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.

“Once in a Blue Moon” is Online!


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Last year’s hit fly-fishing film “Once in a Blue Moon”—about casting mouse patterns for huge trout in New Zealand is now online at Hulu.com. Husband-and-wife team Carl McNeil and Jeannie Ackland covered a lot of ground to capture glorious footage of big trout and mice, and the resulting film. . .

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Steelhead Odyssey, Episode II


Written by: Eric Rickstad

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Team Steelhead Odyssey stands next to one of the giant trees in Olympic National Forest.

photo by Eric Strader

[Editor’s Note: This month, three trout guides from Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge have embarked on a steelhead trip through Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. They’ll be filing frequent updates on their progress. The anglers—all steelhead novices—are Eric Strader (from Missouri), Robert McCallister (from New Mexico), and Ted Morris (from Pennsylvania).]

The fishing on the Bogachiel River has proven to be tough because of all of the gear fishermen. Although there are a lot of fish in the system, it is hard to find spots. . .

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In the Loop 12.28.10


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Trinity River 2011 from Brannon on Vimeo.

This gorgeous film of fly fishing on California’s Trinity River will have you planning a trip to West Coast next season.

fish icon The Los Angeles Times explores the battle between Colorado conservationists and the Sierra Club over the organization’s support for a project, envisioned by the late artist Christo, called “Over the River.” The art installation would suspend panels of fabric over 5.9 miles of the Arkansas River, . . .

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Lessons Learned the Hard Way with Simon Perkins


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Montana fly-fishing guide, Simon Perkins is back home in Vermont for Christmas and joins Tom for a podcast on lessons learned the hard way. It’s the mistakes that make us wise, if we learn from them. Learn from Tom and Simon’s mistakes so you dont have to make them yourself!

What are some of your hard-learned lessons? Let us know in the comments.

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Steelhead Odyssey, Episode I

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Ted Morris is all smiles as he shows off his first steelhead, taken from Idaho’s Little Salmon.

photo by Eric Strader

[Editor’s Note: This month, three trout guides from Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge have embarked on a steelhead trip through Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. They’ll be filing frequent updates on their progress. The anglers—all steelhead novices—are Eric Strader (from Missouri), Robert McCallister (from New Mexico), and Ted Morris (from Pennsylvania).]

Once elk-hunting season is over at Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge, it’s time to find the steelhead! Our first stop on the trip is Boise, Idaho, where we met with a few local fishing guides to help us plan our trip to the Olympic Peninsula, as well as a few places to fish along the way. We set up our temporary camp at a friend’s house in Boise. We tied flies and met with a few guys who had fished. . .

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Take the Tom Rosenbauer Fly Fishing Trivia Challenge for 12-17-10


Written by: Eric Rickstad


Take the Tom Rosenbauer Fly Fishing Trivia Challenge

My quiz this week features questions on steelhead, tippet, fly tying, tarpon and insects. Let’s see what you got. Once you get your final score, come back and tell me how well you did in the comments.
Click the link below and good luck!
-Tom



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