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.

Late Fall on the Little Red


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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Dana Walker shows off a chunky brown from the Little Red River in Arkansas.
photo by Toby Swank

I just wrapped up a whirlwind tour of the Little Red River in northern Arkansas. November and December is typically the time of year when the brown trout move into the shallow shoals to spawn. We planned this trip so that we could both sight fish and streamer fish to some trophy-classfish. Well, as with just about every fishing trip, Mother Nature and the Army Corps of Engineers. . .

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast: The Go East – Go West Podcast


Written by: Phil Monahan

Tom covers a lot of material in this podcast. In the “Fly Box” section, he compares and contrasts vests vs chest packs vs waist packs vs sling packs, he covers how best to keep your flies floating (and reveals his secret) and then answers a question about realistic vs impressionistic flies.

The main topic of this podcast, though is what easterners can expect when taking a fishing trip west and what westerners can expect when making a trip east. What are the differences? How can you best prepare?

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

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The Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge – Android App Edition


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

We have a special edition of my quiz this week to celebrate the release of the Orvis Fly Fishing App for Android devices, also available for iPhone.
All the questions were taken from the app. We have a couple of knot videos in this quiz. A lot of fun.

Click the banner below to take the quiz and then come back and tell me how you did!

Take the Tom Rosenbauer Fly Fishing Trivia Challenge

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In the Loop 12.02.10


Written by: Eric Rickstad

I recently ran across this marvelous piece of archival film from the International Game Fish Association, which shows casting champion Bill True and guide Jim Brewer chasing tarpon in the Florida Keys. It’s a great piece of history, and it will give you a sense of how much easier. . .

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Reading Between the Lines


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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A nice brown from the [REDACTED] River in Montana.
photo by Phil Monahan

A couple of years ago, Eric Rickstad and I made plans to go to Montana in late April for the Orvis Western Guide Rendezvous. As soon as our travel plans were finalized, Eric started talking about a river I’d barely heard of. “We gotta hit the [REDACTED] River,” he said. “I’ve heard lots of whispering about some big browns there in spring and fall, but I’ve never had the chance to fish it.” When I mentioned that I hadn’t heard any such rumors, Eric just said, “Exactly,” and smiled knowingly. The possibility that there was an “undiscovered” river anywhere in Montana. . .

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Orvis Fly Fishing App Now Available in the Android Store!


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Ok! Finally… ‘Droid users, you can now stop the emails and Facebook posts that simply say “ANDROID!!”

My friends at Green Mountain Digital submitted the Orvis Fly Fishing App to the Android store for Android version 2.1 and 2.2 last night and it is now available for download. Go to the Android store and search for ORVIS.
It was worth waiting for:
  • Animated knot instruction
  • Fly casting video instruction
  • Top 10 fly casting mistakes (I’ve made most of them at one time or another)
  • A field guide to the top 100 trout flies
  • LIVE Orvis fishing reports from around the country
  • A glossary of terms
  • AND the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast
All of this at your fingertips! So go to the Android store, check it out and let me what you think.
My turn: ANDROID!!

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