Story and Photos: You Never Forget Your First Love


A native Vermont brook trout caught from a stream flowing out of the Green Mountains.
Photo by Phil Monahan

The first brook trout I ever saw was about three inches long, little bigger than a baitfish really. But the memory of that vision—of that glittering flash of color and light—remains sharply etched in my . . .

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“Trickle Treat,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


A tiny stream that holds native brookies is a secret to keep.
Photo by Zach Matthews

After living most of my life within earshot of highway racket, where city lights blot the stars from the night sky, I finally did it. I bought a little farm on a dirt road in the New Hampshire hills. My new . . .

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Classic Story and Photos: How Fly Fishing Changed My Life

Written by: Josh Diller


Fly fishing has led Josh Diller far away from the self-destructive path he was on.
Photo by John Bundy

I grew up on a farm in the rolling hills of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and I enjoyed fishing, hunting, and roaming the fields when I was younger. As I got older, however, I fell into the. . .

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Classic Photo: Feathered Trout Thief


What a glorious pose. . .Hey! That’s MY fish!
Photo by Brandon Kalpin

I received this great photo and story from blog reader Brandon Kalpin of Altadena, California: . . .

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Recipe for Adventure: Baled-Out in Chilean Patagonia

My Recipe for Adventure has all the classic elements that compose a memorable adventure: an exotic locale, mystery, and a bit of dumb luck. Have you ever been in a familiar situation, and then all the sudden see something so out of . . .

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Story: The Trout Stream That No One Else Wanted

With a sparsely attended Catholic church at one end and a Taco Bell at the other, Benmont Avenue is representative of the hard times that have befallen many American mill towns. This is not the scenic Vermont of postcards, but instead a hardscrabble . . .

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Classic Story and Photos: The Meat Mongers of Spring

Written by: Drew Nisbet, Orvis Fly Fishing and Wingshooting Community Leader


This savage brown ate a streamer, even though its last meal had not yet been digested.
Photos by Drew Nisbet, Orvis Buffalo

As winter releases its icy grip on the Northeast in late March and into April, many anglers look forward to warm spring days of fishing to rising trout on their favorite tailwater or freestone . . .

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Story and Photos: Two Days of Trout in Utah

February in Park City, Utah, is well known for fantastic skiing, snowboarding, and all things winter. But for me, the best part is that none of those people are on the blue-ribbon trout waters nearby. It also helps to have awesome friends send you . . .

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