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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Ask the Experts: What are one or two things that most fly fishers don’t do that they should?


Written by: Phil Monahan

Knowing which bugs are likely to hatch can give you an an advantage on the water.
Photo by Patrick Fulkrod

A few months ago, we introduced a new weekly “Ask the Experts” Column and asked you to pose some questions for our panel of experts. Our latest question for them to chew on is: “What . . .

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Story: “Getting The Big Picture” on an Alaskan Stream

Written by: Bob Triggs, Washington Fly Fishing


The author (left) shows of a Lower Talarik Creek rainbow landed by angler Bob Kuhn.
Photo courtesy Bob Kuhn

The DeHavilland Beaver lifted off of the quiet lake surface at dawn, leaving a trail of water sluicing off of the trailing edges of the floats. I was being sent out, with the float plane and pilot, and . . .

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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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