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. . .
About 90 percent of the media you see about fly fishing in Arkansas involves a huge dam and giant tailwater trout. Here’s a great, 11½-minute video that focuses on the “authentic Ozark . . .
Written by: Alvin Dedeaux, All Water Guides
Subsurface patterns, such as this crawfish, will take bass when they’re not willing to eat bugs on top.Photo courtesy All Water Guides
Just like trout, largemouth bass spend most of their time feeding below the surface. And as most people would agree that catching trout on dry flies is more exciting, watching a bass explode on . . .
Largemouths holding in weedbeds make for great summertime action.
Photo by Drew Price
Everyone knows that bass loves weeds in the summer, but to cover big weed beds efficiently, you often need a boat (although not necessarily a sparkly one). Especially in the South, the lake. . .
The Bully Bluegill Spider is the creation of fly tier Terry Wilson, and it was first introduced to the wider community in the 1999 book that Terry wrote with his wife, Roxanne, Bluegill Fly. . .
This chunky largemouth fell for a deer-hair slider, the Umpqua Swim Frog diver.
Photo by Reid Bryant
Catching largemouth bass on surface flies is a lot of fun, but it’s not as easy as you might think. Bass aren’t like northern pike, almost always willing to chase down a big meal. In fact, bass. . .
Few things in fly-fishing are as exciting as watching a largemouth bass smash a fly on the surface, and Alvin Dedeaux of All Water Guides gets to watch this spectacle more than most anglers. Based in Austin, Texas, Dedeaux was a 2016 Orvis-Endorsed . . .
Rob Woodruff of Woodruff Guide Service
shows how to properly support a bass’s body.
Photo by Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff
Fly fishers have spent a lot of time over the past couple of years trying to promote the #Keepemwet ethic as a way to ensure the highest survival rates from catch-and-release. . .
Largemouths on a fly are a blast.
Here’s the second episode of “The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing” to be published on Youtube. (We told you about Episode I and the series last week.) In Episode II, Tom Rosenbauer focuses on. . .
Written by: Mike Lembke, Wollaston Lake Lodge
If you’re chucking the right flies, you can land huge northerns on a fly rod.
Photo courtesy Wollaston Lake Lodge
Over the last 25 years of chasing giant pike with a fly rod, I’ve learned a lot about what makes these creatures tick. I spent the first nine of those years as a fishing client of my favorite place and. . .