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.

Take the Phil Monahan Trivia Challenge and Win a Signed Copy of Tom’s Book!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Phil Trivia

It’s quiz time again, and I’m deputizing for Tom. Many of you thought that last week’s quiz was pretty easy, so perhaps you’ll find this a bit tougher. It’s hard to tell which questions will trip up such a knowledgeable audience.

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. . .

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Introducing the Helios 2: Feed Your Addiction


Written by: Phil Monahan

Helios 2 (The Second Coming) from Sharptail Media on Vimeo.

We’ve been teasing this for a couple weeks now, and here it is: your first look at the new Helios 2 fly rods and what they bring to the table. This great video, shot by Sharptail Media, focuses on the advances that make the H2 a true leap forward from its predecessor. Plus, you’ll see it in action against big tarpon and trout. Here’s what Simon from Sharptail had to say about the experience: . . .

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The Joys of an Idaho “Business” Meeting


Written by: Phil Monahan

RBMs 2

Bill Reed, Orvis’s Director of Wholesale for Rod & Tackle, with a fine South Fork brown.

photo by Hutch Hutchinson

Last week, the Orvis Regional Business Managers got together to discuss and test some of the current and future Orvis fishing products with some of the best guides anywhere, from WorldCast Anglers of Victor, Idaho.

The new Helios 2 rods performed flawlessly. The RBMs caught fish on three different rivers (South Fork of the Snake, the Teton, and Bitch Creek) on virtually any type of rig you could think of. From big foam drys, to . . .

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Video: How to Tie a Yellow Sally Stimulator


Written by: Phil Monahan

Yellow Sally Stimmie

Editor’s Note: We posted about the history of the Stimulator pattern last August, and it’s interesting enough to repost here:


Most folks think of Randall Kaufmann, famed West Coast angler and shop owner, as the inventor of the Stimulator, but the question seems up for debate. The fly’s true originator may be. . .

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Video: Incredible Leaping Mako on a Fly


Written by: Phil Monahan

According to the description of this video, this angler hooks a mako shark estimated at 10 feet and 800 pounds. The fact that they offer an estimate suggests that he didn’t land the fish, but when you see what happens when the fish is hooked, you’ll understand why his disappointment might be somewhat tempered. This was one incredible ride. WARNING: Some NSFW language here. (Understandable under the circumstances, I would argue.)

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Quality Chick Lands Quality Rainbow Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan


Christina and Marc are all smiles after an exciting fight yielded this 25-inch rainbow.

photo courtesy Big Hole Lodge

We’ve posted about a group of fly-fishing women who call themselves “The Quality Chicks” before (see here and here). Wade Fellin, of Big Hole Lodge, just sent us the next installment in the QC saga, involving the group’s newest member: . . .

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Quality Chick Lands Quality Rainbow Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan


Christina and Marc are all smiles after an exciting fight yielded this 25-inch rainbow.

photo courtesy Big Hole Lodge

We’ve posted about a group of fly-fishing women who call themselves “The Quality Chicks” before (see here and here). Wade Fellin, of Big Hole Lodge, just sent us the next installment in the QC saga, involving the group’s newest member: . . .

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From the Archives: Safe, Painless Hook Removal


Written by: Phil Monahan

Back in January, we posted a shocking video that shows how to remove a hook stuck in your skin. That video was most notable for the guy actually hammering the hook point in for good measure. For the more squeamish, here’s a much more civilized demonstration of the same technique from photographer Louis Cahill and Georgia fishing guide Capt. Kent Klewein. Together, they produce the Gink and Gasoline blog. The quality of the video is much better in this version, and it’s a skill every angler should know.

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Picture of the Day: Beast of Burden


Written by: Phil Monahan


OrvisNews.com reader, Ernesto Burden caught this 30-inch striper off the beach at North Hampton, New Hampshire with a 15 year-old 9wt Orvis rod and a Clouser minnow. Photo: Wendy Ovian

Ernesto Burden sent in these shots and this account of catching this monster off the coast of New Hampshire with his 15 year-old 9-weight Orvis Silver Label and a clouser minnow…

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