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 – Traveling with Fly Gear


Written by: Phil Monahan

Tom takes the mystery out of packing for your next trip telling you what you need, what you don’t and what you REALLY shouldn’t forget to bring.

He also shares his top five flies for fresh and saltwater

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Exotic Film Fest!


Written by: Eric Rickstad

It’s been snowing all week here in Southern Vermont, which has me pining for warmer temperatures and fish-filled waters. What better way to shake off the early-winter blues than with some video of exotic species in far-off lands? We start with golden dorado in the wilds. . .

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Top Five Casting Mistakes Revisited


Written by: Phil Monahan

In this episode, Tom is joined by Peter Kutzer of the Orvis Fly Fishing School to revisit a subject that we have covered in the past, but is still requested: common casting mistakes. We’ve all made them, in this podcast learn how to identify and fix them.
Tom and Pete also discuss what soft hackle is and when to use it, whether or not the color of your bead-head matters on bead-head flie, and when you should replace your leader.

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New Buccaneers & Bones Trailer


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Bonefish & Tarpon Trust has released a trailer for the new season of “Buccaneers & Bones,” in which famous anglers such as Tom Brokaw, Thomas McGuane, and Michael Keaton travel to Belize to catch fish and talk about the conservation challenges facing the fishery. (Last season, the show was called “Pirates of the Flats.”) Episode 1 airs on the Outdoor Channel on December 26, and will air three times that week. Episodes 2 through 7 will air in the following weeks.

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How to Buy a Fly reel


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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Choosing from among all the available reel models and sizes can be intimidating.
Photo Tim Bronson

A fly reel is a thing of beauty. Put one on a table in front of an angler and they will invariably pick it up, feel it, turn it, listen to the click, adjust the drag, and in essence fondle it. The longer they handle it, the better they like it. You can literally test the perceived quality of reels by the length of time anglers hold them. Reels are the jewels of the sport, and a great fly reel is something. . .

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The End of Fall


Written by: Phil Monahan


Nate battles a steelhead against a backdrop of fall leaves
Battling a Great Lakes steelhead against a backdrop of autumn leaves.
photo by Jim Lampros

Now that the snow is flying here in Vermont, as well as in many other parts of the country, even the chilly days of fall seem like the Good Ol’ Days. Jim Lampros, the fishing manager of the Orvis Cleveland store, sent us this musing on the first frost of the year: . . .

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