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.

Friday Film Festival 09.21.12


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 has lots of great stuff for anglers of every stripe, and it’s officially steelhead-and-salmon season, which makes for great video. We kick things off with some golden-dorado action and then quickly. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Grand Cascapedia Atlantic Salmon


Written by: Phil Monahan

Lepage Salmon

Jim Lepage admires a big buck salmon on the Grand Cascapedia.

photo courtesy The Salmon Lodge

Jim Lepage, Orvis Vice President of Rod & Tackle and Sporting Traditions, is up on Quebec’s Grand Cascapedia this week, and it looks like things are going well. Based on these photos of a real beast, I’d say the fishing is pretty good, and the weather looks spectacular. Boy, I bet he. . .

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Phil Monahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 09.20.12


Written by: Phil Monahan

QuizHeaderHack

Quiz Time: 10 Questions!

Check out my awesome new header, thanks to my friend Kathleen! She’s a PhotoShop wizard!

Last week’s quiz generated a ton of interest from folks intent on winning a pair of Silver Sonic Waders. Well, only one of you could win, and that person was Britton Wesson of Little Rock, Arkansas. His comment was: “Scored 40%. I could use a new pair. Haven’t bought a new pair. Hard on a pastor’s salary.” He’s all set to fish some of those. . .

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Video: Farquhar Bones 2012


Written by: Phil Monahan

Farquhar Bonefish 2012 from FlyCastaway on Vimeo.

Farquhar Atoll is the most southerly atoll in the Seychelles chain of islands. It’s a world renowned giant-trevally fishing destination, but according to these videographers, “over the last few seasons the bonefish have made a name for themselves. Single and double fish scuffling the flats with many reaching the. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Lucky in Labrador


Written by: Phil Monahan

God's Palette

The colors of the big, native brook trout are simply stunning.

photo by Matthew R. Seymour

Matthew Seymour is an Orvis sales associate at the Orvis store in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. In early September, his fishing buddies and he spent a week at Riverkeep Lodge in Labrador. According to Matthew, “The fishing was terrific—lots of salmon & brookies on streamers—the company memorable, and the. . .

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Helios 2 Info Page Now Online


Written by: Phil Monahan

If you’ve been wondering what sort of features the new Helios 2 fly rods will offer, we’ve just launched a new information page. There you can learn about its astonishing light-in-the-hand feel, impact-resistant tip, and ridiculous casting accuracy. And more.

Check it out.

Watch this space on October 1 to learn how you could be the proud owner of a first-run Helios 2.

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Video: How to Tie the Iris Caddis


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Iris Caddis is the creation of Craig Mathews, longtime owner of Blue Ribbon Fly Shop in West Yellowstone, Montana. The pattern imitates an emerging Hydropsyche caddisfly, which is the most important genus of caddisflies on the Madison and other waters of the region. With its Zelon shuck and wing and ratty-looking hare’s-ear thorax, the fly looks like a caddisfly struggling to escape its pupal shuck—a defenseless position that means. . .

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Classic Tuesday Tip: Tandem Streamer Rigs for Fall Brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Brown Trout Streamer

Big brown trout like big flies, especially in the fall.

photo by Eric Rickstad

When the nights start to cool and leaves start to change colors, the thoughts of brown trout turn to procreation. To build up energy for the spawning ritual and to put on weight before the lean winter ahead, even big trout start to feed more aggressively, abandoning their notorious wariness in the process. Because spawning can be extremely competitive—as the fish battle for prime beds and mates—browns also become more territorial, attacking anything that invades their staked-out home turf. The combination of these behaviors makes fall the prime time to cast big streamers, which the trout see as both high-calorie meals and alien invaders. And, as many streamer fanatics have discovered, throwing two streamers together not only catches more fish, but the tandem rig. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Working Hard for Monster Bull Trout

Bull Trout by nathan Leavitt

Holding such a remarkable specimen of a bull trout just might make a fly
fisherman go a little crazy, apparently.

photo courtesy Nathan Leavitt

Hundreds of miles of driving, miles and miles of hiking, camping in the woods with unpredictable fall weather in the forecast, all in order to chase char? What can you say when you are invited to go on a week-long man marathon fishing for your favorite. . .

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