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.

Win a NEW Orvis Access Fly Rod by Helping us Pick Next Week’s Podcast!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Comments are closed as we have selected the three finalists! Vote for the winner here. Voting closes on Friday

Win a new Orvis Access Fly Rod

Here’s how it works:

  1. Suggest an idea for for the next Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast topic in the comments section of this post.
  2. Tom Rosenbauer will pick the top three which we’ll post on Wednesday for you to vote on.
  3. The winner will be announced on Friday.

We’ll also give away a free, Orvis blended wool beer cozy to a random submission.
Leave your suggestion in the comments and good luck!

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Fly Tyer Digital Subscriptions


Written by: Phil Monahan
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Fly Tyer is the world’s best magazine about lashing fur and feathers to hooks, and I don’t say that just because I used to be its editorial director. My friend Dave Klausmeyer combines great how-to articles with stunning photography to create a magazine that’s not just instructive, but . . .

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Last Chance in Yellowstone

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Fall fishing on the Upper Madison in Yellowstone National Park.
photo by Toby Swank


The fishing season in Yellowstone National Park is winding down and will officially close this Sunday, November 8. This date is probably more relevant now than ever, as the popularity of fishing for fall-run trout heading up to the Madison River headwaters. . .

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Old World, New Frontiers


Written by: Phil Monahan

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The author with a nice Spanish brown trout, which fell for a dry fly at dusk.
photo by Sandy Hays


I just posted a long story over on the Adventure blog about my eye-opening trip to the Spanish Pyrenees last summer.

The diesel Volkswagen van chugged upward through the switchbacks as we climbed into the low-hanging clouds. Soon we couldn’t even see the rain-soaked green valley below, and our world became focused on the steep, rutted farm path in front of us. Occasionally, a group of cows blocked our progress, their bells clanging loudly in the stillness, and Ivan would creep forward to avoid pushing one off the edge. The end of the road was a saddle between two peaks, and when we hopped out, the air was damp and cold. As we donned fleece and raingear, Sandy and I exchanged skeptical looks: . . .

To read the rest of this story and see many more photos, hop over to the Adventure blog.

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New DVD from Felt Soul Media


Written by: Phil Monahan

EASTERN RISES | TRAILER from felt soul media on Vimeo.

In the much anticipated follow-up to their acclaimed film about the Pebble Mine, “Red Gold,” filmmakers Travis Rummel and Ben Knight explore the remote, untrammeled wilderness of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. The Felt Soul boys really know how to keep their audience wanting more: Although trailer for this film came online a year and a half ago, the DVD has just been released to the public.

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Five Tips to Avoid Embarrassment on the Flats


Written by: Phil Monahan

In this episode, Brett Ference from the Orvis Double Barrel Podcast is jealous of Tom’s download count so he drops by hoping to boost his numbers a bit.

Tom and Brett discuss pointers for bonefishing. Communicate with your guide and DON’T TROUT STRIKE are among the tips here.

Think Tom should have Brett on more often? Let us know in the comments section.

Click the play button below to listen to FIVE WAYS TO AVOID EMBARRASSMENT ON THE FLATS. Go to orvis.com/podcast to subscribe to future episodes

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In the Loop 11.03.10


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Oprah and Gayle pose with guides Brian and Jenny Grossenbacher.
photo courtesy Grossenbacherphoto.com

Today is the big day, when the world gets to see Oprah Winfrey fly fishing. News leaked online a few weeks ago that the talk-show host and her best pal Gayle had fished with Bozeman-based guides (and my pals) Brian and Jenny Grossenbacher on Yosemite’s Merced River. Field & Stream’s Kirk Deeter got the scoop interview with Brian, in which we learn that Oprah was actually a quick study when it came to learning how to fly cast. Check your local listings.

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5 Keys to Stealth


Written by: Phil Monahan

Angling Stealth

Anglers sneak up on a small mountain stream to avoid spooking the trout. That orange
bag should be left far behind on the bank, though.
photo by Sandy Hays

Watch a heron stalk its prey in the shallows of a pond or a river, and you can clearly see why stealth is so important to anglers of all kinds. Yet many fly fishermen still act as if the fish were deaf, blind, and stupid, which keeps anglers from having the kind of success they desperately want. A good fly fisher is always aware of his surroundings and how his place in them may be tipping off the fish that something’s amiss. Here are five ways you can be more like that heron:…

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Going for Gold


Written by: Phil Monahan

I’m starting to think that being a partner in Worldcast Anglers is a pretty good job. Last week, we posted a picture of a monster taimen that WCA Jim Hickey caught on his recent trip to Mongolia. Now, his partner Mike Dawes offers a report and some great shots from his journey to Argentina in search of golden dorado. These guys work like dogs all summer, . . .

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