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.

Orvis Summer of Carp: Our First Photo Contest Winner!

Written by: Kathleen Moore

We have a winner!

Our winner in the “Biggest” category  is Nicolas C. of Montreal, Quebec!

We recently announced that as part of our “Summer of Carp” celebration, we’re holding an eight-week carp-photo contest that anyone can enter. Remember, the winner depends on YOUR votes, so come back often and give them your support!


Report: Despite Colorado Wildfires, the Arkansas River is “The Best It’s Been for 100 Years”

Written by: Phil Monahan

Wild brown trout are the big draw on the Arkansas, and fish populations are booming.
Photo courtesy Taylor Edrington

All the news out of Colorado of late has been about devastating wildfires, but here’s a remarkable success story that i don’t want to get lost in the shuffle: According to Doug Krieger, Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologist, the health of the Arkansas River is “The best it’s been in 100 years.” He cites. . .


An Upstream Journey, Dispatch #6: Catch-and-Release on the Drunk Fork

Written by: Paul Moinester

The author shows off his first Drunk Fork brown trout.
Photo by Josh Prestin

[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.]

Standing on the bank, my eyes affixed to the river, I scoured the water looking for the subtle interruption of a nose piercing the otherwise glassy surface. It only took a minute to spot a snout emerge from the water. But this fish was not peacefully rising and kissing the. . .


Photos of the Day: Product-Testing Brown Trout

Written by: Phil Monahan

This slob brown found Shawn Combs’s new streamer very attractive.
Photo by Jim Logan

How do we choose which flies to carry in the Orvis catalog? We test them out, of course. Product developer Shawn Brillon is the man in charge of flies, but he often asks others to do the “dirty work.” Here are a couple of shots taken over the weekend by. . .


Video: How to Tie the Black Ghost Marabou Streamer

Written by: Phil Monahan

The addition of marabou gives this fly more lifelike action than the Carrie Stevens’s pattern.

I cut my teeth fly-fishing on Maine’s Rapid River for landlocked salmon and brook trout, and it was on that steep, tumbling freestoner that I first fell in love with traditional streamer patterns. Of course, the Rapid begins at Middle Dam, just a lake’s length from Upper Dam, the spot where Carrie Stevens invented her famous. . .


Classic Tip: Which Knot Should You Use to Tie on a Fly?

Written by: Phil Monahan

The Orvis Animated Knot Series can help you find the knot that works best for you.

The $64,000 question for many anglers is, “Which knot should I use to connect the fly to the tippet?” We all want the strongest possible connection we can get because the sickening feeling of breaking off a big fish can ruin a day on the water. Ingenious tinkerers have come up with many different knot options over the last. . .


Photos: Summer School With Phil Monahan

Written by: Grant White

Victory! Hardly a monster, but they are beautiful.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Yesterday, I had the privilege of accompanying Phil Monahan to a rural Vermont stream in pursuit of native brook trout. An expensive fishing getaway? More like lunch break at The Orvis Company. As a social media intern here at Orvis, I’m working closely with Orvis News, which means Phil is kind of my boss. During our one-hour break, we fished several small pools on the stream, which is. . .