An Upstream Journey, Dispatch #5: Taking a Break in Bend

Written by: Paul Moinester

Brian O’Keefe shows off a Deschutes River brown trout.
Photo by Paul Moinester

[Editor’s Note: Paul Moinester has embarked on a six-month, 20,000-mile adventure to exploring the upstream battle to protect wild fish and their habitat. (Check out his introductory post here.) He will be posting dispatches on the Fly Fishing blog throughout his journey. And, as someone who has fished with Brian O’Keefe, I can corroborate everything Paul writes here.]

No matter how hard I try to contain my excitement, I inevitably spend the days leading up to any fishing trip daydreaming about everything unfolding perfectly. Thoughts of vicious takes, line zipping off my reel, lots of gripping, and even more grinning swirl through my head and consume my brain. In the weeks leading up to my. . .

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Photos of the Day: Hot Times on the Henrys Fork

Written by: Tom Evenson, Orvis Western ELOG Director

Nick Minor, Three River Ranch Guide and Shop Manager landed this gorgeous brown on a streamer.
All photos by Tom Evenson

This past week I traveled to Three Rivers Ranch (one of the first ever Orvis Endorsed Lodges) in Warm River, Idaho, for a business meeting with lodge owner, Lonnie Allen, and a group of her staff and guides. After the meeting, a few of us did a short float on the

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Photos of the Day: Big Browns on the Owyhee

Liz Caval just received a Master’s degree, as well as a degree in dry-fly fishing.
All photos courtesy Evan Williams

Evan Williams and Liz Caval took a desert adventure to The Big O—Oregon’s Owyhee River—to celebrate Liz’s recent graduation from a Masters-degree program by setting their sights on another huge milestone: catching an Owyhee brown. This spring has been really windy, but Evan says that the. . .

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Video: One Big Fish

Western Fly Media is a new player in the video game, and this is their first production. It features some beautiful brown trout, Montana landscapes, and a cool groove. There are lots of great shots here, and when you see the birds working just above the water’s surface like that, you know things are gonna be good.

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Photos of the Day: Chrissy Is Crushing the Hendrickson Hatch

That is a whole lot of wild brown trout to take on a dry fly.
photo by photo by Jeremy Kehrein


As demonstrated by Sam Brown’s beautiful trout we featured last week, the Hendricksons are happening on the Battenkill here in southwestern Vermont. Christine Penn—Merchandise Coordinator and Analyst for Orvis Rod and Tackle—has been putting in her time on the water, and here are the spoils of her efforts. She took the fish below. . .

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Photo of the Day: Brown’s Battenkill Brown

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The Hendricksons are hatching on the Battenkill, bringing big trout to the surface.
photo by Shawn Combs

A finance analyst, Sam Brown isn’t in the Rod & Tackle department here at Orvis, but he obviously knows how to wield a fly rod (aside from being the current office 40-yard dash champion). He took this fine brown trout last night on the Battenkill, while floating a New York stretch with rod designer Shawn Combs and casting instructor Pete Kutzer. Here’s his story: . . .

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