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.

Tuesday Tip: 5 Keys to Good Dry-Fly Mending (REPOST)


Written by: Phil Monahan

Mending
A good upstream mend counteracts the effects of faster currents between you and your fly.

photo by Eric DeWitt

Mending is a skill that most novice anglers struggle to understand, but even experienced fly fishermen can find mending difficult. The only way to get good at it is to practice on the water, dealing with currents of different speeds. Your fly will tell you if you’re doing it right: a long dead-drift is a sure sign of successful mending, while a “motorboating” fly dragging across the surface points to some problems. Here are 5 steps to good mending: . . .

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A Kafkaesque Angling Moment from the New York Times


Written by: Phil Monahan

MSP

The scene of the “crime”: The excessively dry, fish-free Madison Square Park, just across
the street from the Urban Angler fly shop (see arrow) in Midtown Manhattan.

image via Google Maps

My dad sent me a link to this brief story (below) in the New York Times “Metropolitan Diary.” The diary a regular feature in the paper in which regular folks write in about their odd or wonderful experiences in the Big Apple. It seems that Mr. Stuart found himself in danger of being fined for fishing in a park where there is, in fact, . . .

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Picture of the Day: Tennessee Titan


Written by: Phil Monahan

Tennessee Steelie

Still relatively new to fly fishing, Dean Kennedy looks like he might be getting the hang of it.

photo courtesy Dean Kennedy

[Editor’s note: Here’s a great note—and photo of what he calls a “redneck steelhead”—sent in by blog reader Dean Kennedy.]

Seeing I have no one to fish with, I deemed it absolutely necessary to share my story with the blog that I credit over half of what I’ve learned in the measly year I’ve been fly-fishing. I’ve never been one with words, but I feel I owe it to myself and the fish to try to explain the absolute placidity I gained from the experience.

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Video: Faceless Fly Fishing “Plan B”


Written by: Phil Monahan

PLAN B FACELESS FLY FISHING from FACELESS FLY FISHING MEDIA on Vimeo.

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from the folks at Faceless Fly Fishing. The last time we featured one of their videos was last April. We’ll, it turns out that they’ve been very busy, and this awesome video is proof. Featuring both cool editing and great fishing action, “Plan B” is a feast for the eyes. And there are a couple of trout at the end that will leave your jaw on the floor. Happy Monday.

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Repost: How to Decide Which Knot?


Written by: Phil Monahan

Which Knot

The Orvis Animated Knot Series can help you find the knot that works best for you.

The $60,000 question for many anglers is, “Which knot should I use to connect the fly to the tippet?” We all want the strongest possible connection we can get because the sickening feeling of breaking off a big fish can ruin a day on the water. Ingenious tinkerers have come up with many different knot options over the last 25 years—although how many of these “new” knots already existed is unknown—and basement scientists have spent thousands of hours testing knots against each other, under all kinds of. . .

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Friday Film Festival 01.27.12


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. This week’s collection debuts some locations and species we’ve never featured before. Ever wondered if there is catch-and-release fly fishing for rainbows in North Africa? Well, your answer is below. (Hint: yes.) Learn how to thrill and mystify your friends by. . .

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Video: Trailer for a New Film About Monster Arctic Char


Written by: Phil Monahan

We’re big fans of R.A Beattie‘s films, and here’s a cool trailer for his latest project, The Arctic, focused on the amazing fishing for arctic char and lake trout on the Tree River. The Tree is located well above the Arctic Circle in Canada’s Nunavat Province, where the all-tackle world-record char was caught. Can’t wait to see the final film.

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Taking Great Fishing Photos with Catch Magazine Editor Brian O’Keefe


Written by: Phil Monahan

This week I have a special guest, Brian O’Keefe, who owns the fantastic electronic magazine called Catch Magazine, along with his business partner Todd Moen. Brian has been in the fly fishing business as long as I have, and he’s one of the best fly-fishing photographers out there. He’s traveled all over the world to photograph some of the most exotic fly fishing locations, as well as plenty of cool places closer to home. We ramble a bit about the old days, but the podcast is mainly about tips for the novice fly-fishing photographer. This podcast is longer than usual so I left out the usual Fly Box section, which will return next week. Lots of good questions these days so I have a good list of topics to cover!

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