Photos: Big California Brown Trout from “Location X”

Written by: Mark Schaller, Orvis San Jose

It’s always gratifying when a difficult-to-access piece of water offers a big return on your investment.
Photo by Jack Golan

Fellow Orvis sales associate Jack Golan and I ventured out of the shop last week to scout a new section of water, which we suspected, might hold some big trout. We had picked up some nice fish on a smaller, more easily accessed part of this river earlier in the year and hoped the more. . .

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Photo of the Day: Accidental Trophy Brown Trout

Written by: Robert Daniel

Who catches a trout of a lifetime while fishing for something else? That may be the very definition of good luck.
Photo courtesy Robert Daniel

The 28-inch brown in the picture was actually caught when I was carp fishing! It was the last day of the week-long Sweetwater Guide School on the Bighorn River in Montana. I—as well as two other students and Ron Meek, who runs the guide school—had decided to fish for carp in the reservoir above the dam on the Bighorn. We were catching decent carp on cicada dry-fly patterns, and they would take you. . .

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Photos of the Day: Chasing Arctic Grayling and Native Cutthroats in the Utah High Country

Written by: Mike Mazzoni

Mike Mazzoni shows off the spectacular dorsal fin of a Utah grayling.
All photos by Mike Mazzoni

Once again, I find myself enjoying a sort of fly-fishing novelty: targeting arctic grayling, like chasing carp, is often overshadowed by eastern Utah’s superb trout fisheries. Grayling have a special place in my fly fishing memories; while working in Colorado four years ago, I landed an arctic grayling, a rare catch in a fishery known mostly for its. . .

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Photo Essay: Catching the West Coast Hex Hatch

Written by: Tom Evenson, Western ELOG Program Director

Guide Chris Renzullo hoists a fat trophy rainbow that fell for a Hex imitation just before dark.
Photo by Doug Best

The Hex hatch was going off on the Williamson River when my colleague Doug Best and I were traveling through Oregon. The guys from Tailwater Fisheries called and said, “You have to check this out!” We also fished the nearby. . .

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Photos of the Day: Trout Love to Slay Dragons in Patagonia

Written by John Bleh

Even big trout will throw themselves into the air to catch a meaty dragonfly.
Photo courtesy Rio Manso Lodge

South America has long been famous for its great fishing. Anglers from around the world journey here to catch brown, rainbow, and brook trout, and even landlocked salmon—all introduced at the beginning of the last century. Although there’s plenty of good dry-fly fishing to be found throughout the rivers and lakes of. . .

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Photo Essay: Speed-Floating the Madison River

Josh shows off a beautiful, healthy Madison River brown trout that ate a streamer.
Photo by Tom Evenson

Yesterday, Tom Eveneson and I floated the Madison River with Firehole Ranch head guide Josh Duchateau. We started off drifting nymphs and had some success, catching a few nice rainbows and browns. Then we switched over to streamers in the afternoon, as some. . .

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Photos of the Day: Brown Drakes and Rainbow Trout on the Henrys Fork

Written by Rowan Nyman

The Henrys Fork at dusk is a place of awe-inspiring beauty.
Photo by Rowan Nyman

It is a busy time in the greater Yellowstone area, as many of the “glory” bugs of summer are making their annual appearance simultaneously and en mass. After a hot summer day spent chasing salmonflies, George Kelly and Alan Muchmore and I headed to the Ranch section of the Henrys Fork, to attempt to fish the elusive. . .

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Photos of the Day: The Monsters of St. Brandon’s Atoll

Dave hoists an Indo-Pacific Permit, also known as the snub-nosed pompano.
All photos by Christiaan Pretorius 

Orvis vice chairman Dave Perkins and his wife Nancy Mackinnon recently took a trip to St Brandon’s Atoll off Mauritius, where they were hosted by FlyCastaway. As you can see, they had an. . .

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Photos of the Day: Sight-Fishing for Stripers in Rhode Island

This big striper exploded on a baitfish fly just a few feet off Capt. Aron Cascone’s rod tip.
All photos by Sandy Hays

I spent last week on vacation on the coast of Rhode Island, sharing a big beach house with a bunch of high-school buddies and their families. It was a spectacular time, and I even got to sneak off for a day of fishing, along with one of those old friends, photographer Sandy Hays. Months earlier, Capt. Aron Cascone had invited me to check out his unique flats fishery on Ninigret Pond, a tidal estuary in Charlestown, so I decided to. . .

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