Monthly Archives: June 2011

Tuesday Tip: Big Streamers for Big Trout

Written by: Simon Perkins

Big Streamer Fly 1

This big brown trout coughed up a 6-inch, half-digested rainbow during the fight–a
reminder that your streamer probably isn’t as big as it could be.

photo by Simon Perkins

Last week, a good friend flew in to fish with me in Montana for a couple days. Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or in an eddy behind one), you’re probably aware of the water situation in Montana and other parts of the west. June has been crazy. Record water levels are being registered across the state every day, many rivers look like their water has been replaced with chocolate milk, and therefore most anglers and guides have been forced out of their normal routines. We knew we were going to have to explore some “Plan B” options. . . .


Henry Winkler Book Signing at Orvis NYC

On Monday Henry Winkler stopped by Orvis NYC to promote his new book, I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River. Henry’s a talented fellow, no doubt–writer, director, actor, shark jumper–but many an angler is scratching his head with uncertainty about the title of Winkler’s book. Who hasn’t met an idiot on the river?

Well if the Fonz is the coolest, then Henry. . .


Are Certain Dog Breeds Dangerous?

Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Cody


Last month, we blogged about a new laws in the Atlanta region that deemed certain breeds of dogs dangerous and required their owners to license them as such. These breeds included German shepherds, pit bulls, Doberman pinschers, and others. In Ohio, a new law takes a different approach.


New Fly-Fishing Video: “Hatch” Teaser

HATCH – Fly Fishing DVD Trailer from Gin Clear Media on Vimeo.

Maker of fine fly-fishing films, New Zealand-based Gin-Clear Media just released a teaser for their upcoming film “Hatch.” I think you’ll agree that this is some of the most beautiful insects-and-trout video we’ve seen. Make sure you watch it in full HD and at full screen.

Here’s what the filmmakers have to say about it: . . .


Tom Rosenbauer’s Tips for Fishing Emergers

Written by: Phil Monahan

You might be tempted to fish emergers with a subtle twitch. It sometimes works during a caddis hatch or during an emergence of large mayflies like green drakes, but most times you are better off fishing an emerger like a dry fly— on a dead drift. Any movement you can impart to your fly is far more overt than the diminutive quivering of the naturals.


Friday Hot List for June 24

Written by: Phil Monahan

Mossy Creek Brown

A fine Mossy Creek brown trout that fell for a gold and copper Kreelex.

photo Courtesy Mossy Creek Fly Fishing

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.


Meet Henry Winkler (‘The Fonz’) at Orvis NYC Book Signing: Monday June 27, 12-2 PM

Written by: Eric Rickstad




We all know the Fonz was cool, but the actor who played him, Henry Winkler, is even cooler. Why? Because he’s a devoted, passionate fly fisher. As he puts it in his new book I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Photography, and Fly-Fishing:  

      My heart lives in New York, where I was born and raised. My body lives in Los Angeles, where I do much of my work. My soul lives in Montana, where I fish.

Come meet Henry Winkler at his book signing for his new book at Orvis NYC, Monday June 27 from 12-2 PM.


Take Your Dog to Work (to)Day

Written by: Phil Monahan

Today, June 24, marks the 13th annual Take Your Dog to Work Day. We at Orvis home offices in Vermont are lucky that we can take our dog to work pretty much any day, and all of our retail stores welcome dogs (often with a treat) any day of the year.



Toby, my golden retriever, helps me blog at the Orvis home offices


According to the site, the day was:

“created to celebrate the great companions dogs make and to encourage their adoption from humane societies, animal shelters and breed rescue clubs. This annual event asks pet lovers to celebrate the humane-canine bond and promote pet adoption by encouraging their employers to support TYDTWDay by opening their workplace to employees’ four-legged friends on this one special day.”

Are you taking your dog to work today? Does your place of work allow it?


Friday Film Festival 06.24.11

Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we’ve got a pretty salty mix, featuring wild baby-tarpon action and an epic striped marlin battle in Mexico, plus a little bit of Cuban spice. Trout lovers will enjoy the views of monster New Zealand browns, as well as. . .