Monthly Archives: September 2011

More evidence that Pebble Mine will be a disaster for Alaska’s sockeye salmon


Written by: Phil Monahan

A host of conservation organizations–including Trout Unlimited, Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska, and Orvis–has been working for years to stop construction of the Pebble Mine project, which would see the construction of the world’s largest copper and gold mine at the headwaters of the last great wild salmon run in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. Throughout the debate, the Pebble Limited Partnership has claimed that our fears are unfounded because technological advances will allow them to build this monstrous extraction operation without affecting nearby streams and lakes, which are the spawning grounds for millions of sockeye salmon. This recently released video shows what happens when you fact-check some of these claims. The results are disturbing at best and cast doubt on the viability of the whole operation. To help stop Pebble Mine, visit the Orvis Take Action page.

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Weekend Hot List for September 23, 2011


Written by: Phil Monahan

Fishing Reports

Check out the Orvis Fishing Reports every week for up-to-date info on your home waters.

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.

Most Fridays, we highlight those waters that offer the best fishing for the weekend. Right now, it sounds like the fall Baetis hatches are getting underway in the Rockies. High water all season means that the productive fishing time should be extended this fall. Get ready to fish in the snow!

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Video of the Day: Goldzilla!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Goldzilla 2011 from DevonTT on Vimeo.

What’s big, hairy, and very, very friendly? A golden retriever! That is, according to the hosts of the annual Goldzilla: the Golden Retriever Fun Fair and Walk for Rescue, an annual event held in Shoreview, Minnesota. All proceeds benefit Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota (RAGOM), a Golden Retriever rescue organization serving Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This year, more than 300 goldens–along with their owners–showed up. There were plenty of other breeds represented as well. Check out this great footage from a worthwhile and fun event!

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Cinda’s Alaskan Pike Adventure

Pike Fishing in Alaska

The author’s astounding 50-inch pike was the fish of the trip.

photo courtesy Cinda Howard

When most people think of fly fishing, they picture someone standing in a remote river or stream casting a dry fly to trout lazily sipping bugs off the surface. The low-down dirty truth is that you can cast to just about any fish in almost any piece of water. Fly fishing can take whatever shape you want it to, and that is what excites me about this sport.

As an Orvis Fishing Manager, I get the opportunity to fish in some great locations. I recently spent a week in Alaska fly fishing for northern pike. Most people associate Alaska with spectacular trout and salmon fishing, but it also offers some of the best pike fishing in the world. I spent a week with some of my customers in a very remote location with Midnight Sun Trophy Pike Adventures on a houseboat in the middle of nowhere (“nowhere” being somewhere out past a small village called Aniak that is accessible only by float plane). The houseboat sits in a slough off a tributary of the Yukon River, and we ran the river in custom built skiffs to get to different lakes and sloughs that are loaded with trophy pike.

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Friday Film Festival 09.23.11


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection starts off slow and thoughtful, builds to some serious excitement, and then ends with a video that just may haunt your dreams—especially if you’re an ophidiophobe. At this shoulder season, we’re still pretty US-centric, with films from the. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Monster Montauk Striper


Written by: Phil Monahan

John Kaufmann Striper 1

John Kaufmann’s 44-inch striped bass would be a fish of a lifetime for many striper anglers.

photo courtesy John Kaufmann

Orvis customer John Kaufmann sent us these pictures, with a note: 

“I was using my Helios when I landed this fish, one of two truly large striped bass I have caught in my many days on the water.  Further proof of Woody Allen’s axiom that ninety percent of success is showing up.”

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