Fracturing Our Watersheds

Back in September, we posted about the dangers to trout habitat in the Northeast as the result of increased “hydrofracking” in the region. Here’s a video that offers some frightening anecdotes about damage already done, as well as a chilling vision of the future of Pennsylvania and New York. Unlike the Pebble Mine battle, this fight must be waged against multiple companies in multiple locations. The fact that these extraction operations offer cash payouts to landowners and good-paying. . .

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Friday Film Festival 02.18.11

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Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. We’ve got a five videos to stoke your passion for fly fishing as we wait for spring to arrive. The weather has turned downright balmy up here in Vermont, so the thought of casting big streamers on Opening Day suddenly seems less remote, despite the foot of snow that remains on the ground. Click “Read More” to see this week’s films, and enjoy!

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How Sandanona Saved Me

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Shooting instructor James Ross sights down the barrel with me to diagnose any problems with gun mount, follow through, or anything else that may cause me to miss the clay target.

photo by Sandy Hays

The final straw was my last shot of the 2010 Vermont grouse season. I’ve never been a good (or even mediocre) shot, but for the first time since I had moved back to the Northeast almost a decade earlier, I had gone the whole season without downing a single bird. I was determined to rectify the situation on that cold day before New Year’s Eve.

But after an hour of fruitless hunting, I was ready to give up and started walking back toward the car along a logging road. I remained alert, but hope was certainly waning as the last gate came into view. Suddenly, the whirring of wings bursting into flight sounded from a pine tree to my left, . . .

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Tying a Dropper Knot

How to Tie the Instant Dropper Knot from Zach Matthews on Vimeo.

Here’s another how-to video from Zach Matthews, who taught us how to set up a fly reel two weeks ago. This time, he describes a quick, neat method to tie the clinch knot required to attach a dropper line to the bend of a hook. Years ago, I learned a different method from a guide on Utah’s Green River. (See below.) Either way, the ability to make this knot quickly means you’ll get your flies. . .

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Friday Film Festival 02.04.11

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Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. We’ve got a lucky set of seven videos to keep you warm for the weekend (or, if you can’t wait, at lunchtime today). Every day brings us closer to the opening of trout season in the north, and I’m starting to get the itch to wade into the Battenkill. Until then, watching others fishing in spectacular locations will have to do. Enjoy!

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Murph Training, Week Three: Murphy Figures it Out



Murph’s learning curve is so steep now I’m not sure where to begin. We continue to build on sit and stay, and now responding to his name and heel have been added to the mix. I am working Murph twice a day now for about 10 truly focused minutes each, once by himself here at work and then when I get home with Pickett added to the mix. But what’s important is that in every interaction with Murph, work or play, I try to make sure I am reinforcing a good habit and not accidentally instilling a bad one. I try to think through everything we’re doing.

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A Striper Season

Surf Fishing 2010 – NYC Edition from Peter Laurelli on Vimeo.


Yesterday, Rob Ceccarini, Fishing Manager at Orvis Manhattan, sent me a link to a video created by one of his customers, Peter Laurelli. Usually, when I get these kinds of emails hailing some “great” video, the video itself is a bit of a letdown—there might be great fish or a cool shot, but. . .

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In the Loop 01.31.11

Just in time to rescue many of us from Snowpocalypse-induced cabin fever, the Fly Fishing Film Tour is hitting the road again. Now in its fourth year, the FFFT (or F3T, if you’re cool) will visit more than 80 cities this year, hopefully one near you. Watching videos on the Web is fun, but it’s no substitute for. . .

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Friday Film Festival 01.28.11

90 minutes from Dave Jensen on Vimeo.

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. We kick things off this week with an epic story of man vs. fish, in which an angler works a fish for an hour and half and changes flies more times than. . .

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