Monthly Archives: December 2010

Steelhead Odyssey, Episode I

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Ted Morris is all smiles as he shows off his first steelhead, taken from Idaho’s Little Salmon.

photo by Eric Strader

[Editor’s Note: This month, three trout guides from Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge have embarked on a steelhead trip through Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. They’ll be filing frequent updates on their progress. The anglers—all steelhead novices—are Eric Strader (from Missouri), Robert McCallister (from New Mexico), and Ted Morris (from Pennsylvania).]

Once elk-hunting season is over at Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge, it’s time to find the steelhead! Our first stop on the trip is Boise, Idaho, where we met with a few local fishing guides to help us plan our trip to the Olympic Peninsula, as well as a few places to fish along the way. We set up our temporary camp at a friend’s house in Boise. We tied flies and met with a few guys who had fished. . .


American Rivers Action Alert!

Written by: Eric Rickstad

Our friends at American Rivers have sent out an urgent call to action, asking that conservation-minded voters call their Senators to tell them to vote YES on the America’s Great Outdoors Act. The act “would designate wilderness areas in three different states and add thousands of miles to the national trail system.”

Click “Read More” to see the entire alert and learn how you can help.


Wingshooting at Deer Creek Lodge

Written by: Paul Fersen

If ever there was time to get your money’s worth in wingshooting, it’s now at Deer Creek Lodge in Sebree, Kentucky. In talking with Sales Manager David Krawczynski, he informed me the Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge of the Year for 2006-2007 is offering a three-for-the-price-of-two promotion until the end of the season in March. Bring three hunters and pay for two. This is all-inclusive except for gratuities and license.


Eau de Wet Dog

Written by: Eric Weissleder
Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Kit

I’m probably going to get a lot of flack for this one but what is it with the wet dog smell? It has to be up there with some of the more nauseating odors out there. It’s not pungent, or sharp. It isn’t a dull, wafting scent, nor is it sickeningly sweet. It’s just… there. I guess if you’re a dog person you get used to it. But I consider myself a dog person and I’ve never gotten used to it. In fact, the mere thought of a wet dog in my mudroom or the backseat of my car makes me gag. Don’t even ask me to walk into a dog-grooming shop. I just gagged thinking about it.


Take the Tom Rosenbauer Fly Fishing Trivia Challenge for 12-17-10

Written by: Eric Rickstad

Take the Tom Rosenbauer Fly Fishing Trivia Challenge

My quiz this week features questions on steelhead, tippet, fly tying, tarpon and insects. Let’s see what you got. Once you get your final score, come back and tell me how well you did in the comments.
Click the link below and good luck!



The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Traveling with Fly Gear

Written by: Phil Monahan

Tom takes the mystery out of packing for your next trip telling you what you need, what you don’t and what you REALLY shouldn’t forget to bring.

He also shares his top five flies for fresh and saltwater

Did he miss anything? Was this helpful? What would you like to hear in the future? Let us know in the comments.

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