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.

Last Chance to Enter Our Exciting Helios 2 Sweepstakes!


Written by: Phil Monahan



[Editor’s Note: With just over 8 hours left in the contest, this is your LAST CHANCE to win one of these great prizes!]

We’ve been teasing you for months about the launch of the new Helios 2 fly rods (what with the obscure logos, heart-stopping video, and photos from around the world of anglers landing big fish on the new rods), and today we announce an exciting sweepstakes! The first four models of the Helios 2—two 5-weights, an 8-weight, and a 9-weight—will be available online and in stores in November. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Antron Egg


Written by: Phil Monahan

As Tim Flagler notes at the beginning of this video, some anglers think that egg patterns aren’t “proper” flies and are effectively bait. Of course, at other times, similar arguments have been made about beadhead nymphs, so don’t think there’s any kind of agreement on this subject. I can tell you that, when I was a fly-fishing guide on Alaska’s Copper River, egg flies were the only patterns the big rainbow trout would eat once. . .

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Photo of the Day: An Unexpected Cat


Written by: Phil Monahan

Fly-caught catfish

This is not the kind of thing you expect to catch on a Prince Nymph.

photo courtesy Jeremy Roberts

It’s not every day that you get a picture of a fly fisherman hoisting a big catfish, but Jeremy Roberts’s photo is even more impressive when you learn the circumstances of his catch: . . .

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Donna’s Monster Minnesota Musky


It takes four hands to handle this huge St. Croix River musky.
Photo by PJ Smith

I share many fishing experiences with my husband, PJ. We fish most of the time on our own, but when it comes to hunting muskies, we usually get a guide. On our most recent trip, we went with Kip Veith from
Wildwood Float Trips
, in Monticello, Minnesota. He’s an experienced fly fisherman, knowledgeable about the river, and loves catching. . .

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Programming Note on Hurricane Sandy


Written by: Phil Monahan

Sandy2

With Sandy bearing down on us, possibly bringing wind gusts in excess of 70 miles an hour, we may be forced to go dark for awhile here at OrvisNews.com. Fear not; we’ll be back when the lights come on. In the meantime, dig around the archives a bit to find stuff you may have missed.

We wish our friends closer to the coast best of luck, for they will be bearing the brunt of the storm’s wrath. Stay safe, stay warm, and stay dry. We’ll catch you when the skies clear.

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Monday Tip: Fourteen Essential Items for a Saltwater Fly-Fishing Trip


Written by: Phil Monahan

Essential SW Gear

Years of experience have taught Conway Bowman which items are absolutely
essential on a saltwater trip.

[Editor’s Note: Since none of us knows if there will be electricity tomorrow, here’s an early “Tuesday Tip” from our files. Anyone heading out in the salt, in the tropics or anywhere else, should follow this advice. Our friend Conway Bowman‘s book, The Orvis Guide to Beginning Saltwater Fly Fishing, is full of great information, tips, and tactics. Here’s an excerpt, in which he discusses the essential gear for any saltwater fly-fishing trip. The man spends hundreds of days on the water every year, and a few of his suggestions may surprise you.]

1. Pliers

Pliers have a number of functions. They make it easier to release fish, aid in pinching down hook barbs, cut wire or heavy monofilament, and open bottled beverages to quench your. . .

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