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: A Close-Up Look at Didymo’s Effects


Written by: Phil Monahan

Didymo: A Video Diary from Jason du Pont on Vimeo.

Anyone who cares about rivers needs to watch this 25-minute film that follows the progression of a didymo bloom in the Gunpowder River in Maryland. You’ll be astounded by how quickly the river is transformed as the bloom progresses, and a once-clear freestone stream becomes a gunked-up, brown mess. If you ever needed a reason to take personal measures that halt the spread of aquatic nuisance species, . . .

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Friday Film Festival 03.30.12


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 very Euro-centric, which is something that hasn’t happened before. We’ve got great stuff from Spain, Sweden, and France, along with a New Zealand entry that’s not at all what you. . .

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Picture of the Day: Honoring a Father’s Generosity


Written by: Phil Monahan

Matthew Owen

Matthew Owen shows off the skills that were wholeheartedly encouraged by his late father.

photo courtesy Joe Millner

Blog reader Joe Millner sent in this great photo, along with the touching story behind it:

I thought I would pass along this picture of a friend of mine. The young man in the picture is Matthew Owen from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a junior at a local high school and loves the outdoors. On Christmas day of 2011, Matthew learned his 60-year-old old Dad, Larry, . . .

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Bitten by the Fly-Fishing Bug

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TV host Mariko Izumi with her first-ever trout on a fly, in Colorado.

photo courtesy Mariko Izumi

The sound of line sweeping the water and the feel of every bite, pull, and twist that comes from a fish being reeled in on an almost weightless fly is relatively new to me. It’s true I’ve been exposed to fishing since I was in diapers, but it’s only recently that I took up fly fishing. I grew up in a bass fishing/spinning-gear family, and while. . .

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The Phil Monahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 03.29.12


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Don’t mind that banner up there; Tom’s still busy, and I’m back with another pretty tough quiz. The last one, on the locations of 25 famous fly-fishing spots in the Western Hemisphere, generated some serious consternation and some seriously low scores. Hopefully, there will be some redemption today, as you try to identify the authors of 20 famous fly-fishing books. (No Googling!) The bonus here is that, even if you don’t do very well, you’ve come away with a great reading list!

Post your score in the comments below to become eligible for our giveaway: One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will win a copy of the Orvis App for iPhone or Android, a great resource featuring everything from fishing reports to knot-tying animations to fly patterns.

Click “Read More” to take the quiz!

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Video: New Trailer for “The Big One”


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Big One: Trailer from Knee Deep Fly Fishing on Vimeo.

I’ve been wondering when someone would use tilt-shift photography techniques in a fly-fishing video, and here it is. This trailer for an upcoming film called “The Big One” features a lot of cool shots—from the weird, toy-like perspectives of the tilt-shift stuff to sweet tracking sequences. According to the filmmakers, this film focuses on an idea: . . .

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Picture of the Day: Lake Trout on the Fly!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Lake Trout

Lake trout aren’t that common as fly-rod quarry, mostly because they often inhabit deeper water, but Todd will assure you that they put up a helluva fight.

photo courtesy Todd Van Dyke

We post a lot of trout, here on the Fly Fsihing blog, but i believe this is our first laker. Blog reader Todd Van Dyke sent us his favorite angling picture, along with the story behind it: . . .

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Picture of the Day: North Park Brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Rachel and Brown Trout

Rachel looks pretty excited about this gorgeous early-season trout.

photo courtesy Scott Graham

Scott Graham of North Park Anglers sent us this great picture with a note:

This fish was caught by Rachel Memelink of Walden, Colorado, on March 24, 2012. She landed this beauty on only her second time fly fishing, while on the Encampment River in southern Wyoming. The fish took a. . .

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Picture of the Day: North Park Brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Rachel and Brown Trout

Rachel looks pretty excited about this gorgeous early-season trout.

photo courtesy Scott Graham

Scott Graham of North Park Anglers sent us this great picture with a note:

This fish was caught by Rachel Memelink of Walden, Colorado, on March 24, 2012. She landed this beauty on only her second time fly fishing, while on the Encampment River in southern Wyoming. The fish took a. . .

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