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.

Video: How to Tie a Simple Scud


Written by: Phil Monahan

Scuds, crustaceans known as Amphipods, are on a trout’s menu year-round—especially in many tailwaters, spring creeks, and stillwaters. Trout love them because scuds are usually plentiful, easy to catch, and they have high nutritional value. There are almost 100 species of scuds in North America, but they all have the same basic shape, with prominent legs and a curved shell back. Mostly what. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Riley’s Steelhead


Written by: Phil Monahan

Riley Brillon 4

A big fish deserves such a big smile.

photo by Shawn Brillon

A few weeks ago, Orvis product developer Shawn Brillon—a certified steelhead nut—took his 15-year-old son Riley over to New York’s Salmon River to see if they could catch a chromer. Well, as these pictures attest, the boy’s got the right stuff. Expect to see a lot more of Riley on this blog in the future. Way to go, young man!

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Tuesday Tip: How to Properly Grip a Fly Rod


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I discuss the best way to grip a fly rod. This may seem ridiculously basic to some folks, but the grip is the foundation on which your whole cast is built. So it’s very important that you establish a comfortable grip that will help you put your fly where you want it to go. The first. . .

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Video of the Day: River Dogs


Written by: Phil Monahan

river dogs. from morgan ford on Vimeo.

In early October, angler Morgan Ford was featured in our Picture of the Day, with his beast of a brown trout caught on the Laramie River. Now he’s back with a video of his adventures around southeastern Wyoming. There are plenty of great fish, beautiful locations, and, yes, dogs. The fact that seems to be entirely self-shot makes it all the more impressive.

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Anatomy of a Fly Rod: A Glossary

Do you ever find yourself scratching your head when reading about fly rods, or do you find yourself lost when you hear a couple guys at your club meeting discussing their new rod-building projects? Do you know the difference between the prepreg and the scrim? Some of the terms that describe fly-rod construction are pretty arcane, so here’s a. . .

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Friday Film Festival 11.24.11


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to the Black Friday edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. Hopefully, you’re done with your Christmas shopping already, so you can sit back and enjoy the show. (That is, if you didn’t get pepper-sprayed by a “competitive shopper.”) This week’s collection offers plenty of. . .

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