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.

Video: Jazz & Fly Fishing is Back, with “Trout Candy”


Written by: Phil Monahan

If you’re into something different—not your average F5 video—Jazz & Fly Fishing’s Håvard Stubø is here to help. From the no-look back cast to the (not recommended) trout-fly tongue flash at the end, “Trout Candy” serves up a fine serving of trout fishing mixed with the absurd. I love these guys.

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Photos of the Day: Beautiful Colorado Brown is Proof that Catch-and-Release Works


Written by: Phil Monahan

This fine Colorado brown trout was caught and released about a month ago.
Photo by Jon Hill

We’ve previously posted several times about Colorado angler and blogger Jon Hill‘s forays into the Colorado mountains in search of cutthroats. (See here, herehere, and here.) Over the weekend, he sent a couple of photographs that. . .

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Photo of the Day: Fly-Fishing to the Max at 10 Years Old


Written by: Phil Monahan

That’s a big trout for a 10-year-old.
Photo by Jason Booth

Gunnison River Guides‘ Jason Booth, is one of those rare people who not only love to catch fish, but who also get a thrill out of seeing other people catch fish. So when a neighbor’s 10-year-old son, Max Leonard, showed some interest in. . .

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Bonus Video: Garpocalypse!


Written by: Phil Monahan

I totally forgot to include this great video from Joe Tomelleri, featuring that slimiest of fishes, the gar. Despite being the world’s preeminent illustrator of trout and salmon (as well as other freshwater species), Joe is enamored of fly fishing for the carp and other rough fish that inhabit the waters around his Kansas home. Make sure you. . .

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An Upstream Journey, Dispatch #4: Steelhead and Pacific Forage Fish

Written by: Paul Moinester


Wild steelhead populations cannot weather commercial-fishing assault on their open-ocean forage fish.
Photo courtesy Bryan Huskey

[Editor’s Note: Paul Moinester has embarked on a six-month, 20,000-mile adventure to exploring the upstream battle to protect wild fish and their habitat. (Check out his introductory post here.) He will be posting dispatches on the Fly Fishing blog throughout his journey.]

When it comes to catching steelhead, I don’t know much. What I know is that a steely resolve as tough as the fish you’re pursuing is paramount. And a willingness to stand in the pouring rain, waste deep in frigid water, swinging flies for hours and days on end without so much as a. . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 05.24.13


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to a new edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. We have a killer selection this week, fifteen videos that will take you from the trout waters of New Zealand, to a rooster party off the coast of Mexico, to the chilly waters of Finland, as well as many places in between.

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Take the Phil Monahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 05.23.13


Written by: Phil Monahan

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.

This week, it’s the final installment of our “Name That Fly” series of quizzes: another test of how well you know the names of famous fly patterns for trout, warmwater species, salmon, and saltwater species. I honestly don’t know if this one is harder or easier than last week’s, so we’ll have to let the. . .

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Video: One Big Fish


Written by: Phil Monahan

Western Fly Media is a new player in the video game, and this is their first production. It features some beautiful brown trout, Montana landscapes, and a cool groove. There are lots of great shots here, and when you see the birds working just above the water’s surface like that, you know things are gonna be good.

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Video: Bobby from “The Sopranos” Fly Fishes in Montana


Written by: Phil Monahan

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On this morning’s Today Show, there was a segment in which guide Jenny Grossenbacher teaches Steve Schirripa (Bobby Baccalieri from “The Sopranos”) how to fly fish on Depuy Spring creek, south of Livingston, Montana. As you’ll see, Steve is not the most willing client, but he does. . .

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Coming Soon: Help Create Another Generation of Fly Fishers with the Orvis Reel Swap


Written by: Phil Monahan

One of the many youngsters taking advantage of TU’s Youth Education program.
Photo courtesy TU

What does it take to create another generation of fly anglers? How will those of us who love this sport find a way to pay it forward and leave some sort of legacy of our passion? Trout Unlimited’s answer is to engage in tens of thousands of hours of. . .

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