Slovenia, Day One: Discovering the Monster Marble


Sandy Hays shows off the first fish of the trip, a rainbow that ate a small olive streamer.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Day One of our Slovenian adventure began with a leisurely breakfast and a discussion of how we wanted to get started discovering all the angling opportunities around the small town of Kobarid. Our host, . . .

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Fly-Fishing for Trout in the Spanish Pyrenees: Discovering the Old World Anew


Ivan Tarin of Salvelinus Fishing Adventures with a muscular rainbow that fell for a streamer in a Pyrenees tailwater.
All photos by Sandy Hays

The diesel Volkswagen van chugged indefatigably upward through the switchbacks, as we climbed into the low-hanging clouds. Soon we couldn’t even see the rain-soaked green valley below, and our world became focused on the steep, rutted farm path in front of us. Occasionally, a group of cows blocked our progress, their bells clanging loudly in the stillness, and Ivan would creep forward slowly to avoid pushing one off the edge. The end of the road was a saddle between two peaks, and when we hopped out, the air was damp and cold. As we donned fleece and raingear, Sandy and I exchanged skeptical looks; could there really be. . .

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Orvis Trout Bum of the Week XXVIII: Dave Hise


Dave Hise says he chased this 34-inch rainbow in an unnamed stream for two years before he landed her.
All photos courtesy Dave Hise

A couple years ago, we ran a series called “Trout Bum of the Week,” in which we highlighted some of the guys living the good life. . .of a sort. (See the bottom of this post for a link to the previous installments.) This is our second round of profiles. Most of the subjects are guides who have. . .

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Photos of the Day: A Helios 2 and a Modest Proposal


Nick hands “his” new fly rod to his girlfriend.
Photo courtesy Nick Bentele

These photos and email (below) come from Orvis customer Nick Bentele. But first a little background: According to Matt Dooley, who runs the Rod & Tackle department at the Orvis Roanoke facility, Nick wanted to propose to his (then) girlfriend and chose to use. . .

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Photos: OGR14 Adventure Day Two, Broken on the Bitterroot


The armory was well stocked for a float trip.
All photos by Phil Monahan

Day Two in Montana for the 2014 Orvis Guide Rendezvous dawned bright and cold on Rock Creek, where I was staying with my friends Tim and Lisa Savard. Although he had missed out on. . .

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What’s Your Fly-Fishing Pet Peeve?


These are hemostats, but each one is a hemostat.
Photo via Wikipedia

Okay, let’s start right out by acknowledging the obvious: a pet peeve is, by definition, something inconsequential. It’s nothing more than a nit that you can’t help from picking. And it’s been my experience that. . .

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