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: How to unravel a knotless, tapered leader


Written by: Phil Monahan

Do you ever have trouble getting a new knotless, tapered leader from the package to the end of your line? When I was a guide, I used to watch anglers struggle with this all the time. Sometimes they’d end up with a tangle bad enough that they’d just grab a new leader and start over. At about $3.50 a pop, that’s an expensive mistake if it happens often enough. The truth is, unraveling a prepackaged leader is quite simple if you know a couple of tricks. Here’s a technique shown to me by my friend Macauley Lord one day on the banks of the Rapid River in Maine. You should never ruin a new leader again!

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Picture of the Day: Beckett’s Big One


Written by: Phil Monahan

Beckett's Big One

Six-year-old Beckett Maher with the catch of the day.

photo by Alex Maher

Alex Maher, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, sent in this picture of his son with the story behind it: “I thought Orvis might like this picture of my 6-year-old son, Beckett, with a Snake River cutthroat on my old 7-foot 4-weight HLS. I have it rigged with 3-weight line, and he loves it. The Snake finally came around in September after the big runoff and provided some glorious fall fishing days.”

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Should you teach your significant other to fish?


Written by: Phil Monahan

Teaching the Wife to Fish

The decision to teach your partner to fly fish may be more complicated than you think.

photo by Tom Rosenbauer

You know you’re dealing with a touchy subject when you have to begin with a disclaimer, but here goes: this post is not about gender. The points made here apply equally to men and women when the roles are reversed. I know several couples in which it is the female who is the passionate angler. The power dynamics are somewhat different, but the same rules apply. Okay, now that that’s out of the way. . .

Robin Kadet’s recent post about learning to fly fishing brings up a question I’ve heard a lot over the years: Is it a good idea to teach your spouse how to fly fish? In most cases, it’s a man wondering about his wife, but I know couples in which the wife is the hardcore angler, as well.

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Video of the Day: Montauk Albie Blitz


Written by: Phil Monahan

It’s that time of year, when saltwater game fish migrate southward down the Atlantic Coast, feeding voraciously on schools of baitfish along the way. Check out this great video of the carnage perpetrated by false albacore off the tip of New York’s Long Island, churning up the surface and practically coming right out of the water as they hammer their frightened prey. Looks like a great time to be casting a big Deceiver or Clouser. Hat tip: Moldy Chum.

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Giving in to Fly Fishing

Cross-Posted from the Women in Fly Fishing blog: Fly Fishing was never on my radar screen until I moved to Vermont and started working for Orvis in the mid 1990s. I worked for the company for four years and learned what an “angler” was (I really had no idea), that fishing poles were actually “rods,” and that “wading pant” was not the correct term for those funny water pants. They are just called “waders.”  And I was surprised to learn that an office discussion about “nymphs” was not even remotely suggestive. I also learned that the target audience of the typical fly-fisher was pretty much the polar opposite of me.

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Friday Film Festival 10.14.11


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 super trouty, with just a couple of tarpon videos to break it up.  From New Zealand, to England, to Wisconsin and Montana, there’s a ton of great footage in this week’s festival. There are also plenty of lessons for anglers and travelers alike. One of the best parts of watching all these videos is seeing how other fly fishers do things, whether it’s rigging, fly presentation, . . .

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The Prince of Tides- Tom Rosenbauer Interviews an Expert on Tides and their Influence on Saltwater Fly Fishing


Written by: Phil Monahan

I’m always confused by the science and physics of tides and how they vary and how they influence fish in salt water. So I went right to the best source I know on all things saltwater related–Dr. Aaron Adams, director of Bonefish Tarpon Trust and one of my favorite fishing buddies. Fishing with him is like fishing with Mr. Wizard (excuse me for dating myself here) and Aaron does not disappoint in our interview. He takes the sceince behind tides and makes it clear and digestible to those of us who just like to fish in salt water. There are some specific tips for fly fishing related to tides as well, and Aaron suggests some ways that fly fishers in particular can use tide predictions to have more success on the water. It was a fun podcast for me as I learned a ton.

In the Fly Box, I answer a listener’s question about how and why tailwater rivers are different and some tips on fishing them.

Click the READ MORE button blow to listen my interview with Dr. Adams.

 

 

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Top 10 Flies for the Southern Rockies


Written by: Phil Monahan

Juan Ramirez grew up in northern New Mexico, fishing the small streams and creeks of the Sangre De Cristos. In 1997, he made the switch to fly fishing, and he has never looked back. Over the years, he has guided on the Cimarron River in New Mexico, as well as the South Platte River in Colorado. Juan received his first tying kit when he was 15 years old, but after a few. . .

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