The Orvis fly-fishing blog celebrates all things fly fishing, featuring top-notch articles, tips, photos, videos, podcasts and the latest fly-fishing news. From trout fishing in the famed rivers of Montana to brown-lining for carp in the urban jungle to chasing sailfish of the coast of Baja, we cover all sides of the sport we love. Regular features include Tuesday Tips, which will make you a better angler, and the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, made up of the best videos from around the world.

The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Wild vs Stocked Trout – Their Different Behaviors and How to Fish to Them


Written by: Phil Monahan

Today on the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer, Tom gets downright professorial in an information-packed episode on the differences in stocked vs wild trout and the different approaches to fishing them. A fascinating episode, bound to become one of your favorites.

Click the play button below to listen to Comparing and Contrasting Wild and Stocked Trout Behaviors and How to Fish Them. Go to orvis.com/podcast to subscribe to future episodes

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Lawn-Testing the New Superfine Touch


Written by: Phil Monahan
Superfine 1
Orvis Vice Chairman Dave Perkins puts an 8′ 6″ 5-weight through its paces.
Photo Tim Bronson

A couple weeks a go, we posted about some switch-rod testing down at the office pond. Well, it turns out that this kind of thing is a regular occurrence around here. This morning, the Orvis rod-design team brought some test models of the new Superfine Touch series out on the lawn at Orvis HQ for Vice Chairman Dave Perkins to test. A complete redesign of the old Superfine series, these new rods are designed for…

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Mongolian Monster


Written by: Phil Monahan
Mongolian Monster
Jim Hickey of Worldcast Anglers—in Jackson, Wyoming—landed this huge taimen in Mongolia.
photo by Jim Hickey

Yesterday, Worldcast Anglers partner Jim Hickey emailed us this photo and a report on his recent trip to Mongolia. BE WARNED: Reading this post may cause irrational checking of flights to Ulaan Bataar:…

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You Could Win a Battenkill Large Arbor Reel for Helping us Decide on a New Logo For The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast


Written by: Phil Monahan

Contest Closed: Congratulations to Joseph Strong and thanks to all of you for your great feedack!

When choosing the artwork for the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast with Tom Rosenbauer, I failed to realize a fatal design flaw that would prove to haunt me for the next 2.5 years: Tom’s face.

I have gotten sick of looking at it after over 100 episodes (so has Tom, but he is more stuck with it than I am).

So, Tom and I asked the brilliant James Daley (web designer for Orvis) to come up with a new logo. Click READ MORE to see the result and give us feedback to win!

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Casting from a Drift Boat


Written by: Phil Monahan

When two anglers are fishing from a drift boat, both must exhibit good technique to avoid conflicts. The main pitfall is tangling during casting because drift-boat anglers rarely watch their back casts. If the casting planes of the two anglers intersect, nasty line tangles ensue. And every second that you waste untangling lines, good water is slipping past…

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Special Guest Paul Fersen on Purposeful Solitude


Written by: Phil Monahan

Tom is out this week, so I asked resident Orvis author Paul Fersen to read from a recent piece he wrote for American Angler on fishing for bass off Cape Cod and the benefits of purposeful solitude.

Click the play button below to listen to this episode and go to orvis.com/podcast to subscribe to future episodes!

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