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: A Mother and Daughter Share a Love of Fly Fishing

Written by: Phil Monahan

I stumbled on this great video about a mom and daughter who fly-fish around the world together, and it took a couple minutes before I realized that the narrator was Whitney McDowell, whom I’ve known for years. She was the marketing manager for a fly-fishing company in the mid 2000s, when I was editing American Angler, and I’d see her at trade shows and events and talk to her on the phone occasionally. Although I probably haven’t actually laid eyes on her in five years or so, I see what she’s up to on Facebook and get jealous a lot.

We have previously featured Whitney’s. . .


Trip Report: A Salmon Fisherman Learns New Skills in New Zealand

New Zealand Adventure

Far from his home in the Canadian Maritimes, Chip Sutherland found trout-fishing Nirvana.

photo courtesy Chip Sutherland

In late August 2011, I was flying to London on a business trip, and I was looking for reading material, so I bought a copy of Fly Fisherman magazine. It had an article on trout fishing in New Zealand and talked about the legendary fishing in the back country rivers of the North Island. I thought, “Maybe someday that would be fun.” As it turned out, due to work commitments the opportunity arrived the following January, considerably earlier than I had expected. I could book a weekend of fishing ahead of meetings in Auckland. But could I really. . .


Tuesday Tip: How to Correct the 5 Most Common Casting Mistakes

Written by: Phil Monahan

A couple weeks ago, when I posted the video about stillwater fishing, I called on the expertise of Phil Rowley because he knows more about fishing lakes than I do. This week, the topic is fly casting, so who better to instruct us than Pete Kutzer of the Orvis Fly-Fishing School in Manchester, Vermont. You are already familiar with. . .


Essay: Why You Should Always Reel with Your “Right” Hand

Written by: Phil Monahan

This redfish didn’t seem to care which hand I was reeling with.

photo by Irene Kato

One would think that, after 25 years of fly fishing, I would be immune to ridicule for reeling with the “wrong” hand. But there I was just last month, on a boat off the coast off Lido Key, with a seasoned fly-fishing guide goofing on me. One of my fellow anglers even tried to explain to me why I was “doing it wrong.”

As a lifelong right-handed caster and retriever, I have been subjected to this kind of ludicrous lecturing on a fairly regular basis. And I’m sure that many of my fellow right-reelers have endured the same fate. So I’m gonna lay it down nice and slow right here: . . .


Understanding the Lure of Pacific Northwest Steelhead

Four-salt fish, found in British Columbia, are the kings of the steelhead world.

photo courtesy
Moose Lake Lodge

[Editor’s Note: After seeing our
brief rundown of steelhead facts
, Orvis Sporting Traditions Specialist Dan Gracia felt the need to weigh in with some more specific info on the Pacific Northwest’s great game fish. I think Dan might be suffering from steelhead fever, but we are the beneficiaries of his illness.]

Throughout most of the Pacific Northwest, steelhead young spend a year in their native rivers before they smolt and head out to sea. This smolting process is the changing of the steelhead young’s physiology to allow it to thrive in a saltwater condition. Up until this smolting process takes place, they are virtually indistinguishable from native landlocked rainbow trout. When steelhead smolt, they turn a. . .


Holiday Fly-Fishing School Offer: Book One, Get the Second 50% Off

Written by: Kathleen Moore

Give the gift of Fly-Fishing School!

I can say from personal experience the gift of Orvis Fly-Fishing school is one that will last a lifetime. Available in fourteen great locations across the country, choose from four different types of schools (1 or 2-days are offered, as well as beginner and advanced).

With this special promotion, the second session you book is 50% off. Book for two lucky friends, or give a little back to yourself, and book for a friend and yourself! This is a fantastic way to spend time with a loved one in a fun, unique setting. Don’t miss out – call (866) 531-6213 through November 30th, 2012 to claim the offer!