Monthly Archives: November 2010

Praise for Primland Lodge


Written by: Paul Fersen
Primland Lodge
Primland Lodge

The Orvis Board of Directors meeting was held in Roanoke last week. Afterward, they spent a few days at Primland, one of our endorsed hunting lodges located on the front range of the Blue Ridge in southern Virginia. Since their return, I have heard nothing at the lunch table but praises for Primland, and in particular the new lodge.

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Teaching Fly Fishing to Beginners and we Introduce a New Segment!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Wow! About 250 entries and over 500 votes in our first podcast giveaway contest to win an Access Fly Rod! Congrats to troutbumpk for winning the contest with 52% of the vote for this entry:

How about a podcast on teaching others how to fly fish, and/or how to create a successful outing when bringing along first time or novice fly fishers….

The people have spoken, in this episode, Tom gives some tips on teaching others to fly fish and also introduces a new segment to the show: The Flybox. We get a lot of requests that can’t quite fill a whole episode, so Tom is going to address those in this new segment!

Let us know what you think of The Flybox segment!

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Introducing the Friday Hot List


Written by: Phil Monahan


Muskegon Steel
Some bright steel from Michigan’s Muskegon River.
photo by Matt Supinski

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. . .

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Vote for Next Week’s Episode of the Fly Fishing Guide Podcast and Pick the Winner of the Orvis Access Rod!


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer
Thanks to all of you for your overwhelming response with podcast suggestions in our Access fly rod giveaway contest. There were many thoughtful and interesting ideas in there and I just thought I would comment on a few:

  • We have a “How to get into fly tying” podcast coming out this week. We had many suggestions for that one but we had already recorded it before we announced the contest
  • I hear you about the winter steelheading podcast. Will do. Many requests for this and we had one planned.
  • Ditto on winter tailwater fishing.
  • There were many requests for hard-hitting environmental podcasts. Although this is a topic of great interest to me, I’m not an expert on it, which is the reason why we have our Trout Unlimited podcasts (how do you like those by the way?)
  • Regarding the many requests for location-specific podcasts, I like to try to keep these more general because we have listeners all over the world. So although I would love to travel to your area to learn something about your specific conditions and develop some tips for your location, it’s not really fair to other listeners. One resource for location-specific tips is our Fishing Reports at orvis.com/fishingreports. These are written by on-site experts and every week they offer tips on fishing these specific waters.
  • A lot of you asked for a podcast on ettiquette. We’ve done one before and anyway I feel I’d be preaching to the choir on that one.
  • Some of the topics you asked for are subjects that I’m just not qualified to do a podcast on. James, my producer, and I are working on a solution to do phone interviews with other experts but at this point we’re not completely satisfied with the sound quality.
That being said, here are my finalists to win the Orvis Access fly rod. I chose these based on:
-Interest to a wide audience
-My ability to address the subject
-A topic that we have not specifically adressed before.
Let the voting begin!


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Two Bad Days Make for Good Memories


Written by: Paul Fersen
A cold crew of grouse hunters
A Cold Crew of Grouse Hunters

Were all of our sporting endeavors successful they would cease to be very memorable. It’s the bad days that make the good ones long remembered and in some cases offer us the best opportunity for a few laughs.When a recent nor’easter demolished a grouse hunt and a trip to Long Island Sound the next day in pursuit of false albacore; both of which had been planned for a while, so I was not about to cancel them.

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