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: It’s the Habitat, Stupid

Written by: Kathleen Moore

My apologies for the lack of recent podcasts — Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a week of vacation made it necessary for me to concentrate on my day job as Marketing Director over the past few weeks. But this week we have a nice long podcast, including some detailed fly box topics on everything from choosing a fly reel to fishing droppers to using beads for Steelhead.

In the main part of the podcast is an interview I did with Dr. Aaron Adams of Bonefish Tarpon Trust on how to find saltwater fish on your own by knowing their habitat preference. Click the play button above to listen, or click here

Dr. Aaron Adams 1

As head of research for Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Dr. Aaron Adams works to
save inshore game fish and the habitat that sustains them.

photo courtesy Dr. Aaron Adams


Video: “Brothers on the Fly”

Written by: Phil Monahan

Brothers On The Fly – full film from JB on Vimeo.

Back in August and September, we posted a couple of teasers for a film called “Brothers on the Fly.” (See here and here.) Finally, the entire 35-minute film is online, for free. Three German brothers spend quality time fly fishing and enjoying the countryside of Swedish Lapland, and the focus is on more than. . .


2013 Fly-Fishing Consumer Show Schedule

Written by: Phil Monahan

Once the holidays are over, it will be time to think about which fly-fishing consumer shows you want to attend. As it has for the last few years, show season kicks off in Denver, although there will no longer be dueling shows on the same weekend. Instead, Coloradoans will enjoy shows a couple weeks apart. January is jam-packed with events, from New Jersey to Calgary, although a couple shows from last year seem to have gone away—the Great Southern Fly-Fishing Show and the Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing Show—and the Pleasanton, California show is on hold. (If anyone has different information on these shows, please let me know ASAP.) The newest shows are in. . .


Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 12.28.12

Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection offers a bunch of different locations, covering almost all the continents. But the real story here is the rise of the short video. Oftentimes, when I’m doing my searches to choose the videos for the F5, I wonder why. . .


New Year’s Resolutions: Fly-Fishing Guide Edition

Written by: Simon Perkins


Simon Perkins helps out a new angler.

photo courtesy Simon Perkins

[Editor’s Note: With New Year’s Eve just around the corner, I’m reminded of Simon Perkins’s great post from the early days of Since many of you were not around back then, I’m reposting it. Although Simon now sits next to me every day at the home office, rather than guiding on the Missouri, every word of this continues to be true.]

Fly-fishing guides come in all shapes, sizes, colors, personalities, and temperaments. Some of us are commanding and aggressive, others more passive. Some of us are articulate, some of us mumble. Some of us are patient, some of us get tense with enthusiasm and anticipation (in other words: “impatient”). But we are human, and what do humans do this time of. . .


Pro Tips: Advanced Streamer Tactics That Go Beyond the Swing

Written by: Phil Monahan

Way to start the season

Streamers work in many angling situations, with many different presentations.

photo by Drew Price

Because I fish mostly in the Northeast—where over the course of a season nymphs and streamers surely catch more large fish than dry flies do—I am loath to fish anything but surface patterns when I’m out West. Don’t get me wrong: I’m no dry-flies-upstream-only purist. It’s just that the chance to cast hoppers or PMDs to large, sipping trout in a high-meadow stream is what brings us to the Rockies in the first place, right?

So one afternoon in early September a few years ago, when I approached the Encampment River—a tributary of the North Fork of the Platte in southern Wyoming—I had no intention of tying on anything but a dry fly. We’d had a lot for high water back home during the summer, and I was looking forward to. . .


A Daughter and Father Share Their Love of Fly Fishing

Written by: Phil Monahan

Time is but a Stream… from Christen Magaret on Vimeo.

In this wonderful video, fly fisher and photographer Christen Magaret shares her love of fly fishing and the outdoors, and her gratitude to her father for exposing her to both. She and her father express why fly fishing is special to them, and to so many of us who pursue it.