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 Cloud Emerger


Written by: Phil Monahan

I met author and blogger Matt Grobert at The Fly-Fishing Show in Somerset, New Jersey, back in January. He seems like a nice enough, regular guy, but you would peg him as a fly-tying genius. The more I watch him tie in these videos from from Tightline Productions, however, the more impressed I am by both his technique and his innovation. This mayfly-emerger pattern. . .

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Video: Winter Trout in the Ozarks


Written by: Phil Monahan

Guide Brian Wise is back with some great winter footage from his trips on the North Fork of the White River and Dry Run Creek over the past few months. It’s great to see his kids continue to develop as anglers. According to Brian, his eldest son is a fishing “freak,” so we can expect great things from him in the future. (I love that he has the boy rowing the boat.) Maybe we can convince Brian to let the boys host their own videos.

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Tuesday Tip: The Inside Scoop


Written by: Phil Monahan

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When you’re fishing a bend in a river, make sure that you fish the water close to you before you cast to the real “lunker water” against the far bank. Start from the tailout
and work upstream, beginning at the tailout (A). Next, look for trout near any rocks or structure on the inside of the main current (B). Oftentimes, there will be fish lying right
out in the open on the inside of the bend (C); these fish are usually quite wary, so you need to be stealthy and make delicate presentations. Finally, look for fish at the head
of the pool (D) where there are rocks that break the current.


illustration by Larry Largay

Most fly fishermen are so intent on their own processes—making the right cast, mending correctly, and watching the fly or strike indicator—that they don’t bother to observe what the other anglers on the river are doing. When you work as a fishing guide, however, you spend a lot of time, without a rod in your hand, watching other people fish. It’s an interesting experience, because you get to see many different angling styles—some good, some not so good—and you develop a keen eye for anticipating the most common. . .

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Westslope Cutthroat: Oncorhynchus clarki lewisi


Written by: Phil Monahan

The state fish of both Montana and Idaho, the westslope cutthroat is actually misnamed, for it occurs on both sides of the continental divide. The Latin name for the subspecies comes from the fact that the fish was first described in the journal of Capt. Meriwether Lewis, who headed the Corps of Discovery alongside William Clark:…

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Video: Letting It Roll for Bonefish on Grand Cayman


Written by: Phil Monahan

After summer-like temperatures all last week here in the North Country, we’re in for some more seasonable raw weather, so a trip to the tropics seems appropriate. Here’s some sweet bonefish action from Grand Cayman Island, as a couple of bonefish guides enjoy a day off by returning to their “office” for a little bit of fun. The underwater shots are just gorgeous.

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Video: Why I Need a Sling Pack


Written by: Phil Monahan

I Need a Sling Pack from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.

Last week, blogger Owl Jones ran a contest in which contestants had to make a short video about why they needed an Orvis Sling Pack. The winner would receive said Sling Pack as a prize. Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions—the folks who make the killer fly-tying videos we feature every Wednesday—got his entry in late, but it’s a doozy. As regular blog readers know, we don’t often feature Orvis products on this blog, but we couldn’t resist posting this.

Note: before writing an angry email, please watch the video all the way to the end. Thank you in advance.

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Should I Stay or Should I go?


Written by: Phil Monahan

In this week’s podcast we first talk about nets and bluegills. I in the main part of the podcast, Should I Stay or Should I Go? (what do you want to bet James will have some music to go along with that?) we talk about when to move and when to stay put, on everything from trout streamers, nymphs, and dries, to Atlantic salmon, bonefish, and steelhead.
I’m not getting many nice short, concise, specific questions for the Fly Box section so I haven’t had many to answer lately. Please send your nagging questions to podcast@orvis.com or call me at 802-362-8800 and leave a message letting me know what you’d like to hear about.

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Friday Film Festival 03.23.12


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 is very trouty, but given that many of us are eagerly awaiting Opening Day (where it applies), I think there can’t be too much trout. Strangely, there’s nothing from the Southern Hemisphere, which I find odd, given that their fishing seasons should be. . .

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