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.

Tom Rosenbauer’s Tips for Fishing Emergers


Written by: Phil Monahan

You might be tempted to fish emergers with a subtle twitch. It sometimes works during a caddis hatch or during an emergence of large mayflies like green drakes, but most times you are better off fishing an emerger like a dry fly— on a dead drift. Any movement you can impart to your fly is far more overt than the diminutive quivering of the naturals.

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Friday Hot List for June 24


Written by: Phil Monahan

Mossy Creek Brown

A fine Mossy Creek brown trout that fell for a gold and copper Kreelex.

photo Courtesy Mossy Creek Fly Fishing

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.

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Meet Henry Winkler (‘The Fonz’) at Orvis NYC Book Signing: Monday June 27, 12-2 PM


Written by: Eric Rickstad

 

fonz

 

We all know the Fonz was cool, but the actor who played him, Henry Winkler, is even cooler. Why? Because he’s a devoted, passionate fly fisher. As he puts it in his new book I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Photography, and Fly-Fishing:  

      My heart lives in New York, where I was born and raised. My body lives in Los Angeles, where I do much of my work. My soul lives in Montana, where I fish.

Come meet Henry Winkler at his book signing for his new book at Orvis NYC, Monday June 27 from 12-2 PM.

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Friday Film Festival 06.24.11


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we’ve got a pretty salty mix, featuring wild baby-tarpon action and an epic striped marlin battle in Mexico, plus a little bit of Cuban spice. Trout lovers will enjoy the views of monster New Zealand browns, as well as. . .

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A Secret to Catching Trout in Deep Water


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Author Peter Matthiessen caught this
nice brown using Depth Charge line

Before a recent trip to Chile and Argentina, a friend who runs a lodge down there said “Don’t forget to bring a sinking line around 200 grains.” Naively, I made some comment like, “I’ll just bring a floater, that’s why God invented tungsten cones.” But at the last minute, I packed a 250-grain Depth Charge line. And I learned a lesson—never go trout fishing in big deep rivers without one. I’d always taken a Depth Charge when saltwater fly fishing but never on trout trips.

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Picture of the Day: High-Water Special

Bridger and Big Trout

Twelve-year-old Bridger put aside his preference for dry flies and worked a deep
nymph rig on the Missouri to great effect.

photo courtesy Brandon Bodecker

Our excessive snowpack and torrential rains of May and early June have led to some challenging times for anglers and outfitters alike in Montana. I am usually guiding on the Smith River this time of year and don’t get to spend a lot of time with my family, so when my 12-year-old son Bridger said,. . .

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Secret Tips for Fishing Terrestrial Flies


Written by: Eric Rickstad

If you think terrestrial imitations are only for summer fishing, you’re missing a great deal of dry-fly action. The normal thought is that trout ignore land-bred insects in the spring and early summer, until mayfly and caddisfly hatches dwindle with the heat of summer. They ignore terrestrials about as much as you ignore chocolate mousse when out to dinner.

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Picture of the Day: Nessie of the Battenkill


Written by: Phil Monahan

Loch Ness Monster

Grainy? Check. Dark? Check. Doesn’t show whole fish or angler? Check and check. But this shot is all I’ve got to commemorate a fine catch.

photo by Eric Rickstad

That’s terrible photo, isn’t it? It was taken a couple of springs ago on the Battenkill. Eric Rickstad and I were swinging streamers during fairly high water and having no luck at all. Thinking that perhaps we weren’t getting our flies deep enough, I cast well upstream of the hole in front of me,. . .

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A Daughter and Father Share Their Love of Fly Fishing


Written by: Eric Rickstad

In this wonderful video, fly fisher and photographer Christen Magaret shares her love of fly fishing and the outdoors, and her gratitude to her father for exposing her to both. She and her father express why fly fishing is special to them, and to so many of us who pursue it.

 

 

Time is but a Stream… from Christen Magaret on Vimeo.

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A Daughter and Father Share Their Love of Fly Fishing


Written by: Phil Monahan

In this wonderful video, fly fisher and photographer Christen Magaret shares her love of fly fishing and the outdoors, and her gratitude to her father for exposing her to both. She and her father express why fly fishing is special to them, and to so many of us who pursue it.

 

 

Time is but a Stream… from Christen Magaret on Vimeo.

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