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.

Searching for Gold in Colorado

Golden Trout in CO 1

Jonathan Hill with a Colorado golden trout, a fish that many thought had gone extinct.

photo courtesy Jonathan Hill

For the past eight years, I have been hiking in to some of the most remote high mountain lakes in Colorado. I am not saying that I’m a snob and I thumb my nose at the beautiful rivers we have here, but it is nice to get a little bit of exercise along with your fishing. It is also nice to get away from the crowds that frequent the Gold Medal fisheries that we are lucky enough to have across the state. This year, one trip in particular. . .

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Tying a Simple Foam Beetle


Written by: Phil Monahan

As the story (perhaps apocryphal) goes, someone once asked the British scientist J.B.S. Haldane what we could infer about the Creator from studying nature, and Haldane replied, “I’m not sure, but he has an inordinate fondness for beetles.” Haldan’s point was that beetles make up some 40% of known insects. And since trout eat insects, it’s only logical that trout share this inordinate fondness for such readily available sources of protein. Earlier this summer, we featured a. . .

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Video of Flooded Rivers & Destruction Across Vermont due to Hurricane Irene


Written by: Phil Monahan



The water levels in Vermont’s flooded rivers have gone down, but there is a lot of work to be done to repair roads, bridges and homes. If you would like to help Vermonters impacted by Hurricane Irene, please make a donation  to the Vermont-New Hampshire Chapter of The American Red Cross at  http://www.redcrossvtnhuv.org.

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Tuesday Tip: The Steeple Cast


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to our tenth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. Several readers have asked variations of a common fly-fishing question: What do I do if I don’t have room for a back cast, and my roll cast isn’t doing the trick?

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Picture of the Day: Summer in the City

Zach Matthews Striper

Atlanta is hot in August, so striped bass seek thermal refuge in cool rivers. This
15-pounder probably lives most of its life in West Point Lake, 60 miles south of town,
but it was caught smack dab in the middle of Atlanta on the Chattahoochee. The
best way to fight these fish is from a canoe, so they can give you a sleigh ride!

photo by Zach Matthews

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Picture of the Day: Vermont Lawn Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Vermont Brown Trout Flood Victim

Scott McEnaney, Orvis Eastern ELOG Director, sent me this picture of a trout he found on
his neighbor’s lawn as the floodwaters receded yesterday in Bennington, Vermont. This gorgeous little wild brown trout would be a trophy from the small mountain stream it
came from. Unfortunately, it got swept out of the stream and then stranded on land.

photo by Scott McEnaney

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The Battenkill at Flood Stage


Written by: Phil Monahan

As you surely know by now, Vermont has suffered historic flash flooding in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which passed through yesterday. The problems here were not caused by high winds or storm surge, but by massive amounts of rainfall over a short time. I live a couple miles uphill from the Battenkill and route 313, which runs alongside the river, and that meant that we were stranded all day yesterday because the river had jumped the banks in both directions. When the road became passable. . .

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Repost: How to Cast in the Wind


Written by: Phil Monahan

Editor’s note: Given the conditions that anglers on the East Coast will be facing over the weekend, I figured it was time to repost Peter Kutzer’s video lesson on casting in the wind. This does not mean that you should venture out into the heart of Irene with a fly rod in hand, of course. But if you do get on the water ahead of or behind the storm, you’ll find these tips useful.

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