Fish Facts: Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar)

The author with a beautiful 22-pound Atlantic caught in June from Norway's Gaula River. Photo by Sandy Hays
For many anglers, the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is the ultimate fly-rod quarry because of the rich history and culture that goes along with pursuing these elusive fish: from the famed. . .
Read More

Video: Rain or Shine in New Zealand

Angler Andrew Harding–a.k.a. troutboynz–made a day trip into the stunning, lower North Island backcountry with his pal Dan Thomas and got more than he bargained for. Although the forecast called . . .
Read More

Video: How to Tie the Wood Special

Orange is a great color to use in fall because it imitates both the brilliant colors of brook trout, as well as a variety of insects, including the October caddis. The Wood Special was invented by Maine fly tier Joe Sterling the late 1960s, and it has been . . .
Read More

Video: How to Cast Large or Heavy Flies

Many anglers find that their casting technique goes to pieces when they tie on a heavy streamer or large bass bug. In this great clip from “The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing,” Orvis casting instructor . . .
Read More

Video Tips: Why You Should Fish “Non-Obvious” Water

Here’s an excellent episode of the great series “The Bank,” from our friends Dave and Amelia Jensen, of Jensen Fly Fishing. (Check out Episode 1 and Episode 2.) Here, they are joined by. . .
Read More

Video: Two Grand Slams in Two Days!

Here’s a cool video about an amazing experience in Belize, featuring Damien Nurre, the former owner of Deep Canyon Outfitters, the 2014 Orvis Endorsed Expedition of the Year. Although he is by no means a saltwater specialist, Damien had incredible . . .
Read More

Video: How to Clean Your Dubbing Needle

A dubbing needle or bodkin is a great tool for ensuring that head cement or other adhesive is in the right place on a fly. The problem is that adhesives get on the needle, gunking it up. Of course, Tim has a great trick for solving this problem, and . . .
Read More

Classic Story: Patience Pays Off in Alaska

The huge rainbows that Alaska is famous for are not always easy to catch. All photos by Jeremy Kehrein
In early July 1995, I was guiding two of my favorite clients of all time—a father-and-son team from Annapolis, Maryland—on the Copper River, which drains into Alaska’s Lake Iliamna. Tom and. . .
Read More