Tag Archives: brook trout

Photos of the Day: A Colorado Grand Slam

Written by Will Long


An unexpected catch on a brook-trout stream—a gorgeous Colorado River Cutthroat.
All photos courtesy Will Long

[Editor's note: Blog reader Will Long sent in these great photos and the story behind them, about a trip to Colorado to see his family and to catch wild trout. Click here to learn how to submit your own photos and stories.]

I recently took a trip up to Lake City, Colorado, to visit my family. They moved there six years ago, while I stayed behind in San Antonio, Texas. I have fished all my life, but it wasn’t until. . .

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The Labrador Project, Dispatch #2: The Sounds of Being Alone in the Wilderness

Written by: Aimee Eaton Aimee Eaton is all smiles as she shows off a George River brook trout. All photos by Carter Davidson [Editor’s Note: Aimee Eaton is sending periodic updates from an eight-day adventure through the heart of northeastern Labrador, following portions of the historic Hubbard expedition, in pursuit of native trophy brook trout

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Orvis News Readers’ Photos, Volume I


Written by: Phil Monahan

The size 18 Yellow Humpy was on fire for Mike Hamline on Chalk Creek, outside Buena Vista, Colorado.
Photo by Mike Hamline

On Monday, I posted about how you can send in your photos to appear on the Orvis News, and I’ve already received some great submissions. I’ll post some readers’ photos as singles, others in batches, or however else seems appropriate. A few of these had been. . .

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Classic Tuesday Tip: How to Fish a Mountain Stream


Written by: Phil Monahan

The key to catching lots of brookies from a mountain stream is to move fast and hit all the right spots.
Photo by Sandy Hays

The keys to catching good numbers of trout on steep mountain streams are stealth and speed. Wild brook trout are wary, fast, and can hide in tiny spaces. There are lots of predators that eat these fish, so they’ve evolved heightened senses and evasive maneuvers. You need to. . .

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Video: The Way It Began


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a beautiful video of Kami Swingle dry-fly fishing in Shenandoah National Park for wild brook trout and talking about her love of the sport. Along with her husband, Nick, Kami is TwoFisted Heart Productions, which produced the great Urban Lines earlier this year.

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My Favorite Dry Fly for Mountain Brook Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

This fly has had most of the tail eaten right off it, a tribute to its effectiveness.
Photo by Phil Monahan

The best brook-trout waters near the Orvis HQ in southwestern Vermont are fast-flowing freestone streams, which feature lots of pocket water, so I need a high-floating fly that I can see even in frothy, turbulent water. In creating the Hi-Vis Coachman back in the late 1990s, I copied/stole aspects of the traditional Royal Coachman, the Hi-Vis Royal Wulff, and the. . .

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Photos: Summer School With Phil Monahan


Written by: Grant White

Victory! Hardly a monster, but they are beautiful.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Yesterday, I had the privilege of accompanying Phil Monahan to a rural Vermont stream in pursuit of native brook trout. An expensive fishing getaway? More like lunch break at The Orvis Company. As a social media intern here at Orvis, I’m working closely with Orvis News, which means Phil is kind of my boss. During our one-hour break, we fished several small pools on the stream, which is. . .

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Photos of the Day: Dry-Fly Sipping Brook Trout in Maine


Written by: Phil Monahan

That’s a chunky native brook trout from a remote Maine lake.
Photo by Rick Young

Rick Young, a guide at Libby Camps in the Maine backcountry, sent us these photos with a brief description:
“Phil, here are a couple of nice brookies caught by angler Steve Keyser, one of our guests. These are just a couple of the 14 trout we caught that were. . .”

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