Category Archives: History

Video Hatch: “Interview with Mr. John Bailey: A River Runs Through It”

In this fascinating interview, Monica Bennet sits down with John Bailey to talk about his experiences as the fly fishing advisor on the set of the film “A River Runs Through It.”

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Hemingway’s Idea of Paradise

It’s no surprise that Ernest Hemingway’s ideal property would involve a trout stream “that no one else was allowed to fish.” Read more about what else would exist in his idea of paradise, recently excerpted from one of his personal … more

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Video Hatch: “The Brook Trout of Minipi by Lee Wulff”

In this footage from 1986, Lee Wulff and Curt Gowdy explore the waters of Minipi, famous for their brook trout. Wild trout in their native waters, it doesn’t get any better.

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World’s Largest Fish

Found in a quarry near Peterborough, England, a nearly complete skeleton of an ancient fish known as Leedsichthys problematicus is giving scientists a better picture of a species that is considered to have been the largest fish in the world.

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Hemingway Scrapbooks

Created by Grace Hall Hemingway over the first eighteen years of her son’s life, five scrapbook volumes have been digitized by The John F. Kennedy Library and recently released freely online for public view. Take a look into the early … more

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First Marlin on the Fly

Creator of the bait-and-switch method of fishing for billfish, Webster “Doc” Robinson caught the first recorded marlin on a fly. And recently on the Orvis blog, Phil Monahan points to this historical moment featured in two films with incredible first-hand … more

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Hemingway Days 2013

Ernest Hemingway, a legend of both the literary and fishing world, will once again be honored by an annual festival in Key West, Florida. Hemingway Days 2013 will be held July 16-21. Read more in the press release below.

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Video Hatch: “Lefty Kreh”

Fly fishing pioneer and legendary casting instructor Lefty Kreh shares an anecdote from a adventure Down Under, chasing the hard-fighting Nuigini Black Bass on a fly. From The American Museum of Fly Fishing and Jay Cavallaro.

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Kiss the Water

A newly released film featuring the life of Scottish fly tier Megan Boyd and her unlikely place in the history of the sport recently premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival. “Kiss the Water,” writes Arthur Ryel-Lindsey, is “ultimately an ode … more

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Earthquake on the Madison

High above the famed trout river, the Madison Range experienced a powerful earthquake on August 17, 1959, sending 80 million tons of dolomite crashing down through Forest Service campgrounds in into the Madison River. The dramatic landscape it left continues … more

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