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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Photos: Week One of Our “20 September Days” Contest

t’s Day 9 of our “20 September Days” Photo Contest, and since “thirty days hath September,” you could start today and still complete the challenge. How are you doing so far? I’m in good shape, having fished every day so far, although the fishing . . .

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Master Class Monday: Fly Selection for a Spinner Fall

In part Four of their 10-part series on how to fish a spinner fall, Dave and Amelia Jensen talk about fly selection. Importantly, they don’t discuss just spinner patterns because trout may be eating other patterns at the time, as well. They prefer tandem . . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 09.06.19

Welcome to the another 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 a baker’s dozen videos that span the . . .

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Video: How to Swing Flies for Steelhead

Lots of anglers catch Great Lakes steelhead by drifting egg patterns and the like, but the more traditional method of swinging flies for these fish is becoming increasingly popular. In this great full-length episode of The New Fly . . .

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Video Pro Tip: How to Tie a Tapered Dropper System

Here’s another great on-the-water tip from John Herzer of Blackfoot River Outfitters, in Missoula, Montana If you fish dry-dropper combinations, this may be a smack-your-forehead moment, as you ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?” As long as you’re not . . .

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Video: Top Five Flies for September 2019

In this month’s “Top 5” video from Trouts Fly Fishing in Denver, Eric Schmidt and Zeke Hersh float the Colorado River throwing hoppers. Then they head back to the shop to share their Top 5 patterns for this time of year. As you might expect these are . . .

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Wednesday Wake-Up Call 09.04.19

Hurricane Dorian stalled over Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands from Sunday through yesterday, with sustained winds of 185 mph, causing massive destruction and flooding. We still do not know the full extent of the damage and may not for several. . .

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