Experts

Orvis Podcast: California's Diverse Wild Trout Populations

In this recent episode of the Orvis podcast, Tom Rosenbauer chats with Charlie Schneider, of CalTrout, about the diverse trout populations in California. CalTrout is an effective conservation organization within California, and Orvis has supported their work for years. You can listen to the podcast here.

Too Much Mending Can Ruin Your Drift

We've all seen the Hank Patterson video where he tells his clients to constantly "mend it!" And while there's a huge nugget of truth to that bit of comedy, it's also true that too much mending can ruin a drift. That's the basis of Kent Klewein's latest over at Gink & Gasoline, which you can read here.

Barbed vs Barbless Hooks

In his most recent Q&A article, Dom Swentosky over at Troutbitten tackles the great debate between barbed and barbless hooks. We've long heard that barbless hooks are better for the fish, but is that actually true? You can find out what Dom thinks here.

What Anglers Should Work On Before A Saltwater Trip

If you're considering fly fishing saltwater at all this year, then you need to read through this recent story over at the Orvis blog. It's the most recent iteration of their "Ask the Experts" column, and a variety of expert saltwater anglers and guides weigh in on what anglers should work on before they head for the ocean. You can read the story here.

Can You Hear Wading Boot Studs?

Domenick Swentosky, over at Troutbitten, regularly hosts a Q&A column where he tackles questions from his readers. A recent one had to do with whether you can "hear" your wading boot studs underwater, and what effect that might have on trout. You can read Dom's response, and see the video he put together, here.

Orvis Podcast: All About Floating Fly Lines

In this recent episode of the Orvis podcast, Tom Rosenbauer sat down with Josh Jenkins, head of R&D for Scientific Anglers, to talk shop about floating fly lines. You'll learn all about the differences between saltwater and freshwater lines, warmwater and coldwater lines, and why so many lines are built a half-size heavy. It's a great show, and you can...

Orvis Podcast: How to Spot Fish on Saltwater Flats

Spotting trout is an acquired skill, and one that I'm still regularly working on. I can't imagine the difficulty of spotting fish on the flats, especially since I've never fished them. But if you're interested in upping your game, or learning about flats fishing in general, then you need to listen to the latest episode of the Orvis podcast. Tom Rosenbauer...

The Tracer Streamer Concept

In a recent story over at Troutbitten, Dom Swentosky goes over his "tracer streamer" concept. It's Dom's process of fishing two streamers at once, which he's honed over the years as both an angler and a guide. I've known guides who swear by a two-streamer rig, and one of the best anglers I know fishes two streamers religiously during ice-off on local...

Orvis Podcast: How Fly Tying Has Changed in 50 Years

In this episode of the Orvis podcast, Tom Rosenbauer sits down with Tim Flagler (of Tightline Productions) to talk about how fly tying has changed over the past 50 years. Tim and Tom are two of the best tiers I know, and Tim's videos taught me more than any of the dusty fly tying books I stole from my grandpa. This podcast is a must-listen for fly tiers...

Tips for Winter Fly Fishing

Joe Cermele and Kirk Deeter teamed up to write an in-depth guide for anglers looking to catch trout on the fly this winter. While the first half of their story focuses on conventional angling techniques, there are some nuggets fly anglers can glean from it. The second half, however, is full of four tips to help you put more trout in net this winter...