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Description: Tom gives some great tips on fishing the trico hatch. The flies are small, but it is worth the extra effort.You can read more about trico at: www.orvis.com/trico.
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Description: The temperatures in a tailwater and available food make for bigger trout and really good good fly fishing. Tom has some great pointers in this podcast and then answers some questions regarding fishing egg and worm patterns... or what some call "junk" flies. Tom does not agree with that name, and tells us why.
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Description: Montana fly-fishing guide, Simon Perkins is back home in Vermont for Christmas and joins Tom for a podcast on lessons learned the hard way. It's the mistakes that make us wise, if we learn from them. Learn from Tom and Simon's mistakes so you dont have to make them yourself!
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Description: Welcome to another installment of "Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor," with Peter Kutzer. In this episode, Peter explains the differences between the parachute cast and the pile cast, both of which are slack-line casts that can be useful when you're fishing across conflicting currents or to a fish downstream. To make a parachute cast, you stop the rod high and keep the tip up while the fly and front of the line land on the water. This gives you a belly of line between the rod tip and the water. As your fly drifts downstream, you lower the rod tip, feeding line into the drift and maintaining contact with the fly. To make a pile cast, you shoot the line high again, but this time, you drop the rod tip to the water's surface in front of the fly, dragging the line downward. This causes the line to land in a pile, so the fly can dead-drift freely.
Description: In this week's podcast, we explore the world of small stream trout with 5 detailed tips (mainly because I was too lazy to organize more--actually there are probably about 20 tips included) that cover everything from what rod to use to how to find your own small stream. There are tens of thousands of tiny trout streams in the United States, many of which never get fished or are fished infrequently, so it's a great place to get solitude and return to the essence of fly fishing. I also introduce two new items to the podcast, and we're looking for your feedback on these: a selected book of the week and "products you might have missed", a short section on handy fishing products that you might not have heard about. And, of course, we answer several questions in our popular "Fly Box" section. I am thrilled the podcast has grown so much, but I'm having a hard time keeping up with emails. I still want to hear from you, though as that is how we get material for the show! For podcast suggestions. please use the Online Podcast Forum or our voicemail line at 802-362-8800. Thanks for listening!
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Description: As a change up, here are Tom's tips on fly fishing in still water for bass and panfish. There is a LOT of information in this podcast!
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Description: Here is a great checklist for new fly fishers and veterans for when you first get to a river. Check the temperature, take your time getting into the water and don't be afraid to change your location! Have a suggestion for the podcast?
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Description: Casting that first thirty feet of line out can sometimes be tricky. Tom has some easy tips for the advanced and beginner angler alike, so you can false cast less and fish more.
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Description: This week in the Fly Box section, we talk about rod actions, line sizes, sunscreen, and dry flies in high water. In the main event, we'll give you some tips on summer dry flies, as summer is prime time for fishing on the surface.
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Description: A longer rod and a longer leader are a good start... Tom goes into great detail on how to catch more fish on lakes and ponds.
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Description: Tom Murray wrote in and asked us if we could record a podcast on drift boat etiquette. So, Mr. Murray, here ya go. Tom gives some great pointers for the first timers and old timers alike.
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Description: In Tom's episode on casting into the wind, he was fortunate enough to have Orvis CEO Perk Perkins join him for a lively back and forth on different methods. In this episode, Tom and Perk reference the video below from the DVD entitled "Taming the Wind" featuring Prescott Smith.
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Description: You folks have requested some more advanced topics and Tom comes through with a long, detailed podcast on fishing emergers.
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Description: This week we start a three part series on "reading the water" to help find fish. In this episode, Tom speaks to how knowing the basic survival needs and behaviors of trout can help you become a better angler.
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Description: Tom talks weather in this podcast and how it can impact your day on the water. We also want to thank all of you for making July 2010 a record setting month for us with over 50,000 downloads of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide! Thanks so much!!
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