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.
In this wonderful video, fly fisher and photographer Christen Magaret shares her love of fly fishing and the outdoors, and her gratitude to her father for exposing her to both. She and her father express why fly fishing is special to them, and to so many of us who pursue it.
That water is cold, but a 30-inch Lahontan cutthroat is worth some discomfort.
photo by Dave Jensen
Timing is everything. Sometimes hatches or rising trout are predictable. Typically, though, you stumble into situations just because you’re there. My wife Amelia and I were fishing for Lahontan cutthroats in late April. The fishing was quite good, but the weather was beginning to change as the wind began to whip up. The lake was large, the waves were beginning to pop, and we were starting to bounce along pretty good in our flat johnboat. We decided to stop at a beach for a break. . .
How did you first get into fishing? Was it your dad, brother, uncle, mom, or neighbor who brought you out for your first time on the water? Trout Unlimited is helping to get today’s kids out on the water and into fishing in an age when there are fewer opportunities for kids to get outside, let alone fish. Check it this great video about how kids are getting involved in fishing and conservation through TU.
I remember the day the light bulb went off for me. I was standing shin deep in a small New Hampshire stream under the colorful fall foliage canopy while several brook trout rose in front of me. I was a rookie angler but had finally managed to learn how to cast without embarrassing myself. It wasn’t pretty, but it was beginning to work. However, I knew little about. . .
Casey Peltier tries her luck for native brook trout.
photo by Phil Monahan
Back in September, I posted about a great day of fishing I shared with Casey Peltier, who had bid on the trip in a Casting for Recovery auction. CFR is an organization that holds the annual auction to raise money for their programs, which combine fly fishing, counseling, and medical information to help breast-cancer patients and survivors focus on wellness instead of illness. This year, Casey was again the high bidder for a day on southwestern Vermont waters because she wanted to share the experience with her husband, Alec. Instead of a fall trip, they’d decided to head north from. . .
Because I was raised in a family of fly fishermen, the sport has become a necessary component of my lifestyle, as integral to my identity as my DNA. With that being said, I am constantly looking for ways to fish more often. I think for women especially, as passionate as we may be about the sport, there are specific barriers that can make it difficult to get on the water. While I’m lucky to work in an industry that surrounds me with “fishing buddies,” many women have a hard time finding people to fish with; and fishing alone is not always the best idea, especially in more remote locations.
A few summers ago, I spent two days at Orvis-endorsed Madison Valley Lodge in Ennis, Montana. Manager Chris Eaton took me on a great short float through the Channels section of the lower Madison and showed me just how much I have to learn about fly fishing this river, even after fishing it for 25 years. I think I caught one fish for every ten he hooked. After we got back to the lodge, I asked him about a tiny feeder stream of the Madison that runs through the ranch property. “Lots of fish in there,” he said, “and it only gets fished a few times a year.
Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we’ve got trout and tropics, plus a very cool piece of animation and another Scandinavian gem. You’ll also see several species of salty game fish that will test your credulity. What the heck are those things, anyway? Enjoy!