Monthly Archives: April 2011

Friday Hot List 04.29.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Chew Valley Trout

A record 14-pound, 9-ounce rainbow trout taken from Chew Valley Lake,
near Bristol, England.

photo via GoFiSHn

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.

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Friday Film Festival 04.29.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Film Festival2

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, our selections take us from Utah to France, from Argentina to Wisconsin, and on a jaunt around the globe. Plus, we answer the question, “Can carp fishing be beautiful?”

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Trout Bum of the Week: Matt Canter


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Matt Canter

Matt Canter with a false albacore taken off the coast of North Carolina.

photo courtesy Matt Canter

Matt Canter is a fishing guide and manager of Brookings’ Outfitters in Cashiers, North Carolina. The other day, he sent us a report and some pictures from a recent camping trip with his buddies in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It seems like a trip that exemplifies the Trout Bum ethos:

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Tying the Slumpbuster


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Here in Vermont, we’re suffering through one of the wettest Aprils in memory. Combined with the huge snowpack we had, all this rain has pushed the rivers up into the trees. As I drive along the Battenkill every morning on my way to work, thinking about how I’m going to approach the river once it becomes even marginally fishable, I picture big, ugly, commotion-creating streamers. Anglers in the Midwest and in parts of the Rockies are facing similar conditions, trying to deal with too much water.

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Roll Casting for Accuracy and Distance


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Welcome to our second installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer. A few weeks ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest casting problems. Reader “Jeff M.” wrote, “What mechanics do you use to increase distance and accuracy with a roll cast?” In this video, Peter demonstrates how to achieve better accuracy. . .

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Branching Out in Greater Yellowstone

The Madison River, The Henry’s Fork, The Firehole River: blue ribbon trout waters of legendary stature that are on every fly fisher’s “bucket list.” For years, local guides have been taking folks to these incredible rivers to partake of the gifts these waters offer up every season. However, there are numerous other options available to anglers who travel to Yellowstone Country. So let’s talk about a couple of these.

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Maine’s Kennebec River Protected from Bait Fishing


Written by: Eric Rickstad

The Maine Dept. of Marine Resources rejects effort to open the Kennebec River to bait fishing for striped bass during May and June.

In a fact-finding document released Friday, April 21st, Maine DMR stated: “The proposed regulation is not consistent with the previous conservation efforts adopted by DMR to address the decline of striped bass.” 23 pages of public comments showed that a majority of anglers opposed the change that would allow bait fishing with circle hooks and a sizable boundary reduction. The effort to liberalize the existing regulation was initiated by a group of charter boat operators in Boothbay Harbor and The Recreational Fishing Alliance. Proponents stated that circle hooks have a very low catch and release mortality when compared to J hooks and it was discriminatory to exclude that particular gear type from the regulations. DMR responded by stating: “Increased fishing effort on native and migratory striped bass population will occur if the proposed rule changes are adopted. This increased effort would be the result of participation in the fishery by individuals fishing from shore, boats, guides operating in formerly closed portions of the spawning area and latent effort that would become active once the rule changes occurred.”

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