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Rethinking Fly Rod Assembly: The Twist is Out

Everyone learns a number of fundamental sills at the very start of his or her journey in fly fishing. These are things like how to assemble the fly rod (most are in four sections); string the fly line through the guides after rod assembly; tying on a fly, basic knots,…

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Posted in Commentary and Reflections

Orvis Letter on AAPI Racism

Yesterday, Orvis posted the above letter on its Fly Fishing Page on Facebook. There were overĀ  1,500 posts in response. From a very rough count, I estimate that anti-Orvis posts were running about three to one over those thanking Orvis for their letter. I assume that’s to be expected: there’s…

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Give Thanks With A Moment of Chill

Orvis, as they did last year, launched its Moment of Chill for holiday season. These are short videos that can lift one’s emotions with a trip into nature with no commentary and only a restful musical score. In an always stressful holiday season, this year compounded many times over by…

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Posted in Environmental

Orvis Moment of Chill

Orvis has released a series of short daily videos for this holiday season that are intended to provide a relaxing time-out from the stresses associated with the holiday season; they work just as much for the sturm und drang of the impeachment season. The video below is the kickoff video…

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Orvis Helios 3D Review

Periodically I like to cast fly rods from different rod companies. It provides an opportunity to learn the differences in action and performance between rods of a similar class. That then requires me to adjust my casting stroke to obtain the best performance from an individual rod. I consider both…

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Posted in General Comments Industry News and Rumors

No More Fly Fishing Barbie Dolls

The New York Times has an article on how women are the fastest-growing demographic in fly fishing. And like most other things in our society the growth of women participating in fly fishing will be good for everyone. Manufacturers such as Orvis, Patagonia, and Simms have increased the promotion and…

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Posted in Industry News and Rumors

Orvis 50/50 Campaign

Women make up only 30% of fly fishers according to the 2017 Special Report on Fishing published by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation and the Outdoor Foundation. Orvis has set out to change that. Its new 50/50 campaign has set a target of 50 percent participation by women in…

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Puget Sound Fly Fishing Fair

One of the great things about fly-fishing is the amazing amount of information there is about fish, the fisheries, and casting. There is always something more to learn. Books, magazine articles, videos, and knowledgeable friends can provide a good deal of that information. But there is something very special about…

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Posted in Technique and Tips

Fly Fishing The Greater Yellowstone: Lessons Learned

Any experience, or set of experiences, in life will result in memories; hopefully more good than bad. But experience without an opportunity to learn from that experience means Travel, and most life experiences for that matter, result in memories – hopefully more good than bad. In addition, if we pay…

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Northwest Steelhead Primer

Leland Miyawaki, former Fishing Manager of Orvis Bellevue, has written a terrific piece on Northwest Steelhead. Leland discusses how Northwest steelhead are categorized by the years they spend in the ocean before returning to spawn and what gear is needed for each year group. He also discusses fishing tactics and…

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