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.

Other Voices on Post-Irene Stream Damage


Written by: Phil Monahan

Excavators

Excavators work in the Walloomsac River months after Tropical Storm Irene.

photo by Scott McEnaney

After my post yesterday about the damage done to one of my favorite streams by excavation of the streambed in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, a few commenters suggested that my view might be skewed for one reason or another. So I thought I’d share some other voices and information about the subject. First up is a letter sent by one of my colleagues, Scott McEnaney. A native Vermonter and passionate outdoorsman, Scott was horrified enough by what he saw in Bennington, that he sent. . .

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Friday Film Festival 08.31.12


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is heavy on the trout, as we find great action across Europe and North America. There are two great selections for tarpon lovers, including one in which Conway Bowman hooks a true monster. With fall approaching, I can’t wait for the influx of steelhead and salmon films, as well as those. . .

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Photo Essay: One Year After Irene, How Did Trout Survive the Ravages of Nature. . .and of Man?


Written by: Phil Monahan


For a dozen years, the author enjoyed solitude and great fishing for wild, native brook trout on a local mountain stream until the onslaught of Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.

photo by Zach Matthews

One of my favorite brook-trout streams runs right through the middle of Bennington, Vermont. Until now, I’ve never spoken publicly about the Roaring Branch of the Walloomsac because it was my personal playground. From 1998 to 2011, I fished this mountain stream regularly from April through September, and I ran into other anglers on the water (aside from those I’d invited with me) exactly. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Graeme in the Last Frontier


Written by: Phil Monahan

Graeme in Alaska

Young Graeme Sharp with a beautiful Copper River rainbow trout.

photo courtesy John Sharp

This morning, I’m trying to come to terms with the fact that I’m jealous of a middle-schooler. We’ve posted several times about the travels and skills of young angler Graeme Sharp—we’ve showed him with a lovely steelhead, his first bonefish, and a hard-to-handle Exuma bone he caught a year. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Forget-Me-Knot Midge


Written by: Phil Monahan

Unlike many trout-food insects, which are available to trout only during very specific times of year, midges hatch year-round on most waters. You know those times when you can see fish rising but you can’t find anything on the water? It’s probably midges or midge pupae that are on the menu. That means it’s time to tie on the 7X and a minuscule fly that you can barely see. There are lots of great midge patterns out. . .

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All-American Striped Bass in California

Pats 1st American Striper

After striking out in the Atlantic, Pat scores big on the American River.

photo courtesy Jason Cotta

The sun peeked over the horizon as we slid the drift boat into the cool waters of the American River. While daytime temperatures were expected to reach a blazing 107 degrees, the morning air was refreshingly cool and crisp. The American River hosts phenomenal runs of steelhead, salmon, and shad, but we were after the elusive and hard-fighting striped bass that call the river home. It was almost exactly a year before that I had landed a. . .

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Trout Unlimited Launches Women’s Fly-Fishing Retreat in Colorado, Sept. 20-23


Written by: Phil Monahan


Trout Unlimited seeks to develop women leaders through an annual retreat.

photo courtesy tu.org

Join women anglers from across the country for fishing, camaraderie, and fun at Trout Unlimited’s first annual Women’s Fly fishing Retreat at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Sept. 20-23, 2012.

From your base at the breathtaking Sheraton Steamboat Resort, you will have the opportunity to fish in several of Colorado’s best rivers, including the. . .

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Trout Unlimited Launches Women’s Fly-Fishing Retreat in Colorado, Sept. 20-23


Written by: Phil Monahan


Trout Unlimited seeks to develop women leaders through an annual retreat.

photo courtesy tu.org

Join women anglers from across the country for fishing, camaraderie, and fun at Trout Unlimited’s first annual Women’s Fly fishing Retreat at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Sept. 20-23, 2012.

From your base at the breathtaking Sheraton Steamboat Resort, you will have the opportunity to fish in several of Colorado’s best rivers, including the. . .

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Photos: Best Summer Internship Ever?

Mazzoni Trout

Catching a big brown like this one in pitch blackness is a thrill worth any amount of dishwashing.

photo by Mike Mazzoni

I never would have thought one of my greatest fishing experiences would start and end with a pile of dirty dishes. When
Falcon’s Ledge
Head Chef and fly-fishing guru Scott Pizza and I crunched the timeframe and steps necessary to make our evening dash to a local stream worth our while, we knew it would be a race against the kitchen clock. Scott, as always, served an extravagant meal. I rounded up the dishes, threw them in the sink to soak, and then. . .

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