Fish Facts: Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar)

The author with a beautiful 22-pound Atlantic caught in June from Norway's Gaula River. Photo by Sandy Hays
For many anglers, the Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is the ultimate fly-rod quarry because of the rich history and culture that goes along with pursuing these elusive fish: from the famed. . .
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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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Pro Tips: How to Catch the Biggest Fish of Your Life

Written by: Matthew Calderaro
Calderaro hunted this awesome marble trout for a week on the Soca River. (See the video below.) Photo courtesy Matthew Calderaro
Catching big fish requires a fly angler to switch their mindset from fishing to hunting. If an angler can commit to this switch, the results can be fantastic and open a whole new world of. . .
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Fish Facts: Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)


The Great Lakes fishery is incredibly prolific, though it is sometimes derided as “artificial” by those in the Pacific Northwest because it is outside the steelhead’s native range.
Photo courtesy Scott McEnaney
[Editor's Note: With steelhead season coming into full swing, it seemed a good time to reacquaint folks with the species in all its glory.] Anglers throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes region have developed distinct fly-fishing cultures around fall and winter steelhead runs—some anglers dedicated to. . .
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Competitive Fly Fishing and the Notion of What’s “Proper”

Fly Fishing Team USA took bronze at the 2106 World Championships in Vail. Photo via facebook.com/Flyfishingteamusainc
Our colleague Jesse Haller--the guy in charge of flies and accessories--is a pretty active competition fly fisherman, and he's good at it. When a group from Orvis goes out on the river . . .
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Psychology 101: How to Manage Fly-Fishing Frustration

Written by: Justin Collmann

Justin Collmann, a clinical psychology graduate student, believes that fly
fishers can help manage their own frustration on the water.
Photo courtesy Justin Collmann
One October a couple years ago, I was standing at the lip of the first pool on my home stream in Shenandoah National Park and casting across the current to a fishy undercut boulder on the far side. No sooner had I dropped my fly in the still water behind the rock than. . .
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Fish Facts: Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu)

When trout streams start to get too warm, the fishing for smallies often heats up. Photo by Drew Price
The smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) goes by many nicknames—smallie, bronzeback, brownie, and brown bass, to name a few—which is a sign of its popularity in different parts of the country. It’s the most trout–like bass, in that it often lives in clean, cold rivers and feeds on insects, baitfish, and. . .
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First Casts 02.26.15

One of the keys to successful cold-weather fishing is staying warm. It could save your life. Photo by Zach Matthews
"First Casts" is an occasional feature that highlights great fly-fishing content from around the Web—from how-to articles, to photo essays, to interesting reads. . . .
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