Video: How to Tie the Conehead Bunny Muddler

In this great video, Tim ties a heavily weighted slinky version of the Muddler, featuring a tungsten cone and plenty of lead-free wire. The bunny tail and rubber legs offer plenty of lifelike motion, and two kinds of flash material add to the pattern’s . . .

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Pro Tips: How Close Should You Get to a Rising Trout?

Okay, so you’ve spotted a rising fish. You should probably start casting to it immediately, before it stops rising, right? No. First, you should think about how you should position yourself to get the best presentation. One thing that . . .

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Video: 3 Ways to Tie-In Dry-Fly Hackle

In this week’s video, Tim demonstrates three different methods for attaching dry-fly hackle. He starts with the most basic, traditional method, then shows how to improve on that in two ways. Each method has its place, but it’s always good to . . .

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Video Pro Tips: How to Fish a Short Run with a Long Rod

Do you like to “huck mega” as soon as you get out on the water with your two-hander? Then you may be missing your best chance at a fish according to guide Stuart Warren of Ashland Fly Shop. In this great video, he explains the value of starting short . . .

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Meet the New Guy: Evan Jones

Work on the Orvis Fly Fishing blog began in April 2010, and the first post appeared on September 20 of that year. For more than eleven years, it’s been a mostly solo effort, but I’m happy to introduce our first assistant blog editor, Evan Jones. He comes to . . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 09.10.21

Welcome to the latest edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival! Every 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 an eclectic mix of 10 videos that will . . .

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Podcast: The Ultimate Wet-Fly Podcast, with Davy Wotton

This week, my guest is Davy Wotton, who is originally from Wales but now lives and guides on the White River in Arkansas. I get frequent questions about swinging soft hackles and wet flies, a technique that I am not the best at, so I brought in the . . .

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Tom Rosenbauer on Where to Find Trout in a River


Here is a stretch of fast water, and the places you might expect to find trout during a hatch. Trout 1 and 5 have moved into slower, shallower water and will probably rest and hide in deeper water when not actively feeding. Trout 2 and 4 are in small, bowl-like depressions of slightly slower water. Trout 3 is in a cushion in front of the large rock, and trout 6 is in a cushion between two submerged rocks.
Photos by Tom Rosenbauer

I would predict that less than half of any river holds trout that are more than six inches long. Water in which trout will respond to insect hatches comprises perhaps a quarter of all fish-holding water . . .

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