Monthly Archives: July 2011

Fly-Fishing History, Part IV


Written by: Gordon Wickstrom
[Editor’s note: For the next few months, we will be featuring entries from Gordon M. Wickstrom’s The History of Fishing for Trout with Artificial Flies in Britain and America: A Chronology of Five Hundred Years, 1496 to 2000. In this chronology, Gordon marks significant events—the publication of seminal books, tackle developments, important social changes, the dissemination of trout species beyond their native ranges, etc.—on both sides of the Atlantic.]

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Tying a Simple Gartside Gurgler


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Gurgler, invented by the late fly tier and iconoclast Jack Gartside, is one of those all-around useful patterns than will catch everything from panfish to tarpon. It’s sort of the topwater version of a Woolly Bugger, and like the Bugger, it can be tied in many different sizes and colors, with a variety of materials and accoutrements. Gartside wrote about his creation: . . .

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Sisters on the Fly: Women, RVs, Fly Fishing, and the Open Road

Who doesn’t dream of just hitting the open road in an RV with good friends and some fly fishing along the way? Well, the women of Sisters on the Fly don’t just dream about it; they do it. It’s inspiring. And it inspires more than just me. The story of their treks made it into the June issue of O, The Oprah magazine.

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Tuesday Tip: Casting Angles


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to our sixth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. A couple months ago, we asked you to
post some questions about your biggest casting problems. Reader “griffjc” wrote,


From all the advice I’ve gotten on casting, the rod has only ever been described in a forward-and-back motion. Is there ever a reason to cast slightly to the side or even at an extreme angle, . . .

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Top 10 Dog Books for Summer Reading


Written by: Eric Rickstad

If you are reading this post, you are very likely a dog lover, and a book lover as well, looking for a good read about one of your favorite subjects. Well,  Louise, a bookseller at an independent book store near our Orvis home offices put together a list of top ten dog books for summer reading for a great site eardog.com.

The list includes classic favorites and fantastic new books, ranging from humorous, to nostalgic, heartbreaking, and informative.

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Which Knot? Part II


Written by: Phil Monahan

Which Knot II

There’s no such thing as one “right” knot. It’s up to you to figure out what works best for each situation and your particular skills and needs. The Orvis Animated Knot Series can help you find the knots you need.

Fly fishermen love to argue about which tippet-to-fly knot is the “best” or strongest (see Which Knot? Part I), but the truth of the matter is that, all things being equal, no single knot does everything an angler needs. There are many variables that go into determining which knot is “best” for a given fly-fishing situation. Here are just a few of them: . . .

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