Author Archives: Simon Perkins

New Year’s Resolutions: Fly-Fishing Guide Edition


Written by: Simon Perkins

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Simon Perkins helps out a new angler.

photo courtesy Simon Perkins

[Editor's Note: With New Year's Eve just around the corner, I'm reminded of Simon Perkins's great post from the early days of OrvisNews.com. Since many of you were not around back then, I'm reposting it. Although Simon now sits next to me every day at the home office, rather than guiding on the Missouri, every word of this continues to be true.]

Fly-fishing guides come in all shapes, sizes, colors, personalities, and temperaments. Some of us are commanding and aggressive, others more passive. Some of us are articulate, some of us mumble. Some of us are patient, some of us get tense with enthusiasm and anticipation (in other words: “impatient”). But we are human, and what do humans do this time of. . .

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Photo Essay: Upland Hunting East of Great Falls


Written by: Simon Perkins

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Els and Chad plan their approach to a wide-open stretch of grass.

All photos by Simon Perkins

My office today looks a lot different than my “office” last October. That’s because this fall I am saddled up to a desk next to Mr. Phil Monahan (notorious editor of orvisnews.com), whereas last year I was walking the rolling hills of central Montana every day with my bird dogs, as we guided hunters for sharptail grouse, Hungarian partridge, and pheasants. Although I love my new job (and my new office neighbor), I missed Montana and had to. . .

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Video: An Epic Tail Walk


Written by: Simon Perkins

An Epic Tail Walk

[Editor's Note: Here's an oldie but a goodie from Simon Perkins, whom I sit next to every day here at Orvis HQ.]

On many occasions, I’ve been accused of being a ruthless purist—by friends, by family, and by total strangers. I’ve tried to seek help. I’ve talked to professionals. I’ve tried to surrender myself to the dark side. I’ve tried to fall head over heels in love with the grace and beauty of a drifting indicator. But nothing has worked. I can enjoy nymph fishing, and I have proven this several times. However, more often than not I choose to be stubborn. On a slow day, I’ll often fixate on working a dry fly the entire time, hoping for that one visual eat. Because, as we all know, it doesn’t get any better than that.

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Orvis in the World of Fly-Fishing Video


Written by: Simon Perkins

Orvis in the World of Fly Fishing Video from Sharptail Media on Vimeo.

In the last few years, we’ve all experienced the growing popularity of fly-fishing video that has taken over the Internet and film festivals around the country and the world. There are a lot of talented people out there producing some killer stuff. Here at the home office in Vermont, we are always forwarding the latest videos around to each other. And, of course, . . .

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Tuesday Tip: Big Streamers for Big Trout


Written by: Simon Perkins

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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. . . .

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Protect Nature: Take a Kid Fishing


Written by: Simon Perkins

All sportsmen and women understand their obligation to conservation—without the resource, we have nothing. Many great organizations operate around the globe working hard to serve the species, habitats and ecosystems that need our immediate attention. To do our part, we find a compelling effort, and if possible, give them our time, money, sweat, endorsement, or whatever we can afford. Flip through the Orvis catalog or browse the website and you’ll find a handful of environmental projects well worth backing.

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What’s Good for the Goose


Written by: Simon Perkins
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Canada geese are beautiful and—if you cook them right—make great table fare.

Photo by John Bennett

Several weeks ago, I was driving with a client to an upland bird lease in central Montana. Halfway through the drive, we watched out the passenger window as several hundred mallards lifted out of a pond and rose into the sky in front of us. The conversation quickly turned to decoy spreads, calling techniques, and duck recipes. The flock turned south and beyond them we noticed a V of Canada geese heading in the same direction….

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Chasing the Huns, Part II


Written by: Simon Perkins

Continued from Chasing the Huns, Part I Fifteen minutes later, Fern locked up again. We picked up the pace, climbing down the side of a slope before crossing a flat. She stood stiff and motionless, pointing thirty yards from a draw that ran the length of the hillside. As we walked in, I looked at Paul. He seemed more relaxed and I decided not to say anything. The covey of Huns scattered into the air in front of us. Joel missed his shots.

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Chasing Huns, Part I


Written by: Simon Perkins


Chasing the HunsSimon Perkins hunts in Montana.

I reached down to press the “Locate” button on my Dogtra controller. I saw Stella, the English Setter, off to my right, but I hadn’t seen Fern, a three-year-old English pointer, for several minutes. Fern finds a lot of birds, in part because she’s a big runner and loves covering the wide-open country of central Montana. Fern’s collar beeped to the northeast, over the edge of a gradual decline. I beeped her again. It sounded as though she hadn’t moved.

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