How to Tie a Catskills Classic: The Conover

“It’s the most popular attractor pattern we sell here at the shop,” Joe Fox said during my recent visit to the Dette fly shop in Livingston Manor, New York. Of all the flies Joe could have selected from the hundreds . . .

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Chasing Big Fish with Dragon Tails

About four years ago, Capt. David Mangum was accompanying his crafts-obsessed six-year-old daughter on their weekly trip to the local Michael’s store, when something caught his eye. The Squirmle is a tapered-chenille “magical pet,” with two eyes glued . . .

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How a Fly Pattern Makes It Into the Orvis Catalog

Brillon doesn’t judge flies by their looks; he wants to know how they perform on the water.
Photo courtesy Shawn Brillon

“Here, I’ve got something to show you,” says Shawn Brillon, the man who chooses which new fly patterns will make it into the Orvis collection. “Wait until you see my most recent submission.”

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Material of the Week: The Tactical Hook Series

Written by: Shawn Brillon

The Orvis “Fly Guy,” Shawn Brillon, knows how a good hook leads to more fish.

You may love competition fly fishing, you may hate the idea, or you may be indifferent to it. The one thing I think we can all agree on is that competitive fly fishing has added flies, techniques, . . .

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Photos: Learning to Tie Flies at Work

Written by: Haley Pinsonneault

Orvis associate Haley Pinsonneault shows off the first two Woolly Buggers she ever tied, with a little help.
Photo by Tom Rosenbauer

While fly-fishing is a major part of the Orvis culture, I have never felt much of an urge to pursue it in any way during the almost two years that I have worked at the company. That is until Tom . . .

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