Monthly Archives: March 2011

Audio and Video Podcast Episodes- Fly Fishing for Pike


Written by: Eric Rickstad

We have a very exciting podcast for you this week. Many of you have asked for a pike podcast, and we’ve delivered what I think is one of our best presentations in two parts.

Part 1 is an audio interview I conduct with pike expert Drew Price, where he goes into great detail on where, when, and how to catch pike. Also in part 1,  we have some tips in the Fly Box section on fishing CDC flies, choosing one rod for bass and trout, and how to get your nymph deep in small plunge pools.

Click the play button below to listen to part 1, the audio portion of this episode.


If you cannot see the podcast player, please click this link to listen.

 

Part 2 is a video where we have  tips on pike fishing (along with some shots of nice pike caught on a fly), courtesy of The New Fly Fisher TV show, the best how-to fly fishing show on TV right now (it’s on World Fishing Network and some PBS stations).

I know I learned a ton from interviewing Drew and watching the video and can’t wait to get at the pike this spring.

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Training Murph, Part VIII: Murph’s Excursion to the Country Store


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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Murph and his new pal at the country store
Photo by Mimi Fersen

The snow is melting slowly but surely here in Vermont. The sun is out every once in a while, and Murph, Pickett, and I have been taking longer and longer walks. The concept of heel seems to be firmly ingrained in Murph now, and I am using it every chance I get to make sure it stays that way. I used to just make Murph sit calmly for his dinner, but now that he understands heel, I call both him and Pickett to heel before every meal. I make them sit and wait while I place both bowls, then I release them separately by name. One act, three lessons: heel, patience, and name recognition.

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Tuesday Tip: Adding Line to the Cast


Forward Cast

Learning to add line to the cast is the key to distance-casting.

photo by Steve Hemkens

In our last lesson, we learned how to control the line hand during casting, as well as how to “shoot” line by releasing the line at the end of the forward cast. After shooting the line, you then pinched the against the cork handle in what we call the “fishing position.”

 

Now we’re going to put lessons 1 and 2 together to learn how to add line to the cast during false casting. This is the skill that allows you to lengthen your casts after you’ve stripped line in.

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Snow’s Gone, Back on the Lawn


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Like the arrival of the first robins, one sure sign of spring is the reappearance of Orvis Rod & Tackle product developers out on the lawn here at Orvis HQ to test-cast new fly rods and lines. This morning, I was heartened to see Steve Hemkens, Divisional Merchandising Manager for Rod & Tackle, and Vice Chairman Dave Perkins throwing some saltwater sticks, so I grabbed the iPhone. . .

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Fear of Hooks


Written by: Eric Rickstad


Hemkens Hooked

Orvis’s Steve Hemkens shows off the kind of buried hook that does require medical attention. To his credit, he finished out the float trip first.

photo by Steve Hemkens

Anyone who fishes long enough is going to end up with a hook point buried in his skin; it’s simply an occupational hazard. This is why it’s important to debarb your hooks and always carry a mini first-aid kit in your vest or waist pack. But there are times when every precaution in the world isn’t. . .

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Friday Film Festival 03.18.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s videos an expedition to wild Mongolia, some Swedish dry-fly action, and a trip to the Land Down Under the Land Down Under (and no, I’m not repeating myself). Enjoy!

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Take a Walk to Help Fight Canine Cancer


Written by: Eric Rickstad


K9 Cancer Walk
A Recent K9 Cancer Walk

This May 7th marks the 3rd annual Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk in Elk Grove, Calif. Many dogs succumb to cancer each year. Last March, Buddy, an 8-year-old chocolate lab mix, lost his human best friend to leukemia and his canine friend Raja to cancer too. On Saturday, May 7, help Buddy celebrate their memory, and raise money and awareness for canine cancer. All proceeds will benefit Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, a national effort to help dogs live longer, healthier, cancer-free lives.

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Hungry Trout and Cold Stout: Springtime in Montana


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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One of the pubs along the way

Right about now, we fly fishers are all but frothing to find a bit of water to fish. Though some of us may be lucky enough to live near tailwaters to fish in the winter, the first signs of spring have a different feel to them than fishing in the winter. For one, it’s nice not to have to knock ice out of your rod’s guides after every cast. I spoke with Brandon Boedecker of PRO Outfitters in Montana, and he told me about a new idea they came up with to chase away the winter blues and get out there on some of the best waters in Montana as spring hits. They call it the Pub Crawl…

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