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.

Trip Report: Jackie Crushes on Martha’s Vineyard Stripers

Written by: Jackie Jordan


On her very first night of fly-fishing for stripers, Jackie caught this monster, the best fish of the trip.
Photo by Pete Kutzer

Growing up in the Boston area, I always spent at least one week each summer on the Cape. I love the smell of the sea, the salty air, body surfing in the waves, and the sound of the. . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 06.28.13


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 videos available. We have a killer selection this week, fourteen more videos that will take you around the world. There’s a rather large European presence here, especially. . .

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Photos of the Day: Salmonflies and Trout in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison


Written by: Phil Monahan

Michael Atwood with his best brown trout of the trip.
All photos courtesy Michael Atwood

Michael Atwood and his dad hiked down into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison a couple weeks ago to fish the famed salmonfly hatch. As these pictures reveal, they had a pretty good time.

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Photos of the Day: Colorado High-Country Trout at Ice-Out


Written by: Phil Monahan

That’s a slab cutthroat anywhere, but it feels even better when you had to hike in to catch it.
Photos 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 herehereherehere, and here.) Here’s his latest set of photos and dispatch: . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Sulphur Soft Hackle Wet Fly


Written by: Phil Monahan

This pattern can be fished as a dry/cripple on the surface, dead drifted as nymph or swung and lifted like a wet fly.

Many Eastern anglers are probably encountering good hatches of sulphurs (Ephemerella dorothea dorothea) on their locals waters, while Westerners still have to wait a few weeks for their subspecies (Ephemerella dorothea infrequens) to start popping. Earlier, we. . .

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Photos of the Day: Block Island Beast of a Striped Bass


Written by: Phil Monahan

A dreary day produces little sight-fishing but plenty of big stripers on the prowl.
Photos courtesy Peter Laurelli

New York angler Peter Laurelli’s annual “Surf and Inshore Fly Fishing” videos have been a huge hit on Orvis News. (Click here to see the videos for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.) Last week, he sent us these great images, along with a note: . . .

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Classic Video: Casting for Tarpon with a Glass Fly Rod


Written by: Phil Monahan

I recently ran across this marvelous piece of archival film from the International Game Fish Association, which shows casting champion Bill True and guide Jim Brewer chasing tarpon in the Florida Keys sometime in the 1960s(?). It’s a great piece of history, and it will give you a sense of how much easier we have it now, when compared to the sport’s. . .

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Confluence Fly Shop Announces Its Grand Opening in Bend, Oregon on Saturday!


Written by: Phil Monahan

The realization of a dream, the new Confluence Fly Shop is kicking things off with a party this Saturday.
Photo courtesy Tye Krueger

This week, Bend, Oregon is getting a new Orvis dealer in the form of Confluence Fly Shop, owned and operated by former Orvis Bend Fishing Manager, Tye Krueger. He says that it has always been his dream to be a fly-shop owner, so you can expect that he will hit the ground running and offer the best. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Tie and Fish Tandem Rigs


Written by: Phil Monahan

The classic “hopper-dropper” is but one option for fishing two flies in tandem.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Although multi-fly rigs have been around for centuries and have always remained popular in Europe, fishing more than one pattern was nearly a forgotten science in this country until about 20 years ago. In fact, even when angling magazines flooded the market with tandem-rig stories, many anglers outside the Rockies took a long time to catch on. For instance, my older brother, Brian, has been fly fishing since the. . .

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