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.

Friday Film Festival 12.30.11


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. We skipped last week, since it was a holiday for us, but we’re making up for it with a baker’s dozen videos, an all-time high, in this week’s FFF. We’re a little light on the saltwater content here, but if you love trout, . . .

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A Magical Day Chasing the Utah Grand Slam

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Here’s the prize for an angler lucky enough to achieve the Utah Grand Slam.

photo by Spencer Higa

Fly fishermen have different expectations when they set out to the river. Some like to catch lots of fish, while others just want to catch big fish. Here on the southern slope of the Uinta Mountains, a lot of anglers set out aiming to get a “grand slam,” which is to catch four different species of trout—brown, rainbow, cutthroat and brook—in a single day. Even better if they all come from a single river. I had the rare experience this summer of witnessing a unique double grand slam while guiding Travis and Todd, from San Diego, California.

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Pictures of the Day: More Lake Erie Steel

Erie Steel 3

Here’s one of our most important product testers.

photo by Shawn Combs

Earlier this month, six of us from the office got together to test some 2012-2013 products by pulling on some Lake Erie tributary steelhead. We packed up in a truck and drove eight hours (each way) to fish for fourteen hours with a few good friends from Steelhead Alley Outfitters. The smiles tell the rest of the story.

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Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge 12.29.11


Written by: Phil Monahan

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This week’s Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge is all about stillwater fishing—the best gear, which insects you should imitate, how to cast, etc. Post your score in the comments below to become eligible for our giveaway: One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will win a signed copy of Tom’s recent book The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies, a great resource for anyone who enjoys tying flies.

The winner of the random drawing for last week’s quiz was commenter Gabriel Galvis, who score needs a little work.

Good luck!

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Newsflash: Rhode Island Bans Felt Soles Without Telling Anyone


Written by: Phil Monahan

RI Felt 2 copy

The state of Rhode Island released its 2012-13 fishing regulations brochure without much fanfare, offering no hint that there was anything controversial or game-changing inside. And it took anglers a little while to read all the way to the bottom of the section titled “Freshwater Fisheries Regulations,” where they were astonished to find something entirely new tacked on: . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Royal Wulff


Written by: Phil Monahan

In the 1930s, Lee Wulff was trying to create a dry fly that would stay afloat even in rough water, and the result was the original “Wulff” pattern, the White Wulff. According to fly-fishing historian Andrew Herd, Wulff had so much success with his new creation that he applied the same tying techniques to come up with the Grey Wulff and the Royal Wulff. However, some historians think Wulff is unfairly credited with inventing the. . .

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Video: Teaser for a Chilean Fly-Fishing Conservation Film


Written by: Phil Monahan

AITUE/PESCA CON MOSCA/CONSERVACION DE LA PATAGONIA/TEASER 1/4 from AITUE on Vimeo.

When he saw yesterday’s “Picture of the Day,” Chilean reader zlachevsky sent us a link to this gorgeous trailer for an upcoming film about fly fishing and conservation in the mountains of Patagonia. You’ll note that the billboard at the end of the film shows the very same mountains—part of the Torres del Paine—visible in the background of yesterday’s picture, but with a shocking addition to the landscape. The slogan “Sin Represas!” means “Without Dams,” and here’s a brief description of the struggle being waged in Chile: . . .

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Great Interview with Artist Becca Schlaff


Written by: Phil Monahan


Becca Schlaff in her studio with some of her works.

photo courtesy Becca Schlaff

Michigan-based artist Becca Schlaff was already an accomplished painter when a good friend—who also happened to be a fly fisherman—told her to “take a closer look at fish.” As Becca puts it, “I have been hooked ever since.” A recent recipient of a BFA in Art Education from Michigan State University, she has spent a fair amount of time exploring what really attracts her to the subject: . . .

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