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 06.29.12

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 has lots of great trout action, from Scandinavia to Tierra del Fuego. You’ll see anglers fishing in all kinds of conditions, from battling unbelievable wind to climbing high peaks. There isn’t too much saltwater action this week, but what we do have is pretty. . .


Weekend Hot List 06.28.12

Written by: Phil Monahan

Peter Kutzer with a nice striper.

Striper fishing is hot off both Cape Cod and the southern shore of Long Island

photo Courtesy Pete Kutzer

The Orvis Fishing Reports and Conditions pages offer up-to-date reports, including stream and river flows, tides, recommended flies and equipment, and special fishing tips. At any given time, those waters that offer the very best fishing become part of the “Red Hot” list. To ensure that those making the reports aren’t exaggerating the quality of their local fishing, . . .


Celebrating a First Redfish and an Anniversary


After years of waiting, Kris Maurer was finally able to take a redfish on a fly. . .
thanks to his understanding wife.

photo courtesy Kris Maurer

First, let me rewind a few years. I was in love with the woman of my life. I had just bought a ring, and we were on our way to Charleston, South Carolina. I told her I was bringing a fly rod and had all the intention of the world to try and go redfishing. However, some other things were of more importance. My stomach was in knots the entire trip down, as I had no idea of how to pop the question, and fishing was the last thing on my mind. Long story short, I proposed to my wife during that trip, and. . .


First Annual Lake Henshaw Carp Throw Down a Success!

Written by: Phil Monahan

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John Hendrickson—flanked by Al Quattrocchi (left) and Conway Bowman—received an Orvis Helios 6-weight for catching the largest fish.

photo by Michelle Woo Bowman

Early this month, we posted about the first annual Lake Henshaw Carp on the Fly Warm Water Throw Down, which took place last Saturday on Lake Henshaw, northeast of San Diego.

Twenty-two anglers took part, in boating and wading divisions, and the competition was. . .


In Praise of Mr. Whitey

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Many a troutless day has been saved by the tug of the whitey.

photo courtesy Lone Mountain Ranch

[Editor’s Note: When I guided on the Yellowstone in the mid 1990s, I learned to value the mountain whitefish immensely. On those days when trout fishing was tough, I could always count on Mr. Whitey to jump on a size 10 Beadhead Prince Nymph if I needed to get a client on a fish. It seems that John McKinnie agrees with me.]

Who hasn’t heard the phrase “not another Whitefish,” uttered with sheer disappointment? All too often, you will hear this said by guides and anglers on rivers throughout southwestern Montana. For years, I have given my dad a hard time about his. . .