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 Access Fly Rod from Orvis!

Written by: Phil Monahan

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You can win a new Orvis Access Fly Rod (reel not included) simply by finishing this sentence:

“If I won a new Access fly rod from Orvis, the first place I’d fish with it would be _______”

Enter your answer in the comments section below. We’ll pick a random winner at 12 noon EST on December 6th to win a NEW Orvis Access fly rod! Good luck!


In the Loop 11.29.10

Written by: Phil Monahan

Start your Monday on a calming note with this performance of Franz Schubert’s Trout Quintet, written when the composer was just 22 years old. Those of us who love fly-fishing for trout can appreciate the mood of the piece. It is a series of variations on Schubert’s earlier song “The Trout,” which begins (in German, of course): . . .


The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Fly Tying 101 (and we get a great email)

Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

As Tom was sitting down to tape this episode we got an email from a listener that made us all smile regarding his daughter, April’s first fly (see her work below!). Tom reads it in this episode and it was good timing as in this edition Tom lays out the basics of what you need to get into fly tying as a great addition to your fly fishing experience… but don’t get into it thinking you’re going to save money on flies!

Good lighting, a comfortable seat, reading glasses and this podcast episode are a great start to a rewarding, lifelong hobby.

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9 Year-Old April’s first fly! Listen to the podcast to hear more.


Friday Hot List 11.19.10

Written by: Phil Monahan

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The redfish are in the shallows in South Carolina.

The The Orvis Fishing Reports and Conditions pages offer up-to-date reports, including stream and river flows, tides, recommended flies and equipment, and special fishing tips. At any given time, those waters that offer the very best fishing become part of the “Red Hot” list. To ensure that those making the reports aren’t exaggerating the quality of their local fishing, each reporter is allowed only four red hots per year per location, so they only rank their spot red hot when it’s truly outstanding. Every Friday, we’ll highlight those waters that offer the best fishing for the weekend.

This week’s spots look a lot like last weeks, with the addition of Colorado’s. . .