Story and Photos: You Never Forget Your First Love


A native Vermont brook trout caught from a stream flowing out of the Green Mountains.
Photo by Phil Monahan

The first brook trout I ever saw was about three inches long, little bigger than a baitfish really. But the memory of that vision—of that glittering flash of color and light—remains sharply etched in my . . .

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Photos and Story: Fishing Among Dragons

What if I told you of a mysterious place where dragons are real, fish strike with ferocity, and the islands shiver, amid the relentless heat of Indian Ocean sun? This is Indonesia—a nation made of more than 17,000 islands (no one knows the exact . . .

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Photos and Story: Exploring Taiwan on the Fly

In January, my brother Wilson and I had the opportunity to return to Taiwan after having been away for 18 and 12 years, respectively. We were both born in the U.S., but our parents are from Taiwan and this trip was a long time coming. . . .

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A Guide’s Advice on Fishing Your Go-To Fly Pattern

Written by: Mike Canady of Ellensburg Angler


The rainbow trout of the Yakima just love the Pat’s Stone.
Photo by Mike Canady

Meet the Pat’s Stonefly (a.k.a. Pat’s Rubberlegs, Pat’s Stone, or just Pat’s). But it’s not just a Pat’s Stonefly; it’s my go-to confidence fly. It’s a key factor in any success I have when fishing, even. . .

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Museum Pieces: Anglers-in-Chief

Written by: Peter Nardini, American Museum of Fly Fishing


President Eisenhower launches a cast on a mountain pond.
Photo courtesy AMFF

In honor of Presidents Day, we are featuring some of our most important fly-fishing Presidents. Because the Presidents took longer time off, sometimes up to three months, the opportunity. . .

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Armed to the Teeth: The Northern Pike of Wollaston Lake

Orvis’s Tom Evenson prepares to release a 43-inch northern pike, which hit a topwatere slider pattern.
Photo by Joel Ruby

“Can we please change this fly?” Guide Dan Lembke–all six-foot-eight, two-hundred and ninety
pounds of him–was sitting in the center of the boat, rebuilding my wire leader
and considering what fly to tie on, . . .

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Photo of the Day: High-Water Brown

This beautiful trout fell for a Higa’s SOS Nymph.
Photo by George Daniel

This beautiful central-Pennsylvania brown trout was caught by Amidea Daniel, using a Higa’s SOS nymph, while fishing a soft edge in high water. The size 14 SOS, with a bright-red holographic tinsel flashback, is one of her favorite patterns, when . . .

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Classic Photos: A New “Exotic” European Destination?

Written by: Vito Rubino, Fly Fishing Specialist at Orvis UK


The Italian Alps offer spectacular scenery, gorgeous rivers, and a variety of target species.
Photos by Vito Rubino

I like to think that, in a couple of years, Italy will be the “new Slovenia.” Here we are talking about the Alps in in the Trentino region–in the far north of the country–where you can catch marble . . .

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Story and Photos: Learning to Love The Driftless Area

Written by: Len Harris, Jr.


The tiny spring creeks of the driftless hold some of the most colorful browns you could imagine.
Photos by Len Harris, Jr.

Many folks don’t know the meaning of the term driftless. It is an area in the Midwest–comprising parts of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin–that was not flattened by the last glacial period. . . .

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