Orvis Trout Bum of the Week XXI: Clint Packo


Clint Packo shows off a sweet rainbow trout.
All photos courtesy Clint Packo

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 turned their passion into a vocation, spending their time in an outdoor “office” that may include a. . .

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Photo Essay: The Soul of a Fly Rod

Written by: Toby Swank, Fins & Feathers Fly Shop


Vice President of Manufacturing Jim Logan in front of the Manchester, Vermont rod shop.
All photos by Toby Swank

I like fly rods and fly reels…always have ever since the first time I wiggled my 8-foot Martin combo. Growing up as a bass fisherman, multi-piece fly rods were weird to me, as. . .

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Story: A Match Made in Heaven. . .Trout Heaven, That Is

Written by: Mike Kaul, Two Rivers Emporium


Carolyn and Fred’s love of fly fishing brought them together.
Photo courtesy Mike Kaul

A while back, I received a phone call from a lady who wanted to participate in the Wyoming Cutt-Slam. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department sponsors this program to call attention to the plight of the four sub-species of. . .

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Which Hand is the “Right” Hand for Reeling?


This redfish didn’t seem to care which hand I was reeling with.
Photo by Irene Kato

One would think that, after 25 years of fly fishing, I would be immune to ridicule for reeling with the “wrong” hand. But there I was just last month, on a boat off the coast off Lido Key, with a seasoned fly-fishing guide goofing on me. One of my. . .

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Orvis Trout Bum of the Week XX: Maggie Mae Stone


Maggie Mae Kuhlman landed this 27-inch beast on the Madison River inside Yellowstone National Park.
All photos courtesy Maggie Mae Stone

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. . .

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Short Casts for 01.29.14

Editor’s Note: “Short Casts” is a regular feature that highlights great fly-fishing content from around the Web—from how-to articles, to photo essays, to interesting. . .

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Trout Bum of the Week XIX: Brown Hobson


Brown Hobson has worked professionally in the Rockies and the Southeast.
Photo courtesy Brown Hobson

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 turned. . .

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Photos and a Story: Winter Wonderland in Colorado

Written by: Will Long


Will Long ended his angling year with a 22-inch Colorado brown trout.
All photos courtesy Will Long

[Editor’s Note: Blog reader Will Long sent in this story and accompanying photos about how he ended his angling year in southwestern Colorado.]

So living in South Texas, I don’t often get to experience true winter fishing. We occasionally have some cold days down on my home river, the Guadalupe, but nothing like what the states north of. . .

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A Classic: The Story of One, Perfect Fly Rod

Written by: Nick Drain


Nick Drain and his favorite rod, Madison, with a fall brown trout on the Missouri.
Photo by photo courtesy Nick Drain

[Editor’s Note: There are customer letters, and then there is this amazing tale from Nick Drain. Here it is in full, edited only for grammar and with the name of an Orvis competitor redacted for reasons that will be apparent when. . .

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Fish Story: From Customer to Field Tester

Written by: John Van Vleet


Kaufmann’s trophy from the “Carp Locker” put a huge smile on his face.
Photo by Shawn Combs

John Kaufmann is absolute hell on fly tackle. He’s a fly rod’s worst nightmare, but a fly shop’s favorite patron. Every spring, as he chases stripers up and down Cape Cod with reckless abandon, he snaps rods, explodes reels, and puts fly lines through what some might consider. . .

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