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: “20 September Days” Update #4—Final Days!


Written by: Phil Monahan

This wild brookie faded back into the camouflage of the streambed after release.
Photo by Phil Monahan

We are down to just three more days of our third annual “20 September Days” Contest, and many folks continue to post images to the Orvis Fly Fishing Facebook page, trying to reach the goal . . .

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The Late Season Means Bigger Fish in Smaller Water

Written by: Len Harris, Jr.


This late-season brown was fooled with a Conehead Woolly Bugger in a non-typical lie.
Photo by Len Harris, Jr.

Last year featured our first extended seasons in Wisconsin. Early season here opens on the first Saturday of January, and you can now fish through to the 15th of October. For many years, our . . .

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Video Tips: How to “Think Like a Surgeon” at the Vise


Written by: Phil Monahan

You might not think that surgery and fly tying have much in common, but Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions makes a good case for the analogy. Nearly every week, we are treated to the. . .

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Tom Rosenbauer’s 12 Essential Trout Flies


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

This brown trout fell for a Sparkle Dun, which rides low in the water.
Photo by Tom Rosenbauer

There’s a confusing array of trout flies available today. Many of them are redundant, and you don’t need that many patterns to cover most of the situations you will find in trout streams around. . .

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