Video: Top 5 Tips for Great Lakes Steelhead

Do you want to catch more Great Lakes steelhead? The folks at Mad River Outfitters, in Columbus, Ohio, are here to help. Guide Josh McQueen breaks down his top five steelheading tips–from proper presentation, to dressing appropriately to being . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Fish Midge Patterns in Winter

Written by: Zach Matthews, Itinerant Angler


Tailwater trout, such as this Bighorn brown, often key on small midges.
Photo by Steve Galleta, Bighorn Angler

You’ve probably been there. Two hours from home, halfway through the thermos of coffee, knee-deep in cold water on a cold day, and not a single, solitary fish to show for it. They’re taunting . . .

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Video: How to Make a Split-Thread Dubbing Noodle

In this great video, Tim demonstrates how to create a dubbing noodle by splitting your tying thread and inserting the dubbing into the middle. This technique requires a dubbing needle and a thread that is easy to uncord and flatten. Strategic . . .

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Book Excerpt: Preserving the Heritage of Women Fly Fishers

Theodore Gordon’s fly fishing companion was often a woman, although due in part to the social mores of the time little is known about her. Margaret Penn, the daughter of William Penn, the founder of the Pennsylvania, was also an early flyfisher in the . . .

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Master Class Monday: How to Avoid Micro-Drag

Drag on a dry fly or nymph can be insidious, causing you to get more refusals, misses, and bad hook sets. Sometimes, this drag is barely visible to the fly fisher, either on a floating dry fly or on an indicator when nymph fishing. But it can be enough to . . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 01.03.20

Welcome to the first 2020 edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival! Each week, we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available and then serve them up for you to enjoy. This week, we’ve got sixteen glorious productions that will . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Set the Hook


The classic “trout set” involves simpy raising your rod tip to the sky to come tight to the fish.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Most fish lost in fly-fishing are lost either at the moment you strike or when you attempt to land them. Playing a fish on a fly rod is a relatively simple matter of making the fish work against. . .

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