The Orvis fly-fishing blog celebrates all things fly fishing, featuring top-notch articles, tips, photos, videos, podcasts and the latest fly-fishing news. From trout fishing in the famed rivers of Montana to brown-lining for carp in the urban jungle to chasing sailfish of the coast of Baja, we cover all sides of the sport we love. Regular features include Tuesday Tips, which will make you a better angler, and the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, made up of the best videos from around the world.
Perhaps taking up fly-fishing artwork is a good way to beat the winter blues.
Illustration by Catherine Griffin
Last month, I found myself sitting cross-legged on a boulder in the middle of my home stream looking through the clear water at the rocks on the bottom. I had given up fishing about an hour before and was morosely reflecting on the transformation of a lively fall brook stream into a seemingly vacant winter stream. Where did all of the fish go? Did they pack up their little trout motor homes and go to the Keys for the winter?
It might sound fanatical to people who don’t fish, but the off-season blues can be a serious problem for anglers. In addition to decreased sunlight, which can cause most of us to get pretty blue, anglers lose one of their most important sources of . . .
Don’t mind that banner up there; Tom’s too busy with his super-secret new project to make a quiz this week. (You’ll hear a lot more about that next week.) Plus, I don’t want him to get all the angry e-mails sure to come, because this here quiz I made is tough.
Here’s what you’re in for: you need to identify the locations of 25 famous fly-fishing spots in the Western Hemisphere. Some are river names, some are place names, and some are nicknames. Anyone who can get a 100 on this quiz is a fly-fishing-travel Jedi master. (No Googling!)
Post your score in the comments below to become eligible for our giveaway: One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will win a copy of the Orvis App for iPhone or Android, a great resource featuring everything from fishing reports to knot-tying animations to fly patterns.
This week we have a great interview on redfish (and also speckled trout and snook) with Captain Dave Hunt from Florida. In the Fly Box, we also talk about grayling, brass and tungsten beads, and about the question of whether the term ‘dry fly rod” is valid today. Plus I tip our listeners off to an exciting new development on the web–but you’ll have to listen to find out!
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Last week, we posted an article by Tom Rosenbauer. about fishing big streamers during the high, cold water of early spring. In his discussion on choosing patterns, Tom argued that “flies that have some movement of their own, like ones with marabou and rabbit fur, work best under these conditions. Flies with brass (or even better tungsten) beads get the fly. . .
Welcome to the Orvis Job Wall, where we update you periodically on the opportunities to be a part of the Orvis team. As a friend and follower of Orvis, you likely know and appreciate the products, the brand, and the lifestyle that have been integral to Orvis for more than 150 years. We firmly believe that the only way for Orvis to achieve its vision to be the most respected lifestyle brand in America is to build a company culture that is supportive and inspiring to the individuals who will help us get there. You may not have considered that Orvis, the brand you know and love, may also be a great place to take your next career step, so we hope provide some insights in to our employment brand, culture, and opportunities.
This week, we wanted to shine the light on two opportunities for folks with extremely different skill sets. The first is for someone to join the Orvis Travel team, which is kind of like a Dream Job if you enjoy helping people plan incredible vacations. The second is for an Inventory Manager for Orvis Rod & Tackle. This is perfect for an organized, detail-oriented person who also loves the outdoors and wants to live in a beautiful part of the Northeast. Both are located at our Vermont home office, tucked into the Green Mountains. Click the job titles to see a complete job listing, as well as instructions for applying.
Dave Kumlien, director of the Aquatic Invasive Species Program scans the Madison River looking for risers. Dave wants you to take an online survey to help his research.
photo by Phil Monahan
Dear Fellow Trout Anglers,
Scientists agree that second only to habitat loss, aquatic invasive species (AIS) pose the greatest threat to the decline of native aquatic species in North America. The spread of already established AIS, and the impacts of new AIS invasions combined with rapid climate change is expected to increase AIS problems and will have a significant negative impact on efforts to conserve and protect threatened and listed native species across the country. A striking example of AIS impacts has occurred in Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park where two AIS, . . .
Gordon Hight guides for WorldCast Anglers in Jackson Hole during trout season, but he recently headed back to his native South to chase redfish along the Georgia and Florida coasts. Looks like he’s pretty good at it.
I’ve been friends with Minnesota-based artist Bob White since we first met at a benefit fly-fishing event for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in 2007, but I’ve been a fan of his artwork for much longer than that. For instance, he did the wonderful illustrations for Tom Rosenbauer’s The Orvis Fly-Fishing Guide. He’s more than just an artist, though: he’s a real-deal sportsman and angler. Bob guided fly fishers in Alaska and Argentina for many years, and he continues to lead groups of anglers to far-flung destinations.
Bob posted a beautiful Dolly Varden painting—which you’ll see below—on his Facebook page a few days ago, so I asked him if he would allow us to post a few examples of his work along with his thoughts about what goes into these paintings and drawings. Luckily for us, he agreed. He wrote the following brief introduction and then notes on each piece of artwork: . . .
Orvis product developer Tim Daughton shows off a fly-caught carp.
photo courtesy Tim Daughton
The rise of the once-lowly carp as a game fish got another boost today as no less than the Old Gray Lady herself, the New York Times, published an article about casting for Cyprinus carpio with a fly rod. Chris Santella, author of Fifty Places to Fish Before You Die, describes how many fly fishers have undergone a “carptharsis”: . . .
Scotland’s famed River Tweed opened to salmon fishing on february first, and from the looks of this film, the water fished well. I have never cast a line in Scotland, and it’s one of my dream destinations. The Tweed enjoyed a record year in 2010, and 2011 also featured excellent catch rates. That trend should continue: check out the new regulations for the watershed, which should lead to improved salmon survival. Some very progressive management happening in one of the “cradles” of salmon fishing.