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.

Protect What You Love!

Written by: Morgan Tarbutton


A clean, healthy streambed produces more insects, which equals more trout.
Photos by Morgan Tarbutton

Healthy water means healthy fish. The majority of us enjoy fly fishing not only for the continuous challenge of the sport, but for the intense immersion in nature and the magnificent beauty of . . .

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Tuesday Tip: Using a Sweep Set for Better Hook-Ups


Written by: Phil Monahan

When you’re fishing downstream, the sweep set will result in many more hook-ups.
Photo via the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center

When you’re either fishing downstream or have a lot of slack on the water—for instance when you’re making slack-line casts, such as a pile cast or a curve cast—setting the hook can be difficult. Because there’s a lot of slack on the water, if you simply raise your rod tip, all you’re doing is picking up the slack. Depending on how. . .

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