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.

How to Fly Fish for Longnose Gar


Written by: Drew Price

Personal best gar

Drew Price with his personal-best longnose gar, which measured 48 inches long.

photo courtesy Drew Price

The first time I ever saw a longnose gar, I was a child visiting a public aquarium, and I was mesmerized by the fish’s unusual shape and elongated mouth. Lake Champlain has a sizable population of Lepisosteus osseus, and when I first started seeing them hanging out in shallow bays, I knew I had to figure out how to catch them on the fly. I did some research and then got to work figuring out the best way to deal with their myriad teeth and bony mouths. Now, when conditions are right, . . .

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Mark and Kate Rutherford are a Father/Daughter Guide Team out of Alaska


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a video of Mark and Kate Rutherford, father/daughter guide team in Alaska fishing for salmon, rainbows, and grayling. R.A. Beattie produced this a couple of years ago, but it’s definitely worth watching if you haven’t seen it yet. Kate’s full of spunk (and sarcasm). The fish are gorgeous, but it’s the family dynamics that make this video entertaining!


Kate and Mark – Father / Daughter guide team in Alaska from RA Beattie on Vimeo.

Kate’s also an amazing climber (think National Geographic and ESPN) with big name sponsors – check out her blog. Look for Mark in the Nervous Water DVD produced by R.A. Beattie in the ‘First Descent Alaska’ featured film.

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Mark and Kate Rutherford are a Father/Daughter Guide Team out of Alaska


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a video of Mark and Kate Rutherford, father/daughter guide team in Alaska fishing for salmon, rainbows, and grayling. R.A. Beattie produced this a couple of years ago, but it’s definitely worth watching if you haven’t seen it yet. Kate’s full of spunk (and sarcasm). The fish are gorgeous, but it’s the family dynamics that make this video entertaining!


Kate and Mark – Father / Daughter guide team in Alaska from RA Beattie on Vimeo.

Kate’s also an amazing climber (think National Geographic and ESPN) with big name sponsors – check out her blog. Look for Mark in the Nervous Water DVD produced by R.A. Beattie in the ‘First Descent Alaska’ featured film.

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Doc’s Top 5 Terrestrial Flies

Foam Park Hopper

The proverbial dog days of summer are upon us—often a time when people think fishing is slow, with not many obvious insects for trout to eat. On the contrary, the dog days of summer aren’t dog days; they are terrestrial days! Now is the time to start stocking your fly boxes with terrestrial dry flies for August and early September fishing. Here are 5 trout-approved terrestrial patterns that every angler. . .

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Bonus Friday Fly-Fishing Film


Written by: Phil Monahan

Gaula – River of Silver & Gold from tapamthemovie on Vimeo.

The maker of the incredible tarpon-from-a-float-tube movie “Tapam: a fly-fishing journey”, Daniel Göz, has turned his attention to one of Norway’s last great wild-salmon rivers, the Gaula. His new film—made in partnership with Anton Hamacher and with support from Orvis—is called, appropriately enough, “Gaula: The Movie.” Here’s the first trailer, which shows some remarkably sophisticated cinematography. I can’t wait to see the finished film.

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Pictures of the Day: Red, Hot, & Salty

Shawn Combs and an LA Red

Orvis Rod & Tackle product developer Shawn Combs with a fine Louisiana redfish.

photo by Tim Daughton

On the way to the International Fly Tackle Dealer show in New Orleans, Tim Daughton and I had an opportunity to test our new Hydros Redfish line in a real bayou setting. After a couple airplanes and rental cars, we showed up to the Cajun Vista Inn, about a half an hour south of the city. We set off in the morning, dodging gators in search of clear water. One “almost sunk the boat” experience later. . .

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Friday Film Festival 08.19.11


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 features plenty of gorgeous footage of anglers catching everything from big trout to jumping tarpon to the mysterious triggerfish of the Farquhar Atoll in the Seychelles. Plus, we have the return of Rolf and the guys from Frontside Fly teaching us the rituals of fishing in. . .

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Steelhead Dreams


Written by: Phil Monahan

It’s hard to believe summer’s flown by so fast, but the cooling temps have a number of us at Orvis already thinking about fall steelhead fishing. While daydreaming about the gear I’d love to acquire before my first steelhead foray this year (like the 11′ 7 wt switch rod that’s on my wish list), I stumbled upon a couple of articles on the BloodKnot.

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Steelhead Dreams


Written by: Phil Monahan

It’s hard to believe summer’s flown by so fast, but the cooling temps have a number of us at Orvis already thinking about fall steelhead fishing. While daydreaming about the gear I’d love to acquire before my first steelhead foray this year (like the 11′ 7 wt switch rod that’s on my wish list), I stumbled upon a couple of articles on the BloodKnot.

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