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.

Fly-Fishing Program for the Deaf Taking Off


Written by: Phil Monahan


Orvis-endorsed guide Bryan Eldredge’s video series designed to introduce
fly fishing to the deaf is gaining in popularity.

photo courtesy Bryan Eldredge

Last month, we featured a video by former Trout Bum of the Week Bryan Eldredge—a guide at Falcon’s Ledge and director of the American Sign Language and Deaf Studies Program at Utah Valley University in Orem—in which he uses. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Spring on the Henry’s Fork


Written by: Phil Monahan

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A happy client and guide with a monster Henry’s Fork brown trout.

photo courtesy Three Rivers Ranch

Here are a couple of great shots of angler Peggy P. with guide Todd Allen of Three Rivers Ranch, spring fly-fishing on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. Peggy sent in these pictures with a note that said, . . .

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Pictures of the Day: Spring on the Henry’s Fork


Written by: Phil Monahan

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A happy client and guide with a monster Henry’s Fork brown trout.

photo courtesy Three Rivers Ranch

Here are a couple of great shots of angler Peggy P. with guide Todd Allen of Three Rivers Ranch, spring fly-fishing on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. Peggy sent in these pictures with a note that said, . . .

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Slideshow: 2012 Western Rendezvous Fishing


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Guide Pat Kane (left) and Orvis’s Steve Hemkens show off a nice Clearwater brown trout.

photo by Shawn Brillon

Last week, the 2012 Orvis Western Guide Rendezvous was held in Missoula, Montana. More than 200 Orvis-endorsed guides from around the West gathered to mingle, swap ideas and stories, learn about new Orvis gear, and generally have a good time. As the event organizers, we had to get out there early and set everything up, but we couldn’t resist. . .

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A Video Tribute to Jose Wejebe


Written by: Phil Monahan

Last week, we posted about the tragic airplane crash that took the life of “Spanish Fly” host Jose Wejebe. Here’s a wonderful video put together by his production team that traces Wejebe’s life from his early childhood as a Cuban exile, through the development of his love and passion for fishing, right up to his final trips for the TV show. I met Jose just once, at a charity event in Colorado, and I remember. . .

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Video: How to Tie a Multi-Feather Flatwing


Written by: Phil Monahan

Back in February, we featured a video on tying a Single-Wing Flatwing streamer, and this lesson builds on the techniques you learned to tie that simple fly. A Multi-Feather Flatwing offers a much bigger profile and moves a lot more water, which can create fish-attracting commotion. However, it also requires that you layer a lot of stuff on a single hook. This fly looks complicated and . . .

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Pictures of the Day: Tiger by the Tail


Written by: Phil Monahan

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A tiger trout is a cross between a brown and brook trout, and you can see elements of both.

photo courtesy Falcon’s Ledge

The folks from Falcon’s Ledge sent me these cool pictures of angler Mike Hague, who battled some cold conditions and got into this large tiger trout. Spring is the best time of year to target these feisty predators, which are quite piscivorous (fish eaters) from an early age. They seem to. . .

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Eastern Guides Rendezvous at Orvis


Written by: Phil Monahan

Eastern Rendezvous

Orvis guides from east of the Mississippi are in town for two days of information and networking.

photo by Scott McEnaney

Last week, the Orvis Western ELOG Rendezvous was held in Missoula, Montana, and now the eastern folks are meeting here in Vermont. (ELOG = Endorsed Lodges, Guides, and Outfitters.) About 60 fishing guides, lodge owners, and shop owners coming from all over the eastern United States will get a chance to compare notes, get company updates, and learn about new products. It’s a very cool event, for it offers us the opportunity to learn more about their fisheries, as well.

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Tuesday Tip: Dead-Drifting Streamers for Big Trout

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Drew Price shows off a 24.5-inch beast that fell for a dead-drifted streamer on Saturday.

photo by Drew Price

Early in the season, trout streams tend to be a bit on the high side, and the water is cold and discolored. These can be tough conditions for fishing, but it can also be one of the best times of year to get into larger fish if you use the right techniques. This past weekend was the opening of the trout season in Vermont. Although conditions here are very atypical of April—most streams are low, the water is fairly warm (in the mid to upper 40’s) and there is good clarity—I still stuck with my opening weekend tradition of. . .

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