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.

Everything You Want to Know About Kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka)

Written by: Phil Monahan

During the spawn, kokanees develop the classic sockeye hump, green head, and kype.

The landlocked version of the sockeye salmon, the kokanee (pronounced coke-a-nee) spends its entire life in fresh water. Instead of migrating to the ocean, adult kokanees inhabit large. . .


Casting for Recovery: A Labor of Love

Written by: Daryl Kenny

Nancy McNamara reveling in her fly fishing experience
Photo by Casting for Recovery

Each participant at every Casting for Recovery retreat has a story to tell. They are stories both happy and sad, but always there is triumph. The joy of mastering something new, accomplishing a task you thought was beyond you, connecting with people who know precisely what you are going through, having a few days to escape – relax – laugh – grow.

Nancy McNamara, pictured above, was one such participant. Look at the sheer joy on her face! Nancy attended a CfR retreat in the Houston area last April….


Pro Tip: The ONE Thing You Can Do to Become a Better Fly Fisherman in 2016

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips

You don’t have to cast as well as the late, great instructor Bill Cairns. . .but it sure wouldn’t hurt.

A year has ended and a new one begins. Like most people, I look back and reflect on what the previous year has taught me or what insights I might have gleaned from all my time guiding. . . .


Photo of the Day: Big Blue Ridge ‘Bow

Written by: Phil Monahan

Look at the belly on that slob! That’ll put a serious bend in your 4-weight.
Photo by Will Taylor

Will Taylor—guide and owner of The Fly Shop Company of Blue Ridge, Georgia—sent in this photo of client Chris Czeschin with a monster rainbow caught on a 4-weight old-school. . .


Photo Essay: The Rare Sea-Run Brookies of the Northeast

Written by: Colie Egertson

Sea-run brook trout are a rarity worth preserving in their native coastal habitat.
All photos by Colie Egertson

The streams in which sea-run brook trout live are small, snaking slowly through the pine forests and salt marshes of coastal Massachusetts on their way to the ocean. At first glance, they. . .