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.

Photos: Best Summer Internship Ever?

Mazzoni Trout

Catching a big brown like this one in pitch blackness is a thrill worth any amount of dishwashing.

photo by Mike Mazzoni

I never would have thought one of my greatest fishing experiences would start and end with a pile of dirty dishes. When
Falcon’s Ledge
Head Chef and fly-fishing guru Scott Pizza and I crunched the timeframe and steps necessary to make our evening dash to a local stream worth our while, we knew it would be a race against the kitchen clock. Scott, as always, served an extravagant meal. I rounded up the dishes, threw them in the sink to soak, and then. . .


Video: Redfish, Snook, and Tarpon on the Fly

Written by: Phil Monahan


After yesterday’s bonefish-and-permit extravaganza, it’s time for some down-home fly fishing in the Florida Everglades, featuring redfish, snook, and tarpon. (Between the two videos, we’ve certainly covered the world of tropical saltwater fly fishing.) Dan Diez filmed himself chasing these species from his Hobie kayak, and the results are pretty cool.


REPOST: Fishing a Mountain Pool in 15 Casts

Written by: Phil Monahan

Mountain Brook Trout

The key to catching lots of brookies from a mountain stream is to move fast and hit all the right spots.

photo by Sandy Hays

The keys to catching good numbers of trout on steep mountain streams are stealth and speed. Wild brook trout are wary, fast, and can hide in tiny spaces. There are lots of predators that eat these fish, so they’ve evolved heightened senses and evasive maneuvers. You need to learn how to move and fish upstream without spooking the fish in front of you, and you want to cover as much water as possible to get your fly in front of more fish. Think stealth and speed


Video: Getting the Shot–Bonefish and Permit

Written by: Phil Monahan

Getting the Shot: Bone & Permit from 36North on Vimeo.

This is an astonishing video about photographer Marc Montocchio’s quest to photograph bonefish and permit in their natural environments on the flats of Mexico’s Yucatan. It offers exceptional footage of feeding bones and schools of permit. While there are great shots of anglers preparing to go out on the water, there isn’t really. . .


Pictures of the Day: Seeking a Cure in Wydaho

Wydaho Trout

The author seems pleased with this gorgeous cutthroat.

photo courtesy Jim Lampros

[Editor’s note: I received these great photos, along with a somewhat feverish tale, from Jim Lampros last week. The writing here makes me question whether his symptoms have been alleviated or if he has only become sicker.]

I’ve been told it’s a disease for which there is no cure. It presents in the form of a visibly flushed face, bronzish gold skin, and legions of black spots becoming more pronounced towards the hind end. Hallucinations day and night, visions of snake-infested canyons, scorching heat, raging death-water. Recurring nightmares in which I’m forced to stare relentlessly at a. . .


Friday Film Festival 08.24.12

Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. I must say, I kind of went a little nutty this week, choosing eighteen (18!) videos for you to enjoy. What’s cool is that there is so much variety, and not just in locations and species. There are many different styles of. . .


Phil Monahan’s Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 08.23.12

Written by: Phil Monahan

Phil Trivia

Quiz Time: A full 10 Questions!

Well, I didn’t get around to making a new graphic for the header above, but I’m still making up the questions. And I gotta tell you, anyone who gets a 100% on this baby should be very proud. This quiz covers everything from famous trout waters to parts of a fly reel to. . .