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.

Fly Fishing 101 at the Sacramento ISE Show this Weekend

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Two brothers learn the finer points of fly casting at the Orvis Fly Fishing 101
booth at the Denver ISE.

photo by Hutch Hutchinson

Wow, the Denver International Sportsman’s Expo was spectacular. We had more than 165 people come to the Orvis booth and attend our 45-minute Orvis Fly Fishing 101 classes. Men, women and kids of all ages participated. Most already knew how to fish with spinning gear, but they wanted to learn how to use a different type of tool to extend their fishing time and enhance the experience. Everyone walked away with little bag of goodies, information on what and where. . .


Vote for the Winner in the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast Access Fly Rod Giveaway Contest!

Written by: Phil Monahan

We had over 300 entries in our contest to suggest the next Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast topic and win a new Orvis Access fly rod! That’s fantastic. Out of all of those tp[ics, the team had to pick five. No easy task. If you did not get chosen this time, don’t worry… we will be having contests often here on!

A note on the selection process: We are always looking for something new, or at least a new slant on a topic. If we’ve already done a podcast on a topic, we won’t select it for the contest. Also, we always look for a topic that is of interest to people all over the country (and the world, as we do have a lot of international listeners), so destination-specific entries won’t be chosen. Finally, if more than one person suggests a topic (as is often the case) we randomly select one entry for the contest.

Vote below. Voting closes at 3pm EST on Thursday, January 20.


Fly Tying with My Daughter

Written by: Eric Rickstad


Young Alex ties her first fly with her dad.

[Editor’s note: Here’s an email we received from a reader named Jeff, who had listened to Tom Rosenbauer’s podcast on  Fly Tying with Kids and put Tom’s advice to work.]

Hey Tom!

I decided to follow the advice you gave in the “Fly Tying With Kids”podcast and gave my six year old daughter Alex her first session at the vise this afternoon.

We have a fairly large kitchen table, which let me set up a tying space for each of us. Prior to “The Big Event,” I collected several baggies of materials just for her—some chenille, marabou, and peacock herl, among others. The largest hook I have is a size 8 streamer, which turned out to be. . .


Friday Film Festival

Written by: Eric Rickstad

Small stream fly fishing from rummutt on Vimeo.

Another snowy weekend here in the Great White North, so it’s time for another selection of great fly-fishing films. This week’s crop takes us from Romania to Northern California, and from Sweden to Mexico. So, while the water in your favorite creek continues to flow cold. . .


Six tips on Emergers- A Black Diamond Episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast

Written by: Phil Monahan

You have all requested more advanced podcasts and Tom delivers in his first “Black Diamond Episode”. It’s a long, detailed podcast… let us know if you want to hear more like this.

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Going Mobile

Written by: Eric Rickstad

Our friend Bob Streb—former owner of Fly Fishing Outfitters in Avon, Colorado—pointed us to this new concept in fly-fishing travel dreamed up by a team of Vail Valley guides. The Fish Bus is a 32-foot motorhome that will take you—along with your friends, the guides, and a chef—to blue-ribbon waters throughout the southern Rockies, from the San Juan to Grey Reef. You can fish to your heart’s content and not have to worry about driving at the end of the day, plus you get to. . .


Montana Snowpack Update


The snowpack in the mountains above the Big Hole is looking good for next summer.

 photo by Craig Fellin

At Big Hole Lodge we are eagerly awaiting the 2011 fishing season. Winter 2010 was very dry and mild in Montana, which normally means summer drought for our snow-fed rivers and streams. However, we had a wet spring, summer didn’t arrive until mid July, and it was abnormally cool when it did. We had one of the best water years on record, and though the hatches and fish. . .