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.

Tuesday Tip: Casting Angles


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to our sixth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer, who works at the Manchester, Vermont, Fly Fishing School. A couple months ago, we asked you to
post some questions about your biggest casting problems. Reader “griffjc” wrote,


From all the advice I’ve gotten on casting, the rod has only ever been described in a forward-and-back motion. Is there ever a reason to cast slightly to the side or even at an extreme angle, . . .

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Which Knot? Part II


Written by: Phil Monahan

Which Knot II

There’s no such thing as one “right” knot. It’s up to you to figure out what works best for each situation and your particular skills and needs. The Orvis Animated Knot Series can help you find the knots you need.

Fly fishermen love to argue about which tippet-to-fly knot is the “best” or strongest (see Which Knot? Part I), but the truth of the matter is that, all things being equal, no single knot does everything an angler needs. There are many variables that go into determining which knot is “best” for a given fly-fishing situation. Here are just a few of them: . . .

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Ten Steps to Getting Kids and Teens into Fly Fishing Plus a Rant on New School vs Old School


Written by: Phil Monahan

This week I give you a 10-step plan for getting a kid into fly fishing.  These are proven methods based on my experience and that of others I’ve talked to in the course of researching a book called Family Friendly Fly Fishing that I’m working on.  I’ve also added three additional tips for getting teenagers into fly fishing.

In the fly box items this week we talk about the old 10 o’clock to-2 o’clock casting technique, casting into the wind with big poppers and other bass flies, attaching a new fly line to backing that’s already on a reel using a loop, and the correct size sink tip fly line to buy and I go on a bit of a rant about “new school” vs. “old school” fly fishing.

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April Vokey’s Treasure Hunters


Written by: Christine Penn

 

A version of this article was previously published in Fly Fusion magazine and appeared on author April Vokey’s website, Fly Gal Ventures. April is a British Columbia steelhead guide, a Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) certified casting instructor, co-host of Fly Nation TV, and founder of Fly Gal Ventures. She is also so addicted to steelhead fly fishing that her writing about the sport is, well, addictive. So I am posting her great article here. Check out her site when you get a chance.

There are very few things in this world that I love more than the West Coast steelhead.

Dazzling, sleek bodies arcing wildly, broad tails smashing, and a mystique second to none… these majestic beauties captured my heart at first sight.

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Friday Hot List for July 22


Written by: Phil Monahan

Provo Brown Trout and Drake

A beautiful Provo River brown trout that fell for a Green Drake dry fly.

photo Courtesy Rocky Mountain Outfitters

The Orvis Fishing Reports and Conditions pages offer up-to-date reports, including stream and river flows, tides, recommended flies and equipment, and special fishing tips. At any given time, those waters that offer the very best fishing become part of the “Red Hot” list. To ensure that those making the reports aren’t exaggerating the quality of their local fishing, each reporter is allowed only four red hots per year per location, so they only rank their spot red hot when it’s truly outstanding.

Most Fridays, we highlight those waters that offer the best fishing for the weekend. Runoff is slowing down along the eastern Canadian Rockies, which means that Alberta’s fly fishing is taking off. Plus, the stripers are in for those fishing off the southern coast of Massachusetts, and smallmouths are on fire in Virginia and Ontario.

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The Fine Watercolor Artwork of Diane Michelin


Written by: Christine Penn

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“Fin”

In a continued effort to put the spotlight on gifted women artists whose subject matter involves fly fishing and other realms of the natural world, I could not let it pass without sharing Diane Michelin’s work. Diane has been a professional watercolor artist for more than nineteen years. Among many other awards and recognitions, she was the Trout Unlimited Canada 2009 Artist of the Year. Born in Montreal, she currently resides in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Not a bad area for fishing, at all.

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Friday Film Festival 07.22.11


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is mostly amateur footage, but there’s no shortage of great action and gorgeous fish. There’s plenty of backcountry action, from Montana to New Zealand, as well as a group of college students who may well turn out to be future FFF stars if they build on what they’ve learned. . .

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Tom Rosenbauer- Swinging Flies: How, When and Where to Do It


Written by: Phil Monahan

This week I talk about swinging, and get your mind out of the gutter because it’s not that kind of swinging. This is a family show.

We discuss the art and science of swinging flies for trout, salmon, and steelhead, one of the most relazing and elegant way of covering lots of water. It doesn’t work all the time and in every type of water, so listen to the podcast to find out where and when to do it–and how to choose the right fly.

In the Fly Box questions this week we talk about using a 7-weight rod for trout, what an individual can do to make a trout stream better, invasive species, and how to catch bass in southern rivers in summer. Plus a note about an exciting new upgrade to our fishing reports where you can get a text message every time your favorite waters are updated.

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Tips on Better Hopper Fishing

Yesterday while floating the Kootenai River in northwestern Montana, Bostonians––and fellow Red Sox fans¬≠¬≠––Tom and Sue Ukena had a great morning sniping trout with long leaders and size 16 Pale Morning Dun spinners. During lunch, with bright sunshine and the heat of the day coming on, we decided the best plan of attack was to switch to big hoppers. 

I shoved the boat out of the shade, felt the blast of heat.. . .

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