Pro Tips: Four Hot Tips on Tippets

One of the easiest ways to improve your presentation in your trout fishing is to pay more attention to your tippet.  It’s as important as the fly pattern you choose, and the size and length and. . .

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Classic Video Tip: How to Make a Serpentine Cast

Written by: Peter 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 serpentine cast, a slack-line presentation which. . .

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Tuesday Tips: Advanced Streamer Tactics for Fall Trout


Orvis’s Shawn Combs caught this 17-inch beauty on Utah’s Green River on a Mike’s Meal Ticket.
Photo copyright Douglas Barnes, Now Picture This

When the nights turn cool and leaves change colors, trout start to feed more aggressively, often abandoning their notorious wariness. The major insect hatches of the year are over, and a. . .

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Pro Tips: How to Make the Most of Your Bank Shots

By William G. Tapply


Stalking the banks can often produce surprisingly large trout.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Bill Rohrbacher and I picked our lunch site for the shade of the lonely cottonwood, the gurgle of the river, and the upstream view. The brown-and-yellow Montana plains rolled off to distant . . .

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Tuesday Tips: Floating Line or Sinking Tip for Streamers?


The combination of a sinking tip and a heavy fly allows you to get very deep very quickly.
Photo by Phil Monahan

I do a lot of streamer fishing because my home river, the Battenkill, has a low trout-per-mile number, so you need to cover a lot of water to find the fish. Also, Battenkill browns don’t rise . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Expand Your Arsenal of Tandem Rigs


The classic “hopper-dropper” is but one option for fishing two flies in tandem.
Photo by Phil Monahan

Fishing with two flies is way more commonplace now than it was when I first discovered the technique in the mid 1990s on Montana’s DePuy Spring Creek—see “How to Tie and Fish. . .

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