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 02.24.12


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. There was such an embarrassment of riches this week, I can offer a baker’s dozen videos that will take you from New Zealand, to Canada, to the Indian Ocean, and back to North Carolina, with plenty of other. . .

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Picture of the Day: Bari’s Beauty


Written by: Phil Monahan

Bari's Prize

Bari and her proud grandparents with a lovely pompano.

photo courtesy Capt. Ed Hurst

This wonderful photo showed up in my email the other day, along with a note from Capt. Ed Hurst of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters in Sarasota, Florida:


The young lady, Bari, is 10 years old. She fished on Saturday with her grandparents. She had a little difficulty casting so I helped her with that. BUT she stripped the line, set the hook, and played the fish all on her own. She caught trout, ladyfish, and pompano. There is at least one new fly fisher on the way up. My guess is by next year when she goes again, she’ll do it all by herself. And she’s a sweetheart to boot.

Brava, Bari!

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Picture of the Day: Bari’s Beauty


Written by: Phil Monahan

Bari's Prize

Bari and her proud grandparents with a lovely pompano.

photo courtesy Capt. Ed Hurst

This wonderful photo showed up in my email the other day, along with a note from Capt. Ed Hurst of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters in Sarasota, Florida:


The young lady, Bari, is 10 years old. She fished on Saturday with her grandparents. She had a little difficulty casting so I helped her with that. BUT she stripped the line, set the hook, and played the fish all on her own. She caught trout, ladyfish, and pompano. There is at least one new fly fisher on the way up. My guess is by next year when she goes again, she’ll do it all by herself. And she’s a sweetheart to boot.

Brava, Bari!

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Video: Destin Beach Albies and Redfish


Written by: Phil Monahan

Destin Beach Fishing from SHALLOW WATER EXPEDITIONS on Vimeo.

Guide David Mangum, the man behind Shallow Water Expeditions, has produced another great video featuring Florida saltwater action. Back in December, his “Bulls on Top” almost blew up the Internet it was so popular, and this video—shot off Destin, between Pensacola and Panama City—has a lot of the same elements: great footage, sharp editing, and cool music. Casting a beast of a redfish in the starring role was a pretty good idea, too.

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Video: Patagonia in Boats


Written by: Phil Monahan

Fly Fishing the Patagonia – Short from Brett Keller on Vimeo.

Here’s a great short video from Argentinian Patagonia that features plenty of big fish and lots of cool underwater footage. There’s a longer version that I felt was too long for last week’s FFF, and the filmmaker took a commenter’s advice and cut it down to just the sweet bits. You can find the long version here.

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Friday Film Festival 02.17.12


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 is heavy on the trout, with a dose of Atlantic salmon and steelhead thrown in for good measure. The saltwater community is represented by just a single bonefish vid, but I would expect. . .

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Managing the “Winter Blues”

Griffin Fly

Perhaps taking up fly-fishing artwork is a good way to beat the winter blues.

Illustration by Catherine Griffin

Last month, I found myself sitting cross-legged on a boulder in the middle of my home stream looking through the clear water at the rocks on the bottom. I had given up fishing about an hour before and was morosely reflecting on the transformation of a lively fall brook stream into a seemingly vacant winter stream. Where did all of the fish go? Did they pack up their little trout motor homes and go to the Keys for the winter?

It might sound fanatical to people who don’t fish, but the off-season blues can be a serious problem for anglers. In addition to decreased sunlight, which can cause most of us to get pretty blue, anglers lose one of their most important sources of . . .

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