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.

Photos: Mother-Son Bonding on a Utah Trout Stream

Written by: Spencer Higa, Falcon’s Ledge


Amy tested the waters first, catching her inaugural trout on a fly.
Photos courtesy Falcon’s Ledge

The photo above shows Amy’s first fish on a fly rod, which she caught on a recent trip in Utah. Her son followed suit and caught his first fish on a fly rod, too. This mother-son duo has just found. . .

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Tuesday Tips: How to Be a Good Client for Your Guide


Written by: Phil Monahan

Listen, pay attention, be honest about your skills, and smile. . .the goal is to have a good time, right?
Photo courtesy Linehan Outfitting

For some anglers, fishing with a guide can cause a little bit of anxiety. No one wants to make a stupid mistake or say something ridiculous in front of a guide because no one wants to be. . .

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Fish Facts: Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)


Written by: Phil Monahan

Known for their brilliant red spawning colors, sockeyes are also great fighters when hooked.
Photo by Pat Clayton, Fish Eye Guy Photography

Although a trophy shot of an angler holding a bright-red sockeye salmon is impressive, the species is not usually considered one of the “glamour” game fish in Alaska and western. . .

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Photos: The Mouse and the Big Maine Brook Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Sandy and his daughter, Ava, share in the excitement of a big, wild, mouse-eating brook trout.
Photos by Sandy Hays

My friend Sandy Hays—whom I’ve known since high school and who has photographed many of my international fishing adventures—has a great love of mouse patterns, and he brings them along, . . .

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Photo: A Rainbow with Exotic Tastes

Written by: Wayne Thurber, Dos Amigos Anglers


This rainbow enjoys a dangerous diet. Can you believe it still ate a damselfly?
Photo by Wayne Thurber

On a recent fly-fishing trip, our client Doug caught this interesting rainbow. When I netted the fish, he reached into the mouth of the trout to remove the blue damselfly pattern. The first attempt. . .

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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. . .

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