Monthly Archives: April 2017

Photos: Scenes from OGR17 in Missoula


Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis’s Shawn Combs shows off a sweet Montana brown in the runup to OGR17.
Photo by Jim Kershaw

The 2017 Orvis Guide Rendezvous kicked off yesterday in Missoula, Montana. For more than 30 years, Orvis has been hosting a conference for professional fly-fishing guides from around the . . .

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5 Tips for Fishing During Runoff

Written by: Doc Thompson


Smaller tailwaters, like the Cimarron, often handle runoff better than large freestone rivers.
Photos by Doc Thompson

It is that time of year when spring runoff is starting in the West. A lot of folks consider this to be a slow to non-fishing time of year. However, early and late stages of runoff offer conditions that. . .

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Pro Tip: A Better Way to Rig Droppers

Written by: Cliff Weisse, Three Rivers Ranch


The common method of attaching the dropper tippet to the bend of the hook in front, poses some problems.
Illustrations by Cliff Weisse

Here’s a simple solution for one of the most common problems I’ve encountered when fishing droppers. Dropper tippets are typically tied off the bend of the hook. This is true whether. . .

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Photo: New York Woman Lands a Potential World-Record Brown Trout in Argentina


Written by: Phil Monahan

Dr. Christine Fielding could hardly believe her luck (and skill), when the monster finally came to hand.
Photo courtesy Red’s Fly Shop

While fishing last month at Estancia Despedida on the Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, Dr. Christine Fielding of New York landed a 30-pound brown trout. This fish was not only the . . .

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Photos: Where the Wild Things Are

Written by: Drew Nisbet, Fishing Manager of Orvis Buffalo


Catching native trout in a small stream where they are adapted to the environment is a special experience.
Photos by Drew Nisbet

It starts in an alder swamp, where cold spring water bubbles up from the ground. Dense, nearly impenetrable thickets of buttonbush and winterberry holly shade black, organic rich mineral . . .

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Tuesday Tips: How to Fool Really “Smart” Trout

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply drifts a dry fly on a mountain stream.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Trout outsmart me regularly. This neither surprises nor embarrasses me. Sure, a trout’s brain is about the size of a pea–a bit smaller than mine–but it’s a highly specialized organ. It’s not. . .

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