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.

Picture of the Day: Kings of New York


Written by: Phil Monahan

Feltrinelli salmon

Western New York guide Scott Feltrinelli with a Johnson Creek king salmon.

photo courtesy Scott Feltrinelli

Webster, NY-based fly-fishing guide Scott Feltrinelli sent in this photo with a note:

“My client and I caught a bunch of these king salmon and then released them back into the wild of Johnson’s Creek in West Rochester, New York. These fish were on the bite for about two hours, chasing egg patterns.”

I wonder how that Hydros grip tastes.

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Friday Film Festival 10.21.11


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. In this week’s collection, we witness the beginning of trout season in New Zealand, which is hopefully the harbinger of many great videos to come over the next six months. We’ve also got great steelhead action from Oregon, big-river cohos on the Skeena, and excellent saltwater. . .

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Hey, I recognize those hats!


Written by: Phil Monahan

So there I was, bored to death by Monday Night Football (Jets v. Dolphins was a total snoozefest) when one of those funny ESPN commercials came on. You know it’s a crappy game when you sit up in your chair for a commercial. Halfway through the fake-archaeologist sketch, I thought, “Hey, I know those hats.” Sure enough, I saw this email the next day from the guys at Orvis New York: . . .

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Take the Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge for a chance to win Tom’s Small-Stream Book


Written by: Phil Monahan

Test your knowledge of basic fly-casting techniques by taking our seven-question quiz. You’ll be asked about casting mechanics, the best ways to practice, and the best methods to achieve certain objectives. Post your score in the comments below to become eligible for our giveaway: One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will win a signed copy of Tom’s recent book The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing, a great resource for anyone who enjoys chasing trout in mountain or meadow streams. Good luck!

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Picture of the Day: S.O.S. Brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Falcons Ledge Brown Trout

This gorgeous Utah brown fell for a Higa’s S.O.S. nymph fished deep.

photo courtesy Falcon’s Ledge and Castaway Films

Ryan Davis was fishing Utah’s Duchesne River with the guys from Falcon’s Ledge last week, when he laid into this gorgeous brown trout. Ryan was nymphing a deep hole with a Higa’s S.O.S. nymph, which just happens to have been invented by Spencer Higa, who works at the lodge. One of the cameramen behind Castaway Films, Ryan was in the Beehive State to shoot images and video for an upcoming project.

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Wading in Wedded Bliss

Kathryn Maroun's Wedding

Kathryn and Lou on their wedding day, along the shores of the Margaree.

photo courtesy Kathryn Maroun

My fall pilgrimage for Atlantic salmon on a historic river in the highlands of Nova Scotia, Canada, is like coming home year after year. Pursuit with rod and line for the king of game fish dates back to at least the 15th century. The colorful fall foliage, mixing with the tawny water of the Margaree River, is always postcard perfect. As are my wedding pictures, which were taken in the valley at Lower Tompkins pool. When we tried to register the marriage certificate with the Province, they kept sending it back to us, saying that the Lower Tompkins. . .

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Tying the Bird’s Nest


Written by: Phil Monahan

Cal Bird owned a small fly shop in San Francisco in the 1940s and ’50s, and he created the Bird’s Nest in 1959 as a caddis-pupa imitation to use on the Truckee River. Most anglers now consider it an attractor pattern for use in a wide variety of angling situations. The original recipe called for a dubbing mix of Australian possum and dyed coyote and wood-duck flank fibers for the tail and legs, although many tiers now use. . .

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