Classic Story and Photos: Fly-Fishing for Monsters


The bowfin is an indiscriminate predator. It seems all mouth, when viewed from the front,
and its conical teeth would do a number on your skin.
Photo by Phil Monahan

The first time I ever heard of bowfin was about seven years ago, when I was ice-fishing for pike on Lake Champlain with a couple of friends from Orvis—I didn’t work here yet—and a few of. . .

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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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Photos of the Day: A Vermont Brook Trout Patchwork


The many patterns and colors of wild Vermont brookies are amazing to behold in this fashion.
Images by Jason Gragen

Jason Gragen is a Vermont angler who lives just over the mountains from Orvis HQ, and he posts beautiful images of brook trout to our Facebook page pretty regularly. This weekend, he. . .

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Trout Bum of the Week LXVII: Phoebe Bean


Phoebe Bean with a gorgeous Bitterroot brown caught last fall.
Photo courtesy Fiona Bean

Phoebe Bean was an intern here at Orvis in the fall or 2014, and she has written a bunch of posts for this blog. (Scroll to the bottom for a full list.) As you’ll read, she caught the fly-fishing bug. . .

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Trout Bum of the Week LVIII: Kim Bryant


Kim Bryant ties on a new fly on a small Vermont stream.
Photo by Brian Grossenbacher

Kim Bryant has done many different jobs in the fly-fishing industry: she’s been a shop rat at Concord Outfitters in Massachusetts; a guide at New York’s  Ausable Club and Wyoming’s. . .

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Photo of the Day: A Winter Whopper in Vermont

Written by: Abbie Mahurin


Orvis’s Abbie Mahurin shows off a fine Vermont brown caught on an unseasonably warm Saturday.
Photo by Andy Mahurin

You know the saying: I was in the right place at the right time. Saturday’s exceptionally warm temperature made for a fantastic day on the water–especially for winter in Vermont. Around 10 . . .

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10 Tips for Fly-Fishing Small Mountain Streams

Written by: Jared Zissu


Even little trout can teach an angler important lessons on stealth and technique.
Photos by Jared Zissu

Although I have been struggling to catch trout on the Battenkill, my small-stream game has been improving. One thing that keeps me so motivated, focused, and seriously addicted to the sport. . .

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Story: The Trout Stream That No One Else Wanted


Hey. . .the fish don’t know it’s a shopping cart.
Photo by Phil Monahan

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. . .

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Photo of the Day: College Student Lands Record Pike on Lake Champlain

Written by: Drew Price


Lauren Dunn show’s off a women’s line-class record landed on Vermont’s Lake Champlain.
Photo by Drew Price

I first met Lauren Dunn in August of this year. Her dad, Brian, had contacted me to see if I was available to target some bowfin for potential IGFA women’s line-class world records. Lauren . . .

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