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.

Pictures of the Day: Shifting Gears with Orvis

Written by: Phil Monahan

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If only there were a way to engage the drag whenever you accelerate.

photo courtesy William Schlein

Joseph Meyer, fishing manager of Orvis Chicago, sent us these cool pictures. One of the store’s customers, William Schlein, converted an old Orvis Western Series fly rod into a gear shifter in his car. Now he’s reminded of time on the water, even when he’s. . .


Video: Incoming! or When to Get the Heck Off the Water

It was a fine July evening when fellow guide Bryan Eldredge and I decided we would go and fish a local reservoir near Falcon’s Ledge. It had been a long day and we hadn’t had any rain for a couple of weeks, which was strange for this time of year. There were clouds forming all day, but nothing threatening. We hooked up the drift boat to Bryan’s truck and headed to. . .


Report from the Cimarron: Granny Was Right


Rita Schimpff with a fine Cimarron River rainbow.

photo courtesy Rita Schimpff

My granny used to always quip, “Big presents come in small packages,” and such was the case on our fly-fishing adventure on the Cimarron River out of Ute Park, New Mexico. My husband, Skip, and I had met Doc Thompson at Troutfest 2012 in New Braunfels, Texas and had decided to set up a trip with him. Although we both love to fish dries, I especially do, and that was how we. . .


Epic Hopper Fishing in Wyoming


Mike Schmidt with a chunky, hopper-eating brown trout.

photo courtesy Mike Schmidt

For the last few years I have had to listen to Greg Senyo’s stories of wild, hopper-eating trout on his hosted trips in Wyoming. As the story goes, the fish require long casts, with long leaders, big foam bugs, and drag-free drifts. If you can put it all together, the big browns materialize from the undercut banks and current seams to come and. . .


Podcast: Tom Rosenbauer Interviews Orvis’ Resident Carp Expert, Tim Daughton

Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis product developer Tim Daughton shows off a fly-caught carp.

photo courtesy Tim Daughton

After a special introduction from my son who visited the studio this week, two self-described carp addicts talk all about carp fishing, from finding them to presentation tactics to tackle and flies. I interview my co-worker Tim Daughton, who is by far the most experienced carp fly fisherman on our staff–to put it more precisely he’s obsessed with carp fishing and will pass up trout fishing most times to chase carp. We’ve had lots of requests to do more podcasts on these very challenging fish, available to most people in urban and rural locations throughout the world. In the fly box, we ramble from how much to spend for a fly rod to when to replace a fly line to fishing in foul weather to a few steelhead tips. And a couple more.

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Picture of the Day: Guide Gone Grabblin’. . .for Koi

Written by: Phil Monahan

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Pete shows off an unusual Battenkill trophy that he noodled up during a fly-fishing school.

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This remarkable photo showed up in my email yesterday, with the subject line “Battenkill.” At first I thought it was a joke, but it turned out to be legit. And when I asked for the real story, I got two, kind of different accounts describing. . .


Friday Film Festival 07.27.12

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 has a real international flair, as you’ll be transported from Canada, to Argentina, to the South Pacific, and on to Japan. In this great nation, we’ve got entries from Colorado, Florida, Montana, and Idaho. As usual, there are plenty of little oddities and tidbits to watch out for, such as a lesson in. . .