Classic Tips: How to Get the Most Out of Your Streamers


Orvis rod designer Shawn Combs is a streamer fanatic.
Photo by Jim Logan

Because I fish mostly in the Northeast—where over the course of a season nymphs and streamers surely catch more large fish than dry flies do—I am loath to fish anything but surface patterns when I’m out West. Don’t get me wrong: I’m no dry-flies-upstream-only purist. It’s just that. . .

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Wednesday Wake-Up Call 09.11.19

he devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian–especially on the Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands–is simply mind-blowing. Aside from the sustained 185-mph winds, a 20-foot storm surge powered over the Abacos. Nearly all the residents of the region . . .

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Photos and Story: Into the Heart of Remote Mongolia

Last month, I hosted an expedition trip to a river in northwestern Mongolia with Fish Mongolia and four other anglers. (The outfitter does not want to name the river to protect it from overfishing.) This was an experienced group: everyone had . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Woolly Worm

Most folks consider the Woolly Worm to be derived from the English Palmer Fly, which was popular with anglers as early as the Eighteenth Century. This American version may have originated in Arkansas as a bass fly, and in the 1950s, a friend from . . .

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Video: How to Find Hackle Fibers for Tails

Here’s the latest video in our series called “One-Minute Fly-Tying Tips and Techniques,” from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions. Each video teaches a single tying skill, from the most basic to the advanced. Ultimately, the series will serve as . . .

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Classic Pro Tip: Understanding Fly Rod Terminology

Written by: Larry Kenney


A flag is rolled around a mandrel in the Orvis rod shop, creating a tapered tube that will become a rod section.
Photo by by Tim Bronson

Do you ever find yourself scratching your head when reading about fly rods, or do you find yourself lost when you hear a couple guys at your club meeting discussing their new rod-building. . .

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


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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