5 Dry Flies for Summer on the Upper Delaware

The Upper Delaware is one of the top wild-trout fisheries in the East, featuring cold, oxygen-rich water that provides an ideal foundation for the prolific bug life on which big trout thrive. As summer rolls in, these fish become increasingly cautious . . .

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Podcast: Secrets of the Battenkill, with Doug Lyons

The Battenkill is an iconic and often frustrating trout stream. It’s a gorgeous river with a healthy population of wild trout, but it has had its ups and downs over the years. Doug Lyons is a lifetime Battenkill expert who knows the river perhaps better . . .

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Mayflies Across America: The Adirondacks

This week, our featured region is the Adirondack Mountains of New York. We were lucky enough to get some time with Ken Kalil of Kalil’s Upstate Outfitters, who has been guiding the rivers of the Adirondacks for over 25 years. Ken provides an . . .

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Top 10 (and more!) Flies for Fall on the Upper Delaware


Capt. Joe Demalderis (left) has trouble deciding on just ten patterns for fall on his home waters.
Photo via Facebook

On the Upper Delaware system, fall is a bittersweet time of year for me. Bitter in so far as the season is coming to an all too quick close; sweet because the river lights up again like a final hurrah and . . .

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Classic Story and Photos: The Meat Mongers of Spring

Written by: Drew Nisbet, Orvis Fly Fishing and Wingshooting Community Leader


This savage brown ate a streamer, even though its last meal had not yet been digested.
Photos by Drew Nisbet, Orvis Buffalo

As winter releases its icy grip on the Northeast in late March and into April, many anglers look forward to warm spring days of fishing to rising trout on their favorite tailwater or freestone . . .

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Podcast: Secrets of the Salmon River

New York State’s Salmon River is one of those places you either love or hate —and some of us love and hate it at the same time. It’s an amazing resource, with large quantities of high-quality steelhead and salmon that are often . . .

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Classic Pro Tips: The Keys to Low-Water Steelhead


You can still catch big steelies in low water.
Photo by Mike Daley

It’s a beautiful time of year on the Lake Erie tributaries. But low, clear water can scare many anglers away, as these conditions can produce spooky steelhead that will run for the hills the. . .

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Photos: An Amazing First-Time Steelhead

A couple weeks ago, a father hired me to guide him, his wife, his daughter, and her husband. The father and mother had fished 30 years ago, and the the other couple had never picked up a rod before. At this point in the season, I had planned to take them. . .

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