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.

Chicago’s North Pond Casting Pier is an Urban Gem

For city-dwellers, places like the North Pond Casting Pier are vital connections to the wonder of nature.
Photo courtesy North Pond Casting Pier

In the Spring of 2017, Orvis helped us spread the word about the potential loss of an iconic place in American fly fishing and casting history: The North Pond Casting Pier. Thankfully, in the year . . .


Podcast: Fly-Fishing in High Mountain Lakes, with Bob Terwilliger

Written by: Phil Monahan

Guide Bob Terwilliger shows off a fine Colorado rainbow.
Photo via Facebook

This week’s podcast interview is all about fly-fishing high mountain lakes. My guest is Bob Terwilliger–of Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Expedition Colorado Outfitters–who specializes in . . .


Take Action Now to Keep Our Saltwater Fisheries Healthy!

Written by: Phil Monahan

Bluefish are a conservation success story. Let’s not go back to the Bad Old Days now!
Photo by Capt. John McMurray

Chinook salmon in California, coho in Washington, bluefish in the Mid-Atlantic, and king mackerel in the Gulf of Mexico: What do these fish have in common? One, they are a lot of fun to catch on a . . .


11 Questions with Two of the Orvis Women Behind 50/50 on the Water

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips

Christine Atkins (left) and Jackie Kutzer are the faces of the new Orvis-led initiative, and they’re responsible for much of the heavy lifting, as well.
Photo by Kami Swingle, TwoFisted Heart Productions, via

Last year, The Orvis Company launched 50/50 on the Water, an aggressive initiative to introduce more women to the sport we love and to promote those already making a mark in the fly . . .


Photos: Carp-Testing the Helios 3

Written by: Drew Ross, Looknfishy

Carp aficionado Drew Ross had success on his first day out on the carp flats with this Helios 3.
Photos by Drew Ross

Digging the new H3 9-foot 8-weight. I took it out today to see if it would deliver size 12 bugs to unsuspecting grass carp in 15-20 mph winds. I’m super pumped to have a a rod that can deliver . . .


Pro Tips: Top 10 Nymphs for When Trout Aren’t Keying on Anything Specific

Written by: Bryan Eldredge

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Higa’s S.O.S., tied super big and heavy, is a great point fly.
photo by Bryan Eldredge

Sometimes, trout in rivers don’t seem to be eating one particular insect, so what’s a fly fisherman to do? I carry a collection of patterns that catch fish during those times when you simply can’t. . .