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New PBS Course on Carrie Frost

A new educational course from PBS Wisconsin is now available, detailing the life of legendary fly fisher and tier Carrie Frost. Frost was one of the first women in America to start tying flies commercially, and her efforts led to the founding of a fly tackle company - all during a time when women still weren't allowed to vote in the United States. Her story...

Throwback Thursday: The First Marlin On a Fly

Catching a marlin on a fly rod has long been a dream of mine, even before I read Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea. So, for today's Throwback Thursday, I figured why not look to the past for examples of catching these massive fish on a fly rod? What I found is a video that supposedly shows off the first marlin ever caught on a fly. Check it out, and...

Catskill Museum Gets a Redo

The Catskill Fly Fishing Center and Museum, located in Livingston Manor, NY, is getting work done, according to The River Reporter. The main goal of the work is to expand the museum to include more of the history and artifacts that are currently just gathering dust. Read the entirety of the story here.

Collectors Help Preserve the Past

I'm a big fan of vintage fly gear. I own a fair number of old graphite rods, bamboo, and classic reels. A few years back, I even picked up an early-70s Hardy Princess at a pawn shop for $40. So when I saw this story from Steve Woit in Hatch Magazine, I knew I had to run it. Woit takes readers on a journey through a variety of fly fishing collectors...

Throwback Thursday: Gadabout Gaddis Fishing in Maine

The old classic film Fishing USA was released in 1969, starring a fellow by the name of Gadabout Gaddis. With a name like that, you're sort of destined for the hallowed halls of fishing fame, aren't you? This is a clip from that Fishing USA, where Gadabout flies through wild Maine in search of brook trout and salmon. Take a look at the old fiberglass...

Mary Orvis Marbury - A Fly Fishing Legend

If I asked you to tell me what Mary Orvis Marbury did for the fly fishing community, could you answer? I couldn't, when I first came across her name. I reckon most anglers can't. But she's someone you absolutely need to know about. Mary's contributions to fly fishing are varied, but perhaps her greatest achievement was creating a classification system for...

Fish Facts: Lahontan Cutthroat

The Lahontan cutthroat trout captures the imagination of anglers everywhere, for two reasons. The first being that it's just incredible the fish even exists today (it's a true conservation miracle) and the second, of course, being that these things grow pretty damn big. Thankfully, you can get your Lahontan fix without the trip to Pyramid Lake in a recent...

Vintage Fly Fishing in Alaska

Continuing the theme of Throwback Thursday, I scoured up this old video about fly fishing in Alaska. It's a gem, because it shows us a glimpse into the Katmai area of the state, long before the issues that plague it were even considered. And, as the narrator says, it's rare for a cast in the Brooks River to not hook a fish. If you already didn't have enough...

Throwback Thursday: Minipi River Brook Trout

Old fishing stories are part of the lifeblood of this sport. I'm sure all of us can recall a few old stories from dad or grandpa, about lunker trout or bass in local streams and ponds which are now devoid of fish - or gone completely. Those stories always get me nostalgic for what fishing must have been like 50 or 60 years ago. And though I'll never know...

Podcast Episode: Paul Schullery on The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast

In this recent episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, Tom Rosenbauer sits down with renowned historian, Paul Schullery. “You’ll learn that not many things are new in fly fishing,” says Rosenbauer. “Tenkara-style fishing was used in Europe hundreds of years ago. People were catching bass on a fly in Florida since revolutionary days. Euro...