Tom’s First Fly-Tying Podcast of the Year!


Welcome to the Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide Podcast. This week I concentrate on fly tying questions (except for a short sidetrack on stream smallmouths) because I love talking about fly tying. Plus, Orvis is offering a 20% discount on fly tying materials for the month of February 2013 and we’re hosting a fly-tying photo contest on. . .

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Fly-Fishing Podcast: Listener Questions and an Interview with Author Richard Louv


This week, in an addition to a long Fly Box section, I go a little off topic as I interview Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, who introduced the term “Nature Deficit Disorder” to the world, and has perhaps done more than anyone else in modern times raise awareness of how important it is to get ourselves and our children outside more often.

He’s one of my role models and it was a great honor to interview him for the podcast. And, of course, we do talk about getting kids and grand-kids out fishing and give you some tips on how to do it.

This is a podcast you may want to recommend to friends who don’t fish, as it’s one of the most important things people can do for their children …

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Fly-Fishing Podcast: Lots of Listener Questions and Tom Interviews Orvis Chairman Leigh Perkins


He’s the Eveready Bunny — at 85 years old, and a recently replaced hip, Leigh Perkins still fishes and hunts 300 days a year. Although he retired as CEO of The Orvis Company in 1992, he’s still chairman of the board and one of our best field testers. He’s always the first one up in the morning and the last one to go to bed, and he lives his life surrounded by a bunch of hunting dogs. I was recently in Florida hunting wild quail and ducks with Leigh and got a chance to get some wisdom from him for a podcast. You’ll note by his answers that he’s one of the most optimistic people you’ll ever meet…

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Podcast: It’s the Habitat, Stupid


My apologies for the lack of recent podcasts — Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a week of vacation made it necessary for me to concentrate on my day job as Marketing Director over the past few weeks. But this week we have a nice long podcast, including some detailed fly box topics on everything from choosing a fly reel to fishing droppers to using beads for Steelhead.

In the main part of the podcast is an interview I did with Dr. Aaron Adams of Bonefish Tarpon Trust on how to find saltwater fish on your own by knowing their habitat preference. Click the play button above to listen, or click here

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As head of research for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Dr. Aaron Adams works to
save inshore game fish and the habitat that sustains them.

photo courtesy Dr. Aaron Adams

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Classic Fly-Fishing Guide Podcast: Tom’s Ten Tips on Winter Fly Fishing

[Editor’s Note: Tom’s out of the office on another adventure, so I figure it’s a good time to repost his great discussion of winter fishing. Enjoy!]

Winter fly fishing is beautiful. It’s quiet, the scenery is specatcular and there are not as many people on the water. There are some techniques you have to adopt, though in order to be succesful and have a good time.

First, remember to layer-up. Listen to the podcast for the other nine tips.
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Steve Hemkens of Orvis Rod & Tackle on the Itinerant Angler Podcast

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Steve Hemkens has lots to say about Orvis’s place in the fly-fishing world.

photo by Phil Monahan

Steve Hemkens, the divisional merchandising manager of Orvis Rod & Tackle, is the guest on the most recent Itinerant Angler Podcast, hosted by Zach Matthews. In the course of the interview, they discuss Orvis culture, how the company has survived for more than 150 years, and what the future holds for. . .

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Podcast: Catching East Coast Steelhead with Shawn Brillon

In our continuing steelhead series, we’ve moved a little further east and this week we cover the streams of New York and Pennsylvania. We don’t give specific recommendations on rivers, but Shawn Brillon, our resident Great Lakes steelhead, Spey casting, and fly tying expert, shares his knowledge on how to time your steelhead trips on Great Lakes tribs, tackle to use, when and how to swing flies, and how to fish egg flies and nymphs. It’s a long podcast with a substantial Fly Box section at the beginning, so click the play button below, sit back and relax and daydream about steelhead.

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Podcast- Steelhead Continued

This week we continue our coverage of steelhead with a podcast interview with Steve Kuieck on the basics of Great Lakes steelheading. Steve concentrates on the techniques used on his home waters in Michigan, but the advice he gives is valid for steelheaders in all the Great Lakes tributaries, as well as steelheading on the West Coast. And of course we cover the gamut with quick tips for listeners who have asked questions via e-mail and our podcast request telephone line—802-362-8800.

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Podcast: Chasing West Coast Steelhead

This week we have a long podcast, well over an hour, because Damien Nurre of Deep Canyon Outfitters and I got all wound up about steelhead. We could have gone on for hours about tackle, reading water, fly selection, how to hook them, and how to time your trip properly. Damien gives some expert tips on how to catch steelhead and reminds us that it’s mostly a matter of luck and persistence. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stack the deck in our odds. Damien is an articulate and thoughtful angler and teacher with lots of solid tips, so if you fly fish for steelhead or if you’ve ever wanted to, here’s your chance to get some world-class information.

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Podcast- Ten True Tips for False Albacore

This week’s podcast is timely—it’s on one of my very favorite fly-rod fish, the false albacore or little tunny (also known as albies, bonita, fat alberts, and boneheads). They are gorgeous, much faster than bonefish, and available from northern Cape Cod to Florida and throughout the Gulf Coast. Fall is the best time to fish for them close to shore, although in their southern range they can be caught on a fly year-round (you just might need a longer boat ride). There is no other fish I know if that causes such havoc with tackle and produces such idiotic and crazed behavior among anglers (and I include myself in that category).

One thing I neglected to mention in my podcast is the excellent book by Tom Gilmore titled False Albacore. It’s the only book written on the subject and a terrific resource. Get out there and sample a bit of this insanity yourself—you will never be the same.

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