Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Fly Tying 101 (and we get a great email)


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

As Tom was sitting down to tape this episode we got an email from a listener that made us all smile regarding his daughter, April’s first fly (see her work below!). Tom reads it in this episode and it was good timing as in this edition Tom lays out the basics of what you need to get into fly tying as a great addition to your fly fishing experience… but don’t get into it thinking you’re going to save money on flies!

Good lighting, a comfortable seat, reading glasses and this podcast episode are a great start to a rewarding, lifelong hobby.

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9 Year-Old April’s first fly! Listen to the podcast to hear more.

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Friday Hot List 11.19.10


Written by: Phil Monahan

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The redfish are in the shallows in South Carolina.

The The Orvis Fishing Reports and Conditions pages offer up-to-date reports, including stream and river flows, tides, recommended flies and equipment, and special fishing tips. At any given time, those waters that offer the very best fishing become part of the “Red Hot” list. To ensure that those making the reports aren’t exaggerating the quality of their local fishing, each reporter is allowed only four red hots per year per location, so they only rank their spot red hot when it’s truly outstanding. Every Friday, we’ll highlight those waters that offer the best fishing for the weekend.

This week’s spots look a lot like last weeks, with the addition of Colorado’s. . .

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The Trout Unlimited Podcast- Never Have Your Spouse Teach you to Fly Fish – An Interview with Sharon Lance


Written by: Phil Monahan

Chris Wood, TU’s President and CEO, chats with Colorado Volunteer, Sharon Lance, about conservation issues in Colorado, why it’s important to get kids involved in fly fishing and why it’s never a good idea to have your spouse teach you how to fish.

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The Man Behind the Curtain


Written by: Phil Monahan


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Steve Hemkens, Divisional Merchandise Manager for Orvis Rod & Tackle,
releases a hefty Florida tarpon.

Ever wonder who actually thinks up and designs the fly rods you use? The Bonefish on the Brain blog offers us a long interview with our own Steve Hemkens. Steve talks about the development of the Helios and a few other products, while discussing his love of saltwater fly fishing and. . .

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Swinging for Steel

In all they years that I have been going to the New York’s Salmon River, I always spend a day or two swinging big junk waiting for that magical tug. Well, last week I not only got that tug, but I brought the fish to hand—and to make the success ever so sweeter, it was done in the presence of my fishing buddies. Every fly fisherman has had those days: . . .

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Tuesday Tip: Maximum Efficiency


Written by: Phil Monahan


Line in the Water
Even when you’re moving to a different part of the river, you can keep your fly in the water. Trout will often hit a trailing streamer, nymph, or even dry fly.
photo by Jay Morr

There’s an old saying among fishermen: You can’t catch fish if your line isn’t in the water. I believe that this is one of the reasons that wives often outfished their more-experienced husbands on float trips when I guided on the Yellowstone and in Alaska. Whereas the husband recognized every great trout lie the boat floated past and felt the need to cast to all of them, the wife was generally more content to keep a given drift going as long as possible. Every time the husband picked up his line and started false-casting, he was taking himself out of the game.

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Conservation News 11.15.10


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Greatest Migration Teaser from Epicocity Project on Vimeo.

Here’s a cool trailer for a new film that traces the path of salmon and steelhead from the coast of Alaska to the Sawtooth valley of Idaho and focuses on the obstacles the fish must overcome. The current runs represent just 1 percent of the historical runs that clogged the river before man began . . .

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In the Loop 11.15.10


Written by: Phil Monahan


Record Brown
Roger Hellen’s 41-pound, 8-ounce brown trout is now the co-world record..
photo by Benny Sieu, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

For the second time in two years, the International game Fish Association has certified a world-record brown trout. Roger Hellen of Racine, Wisconsin, caught the 41-pound, 8-ounce behemoth while trolling on Lake Michigan in July. Although the official weight is 1 ounce heavier than the trout caught on Michigan’s Manistee River in 2009, the two will stand as co-records because. . .

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