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.

Tuesday Tip: Casting Heavy Flies in the Wind (Repost)


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to our first installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” starring our own Peter Kutzer. A couple weeks ago, we asked you to post some questions about your biggest casting problems. Reader “Phil” wrote, “Any tips you can give on casting heavily weighted flies would be appreciated,” and “Dave R.” asked a much more specific version of the same question:

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Tuesday Tip: Go Big and Small in Fall for Brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Big Ol' NY State Brown

Big browns feed voraciously in preparation for the lean months ahead and will hammer a well-presented streamer.

photo by Scott Feltrinelli

When leaves start to change color and nights turn chilly,those anglers still on the water are enjoying some of the best brown-trout fishing of the year. Having spent the summer sulking in deep pools and under logs and brush, the biggest browns start to move into shallower, more accessible lies, driven by the spawning urge and the need to bulk up before the long winter. These fish are less cautious and more aggressive than they are in any other season, so if you dream of landing a brown over. . .

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Picture of the Day: Noel’s First Fish


Written by: Phil Monahan

Noel

That’s a darned good bass for a girl’s first fish on a fly rod.

photo courtesy Adam Wheeler

Seven-year-old Noel Wheeler of Columbia, Missouri, out-fished her dad with his own Orvis Access 5-weight rod a couple weeks ago. This young lady needed her own a fly rod, right? Luckily, her birthday was September 13, and she is now the proud owner of a 7.5-foot 4-weight. We expect to see a lot more grip-’n'-grins from this young lady in the future.

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Picture of the Day: Noel’s First Fish


Written by: Phil Monahan

Noel

That’s a darned good bass for a girl’s first fish on a fly rod.

photo courtesy Adam Wheeler

Seven-year-old Noel Wheeler of Columbia, Missouri, out-fished her dad with his own Orvis Access 5-weight rod a couple weeks ago. This young lady needed her own a fly rod, right? Luckily, her birthday was September 13, and she is now the proud owner of a 7.5-foot 4-weight. We expect to see a lot more grip-’n'-grins from this young lady in the future.

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Pictures of the Day: Orvis Days on Contact Creek

Crystal Creek Orvis Trip

The Orvis crew shows just how great the fishing can be in the Alaskan bush.

photo courtesy Nathan Cook

My very first Alaskan experience, in late July, began with an immediate mosquito kamikaze attack as I walked out of the tiny airport in the small town of King Salmon to the shuttle. But that didn’t matter, as I was far from work and civilization, and the only thing I had to think about was, “Where are we fishing today?” A 20-minute drive took our group—which included. . .

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Video: Amazing Archival Footage of Early-1900s Steelheading


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here is some very cool footage from the 1920s(?) of anglers steelheading on Vancouver Island. Brigadier General Noel Money fishes the Stamp River with traditional Spey gear, and it looks like he is money with a fly rod in his hands. It’s tough to watch them gaff such gorgeous wild fish—something that would appall and anger us today—but this was long before the catch-and-release ethic took. . .

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Podcast- Ten True Tips for False Albacore


Written by: Phil Monahan

This week’s podcast is timely—it’s on one of my very favorite fly-rod fish, the false albacore or little tunny (also known as albies, bonita, fat alberts, and boneheads). They are gorgeous, much faster than bonefish, and available from northern Cape Cod to Florida and throughout the Gulf Coast. Fall is the best time to fish for them close to shore, although in their southern range they can be caught on a fly year-round (you just might need a longer boat ride). There is no other fish I know if that causes such havoc with tackle and produces such idiotic and crazed behavior among anglers (and I include myself in that category).

One thing I neglected to mention in my podcast is the excellent book by Tom Gilmore titled False Albacore. It’s the only book written on the subject and a terrific resource. Get out there and sample a bit of this insanity yourself—you will never be the same.

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Friday Film Festival 09.14.12


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. Lots of stuff from outside the U.S. on display here, with cool videos from South America (including the Falkland Islands), New Zealand, and Europe. The colors of those European browns are something to behold. Withing our borders, we travel from Virginia, where the muskies are on the feed, to Ohio for. . .

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NEW Silver Sonic Waders Are In!


Written by: Phil Monahan


The New Silver Sonic waders combine patented seam-sealing technology and kickass design.

photo via orvis.com

We’ve been teasing about the new Silver Sonic Waders for a couple months now, and today they are finally available on Orvis.com. Although a few of the retail stores were lucky enough to get theirs early, today is the official launch day. So check out the Silver Sonic product page to see what the fuss is all about. (Although I know that some of you are convinced you’ll win a pair in the drawing from yesterday’s quiz.)

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