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.

Pro Tips: 9 Ways to Get your Nymphs to the Bottom, Where the Trout Are


Written by: Phil Monahan

Even though the quintessential fly-fishing image involves casting dry flies to rising fish, we spend considerably more time presenting flies underwater to fish we can’t see, and beginning fly fishers learn pretty early in their experience that trout feed on or near the bottom most of the time. This raises an important question: . . .

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Phil Monahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 01.31.13


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Welcome to another edition of our trivia challenge, where we test your knowledge of all things fly fishing. The scores on last week’s quiz showed a pretty good improvement over the previous week and featured three 100%s (nice job Garth, Neil, and jtrammel72!). Here’s your chance to achieve such lofty heights, with a fresh set of. . .

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First Casts 01.30.13


Written by: Phil Monahan

Editor’s Note: “First Casts” is a regular feature that highlights great fly-fishing content from around the Web—from how-to articles, to photo essays, to interesting reads.

  • The effects of climate change on Rocky Mountain trout is the subject of an excellent article on the USGS “Science Features” page. There is more and more data available to researchers, which means that the models keep improving. But we’re a long way from a complete understanding of all the interconnected phenomena.
  • Photographer Louis Cahill offer great advice on how to care for. . .

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Fly-Fishing Podcast: Listener Questions and an Interview with Author Richard Louv


Written by: Kathleen Moore


This week, in an addition to a long Fly Box section, I go a little off topic as I interview Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, who introduced the term “Nature Deficit Disorder” to the world, and has perhaps done more than anyone else in modern times raise awareness of how important it is to get ourselves and our children outside more often.

He’s one of my role models and it was a great honor to interview him for the podcast. And, of course, we do talk about getting kids and grand-kids out fishing and give you some tips on how to do it.

This is a podcast you may want to recommend to friends who don’t fish, as it’s one of the most important things people can do for their children …

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Video: How to Tie the Mercury Midge


Written by: Phil Monahan

Although most anglers think of midge hatches as winter phenomena, these tiny insects hatch year-round in most places. (In fact, some stillwater anglers focus on midges almost exclusively throughout the season.) Winter anglers love midges best because Chironomids are often the only hatches that bring fish to the surface during the coldest months. (See yesterday’s. . .

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Tuesday Tip #2: Four Favorite Winter Dry Flies


Written by: Phil Monahan

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This beauty fell for a tiny dry fly when the air temperature was 17 degrees.

photo by Phil Monahan

The very first winter trout I ever caught came from the Musconetcong River in Hackettstown, New Jersey, about 20 years ago. To tell the truth, I didn’t really believe it would happen and was completely shocked when my indicator went under. But when I raised my rod, I came tight to a foot-long brown. Since then, I’ve enjoyed lots of cold-weather fishing, in places as disparate as New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Montana. On one memorable day, I arrived at Armstrong’s Spring Creek in Paradise Valley with the mercury stuck at. . .

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Tuesday Video Tip: How to Fight Big Fish in Salt Water


Written by: Phil Monahan


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Here’s a bunch of tips from the newest chapter—”Offshore/Near-Shore Fly Fishing“—on the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center. Fighting big fish in the salt is a lot different from fighting trout or warmwater fish, so it’s worth your time to learn the basics before you leave the dock. Your three main concerns are: 1. tiring the fish quickly; 2. protecting your fly rod; and 3. controlling slack—avoiding slack most of. . .
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Pro Tips: How to Fly Fish for Longnose Gar

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Drew Price with his personal-best longnose gar, which measured 48 inches long.

photo courtesy Drew Price

The first time I ever saw a longnose gar, I was a child visiting a public aquarium, and I was mesmerized by the fish’s unusual shape and elongated mouth. Lake Champlain has a sizable population of Lepisosteus osseus, and when I first started seeing them hanging out in shallow bays, I knew I had to figure out how to catch them on the fly. I did some research and then got to work figuring out the best way to deal with their myriad teeth and bony mouths. Now, when conditions are right, . . .

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Photos of the Day: Conway’s Guatemala Sailfish


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Conway throws a shaka as one of the mates gets ready to release the fish.

photo courtesy Guatemala Billfishing Adventures

Justin Karnopp of Intermedia Outdoors sent us these killer photos of “Fly Fishing the World” host Conway Bowman fighting and landing a sailfish in Guatemala while filming a new episode.

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