Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 12.29.17


Welcome to the final edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival for 2017, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available. This week, we’ve got fourteen films that . . .

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Classic Winter Pattern: Josh’s Reaper Midge

Written by: Josh Williams


Winter trout often key on midges near or on the surface.
All photos by Josh Williams

Winter fishing in tailwaters can be both very fun and very frustrating. Although the absence of fair-weather fishermen means less angling pressure, you still have to deal with cold weather and. . .

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Pro Tips: Stop Fidgeting on the Saltwater Flats

Written by: Robert Morselli


Standing still on the saltwater flats can actually draw fish to you.
Photo by Sandy hays

Remember your parents telling you to stop fidgeting? Well, take that advice with you the next time you find yourself wading. The rule of thumb we’ve all read and heard countless times is. . .

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Nick Mayer: Science as Art, and Art as Science


Wyoming Rainbow Trout (detail)
Paintings by Nick Mayer

Naturalist and artist Nick Mayer combines the observations of a scientist with the eye of an artist to create gorgeous fish paintings in his Lincoln, Vermont studio. His love of fly fishing, fly tying, fish . . .

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January on the Madison Can Be a Blast

Written by: John McKinnie


A bluebird day on the Madison chases the winter blues away.
All photos by John McKinnie

We were headed to the Madison on a blustery January day. We departed the ranch around 8 a.m. with the temperatures hovering around 5 degrees. As we drove through the Gallatin Canyon. . .

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Pro Tips: How to Catch the Biggest Fish of Your Life

Written by: Matthew Calderaro


Calderaro hunted this awesome marble trout for a week on the Soca River. (See the video below.)
Photo courtesy Matthew Calderaro

Catching big fish requires a fly angler to switch their mindset from fishing to hunting. If an angler can commit to this switch, the results can be fantastic and open a whole new world of. . .

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Video: Learn the Basics of Fly Fishing

Did you get a new fly rod for Christmas? Then it’s time to start learning how to use it, and there’s no better teacher than our own Tom Rosenbauer. Here’s a great full-length episode of “The Orvis . . .

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Museum Pieces: A Fly-Fishing Icon’s First Reel


Lefty Kreh improved his line drag by cutting a thumb insert in his first fly reel, this Pflueger Medalist.
Photo by Sara Wilcox

In the photo above, you can see Lefty Kreh’s very first fly reel, purchased in 1947, the year Lefty discovered fly fishing while guiding legendary angler Joe Brooks. Here’s the story as he told it in. . .

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Photos: Dads’ Day Out on the Little Red

Written by: Drew Ross, Looknfishy


The grogeous browns that the river is famous for were more than willing to eat flies.
Photos by Drew Ross

Getting to fish with friends isn’t something I get to do very often, primarily because I fish during the week while most responsible people are at work. But just before Thanksgiving, a buddy called . . .

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