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 and Story: Spring Bonanza on the Madison River

Written by: Dan Larson, Madison Valley Ranch

Water levels were ideal for spring fishing in the Channels of the Madison.
Photo by Tom Olivo

A couple weeks ago, some Montana friends and I were wade-fishing the Channels of the Madison River right behind the Madison Valley Ranch. With the epic winter snowpack and cool spring . . .


Here’s Your 2018 Orvis Lifetime Achievement Award Winner!

Written by: Debra Carr Brox

Sandy Moret celebrates landing a fat Florida bonefish, a species he’s committed to protecting.
Photo courtesy Sandy Moret

Sandy Moret has described fly-fishing as the hardest game on the planet. The unpredictable nature of fishing saltwater flats doesn’t discourage him—on the contrary, he loves the challenge and is . . .


Meet the Winners of the 2018 Orvis-Endorsed Awards!

Written by: Phil Monahan

This is the easy part of being a guide: Josh Duchateau of Firehole Ranch shares in success on the Madison River. But there is so much more work, behind the scenes and on the water, that makes for a magical day.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Each year, for thirty-two years, the Orvis Company has recognized excellence in sporting experiences through its Endorsed Lodges, Outfitters, and Guides Program (ELOG). These . . .


Pro Tips: Spring Fishing is Great, But Don’t Tread on Redds

Written by: Christ Strainer, Crosscurrents Fly Shop

Be on the lookout for rainbow trout redds when you are wading.
Photo by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, courtesy Chris Strainer

Spring is about to have sprung on the calendar, and the rainbows will soon be doing their thing. That means some ornery trout, and with the water temps creeping up, feisty browns, as well.. . .


Classic Pro Tip: How to Mend Your Line For a Better Drift

Written by: Phil Monahan

Tom explains why a fly-line belly on the water is bad.
Photo via the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center

In today’s video tip from the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center, Tom and guide Molly Semenik discuss basic mending. As Tom notes, many anglers seem confused by mending because. . .