The Orvis fly-fishing blog celebrates all things fly fishing, featuring top-notch articles, tips, photos, videos, podcasts and the latest fly-fishing news. From trout fishing in the famed rivers of Montana to brown-lining for carp in the urban jungle to chasing sailfish of the coast of Baja, we cover all sides of the sport we love. Regular features include Tuesday Tips, which will make you a better angler, and the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, made up of the best videos from around the world.

Video: How to Tie the Tabory Snake Fly


Written by: Phil Monahan

The advent of autumn means it’s time for the serious saltwater-blitz season along the Atlantic seaboard. For many salty anglers, Lou Tabory’s seminal book Inshore Fly Fishing unlocked the secrets to casting for striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore from the beach. Tabory has designed many of the best striper patterns, including the Snake Fly shown here. With its. . .

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Remembering PA Fly-Fishing Legend Charlie Meck

Written by: Paul Weamer


Charlie Meck was an idol to generations of East Coast trout anglers.
Photos courtesy charlesmeck.com and legacy.com

Today is a very sad day for me and the fly-fishing world. My friend Charlie Meck died on Tuesday afternoon. He passed peacefully with his family beside him. Charlie was a fly-fishing icon, . . .

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Photos: Week Three of Our “20 September Days” Contest


Written by: Phil Monahan

Day 15: When the crowds disappear after labor day, our local State Park turns into a great bass fishery.

It’s Day 21 of our “20 September Days” Photo Contest, which means that we are coming into the home stretch of our challenge. The last week was tough for me, so I’ve fallen off the pace a bit; . . .

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Ask the Experts: What is the Most Common Fly-Fishing Mistake?


Written by: Phil Monahan

Knowing how to cast is important, but so is knowing when to stop casting and start fishing.
Photo by Sandy Hays

A few months ago, we introduced a new weekly “Ask the Experts” Column and asked you to pose some questions for our panel of experts. Our latest question for them to chew on is: . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Catch the Last of a Hatch by “Scumlining”


Written by: Phil Monahan

That black circle at the tip of the arrow is a trout feeding on cripples and spent flies.

When the hatch is over and you’re no longer seeing bugs on the water, one way to prolong dry-fly fishing is to find those places where crippled and spent insects collect. As they say, “foam is. . .

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Photo Essay: The Brown Trout of the Spanish Pyrenees


Written by: Phil Monahan

This dark, gorgeous beast fell for a small blue-winged olive imitation right a dusk. Look at those spots!
All photos by Sandy Hays

One of the difficult things about going on a fly-fishing expedition with a photographer is that you end up with many more great images than you can use in a single magazine or blog story, . . .

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