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.

The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Ten Tips for Fishing a new Trout Stream


Written by: Eric Rickstad

This week we have a couple of interesting fly box items–one on reeling right or left hand, and the other on how to dress for fly fishing. The main podcast is about evaluating a new trout stream to figure out how fast to move, what fly to use, and how rich the stream is. I also include a shameless plug for my new book Small Stream Trout Fishing.

Listen to this podcast by clicking the READ MORE button below.

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Catch TU’s ON THE RISE TV Show; Season Premiers This Week


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Trout Unlimited’s On the Rise TV show, airing on the Sportsman Channel, resumed this week with a new host Jed Fiebelkorn, a Montana guide and former host of Fly Fisherman’s TV show. On the Rise focuses on great American trout rivers and the conservation issues surrounding them. In the first episode, Jed floats the Teton River with Mike Dawes of WorldCast Anglers and Kasey Collins, President of Teton Valley Trout Unlimited Chapter 721.

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Introducing “Ask a Casting Instructor”


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Peter Kutzer casting

Peter Kutzer strutting his stuff on the Orvis casting ponds.

Our Tuesday Tips on casting have been so popular that we’ve decided to add a new feature to OrvisNews.com: “Ask a Casting Instructor”! If you’re having a problem with casting in general, casting in specific angling situations, or progressing to the next level of distance or accuracy. . .

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First Redfish in the Grass


Written by: Eric Rickstad

First Wade in 2011 Capt. Tuck Scott 3/17/11 from Bay Street on Vimeo.

We are T-minus 12 days until trout season here in Vermont, but some of our southern compatriots are getting an early start to their fishing year. Here’s a great video from Capt. Tuck Scott of Bay Street Outfitters in Beaufort, South Carolina, who recorded his very first wading trip for redfish.

“Here in Beaufort, we love our tailing redfish, and about half way through the winter we start dreaming about warmer days so the fish will start tailing again,” he writes. “Usually tails don’t start. . .

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In the Loop 03.28.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad

We’re still freezing our butts off up here in Vermont, even if the snow is mostly gone, but it’s heartening to know that the trout opener is less than two weeks away. Here’s a short video on how the New Jersey Department of Fish & Wildlife is getting ready for their Opening Day by stocking local rivers. There are some breeder fish in the mix, and you can see a serious hog. . .

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Friday Hot List 03.25.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad

22-inch San Juan brown

A gorgeous, 22-inch San Juan brown.

photo courtesy Fishheads San Juan Lodge

The Friday Hot List is Back! 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,. . .

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Friday Film Festival 03.25.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Film Festival2

TGIFFF! Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s videos span the globe, from Greenland to Argentina, and may involve more species than we’ve ever covered on a single Friday. Lots of topwater action is a real bonus. Enjoy!

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