The Warm Water Fly Fishing and How to Hide New Gear from Your Spouse Podcast

Tom is out of town for a couple weeks, so he asked Pete Kutzer of our Ask a Fly Fishing Instructor video series and Brett Ference from our Double Barrel Podcast series to sit in.

We asked our Facebook and Twitter fans to suggest topics for them to cover and received over 130 suggestions!

Here are the topics they chose:

– How should a beginner go about choosing waders?

– Tips for fishin gfrom a float tube

– Is 7 years old too young to start a child fly fishing?

– When choosing a new rod, what should I consider?

– How do you best hide new fishing gear pusrchases from your spouse?

We also had A LOT of questions on fishing warm water, so Brett and Pete spend a lot of time on this topic.

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Orvis Dog of the Day – Finnegan

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Finnegan
Orvis Dog of the Day – Finnegan
Photo by Jen, Toronto

Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Photo contest for your chance to put your dog on a future cover of the The Orvis Dog Book catalog, win a $500 gift card from Orvis and help us beat canine cancer! Enter online at

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Tying the Light Cahill

Few topics can start an argument among fly tiers faster than a discussion of the proper proportions of a Catskill-style dry fly. Should there be three wraps at the head or just two? Should the wing be 1/3 of the way down the shank, or should it be 5/12ths? And on and on. One thing is for sure, though: Catskill dry flies should be sparse. Much of the style’s elegance comes from its slender profile and dainty. . .

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Fisheries Scientist Kristi Miller Muzzled about Wild Salmon Collapse Study

The fin of a sockeye salmon taken at Roderick-Haig Brown Regional Park during the sockeye run in October 2010. Top bureaucrats in Ottawa have muzzled a leading fisheries scientist whose discovery could help explain why salmon stocks have been crashing off Canada's West Coast, according to documents obtained by Postmedia News.


Kristi Miller, a Canadian scientist who published a study on the collapse of Canada’s West Coast salmon in the leading research journal Science has been muzzled by Ottowa’s Privy Council Office from speaking about the research. The research showed a possible link between farm raised salmon exposing wild salmon to disease.

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And the Winner of the Helios Fly Rod Outfit Is…


We’re pleased to announce that the winner of the July 2011 Helios Fly Rod Outfit Giveaway is Ken S., who won when his comment on the blog post, My First Landlocked Salmon, was picked at random. Leave a comment in the month of August, and maybe we will pick your comment at random to win a Helios Fly Rod Outfit of your choice. Good luck!

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Tuesday Tip: How to Double-Haul

Welcome to our seventh installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. A couple months ago, we asked you to
post some questions about your biggest casting problems. Reader “Bill E.” wrote,

How about some help with hauling and double hauling?. . .

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First Time Midge Fishing: Lessons Learned

Emily Neiley

Okay, so it’s the height of summer and the post I am sending you to is more than a year old and takes place in the winter. But you know, it’s still a great post about learning a new way of fly fishing, getting help from other anglers, and getting out there on your own and getting after it. It’s written by Emily Neiley, and appeared at It’s called Learning Winter Fly Fishing. In it, Emily shares her adventure of fly fishing under cover of darkness to learn skills without being seen.

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Learning to Fly Fish on Kelly Creek, Idaho

Volunteers from Kelly Creek Flycasters instructed a group of women on how to fly cast, and then brought them out onto Kelly Creek to try their luck with their new skills. The enthusiasm for the sport and for nature, as well as passing that enthusiasm along to their kids and grand kids, is clear and encouraging.

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Rethinking Pet Insurance

toby and me

Toby helps me write a blog post

Two weeks ago our golden retriever Toby tore ligaments in both of his back knees. Toby had been favoring his right back paw for about a week and was due for X-rays. When he tried to hop in the back seat of our car to go cool off in the Battenkill, he missed the jump and tore the ligament in his other knee, leaving him hobbling gamely and painfully on both his back paws. 

Our veterinarian, whom we like a great deal, explained that Toby’s injuries were in part genetic. X-rays showed that the ligament in his right knee had been fraying slowly over time. The left knee blew out when he missed his leap into the back seat. Unless we wanted Toby to be limping badly for the rest of his life (he’ll be seven years old this fall) the only reasonable plan was to get surgery. 

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Fly-Fishing Week in Review

Cover of the Latest flymage magazine

The cover of the latest issue of flymage.

Welcome to our new weekly roundup of news from across the world of fly fishing. Every Monday morning, we’ll bring you up to speed on interesting stories, new records, important conservation news, and anything else we think you should know about.

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