Get ready for Carp Throw Down 2016!

Written by: Conway Bowman


This is the prize, a wary, sometimes picky “trash fish” that’s a challenge for any angler.
Photo courtesy Conway Bowman

Hey carp fly-rod freaks! Get your hoppers and dry flies ready for 4th annual Lake Henshaw Carp Throw Down, which will be held on May 21, 2016. The CTD has evolved into the warmwater. . .

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Bonus “Good Works” Mini Film Festival

As you surely know by now, we post a Friday Film Festival each week, featuring the best videos from around the world. This week, in addition to all the action-filled productions, there were. . .

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Photos: Grand Slam in California’s Little Lakes Valley

Written by: Brian La Rue, Orvis Reno


The browns, brookies, and goldens weren’t big, but they were eager.
All photos by Brian La Rue

Sometimes, chasing backcountry trout and a little solitude are more appealing to me than battling for a hog in an easy access, roadside pool. There is nothing wrong with a. . .

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Classic Photo Essay: In Search of the World’s Rarest Trout

Written by: Frank Seifert, Orvis Roseville


This was the prize after many hours of driving and hiking. And it was worth it.
All photos courtesy Frank Seifert

Deep in the Sierra Nevada of California lives a trout so rare and unique that it has become almost mystical. The fish I am referring to is the Paiute cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki seleniris). Considering my. . .

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Photos: The Varied Fly-Fishing Opportunities of the Bay Area

Written by: Nathan Cook, Fishing Manager of Orvis San Jose


The options within a two-hour drive from San Jose will surprise you.
Photo by Mark Schaller

Over the course of this spring and summer, I’ve had the great pleasure to meet hundreds of fly anglers from San Jose and the Bay Area, ranging in skills from seasoned veterans to “never picked up a fly rod in my life.” The San Francisco Bay Area is. . .

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