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.

Tom Rosenbauer Interview: Becoming a Guide and What It’s Really Like


Written by: Phil Monahan


In this podcast,I interview Amelia Jensen (above) and Tony Biski (who is not pictured as he is not nearly as photogenic. Sorry, Tony) on the life of a fly fishing guide

This week we do a podcast I’ve been looking forward to–two interviews with a couple of top fly-fishing guides, Tony Biski and Amelia Jensen, about what it’s like to be a guide and how to get into guiding. Learn about how a guide prepares for their day, what they agonize over, and enjoy a few wild stories along the way.

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Friday Film Festival 11.18.11


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 has plenty of saltwater action, featuring films from North Carolina, the Seychelles, and even Angola. In one of these videos, you’ll learn why you don’t want a jumping tarpon next to the boat. For freshwater aficionados, we’ve got great stuff from Russia, Iceland, and. . .

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Take the Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge about Salmon and Steelhead


Written by: Phil Monahan

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From the mind of Tom Rosenbauer comes yet another Trivia Challenge, this time about salmon and steelhead fishing—covering everything from locating fish to differences among species, to which knots you might use. 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 the Essential American Flies, a great resource for anyone who enjoys tying flies.

The winner of last week’s random drawing was commenter “George” (no last name), who was disappointed with his score, but surely the prize will salve the mental wounds. Good luck!

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Project Healing Waters on “Sunday Night Football”


Written by: Phil Monahan

This week’s episode of “Sunday Night Football” was exceptionally entertaining for us New Englanders (sorry, Jets fans), but there was one special “sit up and take notice” moment for me: When all of a sudden there on the screen was a brief spot on Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and the great work they do with veterans. It’s always fun to find fly fishing in unusual places, but it was extra cool to see such a great organization get national exposure. The commercial during the game was to announce that PHWFF was the recipient of the Toyota Halftime Handoff, which comes with a $10,000 award. Congratulations to everyone involved at PHWFF, and thak you for all you do. Check out the organization’s website, and see if you can help.

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Tying the Shimmer Stone Nymph


Written by: Phil Monahan

Golden stoneflies (family: Perlidae) are often abundant in well-oxygenated waters—especially freestone streams where trout live, and especially in the West—although their range stretches across the country. Eastern anglers won’t see as many golden stones, but they are there and trout eat them. That’s why every angler should have a few golden-stonefly nymphs in his box.

The nymphs live under and around rocks and are easy to identify by their size and their light, patterned coloration. However, . . .

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Slideshow: Monster Trout from Southern Patagonia


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Here’s a great slideshow from the first week of the fishing season at Estancia Laguna Verde in the far southern part of Argentina‚Äôs Patagonia region. According to lodge owner Luciano Alba, the opening week offered great fishing on Lago Strobel (a.k.a. Jurassic Lake), as well as the Barrancoso River and Moro Creek. Dreaming of trout this big—especially the one obviously caught on a mouse pattern—might even keep you warm during our long winter.

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Picture of the Day: Serious Manistee Steel


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Jon Ray (left) and Philip Edmund with a gorgeous Manistee steelhead prior to release.

photo courtesy Chuck Hawkins

Here’s a great story from Chuck Hawkins of Hawkins Outfitters in Traverse City, Michigan:

Last week, while fishing with Head Guide Jon Ray of Hawkins Outfitters, Philip Edmund from Illinois caught his first steelhead on the swing. The fish was located in front of a nasty woodpile, as is common on the Lower Manistee River. When the fish grabbed the fly, Philip really had to put the screws to it because the only way he was going to land his first streamer-hooked steelhead was to. . .

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Tuesday Tips: Low-Water Steelhead

It’s a beautiful time of year on the Lake Erie tributaries. The leaves have turned, the light shimmers on the rocks as the water distorts its reflections, and there is no one out on the streams! Low, clear water can scare many anglers away, as these conditions can produce spooky steelhead that will run for the hills the first time your line hits the water. But never fear: these fish can be caught.

Here are a few secrets to catching steelies in low, clear water: . . .

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Video: Speed, Muscle and Teeth


Written by: Phil Monahan

Speed, Muscle and Teeth_Trailer 1 from LDR_Media on Vimeo.

Check out this killer trailer for an upcoming film about Capt. Conway Bowman, a San Diego-based saltwater guide and author of the Orvis Guide to Beginning Saltwater Fly Fishing. Known for his skill at putting anglers on big mako sharks, Bowman is also a fierce conservation advocate dedicated to protecting the ocean’s top predators. The new film, Speed, Muscle and Teeth, focuses on both his angling skills, his theories about why he prizes this fish above all others, and what we need to do to ensure the survival of sharks.

Click “read More” to order a copy and to see another video on how Captain Bowman rigs for makos.

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