Pro Tip: Understanding Rod Action and Choosing the Right Rod for You

The Orvis Flex Index is just one way to describe the way a fly rod performs.
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Ask almost any fly fisherman to cite the differences between fast- and slow-action fly rods, and you’ll probably get some version of: “A fast-action rod is stiffer than a slow-action rod.” While, at a very basic level, this is usually the case, it’s kind of like describing the difference between a. . .
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Ask a Pro: How Long Does Tippet Material Last?

If you take care of your tippet material, it should last a good two years. Photo via
Here's a question I've been asked several times, and I haven't had a good answer until Now. Orvis Product Developer Tim Daughton explains the variables involved: . . .
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Tuesday Tip: Using an Indicator Fly

The Indicator Parachute Adams works both as a mayfly imitation and as an indicator fly. Photo via
There are few more maddening situations in fly fishing than watching fish gorge themselves right in front you but being unable to catch them because you can’t see your fly. (And for you whippersnappers who can now spy a Trico spinner at 60 feet: rest assured that such acuity won't. . .
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The Habits of Highly Effective. . .and Ineffective. . .Anglers

Kirk Werner has some dagy advice for his fellow anglers. Photo via
At the end of July, Andrew Bennet of Deneki Outdoors, wrote an excellent post called "13 Habits of Highly Effective Anglers," which got a lot of play around the Web. Among the useful tips were: . . .
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Tuesday Tip: How to Make a Downstream Dead Drift

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One of my favorite fishing holes in Yellowstone National Park is just below the attraction called Mud Volcano, where the Yellowstone River flows over a ledge of volcanic rock into a very deep pool. (I don't feel like I'm giving any secrets away here, since the stretch of river is so popular.) When blue-winged olives are hatching, huge cutthroats come to the surface to feed at the center of the pool, but because the pool is so large and so deep at the edges, there's no way to cast to these fish from the bank or from. . .
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Pro Tip: Fly Selection Made Easy

Written by: Steve May

This trout was fooled by a pheasant tail nymph, yet it does not know the latin name of the bug it represented.
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Many anglers are turned off by fly-fishing because they think it is too technical. Oftentimes, experienced anglers try to impress new fly fishers by spouting off about the “Baetis hatch” or talking about the “Ephemerellas” they saw yesterday. It can seem a. . .
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Pro Tip: How to Book the Fly-Fishing Adventure YOU Want

Tikchik Narrows Lodge in the Bristol Bay region of southwestern Alaska is one of many operations that offer a comfortable lodge, fine dining, and fly-out fishing. Photo by photo courtesy Bud Hodson
Booking a trip to a place you’ve never been is a leap of faith—especially when there is a lot of money involved—but there are ways that you can protect yourself from making a bad decision. When I was a guide, I was constantly amazed by how few people had bothered to research their destination before getting on the plane. At one Alaskan fly-fishing-only lodge, . . .
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Classic Tip: Which Knot Should You Use to Tie on a Fly?

The Orvis Animated Knot Series can help you find the knot that works best for you.
The $64,000 question for many anglers is, "Which knot should I use to connect the fly to the tippet?" We all want the strongest possible connection we can get because the sickening feeling of breaking off a big fish can ruin a day on the water. Ingenious tinkerers have come up with many different knot options over the last. . .
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