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.

Angler of the Year!


Written by: Eric Rickstad

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Each year, Fly Rod & Reel magazine chooses an Angler of the Year, and the list of recent winners—including John Betts, Bruce Richards, Ted Leeson, Yvon Chouinard, and Tom McGuane—is evidence of the experience and level of expertise required to earn this honor. This year’s Angler of the Year is Orvis’ own Tom Rosenbauer, who is recognized for his contributions to fly-fishing literature and education. Through his 10 books, countless magazine articles, and the ever popular. . .

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Win a NEW Orvis Access Fly Rod by Helping us Pick Next Week’s Podcast!


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Come up with next week’s podcast topic and you could win a FREE Orvis Access Fly Rod!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Suggest an idea for for the next Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast topic in the comments section of this post.
  2. We will pick our top five which we’ll post on MONDAY for you all to vote on.
  3. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, January 20 at 3pm EST .


Clck the READ MORE link and leave your suggestion in the comments section and good luck!

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In the Loop 01.11.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad

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Former Fly Rod & Reel editor Joe Healy displays a nice fly-caught striper. Unfortunately, a recent survey points to a marked decline in the size and number of stripers.

Photo by Tom Rosenbauer


The Conservation organization Stripers Forever. has released the 2010 results of its annual fishing survey, and things don’t look so good. A record 73% of anglers indicated that the quality of fishing for stripers was worse or much worse than the previous year. In 2003, this number was just. . .

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Overcoming Obstacles


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Josh Williams, of Franklin County, Virginia, isn’t your average fly fisherman and fly tier. After surviving a tour in Iraq with the U.S. Army in 2004-5, he returned home, only to suffer grave injuries when a driver ran a stop sign and slammed into Josh’s motorcycle. He lost his right arm and ended up at Walter Reed Medical Center, with other wounded vets, wondering what his future held. he was 22 years old.

Enter Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, an organization devoted to helping veterans heal physically and emotionally through fly fishing. According to the organization’s founder, Ed Nicholson: . .

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2011 Resolutions: Fly-Fishing Guide Edition


Written by: Eric Rickstad

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Simon Perkins helps out a new angler.

Fly-fishing guides come in all shapes, sizes, colors, personalities, and temperaments. Some of us are commanding and aggressive, others more passive. Some of us are articulate, some of us mumble. Some of us are patient, some of us get tense with enthusiasm and anticipation (or in other words, are “impatient”). But we are human, and what do humans do this time of year? We make New Years resolutions.

I reached out to a handful of freshwater guides around the country and asked them what they would change in the upcoming year. So without further ado, I present to you the following collaborative list: “2011 Resolutions—Fly Fishing Guide Edition”. . .

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Friday Film Festival


Written by: Eric Rickstad

As the snow flies here at the Home Office, the closest we’ll come to fly fishing this weekend is watching some of the great video available online. This three-pack of YouTube videos runs the gamut from the contemplative life of Izaak Walton to the raw power of a violent tarpon strike. Since it’s a work day, we’ll run them in order of shortest to longest. You may want to save James Prosek’s. . .

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- The First Thirty Feet


Written by: Phil Monahan

Casting out that first thirty feet of line can sometimes be tricky. Tom has some easy-to-follow tips from for the advanced and beginner angler alike. Take a listen and learn to false cast less and fish more.

Tom also asks if you would like to hear some more advanced, “black diamond” podcasts. Let us know in the comments.

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


If you cannot see the podcast player, please click this link to listen.

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