Story and Photos: You Never Forget Your First Love


A native Vermont brook trout caught from a stream flowing out of the Green Mountains.
Photo by Phil Monahan

The first brook trout I ever saw was about three inches long, little bigger than a baitfish really. But the memory of that vision—of that glittering flash of color and light—remains sharply etched in my . . .

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Photo of the Day: College Student Lands Record Pike on Lake Champlain

Written by: Drew Price


Lauren Dunn show's off a women's line-class record landed on Vermont's Lake Champlain.
Photo by Drew Price

I first met Lauren Dunn in August of this year. Her dad, Brian, had contacted me to see if I was available to target some bowfin for potential IGFA women’s line-class world records. Lauren . . .

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Photos: Late-Season Dry Flies on the Battenkill


This wild brook trout fell for a blue-winged olive imitation fished on a long, fine leader.
All photos by Robin Hill

It's been a tough fall for anglers on the Battenkill, as drought conditions include extremely low and clear water. But last weekend, my friend Doug Lyons found that cooler temperatures had made . . .

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Photo of the Day: A Green-Mountain Native Son


Size isn't everything. Native trout display some spectacular colors.
Photo by Phil Monahan

As part of my "20 September Days" project, I've been getting out at lunchtime to fish the gorgeous mountain stream just five minutes from Orvis HQ in southwestern Vermont. In recent days, I . . .

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Shocking Results: the Battenkill Is a River on the Rise

Written by: Doug Lyons


Electro-shocking surveys on the Battenkill suggest that the river's trout population continues to improve.
Photo by Doug Lyons

Last September, I did a write up of the population survey efforts conducted on the Vermont portion of the Battenkill. What was most interesting to me at the time was how the river was . . .

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Classic Story: “Taking Your Chances” with Brown Trout


This is the picture I should have been posting, but alas I didn’t “take my chance” when it
presented itself. So I must be content with this imaginary brown trout.
Photo-illustration by James Daley

In this country, the phrase “to take your chances” usually means to try something that may end up being a disaster—as in “You’re taking your chances driving on those bald tires.” But across. . .

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Story: The Trout Stream That No One Else Wanted


Hey. . .the fish don't know it's a shopping cart.
Photo by Phil Monahan

With a sparsely attended Catholic church at one end and a Taco Bell at the other, Benmont Avenue is representative of the hard times that have befallen many American mill towns. This is not the. . .

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Photos of the Day: Before-Work Brown Trout


Reid Bryant shows off a nice Vermont brown, just seconds before my phone--our only camera--died.
Photos by Phil Monahan

I got out on the water this morning before work with my buddy Reid Bryant, who is the Orvis Wingshooting Services Manager & Product Developer. Although he works on the hunting side. . .

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Photos: The Orvis Pond Wakes Up


My first rainbow of the year chased down my PT as I stripped it across the deepest part of the pond.
Photo by Phil Monahan

One of the many great things about working at the Orvis Mothership here in Sunderland, Vermont, is the sweet little pond we have on the property. Nothing beats spending a few minutes at. . .

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Trout Bum of the Week LXVII: Phoebe Bean


Phoebe Bean is the kind of angler who regularly fishes past dark, especially when browns like this can be caught.
Photos courtesy Phoebe Bean

Phoebe Bean was an intern here at Orvis in the fall or 2014, and she has written a bunch of posts for this blog. (Scroll to the bottom for a full list.) As you’ll read, she caught the fly-fishing bug. . .

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