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.

BONUS Friday Fly-Fishing Video: HOOKÉ 2012!


Written by: Phil Monahan

HOOKÉ 2012! from HOOKÉ on Vimeo.

It happens every week: After I’ve posted the Friday Film Festival, I discover something that could have quite easily made the cut. But, seriously, we can’t post every video, right? However, this one is simply too good not to post. The Quebecois dudes from HOOKÉ have created a wrap-up video featuring highlights from the whole year up until now. And it kick ass. So consider it a delectable dessert after you’ve digested the FFF.

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Friday Film Festival 09.28.12


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 offers tons of great trout, salmon, and steelhead action, with a healthy dose of salt water and exotics thrown in for good measure. Fall colors are on display, as are some truly lovely specimens of game fish. (Although I’m not sure that you could describe the pacu as “lovely.”) Most of what we got. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Flamingo Reds


Written by: Phil Monahan

Flamingo Reds

The first time out in the new kayak was a marked success.

photo by Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis of the
Skinny Water Culture
blog recently purchased a new kayak made the maiden voyage to Flamingo in Everglades National Park. The reds were really cooperative, tailing all day in the cloudy conditions, and Chris landed somewhere around 15-20 on his 8-weight. The fly of the day was. . .

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What Fly Fishing Means


Written by: Phil Monahan

Fly Fishing | Climate Wisconsin from ECB on Vimeo.

Most of the new breed of Warren-Miller-inspired fly-fishing films feature anglers catching monster fish, often in exotic locales, over a driving soundtrack. And I love watching these videos as much as the next guy, dreaming about catching those fish. But it’s also nice to see someone shooting gorgeous footage of “regular guy” fly fishing. This short clip from Climate Wisconsin. . .

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Phil Monahan’s Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 09.27.12


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Quiz Time: 10 Questions!

Finally, we’ve got a real header for my quizzes, thanks to the genius of Orvis designer James Daley. It depicts me employing my never-fail fishing technique. Don’t try this at home, kids!

Lots of people took last week’s quiz, but less than half of you posted your scores to the blog. Does this suggest that perhaps your scores weren’t that good? We can only guess. 

The randomly chosen winner of this week’s quiz will receive a signed copy of Tom’s tying book The Orvis Guide to Essential American Flies. This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn not only how to tie these flies, but where they come from and how to fish them. Last week’s winner was “mooregrouse,” who scored 100 percent. . .if you add. . .

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Lessons Learned at the 2012 Vermont Casting for Recovery Retreat


Written by: Phil Monahan

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The attendees, CFR crew, and river helpers from the 2012 Vermont Retreat
posed together before hitting the water.

photo courtesy Casting for Recovery

Last Sunday, a few of us from Orvis—Nancy Perkins, Tyler Atkins, and I—headed up to Stowe, Vermont to serve as “river helpers” at the 2012 Casting for Recovery Vermont Retreat. Held at the stunning Lake Mansfield Trout Club, the event hosted 14 women who had survived or who were in treatment for breast cancer. We were coming in at the end of the three-day program, when the women would actually get out on the water to test their. . .

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