moment of chill
two anglers and their dog fishing in a river

Orvis Moment of Chill

There are times when world news or just the rigors of everyday life can seem extraordinarily stressful. At Orvis, we believe in the power of nature to replenish our spirit and restore balance to our lives. So, we urge you to take a little time right now to step away from the stress and … Chill.

aerial view of fog lifting off autumn lake with hills in background

Moment of Chill Anthem

The holiday season is a time of joy and fellowship, but it can also put a person through the wringer. According to the american psychological association, 70% of americans feel increased stress due to lack of time, the pressure of gift-giving, and difficulty managing expectations.

Bonefish being released

Tropical Release

The Bahamas comprises more than 700 islands, most of which feature flats that offer good habitat for bonefish and other inshore species. It's not unusual to happen upon schools of bonefish that number in the thousands, although many anglers prefer casting to single fish because of the greater challenge. Bonefish come up on the flats with the tide to feed and then retreat to deeper water as the tide recedes.

angler fishing a winter run of steelhead

The Winter Run

Anglers who pursue winter-run steelhead in the Pacific Northwest must be prepared to endure some difficult conditions on the water. The rewards are not only measured in fish landed but in experiencing moments of profound beauty and quiet solitude. The falling snow quiets everything but the river.

aerial view  of Kvichak River

Alaskan Braids

The Kvichak River (pronounced kwee-jack) runs for about 60 miles from Lake Ilamna to Bristol Bay, in southwestern Alaska. Like many large rivers in the region, the upper Kvichak breaks up into many different strands, or braids, which makes it a fly fisher's dream. Instead of one large river, the Kvichak feels like many smaller ones, with lots of fish-holding features.

Mayfly sitting on the surface of water

Mayfly Lunch

When mayflies "hatch"—transforming from nymph to winged dun, or subimago—they cannot fly until the veins in the wings fill with fluid and the wings become dry. They must rest on the surface of the water for a while, which makes them an easy target for hungry trout. Anglers love to see trout taking mayflies off the surface because it means the dry-fly fishing will be great.

brook trout under the surface of the water

Courtship Ritual

Brook trout are not actually trout at all; they are members of the genus Salvelinus, which makes them char (or charr). In the fall, brook trout migrate to small, headwaters streams to spawn. These male fish, filmed in central Pennsylvania, spar for position and the attentions of the resident female.

a hummingbird drinking from a feeder

The Hum of Wings

A hummingbird in flight is a sight to behold when viewed at normal speed, but it’s absolutely mesmerizing when we slow things down a bit.

dog napping with his chin on the edge of a boat drifting in the water

On-the-Water Nap

Ozzy knows that fishing for winter-run steelhead in the Pacific Northwest is a waiting game. Anglers may fish for many days before finally connecting with one of the anadromous fish (ones that travel from salt water to fresh water to spawn). So instead of being on high alert, Ozzy chooses to let the sound of the river lull him to sleep. If anyone hooks up, the shouts will surely wake the dog.

an Apache trout (Oncorhynchus gilae apache) rises to the surface of the water

Apache Rises

Native to Arizona, the critically endangered Apache trout has experienced a slow but steady increase in its population thanks to extensive conservation efforts.