Classic Story: “Taking Your Chances” with Brown Trout


This is the picture I should have been posting, but alas I didn’t “take my chance” when it
presented itself. So I must be content with this imaginary brown trout.
Photo-illustration by James Daley

In this country, the phrase “to take your chances” usually means to try something that may end up being a disaster—as in “You’re taking your chances driving on those bald tires.” But across. . .

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Iceland, Days Four and Five: Lakes and Birds

On the morning of Day Four, we said goodbye to the Highlands Lodge and drove an hour and a half southeast to the Hotel Grimsborgir, near Selfoss. We dropped our gear and headed out to two local lakes–the massive Þingvallavatn (Thingvallavatn) . . .

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Iceland, Day Two: Cold Lava

What a difference a day makes. The second morning of Orvis Week in Iceland with Fish Partner brought colder temperatures, driving rain, and howling wind. Every fly-fisher’s dream, am I right? But with the successes of the previous day still fresh in . . .

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Iceland, Day One: Volcanic Char

This week, I am lucky enough to serve as host for Orvis Week in Iceland with Fish Partner, and our first day was spent casting for arctic char and brown trout on some of the glorious river of the Central Highlands: the Tungnaá, the Kaldakvísl, and the . . .

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Video: The Rise, Heads and Tails

Few things can get a fly fisher’s blood pumping like seeing a large trout come to the surface. Check out this cool, mesmerizing video from Norway featuring big browns eating bugs on top. That trout. . .

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Pro Tips: How to Use the Bump-Twitch Streamer Retrieve

In the spring, when rivers are often flowing high and fast, I rely on a technique known as the “bump-twitch,” a hybrid of nymphing and streamer fishing that uses a floating line and often incorporates aspects of each method during . . .

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