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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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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Top Posts of 2013, #9: 6 Things Guides Do That You Shouldn’t

Written by: Bryan Eldredge


As a guide, Bryan Eldredge can get away with things that you can’t on the river.
Photo courtesy Bryan Eldredge

[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 #9, in which a guide explains why you should. . .

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Pro Tip: How to Change Tippet Sizes on the Water

To be a really effective fly fisherman, you have to be ready and able to make adjustments to your rigging to match the conditions or the kinds of flies you’re using. If you fish with a knotless, tapered leader and want to change tippet size, you don’t need a new leader. Instead, you can. . .

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Tuesday Tip: Dead-Drifting Streamers for Big Trout


Fishing a tandem rig with a streamer and a nymph can be very effective.
photo courtesy the Orvis Learning Center

Streamers are fantastic fall patterns, especially for catching big trout, but it’s worth remembering that there are many ways to fish them. Although most anglers strip or swing these patterns, they can also be deadly when fished on a dead drift. As Tom and Molly Semenik show in the video above, trout will often jump on what they see as an. . .

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Pro Tip: Go Big and Small in Fall for Brown Trout


Big browns feed voraciously in preparation for the lean months ahead and will hammer a well-presented streamer.
Photo by Scott Feltrinelli

When leaves start to change color and nights turn chilly,those anglers still on the water are enjoying some of the best brown-trout fishing of the year. Having spent the summer sulking in deep pools and under logs and brush, the biggest browns start to move into shallower, more. . .

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