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.

The Martineau Heavy Helgy: A Big Fly for Big Fish

“Big fly, big fish” may be an old adage, but it’s as true now as ever. The bigger the protein source, the farther a big fish will move for it to get a protein fix. I’ve caught plenty of good fish on RS2s and other size 20 flies, but mostly on spring creeks and tailwaters, where you sight-fish and have to all but hit the trout on the nose. In faster, heavier, deeper, or cloudy water, a big trout isn’t. . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 03.29.13


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. Can you believe that this is our fifth F5 of the month? The F5 came in like a lion and is going out like a boss. This week’s collection is pretty salty, with entries from the Indian Ocean, Baja, Florida, and . . .

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Take This Classic Rosenbauer Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge for a Chance to Win Tom’s Book!


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 and where you might learn a thing or two about this sport we love. Here’s a classic quiz from the evil mind of Tom Rosenbauer.

The scores on last week’s quiz were fair to middling, with just one reader scoring. . .

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Video: How to Tie the American Pheasant Tail Nymph


Written by: Phil Monahan

The original Pheasant Tail Nymph was tied by Englishman Frank Sawyer, a riverkeeper on the River Avon for more than 50 years. His pattern was designed to imitate the nymphs of various mayflies, especially those of the Baetis genus, although according to Tom Rosenbauer, in The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies: . . .

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Video: How to Tie the American Pheasant Tail Nymph


Written by: Phil Monahan

The original Pheasant Tail Nymph was tied by Englishman Frank Sawyer, a riverkeeper on the River Avon for more than 50 years. His pattern was designed to imitate the nymphs of various mayflies, especially those of the Baetis genus, although according to Tom Rosenbauer, in The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies: . . .

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Pro Tip: Secrets of Springtime Smallies

Smallmouth bass are some of the most fun fish to catch on a fly. They hit hard, fight hard, jump, and are more than willing to take a fly. Catching smallies on the fly is something that I love to do, and the springtime is my favorite time to do it.

Smallmouth bass start switching into spawn mode at about the same time as the. . .

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Pro Tip: Secrets of Springtime Smallies


Written by: Drew Price

Smallmouth bass are some of the most fun fish to catch on a fly. They hit hard, fight hard, jump, and are more than willing to take a fly. Catching smallies on the fly is something that I love to do, and the springtime is my favorite time to do it.

Smallmouth bass start switching into spawn mode at about the same time as the. . .

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Tuesday Fly-Fishing Tips: Tom’s Streamer Basics


Written by: Phil Monahan


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With Opening Day right around the corner in much of the country, and many rivers high from snow runoff, there will be a lot of opportunities to fish streamers. Knowing when to use these large subsurface patterns, as well as how to choose from the wide array of choices, can be baffling for those not accustomed to streamers. So here are. . .
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Tuesday Fly-Fishing Tips: Tom’s Streamer Basics


Written by: Phil Monahan


See All Orvis Learning Center Fly Fishing Video Lessons

With Opening Day right around the corner in much of the country, and many rivers high from snow runoff, there will be a lot of opportunities to fish streamers. Knowing when to use these large subsurface patterns, as well as how to choose from the wide array of choices, can be baffling for those not accustomed to streamers. So here are. . .
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