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.

Tom Rosenbauer’s 15 Tips on Switching from Freshwater to Salt

Written by: Phil Monahan

This week, in preparation for the best months of saltwater fishing from Maine to Florida (May and June) we explore the idea of moving from freshwater to salt. Trout anglers are seldom prepared for the transition to saltwater fly fishing–although the equipment requirements are easy enough to understand and you only need a few extra knots, it’s mainly the casting and the expectations that throw trout anglers a curve ball. There are 15 tips for making this transition easy and fun. Also in the Fly Box this week, we answer questions about the Surgeon’s vs. Clinch knots, knots for attaching wire bite tippets, polarized sunglass colors, hook styles on nymphs, trout stream ettiquette, and how to balance a reel with a rod (or not).

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Photos of the Day: More Giant Trout from Argentina

Written by: Phil Monahan

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Marcus Baughman shows off a huge Argentina brown trout with brilliant red spots.

photo courtesy Rio Manso

Roberto Pandolfi of Rio Manso Lodge sent us a few recent images of Orvis customers fishing. Rio Manso is about 90 minutes south of Bariloche, Argentina, and there was a volcanic eruption in neighboring Chile last year that temporarily closed the airport. However, it’s clear from these photos that the ash didn’t hurt the fishing. It was a relatively warm, dry summer in Patagonia, and the fishing was. . .


How to Fish High, Off-Color Water

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Gerry shows off one of many trout that fell for a jigged nymph during high water.

photo by Tim Linehan

In the spring, daily conditions can change dramatically. Wednesday it’s cool, overcast, and the river is in great shape. Thursday you show up at the boat ramp to find that thunder storms in the high country have tributaries running high and pushing color into the main river. Such was the case for me last week. I arrived on the Bitterroot and discovered that, in the previous twenty-four hours, the river had risen 2,000cfs and visibility was. . .


Picture of the Day: Jurassic Rainbowasaurus

Written by: Phil Monahan


We knew that Argentina’s Jurassic Lake grew big trout, but we didn’t know they got this big. (The photo obviously came right off the camera, which explains the control bar. Doh.)

photo courtesy Estancia Laguna Verde

Last night, I checked my cell phone and saw that I’d received an email from Luciana Alba at Estancia Laguna Verde in southern Argentina. Since they fish Lago Strobel (also known as Jurassic Lake), I knew it would have a picture of a big fish attached, but I didn’t actually see the photo until . . .


Friday Film Festival 04.27.12

Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is quite eclectic, with big fish, small fish, and no fish. As usual, there’s an international flair to the group, with Europe and Canada leading the charge of foreign lands. The comments are. . .


Training Native Alaskans to Work on and Protect Their Watersheds


Editor’s Note: Orvis is one of the Program Supporters for this year’s Bristol Bay River Academy. To learn more visit the organization’s website.

It started when I found myself standing alone in a pelting rain on a gravel airstrip in the Yu’pik village of Ekwok. I’d just taken a mail-run flight from Anchorage to the Bristol Bay, seated next to bulk boxes of rice and paper towels. I was already wondering how I’d get home when an old pickup truck pulled up moving no faster than a riding mower. Out popped Tim Troll of The Nature Conservancy, and soon after, . . .


Announcing the Winners of the 2012 Orvis Guide, Lodge, and Outfitter Awards!

Written by: Phil Monahan

2012 ELOG Awards Kalil Boghdan

Massachusetts-based striper specialist Capt. Kalil Boghdan was named
2012 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year.

photo by Tom Rosenbauer

For over twenty years, the Orvis Company has been recognizing excellence in sporting experiences through its Endorsed Lodges Outfitters and Guides (ELOG) program. Each endorsed operation has its own character, but all share the same high standards: great service, great fishing or wingshooting, and an experienced, professional staff. These standards of excellence are continually reviewed by the Orvis staff and evaluated by. . .


Pictures of the Day: Limay Monster Brown Trout

Written by: Phil Monahan

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Carlos Fernandez hoists a hog of a brown trout taken from Argentina’s Limay River.

photo courtesy Carlos Fernandez

The Nature Conservancy‘s Carlos Fernandez was fishing the famed Limay River outside Bariloche, Argentina, on April 15 when he laid into this monster brown trout, which tipped the scales at an astonishing 11 pounds. Check out the kype on that thing! When Carlos isn’t working hard for The Nature Conservancy protecting the. . .


Your Chance to Own a Piece of Angling History

Written by: Phil Monahan

Ted Williams’s Orvis Batten Kill bamboo fly rod is just one of 700+ items up for auction.

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As a lifelong Red Sox fan and fly fisherman, this is the kind of thing that might cause me to lock up the credit cards for a couple of days, just in case. On Saturday, an auction of items belonging to Hall of Fame icon—and hardcore outdoorsman—Ted Williams will be held at Fenway Park in Boston. (Online pre-bidding runs through tonight at 11 p.m. EST.)

Among the more than 700 items are lots of rods, reels, and flies that the “Splendid Splinter” used on the water, including the above Orvis rod. (Lots 474-548 are listed as “Fishing related materials.”) It’s clear from the description of. . .


Pictures of the Day: Eastern Guide Rendezvous Brown Trout

The wild brown trout of the Battenkill are wary and big, but a Hendrickson
spinnerfall will bring them to the surface.

photo courtesy Michael Steiner

[Editor’s Note: Someone commented that, based on the pictures published on, the Western Guide Rendezvous looked like it was more fun than the Eastern version. To prove that the Eastern guides got a chance to lay into some nice trout, too, here’s a post from Michael Steiner of Nemacolin Field Club in Farmington, Pennsylvania.]

This past week we were in attendance at the Orvis Endorsed Guide’s Eastern Rendezvous, held in Manchester, Vermont. This was our first opportunity to vist the corporate facilities, rod-building factory, flagship Orvis school facility, and . . .