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.

Huge Rainbow Trout in Kamchatka


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Orvis is proud to have helped sponsor Reel Water Productions
for the filming of an exploration of the Zhupanova River in Kamchatka, Russia. The film, to be aired on National Geographic television, involves kayakers who braved huge waterfalls, rapids, grizzly bears, and more. They also took advantage of the fantastic fly fishing, catching huge rainbows and Dolly Vardens.
Click READ MORE below to watch the cool trailer and we’ll keep you updated for the TV air times.

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Giant Rainbows of Kamchatka Video Trailer

Orvis is proud to have helped sponsor Reel Water Productions
for the filming of an exploration of the Zhupanova River in Kamchatka, Russia. The film, to be aired on National Geographic television, involves kayakers who braved huge waterfalls, rapids, grizzly bears, and more. They also took advantage of the fantastic fly fishing, catching huge rainbows and Dolly Vardens.
Click READ MORE below to watch the cool trailer and we’ll keep you updated for the TV air times.

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Picture of the Day: Jeff the Trout

Jeff the fish

A short trip home for the holiday provided one angler with her trout of the season so far.

photo courtesy Katie Cone

On my recent trip home to Arlington, Vermont, for Memorial Day weekend, I set my sights on fishing Otter Creek. After visiting the Orvis store in Manchester to get the fishing report, I headed out for a relaxing day on the river. There were already a few people milling about, so I decided to walk in farther, toward a spot that had been promising two years ago when I had visited Otter Creek as a fly-fishing beginner. With the mountains surrounding me and the ferns growing clear above my head, I began to remember. . .

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Conditioning for Anglers, Part I

Many of us take for granted our ability to wade strong currents or rocky bottoms or to stand all day on the bow of a rocking boat. But as we get older we lose muscle mass, strength, and endurance as part of the natural aging process. More importantly, we lose our balance and proprioception (the unconscious awareness of where we are in time and space) and. . . 

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Dealing with Runoff in SW Montana


Written by: Phil Monahan

Huge Cutthroat

When the snowpack starts to melt, rivers run high and muddy, but the many lakes and ponds of southwestern Montana can provide plenty of action and huge fish.

photo by Toby Swank

The reality of the spring melt is finally upon us here in southwestern Montana. We’ve got a lot of snow to get rid of in the high country this year, and everyone around here is ready for the sun after a long Montana winter. It’s hard to say how things will shake out over the next few weeks, but right now. . .

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Fishing with Matt Light, New England Patriot


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Matt Light with NY Steelhead
Matt Light with a steelhead he caught on a previous fishing trip

What does a three-time Super Bowl Champion do during the NFL lockout (besides work out at Boston Collge)? What any one of us rational folks do: fish.

On Memorial Day, I fished with Matt Light of the New England Patriots and two other avid anglers, Russ Kessler and Ed Lombardo, Sr. For the past few years, Orvis has been proud to help support Matt’s great charitbale cause, The Light Foundation. The foundation teaches kids outdoor skills such as fishing, shooting, and hunting in order to help them become responsible and successful citizens. It is a great organization that has made a difference in the lives of scores of kids.

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Monster Brookies on the Mouse: Labrador Part III Slide Show

By the time we realize the caddis hatch isn’t going to happen, we don’t care. One morning, we boat two hours to another river with a steeper gradient and faster water. After traveling a mile upriver, we get out to wade. Within minutes, each of us has landed a brook trout from four to seven pounds. For the rest of the afternoon, Jim and I leapfrog up one bank, while Mike and John work the other.

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