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.
Becca Schlaff in her studio with some of her works.
photo courtesy Becca Schlaff
Michigan-based artist Becca Schlaff was already an accomplished painter when a good friendwho also happened to be a fly fishermantold her to “take a closer look at fish.” As Becca puts it, “I have been hooked ever since.” A recent recipient of a BFA in Art Education from Michigan State University, she has spent a fair amount of time exploring what really attracts her to the subject: . . .
If you want to improve your chances of catching bonefish, work on the required casting and angling skills before you head to the tropics.
photo by Sandy Hays
I’ve watched even experienced trout anglers become frustrated, angry, and even embarrassed on bonefishing trips because they weren’t ready for the wind, difficult fish spotting, and unfamiliar directions given by a guide. Just a little preparation will make your first trip a lot more fun. And since most people travel a long way and spend a week’s pay or more for a bonefishing trip, the investment of time and energy in a little pre-trip training is certainly worth it.
As the vast majority of contestants guessed, this photo was taken on the Firehole River in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park. We’ll try to make the next contest more difficult.
photo by Rowan Nyman
The winner of our first “Where in the World is Orvis Travel” contest is James Orosz, whose correct entry was chosen at random. He’ll received a Gale Force Backpack for his next backcountry fishing adventure. Many folks correctly identified the river, but forgot to include the state or simply put “Yellowstone.”
Welcome back! Here’s a little something to get your blood pumping again after a long holiday weekend. Guide Brian Wise put together this footage from his trips on the North Fork of the White River and Dry Run Creek this fall, and he includes great shots of his kids, who really know how to fish.
This week’s Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge is all about dry-fly fishinghow to know which to use, identifying riseforms, where to cast, etc. 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 the random drawing for last week’s quiz was commenter EricN, who just sneaked into the “passing” zone.
Continuing our string of midge patterns designed for clear, cold water, here’s another simple fly that has proven itself on the finicky trout of Pennsylvania’s spring creeks. Created by tier Al Miller, a lifelong angler who passed away in 2008, Al’s Rat is extremely simple and suggestive, as it has to be to fit on such tiny hooks. Miller was a fixture on his local waters and was known as a gentle and generous. . .
My friend Grant Wiswellwhose film “Devil’s Gold” has been featured on this blogis back with another great adventure. This time, he and his camera team traveled to the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean to explore new islands and new flats. This film, “Amirante Tails,” focuses on three new destinations in the Amirante GroupPoivre Island, Remiere Reef, and the African Bankswhere they catch Indopacific Permit, Giant Trevally, and other exotics.
Editor’s Note: This video is intended as a reference for Tom’s article.
Most fish lost in fly-fishing are lost either at the moment you strike or when you attempt to land them. Playing a fish on a fly rod is a relatively simple matter of making the fish work against the spring of the rod until the fish gets tired.
Striking a fish means tightening the line by raising your rod tip. Most fly hooks are of fine diameter with very sharp points, so the strike requires very little force—in fact, in many instances fish will hook themselves.
James Daley enjoys the fruits of his first-ever steelheading trip to Pennsylvania’s Elk Creek.
photo by Tim Daughton
James Daley, the Orvis graphic designer responsible for some of the funny photo illustrations that have appeared on this blog (see here and here) sent me this photo along with the story behind it: . . .
The advent of breathable waders a couple of decades ago has helped to make the majority of our wader-adorned fishing experiences much more enjoyable. Gone are the days of vulcanized rubber and neoprene waders that were effectively like fishing in a really heavy-duty trash bag—waterproof but uncomfortable. However, wearing incorrect layers under your breathable. . .