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Flannel Sheets: “The Longer You Use Them, the Softer They Get”

Written By: Lynn Marie Hulsman

“We have been using flannel sheets year round for the past 20 years. These are by far the softest, thickest, nicest flannel sheets I have ever bought. They keep you warm in the winter & cool in the summer.” ­­– Betsy from Bradenton, Florida

The holidays have wound down. As cozy feelings brought on by familiar strains of holiday music, twinkling indoor lights, and loved ones around the table fade, I find myself seeking. . .

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Story and Photos: The Arabian Queens of the UAE

Written by: Brown Hobson, Brown Trout Fly Fishing LLC


The talang queenfish (Scomberoides commersonnianus) is a prime target in the Arabian Gulf.
All photos by Brown Hobson

Over the Christmas Holiday, my wife and I visited family living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. For those of you who don’t know where in the world that is, the UAE is a small country on the. . .

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Classic Story: The True Value of a Fly Rod

Written by: Colin S. Shaffer


Colin says that this photo captures the essence of his father, when he is untangling my line
as a young Colin stares into the camera. You can clearly make out the Orvis rod, too.
Photo courtesy Colin Shaffer

Editor’s Note: Orvis head of Rod & Tackle Steve Hemkens was in the Orvis rod shop recently, and rod-repair supervisor Jim West happened to show Steve the. . .

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Photos: Bushwhacking and Browns on the Erskine River

Written by: Timothy Nash


Here’s a healthy-size brown, especially for a small stream, by Australian standards.
All photos by Clara Williams Roldan

As the winter fishing season continues in North America, the Southern Hemisphere trout streams are just reaching their most productive time of the year. Most people know about the trout angling mecca that is New Zealand, but far fewer know about fly fishing in Australia. Around. . .

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Essay: Learning to Embrace the Journey. . .Which Sometimes Isn’t About Fly Fishing

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips


Jerry Hack shows off a 45-inch fish caught during the Orvis Muskie School.
All photos courtesy Kip Vieth

“It’s the journey, not the destination.”

Most of us have heard this saying more than a few times in our lives. Being the cynic that I am, it used to sound to me like something in one of those Successories posters you’d find . . .

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The Tracker Dogs of Lewa Save Endangered Animals

Written by: Alexandra Ames Kornman, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy


The tracker-dog program has saved the lives of countless animals on the refuge.
Photo by Marcus Westerberg

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya is one of the last safe refuges for rhinos and elephants. These beloved species are constantly under threat from gruesome organized. . .

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Project Unconditional Photo #3: Shelby the Tempestuous Corgi

Written by: Jane Sobel Klonsky


Robert and the tempestuous Corgi, Shelby, enjoy a ride in Robert’s pickup.
Photo by Jane Sobel Klonsky

[Editor's Note: Last month, we posted about Project Unconditional, by Vermont photographer Jane Sobel Klonsky. She has graciously offered to share more of her images with us.]

Shelby came into Robert and Debbie Gutbier’s lives like a tempest and took on the demeanor of a precocious kid, an ugly duckling you might say. When their beloved Tegan, shop dog and. . .

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The Case for Catch-and-Release Fishing on a Southwestern Gem, and How You Can Help

Written by: Noah Parker, Land of Enchantment Guides


The wild brown-trout fishery in three tailwater sections of the Chama River deserve protection.
All photos courtesy Noah Parker

We would like to propose the implementation of catch-and-release fishing regulations and areas on the Chama River’s three tailwater stretches (below the dams at Heron, El Vado, and Abiquiu Reservoirs). This would be an important first step in protecting the long-term. . .

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Photos: Phoebe’s Last-Day Brown Trout in Vermont

Written by: Phoebe Bean


The brown trout were eager to eat a streamer, as the temperature climbed into the mid 30s.
All photos by Phoebe Bean

Tomorrow is my last day at the Orvis HQ office before I get in my car and drive 2,500 miles back west. Tomorrow is my last day, and I’m in denial. Who knew that four months could slip away so quickly? I am not looking forward to saying goodbye to the folks at Orvis who have become. . .

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