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.

Friday Film Festival 02.04.11


Written by: Eric Rickstad


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Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. We’ve got a lucky set of seven videos to keep you warm for the weekend (or, if you can’t wait, at lunchtime today). Every day brings us closer to the opening of trout season in the north, and I’m starting to get the itch to wade into the Battenkill. Until then, watching others fishing in spectacular locations will have to do. Enjoy!

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Take Tom Rosenbauer’s Trivia Challenge!


Written by: Eric Rickstad

This week’s Trivia Challenge is all about fly fishing in the winter, a time of year that requires a whole different approach. I think it’s a fun one. Click the Read More link below to take it. Good luck!

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Early Spring in Montana


Written by: Eric Rickstad

It’s now February. According to my calendar, next month will be March, which means that despite the snow and cold temperatures currently slamming most northern states, early-season fly fishing is right around the corner.

Early spring is a time when a lot of Montana guides hit the water hard. Our schedules are pretty wide open, and we’ve been cooped up all winter, so we are more than ready to get after it. So are the fish. Especially the BIG fish. For the most part, they’ve been relatively dormant since the fall, making them hungry and willing to be aggressive. This combination can produce some. . .

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Full Circle: Paul Fersen Reads His Story from Gray’s Sporting Journal


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Tom Rosenbauer needed a day off and I told him I would be more than happy to read a story I wrote for Gray’s Sporting Journal a few year’s back. The story is about my Grandma Moon who taught me to fish in the ponds of our South Georgia farm and how important it was to pass that simple knowledge to my son Cooper. There is a bit of magic in the simplicity of the cane pole and though far gone from my experience, I brought it back for him. “Full Circle” is a story of generations and the common thread that ties a little boy to the great grandmother he never knew.

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A Striper Season


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Surf Fishing 2010 – NYC Edition from Peter Laurelli on Vimeo.


Yesterday, Rob Ceccarini, Fishing Manager at Orvis Manhattan, sent me a link to a video created by one of his customers, Peter Laurelli. Usually, when I get these kinds of emails hailing some “great” video, the video itself is a bit of a letdown—there might be great fish or a cool shot, but. . .

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