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.

Video: How to Tie the Antron Egg


Written by: Phil Monahan

As Tim Flagler notes at the beginning of this video, some anglers think that egg patterns aren’t “proper” flies and are effectively bait. Of course, at other times, similar arguments have been made about beadhead nymphs, so don’t think there’s any kind of agreement on this subject. I can tell you that, when I was a fly-fishing guide on Alaska’s Copper River, egg flies were the only patterns the big rainbow trout would eat once. . .

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Video: Full Project Healing Waters “Toyota Handoff” Short


Written by: Phil Monahan

Last week, we highlighted the exciting appearance of fly fishing during Sunday Night Football, when Project Healing Waters was featured in the “Toyota Halftime Handoff” segment. Apparently, that was just a fragment of the complete video above. It’s great publicity for PHW, and the video offers powerful testimonies from veterans who have been involved in the program: “The fish don’t care that I’m missing my legs.” Congratulations to Douglas Dear and his PHW crew for all their great work.

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Picture of the Day: A Portrait of the Angler as a Young Man


Written by: Phil Monahan

Graeme Sharp Bonefish

He’s got the look, the pose, and the big fish.

photo by John Sharp

Last month, we showed a picture of young Graeme Sharp with a beautiful steelhead. Here’s a shot of the 11-year-old fishing fanatic with his first bonefish, which he caught on the flats of Exuma in The Bahamas with guide Garth Thompson. According to Graeme’s dad, “Graeme seems to genuinely want to become a guide, which is certainly fine with his entire family. . .provided he studies hard in school!” I expect to see a lot more photos of this young man.

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Video: Steelhead Dreams, Parts I & II


Written by: Phil Monahan

Steelhead Dreams by Todd Moen from Todd Moen Creative on Vimeo.


Here’s a wonderful two-part film by Todd Moen about steelhead guide Hannah Belford and her incredible mother, Alice, who was one of the first women to hold a guide’s license in British Columbia. Hannah’s story, growing up in the wilderness with parents who ran an outfitting business, is inspiring, as are the scenery, rivers, and gorgeous fish.

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Video: Steelhead Dreams, Parts I & II


Written by: Phil Monahan

Steelhead Dreams by Todd Moen from Todd Moen Creative on Vimeo.


Here’s a wonderful two-part film by Todd Moen about steelhead guide Hannah Belford and her incredible mother, Alice, who was one of the first women to hold a guide’s license in British Columbia. Hannah’s story, growing up in the wilderness with parents who ran an outfitting business, is inspiring, as are the scenery, rivers, and gorgeous fish.

Click “Read More” to see Part II.

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Tuesday Tip: Parachute and Pile Casts


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I explain the differences between the parachute cast and the pile cast, both of which are slack-line casts that can be useful when you’re fishing across conflicting currents or to a fish downstream. To make a parachute cast, you stop the rod high and keep the tip. . .

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Orvis Fly-Fishing Managers Unleashed!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis Fishing Manger's Retreat 8

Cinda Howard, fly fishing manager of the Scottsdale, AZ store with a nice brown. She out-fished all the boys.

photo courtesy Falcon’s Ledge

I recently received a great set of photos and a story from Jason Danley of Falcon’s Ledge, describing a fun gathering of a special group of Orvis associates. Lots of good stuff here, plus a video:

This past July, Orvis fly-fishing managers from around the country gathered at Orvis-Endorsed lodge Falcon’s Ledge in Utah, to enjoy three days of nonstop fishing adventure, great food, and friendship. Because of the diversity of waters that Falcon’s Ledge guests fish, managers were able to split up into pairs and traveled with eight guides to variety of rivers and streams in the area, never fishing the same river twice. Each day, two guide boats drifted the famed Green River, while other managers fished the Duchesne, Strawberry, Rock Creek, Lake Fork, and Yellowstone. Each evening, dinner was served early, so the managers could enjoy the evening hatch on the stillwaters surrounding the lodge and the nearby Strawberry River.

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Caption Contest: Win a FREE Orvis App!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Bonefish mania-1

[YOUR CAPTION HERE]

photo by Tom Rosenbauer

Introducing the OrvisNews.com Caption Contest! Periodically, we’ll post funny, strange, or just plain “out there” photos and ask you to provide a caption in the comments section below. Then we’ll choose our favorites and have you vote on a winner. The prize is a free copy of the popular Orvis App for iPhone or Android. The App is a $14.99 value, plus it comes with a $10 Orvis gift card.

Click “Read More” to learn more about the contest, and to find out what’s really going on in this photo.

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