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.

Classic Story and Photos: The Mouse-Eating Monster of The Rividavia

Written by: Mike Dawkins, WorldCast Anglers 

Mike Dawkins is all smiles as he cradles a fish of a lifetime on Patagonia’s Rividavia.
All photos courtesy Mike Dawkins

It is no secret that most of the largest trout landed come to the net in the spring and fall—before the summer heat begins and you cannot escape the brightness of the sun; after the first snow falls on the mountains and the. . .


Video: How to Tie the Olive Woolly Bugger

Written by: Phil Monahan

If I had to choose one pattern to fish before the Hendricksons start coming off, it would be the Olive Bugger.

The Woolly Bugger really needs no introduction, but if you didn’t see our post on the fly’s inventor, Russell Blessing, check it out here. I doubt that there’s a single trout angler who doesn’t . . .


Fly-Fishing Wisdom: Fear of Hooks

Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis’s Steve Hemkens shows off the kind of buried hook that does require
medical attention. To his credit, he finished out the float trip first.
Photo by Steve Hemkens

Anyone who fishes long enough is going to end up with a hook point buried in his skin; it’s simply an occupational hazard. This is why it’s important to debarb your hooks and always carry a mini first-aid kit in your vest or waist pack. But there are times when every precaution in the world isn’t. . .


Top 10 Flies for Western Canada and the Rockies

Written by: Dave Brown, Dave Brown Outfitters

The big browns of Alberta love a bushy dry fly drifted along the bank.
Photo by Dave Brown

Once our guide season rolls around, we tend to cover a lot of rivers in both Alberta and British Columbia. The character of these streams varies from fast-moving alpine freestones, such. . .


Casting for Recovery/Orvis Challenge

Written by: Daryl Kenny

Orvis helps CfR kick off their retreat season
Photo by Casting for Recovery

The mission of Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a unique retreat program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The program offers opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR serves breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, at no cost to participants….