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Meet the Winner of Our Carp Photo Contest!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Chad Fairbanks with the winning entry, from our summer-long Carp Photo Contest.
Photo courtesy Chad Fairbanks

After a flurry of voting, we have a winner of our summer-long Carp Photo Contest! Chad Fairbanks’s photo of himself holding a fish he caught while scouting for the 3 River Carp Cup took top honors. Here’s Chad’s telling of the story behind the photo: . . .

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Photos of the Day: Carpocalypse 2013 Roundup and Winners

Written by: Adam McNamara


Rob Tibbett releases a fish to grow bigger for Carpocalypse 2014.
Photo by John Montana

After a crazy storm on Friday night, complete with 50 m.p.h. wind, blowing dust, and a multitude of lightning strikes, Saturday dawned clear and calm for the 2013 Carpocalypse on the Columbia River, near Kennewick, Washington. At 7 a.m., the participants started to arrive, and by 7:45 there were about 30 people milling around with. . .

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Photos of the Day: First Look at Last Weekend’s Carpocalypse!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis Retail’s Outdoor Merchant Rob Tibbet shows off a prize fish.
All photos by John Montana

On Saturday and Sunday, anglers from around the country came together in Kennewick, Washington, to take part in the 2013 Carpocalypse on the Columbia River. The event is a catch-and-release fly-fishing tournament, and the goal is to raise awareness for. . .

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Summer of Carp: Vote for Best in Show, Plus Craziest Location and Prettiest Winners!


Written by: Kathleen Moore

It’s time to VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE entry to win the Orvis Summer of Carp BEST IN SHOW. Remember, the winner of the Helios 2 Outfit depends on YOUR votes, so come back often and give your support!

We want to congratulate our final two winners who are now in contention for the big prize:

Our winner in the “Craziest Location” category was Chad F. of Seymour, Tennessee. This is what it’s all about – chances are there are accessible  carp somewhere near you.

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Our Summer of Carp Ugliest, Funniest and Video Contest Winners!


Written by: Kathleen Moore

We hope you’re enjoying the Orvis “Summer of Carp” celebration as much as we are! As part of the festivities, we’re holding an eight-week carp-photo contest that anyone can enter. Remember, the winner depends on YOUR votes, so come back often and give them your support! Here are the winners for our Video, Ugliest, and Funniest categories, as well as a special extra winner in the Smallest category:

Congratulations to Nicolas C. of Montreal, Quebec on his second win (this time for video!)

Click “Read More” for all the winners.

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Photo of the Day: Accidental Trophy Brown Trout

Written by: Robert Daniel


Who catches a trout of a lifetime while fishing for something else? That may be the very definition of good luck.
Photo courtesy Robert Daniel

The 28-inch brown in the picture was actually caught when I was carp fishing! It was the last day of the week-long Sweetwater Guide School on the Bighorn River in Montana. I—as well as two other students and Ron Meek, who runs the guide school—had decided to fish for carp in the reservoir above the dam on the Bighorn. We were catching decent carp on cicada dry-fly patterns, and they would take you. . .

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Orvis Summer of Carp: Our Second Photo Contest Winner!


Written by: Kathleen Moore

We have another winner!


Our winner in the “Smallest” category is Brett A. of Saxonburg, PA!
Photo by Brett A.

As part of our “Summer of Carp” celebration, we’re holding an eight-week carp-photo contest that anyone can enter. Remember, the winner depends on YOUR votes, so come back often and give them your support!

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Fish Facts: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Common Carp But Were Afraid to Ask


Written by: Phil Monahan

Carp may be an invasive species, but many fly fishers love them.
Photo courtesy Mike Mazzoni

Unlike trout, common carp (Cyprinus carpio) are unattractive, slimy, feed almost exclusively below the surface, and rarely inhabit clear mountain streams—choosing instead to live in turbid or brackish waters. For these reasons, the species was denigrated as a “trash fish” by generations of. . .

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