Tag Archives: california

Photos of the Day: Trophies West and East


Written by: Phil Monahan

They’re not the biggest steelhead, but California “half-pounders” put up a great fight.
Photos courtesy Shawn Combs

Orvis product developer Shawn Combs was on a business trip to Northern California last week, where got the chance to test some. . .

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Video from the Archives: “Holy Crap!” Brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s an amazing video of Lake Tahoe guide Matt Heron casting to, hooking, and landing a brown trout of a lifetime. His astonishment when the fish first comes to the surface is understandable, and he plays the big trout extremely carefully. But it’s when it comes time to. . .

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Photos of the Day: An Intern Takes to the Field


Written by: Grant White

A beautiful Truckee River brown trout that fell for a dry fly.
All photos courtesy Grant White

[Editor's Note: Before he headed back to college, our great summer intern, Grant White, made a trip to California, where he got some fishing in.]

My summer internship at Orvis HQ officially ended a couple weeks ago, but the company’s wealth of connections has kept me pretty busy in my time since. Last week, my sister Katie and I met up with Orvis-endorsed guide Brian Slusser for a. . .

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An Upstream Journey, Dispatch #9: Fighting Huge Rainbow Trout and Talking Climate Change


Written by: Phil Monahan

This Lower Sac rainbow the most powerful trout the author has ever caught.
Photo by Paul Moinester

[Editor's Note: Paul Moinester has embarked on a six-month, 20,000-mile adventure to exploring the upstream battle to protect wild fish and their habitat. (Check out his introductory post here.) He has been posting dispatches on the Fly Fishing blog throughout his journey.]

Sense of time has never been my strong suit. Despite my best efforts, I’m routinely late for everything. My friends just refer to it as MST – Moinester Standard Time. And as bad as I am with time in everyday life, it’s exponentially worse when I have a fly rod in my hand. It’s not uncommon for me to. . .

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Photos: Big California Brown Trout from “Location X”

Written by: Mark Schaller, Orvis San Jose


It’s always gratifying when a difficult-to-access piece of water offers a big return on your investment.
Photo by Jack Golan

Fellow Orvis sales associate Jack Golan and I ventured out of the shop last week to scout a new section of water, which we suspected, might hold some big trout. We had picked up some nice fish on a smaller, more easily accessed part of this river earlier in the year and hoped the more. . .

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Video: “Enough is Enough” for California’s Famed McCloud River


Written by: Phil Monahan

Enough Is Enough is the story of northern California’s McCloud River, its fish, and its unique impact on fly fishing around the world. The short documentary explains what makes the river special and outlines the threats to its future. But aside from its important message, this is also just a gorgeous piece of filmmaking about rivers and fly fishing. I have never been to the McCloud, but I hope that the conservation community can do everything possible to. . .

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