Pro Tip: How to Take Great “Hero Shots” When You Are Alone on the River

Written by: Will Long


Will Long was able to get this great hero shot with an iPhone and a flexible tripod.
All photos courtesy Will Long

[Editor’s note: Last month, Will Long wrote a story about winter fishing in Colorado, and several folks commented on the great photos he was able to create, even though he was alone on the water. So I asked him to tell us how he does it.]

Fly fishing with a friend, family member, or loved one can be a great way to spend some quality time together, and it does have some other advantages. You have someone there to. . .

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Which Hand is the “Right” Hand for Reeling?


This redfish didn’t seem to care which hand I was reeling with.
Photo by Irene Kato

One would think that, after 25 years of fly fishing, I would be immune to ridicule for reeling with the “wrong” hand. But there I was just last month, on a boat off the coast off Lido Key, with a seasoned fly-fishing guide goofing on me. One of my. . .

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Tuesday Tip: Gearing Up for Big Alaskan Rainbows


A beautifully spotted rainbow from Contact Creek in Katmai National Park.
Photo by Greg Senyo

Chasing trophy rainbow trout in Alaska is one of the great experiences in fly fishing, but the process can be different from what you’re used to on your home water. If you’re heading to a. . .

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Podcast: Tips from a Traveling Fly Fisher



This week we talk to Paul Moinester, whom we should all envy. He quit a good job in Washington, DC to simplify and de-stress his life, and spent six months traveling the US to finds out more about. . .

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Pro Tips: How to Become a Fly-Fishing Guide


The author poses at the headwaters of Alaska’s Gibraltar River in 1995.

When I decided that I wanted to spend my summers a fishing guide—I was in graduate school at the time—I didn’t really know how to go about becoming one, so I used a shotgun approach. I applied to. . .

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Top Posts of 2013, #1: How to Remove a Fish Hook from Your Skin

During this first full week of 2014, we’re counting down the Top 10 Posts of 2013. (Although, since the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival is almost always the most-read post of each week, we’ll disqualify the F5 from this contest.) We’ll repost two of the Top 10 per day, leading up to our announcement of the most-read post, on Friday afternoon. So stay tuned all week to see what resonated most with Orvis Fly Fishing readers last year. Here’s #1, the single most-viewed post of 2013, and it proves what a. . .

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Top Posts of 2013, #4: How to Tie the Davy Knot

Editor’s Note: During this first full week of 2014, we’re counting down the Top 10 Posts of 2013. (Although, since the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival is almost always the most-read post of each week, we’ll disqualify the F5 from this contest.) We’ll repost two of the Top 10 per day, leading up to our announcement of the most-read post, on Friday afternoon. So stay tuned all week to see what resonated most with Orvis Fly Fishing readers last year. Here’s #4, which offers a. . .

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