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 Single-Wing Flatwing


Written by: Phil Monahan

Flatwings are traditional Maine streamers with the wing feather tied in perpendicular to the hook, but I believe it was Rhode Island striper guru Ken Abrames who first moved the horizontal hackle to the rear of the hook shank sometime in the late 1970s. So I guess these patterns might be more accurately called “Flattails,” but . . .

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Chasing Skwallas on the Lower Yuba

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The author’s pal with a chunky Yuba River rainbow.

photo by Jason Cotta

The clouds loomed overhead when I picked up my good friend Jason to begin yet another California adventure. We were headed to the Yuba River, located less than 90 minutes outside Sacramento. The trip wasn’t as glamorous as our exploits over the last couple weeks, but we were excited nonetheless. In the last month, we’ve been fortunate enough to catch steelhead up to ten pounds on fabled waters such as the Klamath and Trinity, but. . .

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Orvis Strikes Again in “Best of the West” Casting Competition


Written by: Phil Monahan

Cinda Best of the West

Orvis Scottsdale Fishing Manager Cinda Howard shows off her first-place cap after
winning the “Best of the West” casting compeition at the Phoenix ISE show.

photo by Spencer Higa

Back in January, we posted about Peter Kutzer and Molly Semenik’s sweep of a Denver casting competition at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition. Then, later in the month, Orvis Regional Business Manager Hutch Hutchinson won the Sacramento, California leg of the prestigious Best of the West Fly Casting Tournament.

Now we’ve got another top finisher: this time, it’s Cinda Howard, Fishing Manager of. . .

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Orvis Strikes Again in “Best of the West” Casting Competition


Written by: Phil Monahan

Cinda Best of the West

Orvis Scottsdale Fishing Manager Cinda Howard shows off her first-place cap after
winning the “Best of the West” casting compeition at the Phoenix ISE show.

photo by Spencer Higa

Back in January, we posted about Peter Kutzer and Molly Semenik’s sweep of a Denver casting competition at the International Sportsmen’s Exposition. Then, later in the month, Orvis Regional Business Manager Hutch Hutchinson won the Sacramento, California leg of the prestigious Best of the West Fly Casting Tournament.

Now we’ve got another top finisher: this time, it’s Cinda Howard, Fishing Manager of. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Go, Graeme, Go!


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Young Graeme Sharp with a dandy Exuma bone he caught last Thursday.

photo courtesy John Sharp

We’ve been following the exploits of 11-year-old angler Graeme Sharp since we showed him with a lovely steelhead back in October and his first bonefish, as well. His family makes an annual trip to Exuma, where Graeme has been putting the hurt on the locale bonefish population. According to his dad, John, . . .

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Video: Alaskan Bush Flight


Written by: Phil Monahan

Tikchik Narrows Lodge Beaver Flight from Cory Luoma on Vimeo.

When I was a fishing guide in Alaska, one of my favorite parts of the job was flying to and from remote rivers and lakes in a deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver, the workhorse plane of the bush. Here’s a great video—shot by strapping a GoPro camera to one of the wing struts—that really captures the feeling of traveling low and slow through the air, as you fly from Kulik Lake to Tikchik Narrows Lodge. Many folks have asked me if I was scared to fly in all the small planes I traveled in during my guiding career, but I must say that I felt safer in a Beaver than I do in an airliner. The planes seem so solid in the air, and all the pilots I had the pleasure to fly with were experienced, old hands at the controls. If you’ve ever been to a remote Alaska lodge, this will bring back great memories; if you haven’t yet experienced bush flight, this will give you a taste.

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Weekend Reading: Two Online Magazines


Written by: Phil Monahan

MT Mag

If you’re looking for some good reading to get your through the chilly weekend, here are two great online publications worth a look. First up is the premier issue of Montana Fly Fishing Magazine. Guess what it’s about? Editors Greg Lewis and Ehren Wells promise to deliver new issues every couple of months, with content focused on “the diverse and expansive fly-fishing opportunities the Big Sky State has to offer.” The first issue features articles on. . .

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