I’m part of the last generation to learn things without the aid of the internet. When I taught myself to fly fish in the nineties, the web was in its infancy, so my tutelage happened through a few books, some magazine articles and a lot of trial and error — emphasis on errors. Now in this wide open, unrestrained world of streaming information, you can learn whatever you like with a smart phone and a Wi-Fi connection. And I’m not old enough to be grumpy about that either. I think it’s fantastic. I’ve had a researcher’s heart since childhood, so I love digging into a subject, learning from others who’ve traveled the same path, absorbing what I can from their experiences, and then building upon my own discoveries.
Troutbitten is my way of adding to that massive pile of research on trout fishing. But it can’t be everything at once. I field a lot of beginner questions, and I’m often prodded to do entry-level write ups on different fly fishing styles. Maybe that’s in the future, but I feel like the 100-level education is well covered already. And the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center is the best of that bunch.
The Orvis Learning Center contains hundreds of videos and articles covering various styles of fly fishing. The resources for trout fishing run deep. The video shorts are categorized and chaptered, making it easy to watch a whole series on streamer fishing, for example, or to watch just one video on streamer retrieves. Narrated by Tom Rosenbauer and Dave Jensen, there are videos covering entry level basics all the way up through advanced tactics.
The Learning Center also contains fly tying videos from Tim Flagler at Tight Line Productions, links to the huge library of Orvis Fly Fishing Podcasts, a knot tying library and so much more.
What a time to be alive.
This isn’t a sponsored post, and I have no connection with Orvis, I just have a lot of respect for the work they’ve done at the Orvis Learning Center and want to share the resource.
Enjoy the day.
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