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.

Podcast Double Feature- Five More Tips on Matching the Hatch and Progressing from Novice to Intermediate

Written by: Phil Monahan

I was out of the office for a couple of weeks, so we did not have any new episodes of the podcast to publish. Hopefully I can make it up to you with a double feature this week with two listener-requested topics.

Matching the Hatch Part 2: Five More Tips

In the fly box section this week we discuss a couple tackle maintenance items (cork grips and fly lines) and some tips on how to learn from some “old school” techniques.

In the main part of the podcast, we learn more about hatches and how to deal with them, especially on how to collect insect specimens and what to do with them once you’ve otained them.

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Ten Tips from Novice to intermediate fly fisher

In this week’s podcast we have a great phone call from Molly with some exciting news and a tip on further refining your casting practice. For the main event, we explore the topic of moving from novice to intermediate fly fisher with some tips on how to get there.

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Catch-and-Release Tips for Bonefish

I’ll be the first to admit it, and then other fly fishermen can chime in. In the past, though I was well intentioned, I sometimes handled fish in a manner that may have reduced their chance of survival after they were released. Maybe it was because I was excited about catching an especially big fish, or perhaps it was the first of that species for me. But mostly it was. . .


The Tarpon That…Was!


sarah tarpon fly fishing

I hear the alarm go off at 5 a.m., jump up, grab an iPhone, and check the weather. Guess what? It’s blowing 15 knots. But what else is new?  It must be my day to fish because the water was slick calm the last two days while I was working. Oh well. We decide to pass on a day of fishing and go back to sleep. At 7 a.m., the dogs are making noise, so we’re awake again and my husband Chris says, “I just had a dream you caught a tarpon, get ready. We’re going.”  Well, okay. Twist my arm! So we take our time getting ready, swing by Cracker Barrel for a breakfast sandwich, to go (of course.) We pop on down to the boat at the crack of 8:15 and head out into a nasty chop. 


Tuesday Tip: Big Streamers for Big Trout

Written by: Simon Perkins

Big Streamer Fly 1

This big brown trout coughed up a 6-inch, half-digested rainbow during the fight–a
reminder that your streamer probably isn’t as big as it could be.

photo by Simon Perkins

Last week, a good friend flew in to fish with me in Montana for a couple days. Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or in an eddy behind one), you’re probably aware of the water situation in Montana and other parts of the west. June has been crazy. Record water levels are being registered across the state every day, many rivers look like their water has been replaced with chocolate milk, and therefore most anglers and guides have been forced out of their normal routines. We knew we were going to have to explore some “Plan B” options. . . .


Henry Winkler Book Signing at Orvis NYC

On Monday Henry Winkler stopped by Orvis NYC to promote his new book, I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River. Henry’s a talented fellow, no doubt–writer, director, actor, shark jumper–but many an angler is scratching his head with uncertainty about the title of Winkler’s book. Who hasn’t met an idiot on the river?

Well if the Fonz is the coolest, then Henry. . .


New Fly-Fishing Video: “Hatch” Teaser

HATCH – Fly Fishing DVD Trailer from Gin Clear Media on Vimeo.

Maker of fine fly-fishing films, New Zealand-based Gin-Clear Media just released a teaser for their upcoming film “Hatch.” I think you’ll agree that this is some of the most beautiful insects-and-trout video we’ve seen. Make sure you watch it in full HD and at full screen.

Here’s what the filmmakers have to say about it: . . .