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: Jackie’s Brown

Written by: Phil Monahan

Jackie's Brown

Jackie Jordan, an assistant art director here at Orvis, landed this whopper
on Saturday while fishing New York’s Salmon River.

photo by Pete Kutzer

A couple months ago, I spent a lunch hour down at the Orvis pond with Jackie Jordan, one of our assistant art directors, and “guided” her to her first ever fish on a fly rod—a six-inch largemouth. Skip ahead to last weekend, and Jackie’s using a switch rod to cast a light-peach egg pattern on the Salmon River in Upstate New York, when she lays into something substantial. It turns out to be a 27-inch, lake-run brown trout. That’s not bad progress, eh? I just hope she doesn’t expect things to keep going upward at this rate. If so, she’ll have to catch a marlin by next summer.


Fly-Fishing Quote: How to Weigh a Trout

Written by: Phil Monahan

Charles Dudley Warner, essayist, novelist, and friend of Mark Twain.
ca. 1897

photo via Wikipedia

Fish always lose by being “got in and dressed.” It is best to weigh them while they are in the water. The only really large one I ever caught got away with my leader when I first struck him. He weighed ten pounds.

—Charles Dudley Warner, In the Wilderness (1878)


Video of the Day: “Fly”

Written by: Phil Monahan

FLY from Ronnie B. Goodwin on Vimeo.

Last week, I received an email from a Scottish angler and filmmaker named Ronnie Goodwin asking me to have a look at a short film he made called Fly. As you’ll see, it is quite lovely and features some amazing shots of life around a trout pond. Watch this one in HD at full-screen for maximum effect. I think you’re gonna like it. The best part is that Ronnie says he’s working on a longer version for the festival circuit. Can’t wait to see it!


Picture of the Day: Unbelievable Brown Trout

Written by: Phil Monahan

Dan Kupiac's Pig Brown

Dan Kupiac shows off a slab-of-a-lifetime from New York’s Salmon River.

photo by Dave Barber

Last Saturday, Dan Kupiac of Farmington, Connecticut, was fishing the Salmon River with guide Dave Barber when something special happened. Dan was high-sticking a nymph through the same slot for 10 minutes, convinced that there was a big fish there. He was right, but even he had never imagined the fish would be so big. In fact, it was his largest brown trout ever: 35 inches long and 20.5 pounds! Barber called it “the largest brown I’ve seen in years!”


6 Things Guides Do That You Shouldn’t

Bryan Eldredge Cropped

As a guide, Bryan Eldredge can get away with things that you can’t on the river.

photo courtesy Bryan Eldredge

I was was nine years old when my brother Scott gave me some advice I’ve applied to all sorts of things since then. On that Saturday, we were playing catch after watching our beloved Red Sox on NBC’s Game of the Week when I made an imaginary relay throw pretending to be the Red Sox’ shortstop, Rick Burleson. Scott, who was already a high school star, caught my near-perfect throw and proceeded to chew my butt for throwing side-armed.

“But Burleson throws side armed,” I objected.

At this, Scott walked right up to me, pointed the finger of his ungloved hand at my nose and said, “He’s not a pro because he can do it; he can do it because he’s a pro.”


Friday Film Festival 11.11.11

Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to the Nigel Tufnel Memorial “This one goes to eleven” edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. (And please remember that Christopher Guest also played fly-shop owner Harlan Pepper in “Best in Show,” which makes this reference even more appropriate.) This week’s collection is one. . .


Picture of the Day: Beginner’s Luck?

Written by: Phil Monahan

A.J. Gottschalk Brown Trout

Not bad for a guy who’s been fly fishing for just two months.

photo courtesy A.J. Gottschalk

Editor’s Note: Here’s a great email and picture we received from A.J. Gottschalk, a graduate student in Archaeology who lives in Western New York. Once we saw the fish (and the killer hat) and read the story, we just had to post it.

First of all, I’d like to thank you guys for what you do. I listen to the podcast all the time. I enjoy the little jokes before the official beginning of the podcast, I like how it ties in what is going on with Orvis News, and I love how much I learn from it. SInce I do a lot of fishing by myself, the podcast functions as one of my main fishing mentors. I’ll just say that I spend a lot of time fishing with Tom Rosenbauer. . .


Casting for Recovery’s Holiday Auction ends tomorrow–Bid Now!

Written by: Phil Monahan

One of the big-ticket items you can bid on is a trip to Argentina’s famed “Jurassic Lake,”
but there are also plenty of less-expensive choices, such as rods, reels, and flies.

photo courtesy Estancia Laguna Verde

Casting for Recovery is a great nonprofit that hosts two-and-a-half day retreats, offered at no cost to women at any stage and age of breast cancer treatment and recovery. Every year, CFR holds an online Holiday Auction full of great items you can bid on. This year’s auction ends tomorrow, which means that there are lowered opening bids on selected items. Get a jumpstart on holiday shopping AND support a great cause. Check it out!


Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge: Nymphing

Written by: Phil Monahan


From the mind of Tom Rosenbauer comes yet another Trivia Challenge, this time about nymph fishing—covering everything from casting to tactics to fly choices. 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 “Winston” (no last name), who almost disqualified himself by simply writing “ouch!” but then came back and added his score. Good luck!


Tom Rosenbauer’s Ten Tips on Targeting Large Trout

Written by: Phil Monahan

Fall Brown Trout 2
Want to catch big browns like this one? Listen to Tom’s Ten Tips on Targeting Large Trout.

Credit: Photo by Toby Swank

In this week’s podcast I announce the winner of the Podcast Suggestion Contest, who won a signed copy of my latest book Essential American Flies. The topic is sure to be a crowd-pleaser to most of you–targeting bigger trout. In the podcast I give you 10 suggestions for targeting the biggest trout in a pool or in a stretch of river.

There were lots of great suggestions in the podcast contest, and I used a couple for the short Fly Box section at the beginning of the podcast: How to cure the fall blues after a tough fishing season, and how to pack for a business trip where you might grab a few hours fishing. Plus a terrific tip on rigging dry droppers on our podcast request line from a listener in Georgia.

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