen

Catch Magazine

It’s a bonanza for lovers of online fly-fishing magazines, with new issues of three great online publications. As someone who has edited a fly-fishing magazine, I can tell you that it takes a lot of work to put something like this together, and the quality of online offerings continues to improve. Click “Read More” to check them out.

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“The Blitz: A Year on the Road” Trailer

If you love fly-fishing for stripers, bluefish, false albacore, and other denizens of the sea off the Eastern Coast, you’re gonna love this. Photographer Tosh Brown and angler Pete McDonald (who writes the Fishing Jones blog) spent a year chasing fish from Casco Bay, Maine, to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The result is the book The Blitz: Fly Fishing the Atlantic Migration.

In the disclaimer for the video, Brown writes, “This entire production was shot on a cheap-ass camcorder that fits in a shirt pocket. It ate about 50 pounds of AA batteries during this odyssey and died of saltwater sickness about two weeks after their last shoot.” But I think you’ll agree that it’s still plenty fun to watch, especially because it features cameos from some of the sport’s biggest names.

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Quality Chicks, Fishing Together for 19 Years

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Quality Chick Linda Windels with a quality brown trout

It has been one year since twelve women, armed to the teeth with fly rods and fly boxes, took the Big Hole Lodge by storm. For one week, we were lucky enough to host The Quality Chicks’ annual retreat, an event filled with laughter and motivated by a ferocious passion for the sport. This week, their hand-tied patterns, precise casts, and “fish-on” cries return to the Big Hole Valley and it is sure to be an experience not soon forgotten.

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What A Catch Show, Directed and Hosted by Kathryn Maroun

 

Kathryn Maroun is the director, producer, and host of What A Catch TV show

Kathryn Maroun is an angling woman on a mission. Director, producer, and host of the TV show What A Catch, Kathryn seeks to fish the world’s most exotic locales. As the site for the show states:

“From Mongolia to the Bahamas, Kathryn doesn’t fish everyman’s water; she thrives on experiencing the thrill of fishing in the most remote and exotic locales around the world. In her pursuit of the top game fish and her need for adventure, she has fished in the four corners of the globe and has caught and released some of the most prized species of game fish on earth. Kathryn found that woman that fish were lacking good outdoor clothing that fits properly. Kathryn decided to design and sell a line of clothing that is “for women at work in the outdoors”.

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2011 Orvis-Endorsed Operations Awards

For twenty years the Orvis Company has been recognizing excellence in sporting experiences through its Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, and Guides program. Each endorsed operation has its own character, but all share the same high standards: great service, great fishing or wingshooting, and an experienced, professional staff. These standards of excellence are continually reviewed by the Orvis staff and evaluated by visiting guests in post-visit critiques sent directly to The Orvis Company. Orvis-Endorsed operations cater to every ability from beginners to experts.

At their annual Endorsed Operations Rendezvous in Key Largo, Florida and Endorsed Guide Rendezvous in Casper, Wyoming the Orvis Company announced the winners of their 2011 Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, and Guide Awards. There are seven categories, three for lodge operations and four for guiding operations. The awards are chosen based on customer survey feedback that Orvis solicits from their customers who patronize these operations.

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Friday Film Festival 07.08.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour “teh Interweb” for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we’re pretty much concentrated on Argentina and Scandinavia, with just a couple exceptions. Where were all the U.S. filmmakers this week? Perhaps the high water caused by massive runoff out West has resulted in a brief halt to the fishing-video-industrial complex in North America. Never fear, though, . . .

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Murph Training, Part XVIII: Water, Water Everywhere

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Murph makes the leap

photo by Tim Bronson

Now that the heat of summer is upon us, I’ve transferred some of Murph’s simple retrieve drills on land to the water. As one might expect, there is no shortage of love for the water in Murph.

The cool thing about working here at Orvis is we have a pond right outside the door, complete with an island in the middle, which offers a number of opportunities for giving Murph different looks. Obviously at this stage I’m not trying to get too tricky here, just offer him easy, focused retrieves where he gets to do a little swimming.

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NRDC Puts Spotlight on Bristol Bay/Pebble Mine Issue

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Lake Clark National Park, Bristol Bay, Alaska
photo by Matt Skoglund

 

The other day I got a letter from Robert Redford. No, he wasn’t solicting a film script from me. Instead, he was urging me, via his position at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), to take action against the threat of Pebble Mine to Bristol Bay, Alaska. Even though I have written a great deal on the Pebble Mine issue and contributed in every way possible to help prevent the mine and to bring exposure to the threat, I was greatly encouraged to see the materials from the NRDC arrive by mail. It means that the level of exposure is growing, and more important players are becoming involved.

Shortly after that package arrived, a colleague here sent me a link to an NRDC blog about the issue. It was written by Matt Skolgund and has the personal angle to which many of us can relate. As Matt wrote:

If this nightmare known as the Pebble Mine is allowed to go forward, it will be – take a deep breath – a 2,000-foot-deep, two-mile-long gold and copper mine with gigantic earthen dams built to hold back some 10 billion tons of mining waste. Roads will be built, and the mine will be smack dab in the middle of a known earthquake zone.

Pebble Mine will inflict irreversible damage on Bristol Bay, including the permanent destruction of dozens of miles of wild salmon habitat. That’s why NRDC has joined Alaskan Natives, anglers, hunters and other conservation organizations to fight this wretched proposal.

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How to Match the Hatch

Choosing the correct fly at the height of an insect hatch, when the trout are selective, is the most complicated, exasperating, and, when you find the right fly, satisfying experience in fly-fishing. The challenge involves not only what species of insect the fish are feeding on, but also the stage—is it an emerging adult, a drifting nymph, or a spent egg-laying adult?

The classic case of dry-fly fishing is when you arrive at a stream or lake to find the trout rising and the water covered with hatching mayflies. You pluck a fly from the air or the surface of the water, lay it on the lid of your fly box, and choose the fly in your box that matches it in size, shape, and color. Then you proceed to catch lots of fish.

It’s seldom that easy. . . .

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