Video Tip: How to Make a Bow-and-Arrow Cast

This time of year, many of us head for the high country, where streams remain cool in the dead of summer. But on many of these small streams, there’s no room for a backcast because of all. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Shoot Line at the End of a Cast

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to shoot line at the end of a cast. Sometimes, the fish are just beyond your normal casting range, and you. . .

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Classic Tuesday Tip: How to Double Haul

In this lesson, Peter explains why the double haul is useful for adding distance to the cast and taking pressure off your casting arm and wrist. Then he demonstrates exactly what you need to do for a successful double haul, from the. . .

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Tuesday Tip from a 9-Year Old: How to Double Haul


Dawson may be just nine years old, but he can throw a fly line.

The double haul is a cast that every angler wants to master, but some people struggle with the concept, the timing, or the motion. (Or, of course, any combination of the three.) It’s no coincidence that Pete Kutzer’s. . .

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Announcing Four New Specialty Fly-Fishing Schools


Orvis specialty schools offer on-the-water instruction and practice on actual fish.
Photo courtesy Madison Valley Ranch

In addition to our roster of two- and three-day fly-fishing schools—as well Fly Fishing 101 and 102 classes—every year, Orvis hosts Specialty Schools dedicated to a specific species or fishery. Here’s the. . .

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Video Tuesday Tip: Don’t Be a Creep

Welcome to our twelfth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. Reader Marc asked for help with this: . . .

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Tuesday Tip: How and Why to Make a Roll-Cast Pickup

Written by: Pete Kutzer

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make a roll-cast pickup, which has a couple of useful applications. First, it can be a time-and-effort saver. If you’re fishing fairly far out and don’t want to have to strip a bunch of line in to start a new cast, you can use the roll-cast pickup to get your line in the air earlier. This means less stripping and less time wasted between casts. And the more time your fly is. . .

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