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 JC’s Electric Caddis Pupa


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a great video that walks you through a somewhat complicated pattern from well-known New Jersey tier, John Collins. About this fly, Collins says, “I created this pattern to imitate caddis larvae found in many rivers. After photographing numerous natural insects, I observed that their bodies had a very translucent nature to them, so to imitate them I. . .

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The Orvis Learning Center Sweepstakes: Win a Dream Fly-Fishing Trip to Montana for Two!


Written by: Phil Monahan


This could be you, just for visiting the Orvis Learning Center.

photo courtesy Firehole Ranch

[Editor’s Note: This is your last reminder. Sweepstakes ends September 30. If you don’t enter, you can’t win. Just sayin’.]

Have you ever wanted to go on a great fly-fishing vacation to Montana, fishing with skilled guides on some of those rivers you’ve read about in magazines and online? Maybe you could even stay in a gorgeous lodge surrounded by stunning scenery. Well, here’s you chance.

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“Gaula: River of Silver & Gold” to Premiere at Bend Film Festival Next Month


Written by: Phil Monahan

Gaula – River of Silver & Gold from tapamthemovie on Vimeo.

When the trailer for Gaula—River of Silver and Gold was released about a year ago, people were blown away by its sophisticated cinematography and gorgeous images. It is fly-fishing film about the pursuit of the elusive Atlantic salmon. Yet, it is much more than that. It is also a documentary on one of the last wild salmon rivers in Europe: Norway’s. . .

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Tuesday Tip: Dealing with a Crosswind While Casting (Repost)


Written by: Phil Monahan

In this excellent clip from his video Casts that Catch Fish, New Zealand fly-casting instructor Carl McNeil discusses several ways to deal with wind. At about the 2:20 mark, he discusses the problem with a crosswind, something many casters struggle with.

Wind is a constant nemesis for fly casters, but this is especially true when it’s blowing directly into your casting arm. Every time you lay the line out in front of or behind you, the wind blows it toward you, putting your fly on a collision course with your skull or any projecting features, such as. . .

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In Search of the World’s Rarest Trout

Paiute Trout

This was the prize after many hours of driving and hiking. And it was worth it.

photo courtesy Frank Seifert

Deep in the Sierra Nevada of California lives a trout so rare and unique that it has become almost mystical. The fish I am referring to is the Paiute cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki seleniris).

Considering my desire to find and catch all the native trout of California, catching this trout has been something that has been an obsession of mine for many years now. I have spent countless hours on the internet, studying maps and taking in whatever. . .

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Video: A Husband’s Tribute to His Fly-Fishing Wife


Written by: Phil Monahan

Most people see fly fishing as a male-dominated sport, but here’s a video by a husband paying tribute to his wife’s angling skills. Like a real mensch, George Fielding recognizes that Christine is simply a better fly fisher than he is, and he’s not afraid to let the world know it. And as you’ll see from this video, she does have some serious chops and catches some gorgeous fish. The video is a little long, but it ends up being a portrait of a couple who simply fell in love with fly fishing and has made the most of their opportunities over the last seven years.

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Video: A Husband’s Tribute to His Fly-Fishing Wife


Written by: Phil Monahan

Most people see fly fishing as a male-dominated sport, but here’s a video by a husband paying tribute to his wife’s angling skills. Like a real mensch, George Fielding recognizes that Christine is simply a better fly fisher than he is, and he’s not afraid to let the world know it. And as you’ll see from this video, she does have some serious chops and catches some gorgeous fish. The video is a little long, but it ends up being a portrait of a couple who simply fell in love with fly fishing and has made the most of their opportunities over the last seven years.

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Ask an Expert: Bootfoot or Stockingfoot Waders? (Repost)

waders.boots

Bootfoot waders (far left) offer certain advantages in cold weather and for more (ahem) big-boned anglers. Stockingfoot waders (center) and wading boots are more comfortable stable, and are better for situations where you need to walk or hike.

[Editor’s note: I’m lucky enough to be writing this blog from a building that’s full of experts on fly-fishing gear, tactics, destinations, and anything else that relates to the sport. If you’d like to ask a question about any of these topics, comment below this post or send an email to monahanp@orvis.com.]


Question from Joseph Tigerclaws Torres on Facebook: Is a bootfoot wader better than a sock foot one? Why would you choose one over the other? 

Answer from Tim Daughton, Orvis Product Developer for waders and boots: Neither stockingfoot nor bootfoot waders are necessarily better than the other. They do, however, offer certain benefits that must be considered before deciding which is right for you and the type of. . .

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Video: Matt Hayes Catching Trophy Grayling in Norway


Written by: Phil Monahan

Fisching #10 Stor-harr i Renaelva med maur på menyen from DittFiske.no on Vimeo.

English angling host Matt Hayes gets to spend a lot of time in Norway, based on the frequent videos he stars in. In this episode, he’s catching some gorgeous, big grayling. At one point, he claims that he’s going to show off the greatest dry fly of all. Can you guess what it is?

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Pictures of the Day: Late-Season Cutthroats in Colorado’s High Country


Written by: Phil Monahan

Jon Hill High Country Cutts

The colors and spots on the trout in these mountain lakes are amazing.

photo courtesy Jon Hill

We’ve previously posted twice about Colorado angler and blogger Jon Hill‘s forays into the Colorado mountains in search of cutthroats. (See here and here.) Now he’s back with some pics from his last trip, which he sent along with this note: . . .

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