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.

Podcast: Ten Tips for Warm Water Fly Fishing

Written by: Phil Monahan

This week we’re exploring the wide open world of warm water fly fishing, and not just for bass. We talk about landlocked stripers and gar and bowfin and northern redhorse–and especially shad and carp. Basically, it’s about finding the fish and experimenting with retrieves–tackle and flies are the least of your worries. Most of us have some sort of warm water close to home, so it’s like that old Stephen Stills song, “if you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with”.

In the fly box, we answer phone calls about how to measure the length of a fly cast, how long lines, leaders and backing last, keeping fish for the table and when to fly and when to spin.

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Phil’s Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 05.31.12

Written by: Phil Monahan


Don’t mind that banner up there; Tom’s still busy, and I’m back with another fly-fishing quiz. The last one, asking you to identify the authors of 20 famous fly-fishing books produced some really impressive scores. Some of you are incredibly well-read, apparently.

Today’s quiz has no theme, just 10 questions of random knowledge, covering such topics as famous fly tiers, fishing location, trout biology, and fishing terminology. Those of you who are Jacks-of-all-trades should score well.

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Slideshow: Killer Brown-Trout Fishing on the Delaware System

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The gorgeous brown trout on both the East and West branches of the
Delaware were cooperative on our trip.

photo courtesy Ty Patton

Earlier this month, I hosted a group of clients for three days of fishing and fun at the West Branch Angler—in Hancock, New York—which sits on one of the nicest looking and most productive stretches of the West Branch of the Delaware River. Our group opted to see a variety of. . .


UPDATE: Matthew Owen Receives Scholarship to Fly-Fishing Conservation Camp

Written by: Phil Monahan

Matthew Owen

Matthew Owen, a former Trout Bum of the Week, has earned a trip to the Rocky Mountains.

photo courtesy Joe Millner

We first posted about young Matthew Owen back in March, when one of his fishing mentors wrote about how Matthew was honoring his late father by continuing to develop as an angler. Then, earlier this month, one of Matthew’s classmates wrote an essay nominating Matthew for Trout Bum of the Week. Now, we receive word that, because of his accomplishments, . . .


Video: How to Tie the Zug Bug

Written by: Phil Monahan

The Zug Bug was one of the first flies I ever purchased when I started fly fishing, part of a selection that also included such stand-bys as the Hare’s Ear Nymph and the Pheasant Tail Nymph. The guys behind the counter at my local fly shop assured me that the Zug Bug would slay the brookies on our local ponds, and they were right. The pattern has also produced for me on. . .


Gearing Up for Late-Spring, Early Summer in Montana

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Early in the season, you’ve got to be willing to adapt to the changeable weather and water levels to score beautiful trout like this rainbow in Montana.

photo by Kurt Dehmer

Early season fishing in Big Sky Country means lots of things to lots of people. To experienced anglers, it means being prepared for sunburn or frostbite, epic days with too many fish to count or a full-on skunk fest. Late spring snowstorms are not rare in this region, and neither are clear sunny days in the mid-seventies. While some of the best. . .Read More  »