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.

A Daughter and Father Share Their Love of Fly Fishing


Written by: Phil Monahan

Time is but a Stream… from Christen Magaret on Vimeo.

In this wonderful video, fly fisher and photographer Christen Magaret shares her love of fly fishing and the outdoors, and her gratitude to her father for exposing her to both. She and her father express why fly fishing is special to them, and to so many of us who pursue it.

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Photo of the Day: Stefan’s Atlantic Salmon


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Stefan Ågren cradles a lovely Atlantic salmon from a Swedish river on its way to recovery.

photo courtesy Stefan Ågren

Our Scandinavian friend, Stefan, from Frontsidefly.com sent us this great picture along with a note:

I caught and released this female salmon about 250 kilometers upstream in one of Sweden’s last remaining wild salmon rivers, the mighty Vindelälven. (Click here for a video from the river.) For all the rivers that enter the Baltic Sea, stocks have been. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Pink Squirrel Nymph


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a good step-by-step fly-tying video from Rob Weiker of Lakestream Outfitters in Whitefish, Montana. Like a lot of guides, he knows that good winter fly patterns need a little extra flash or color to draw strikes, and pink flies are often productive. The Pink Squirrel combines the natural “bugginess” of hare’s ear dubbing with the razmataz attraction of a gold bead, Krystal. . .

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Video: Hank Patterson’s Holiday Extravaganza


Written by: Phil Monahan

We posted this on Facebook yesterday, but in case you missed it, here’s world-famous fly-fishing guide Hank Patterson offering some holiday cheer and hot tips. The man has a way with words, as well as with a fly rod. When you see his explanation of why Santa could be a great caster, you’ll realize that there’s little Hank doesn’t know.

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 12.21.12


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is being posted on what was supposed to be the end of the world, according to some Mayan calendar or something. Well, we’re still here. However, massive winds at the Home Office meant that we were. . .

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Catch-and-Release Tips for Bonefish

I’ll be the first to admit it, and then other fly fishermen can chime in. In the past, though I was well intentioned, I sometimes handled fish in a manner that may have reduced their chance of survival after they were released. Maybe it was because I was excited about catching an especially big fish, or perhaps it was the first of that species for me. But mostly it was. . .

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“What will you do if whirling disease kills all the trout in your rivers?”: A Profile of Dave Kumlien


Written by: Phil Monahan


A chance phone call caused Dave Kumlien—a guide, shop owner, and conservationist—to become one of the sport’s main crusaders, as executive director of the Whirling Disease Foundation and board member of Warriors and Quiet Waters.

photo by Brian Grossenbacher

In December 1994, Dave Kumlien had just opened his Bozeman, Montana, fly shop for the day when the phone rang. On the line was a reporter for the Washington Post, who wanted to discuss a press release he’d received from Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks; it seemed that something called “whirling disease” had been discovered in the Madison River, causing a 90 percent decline in the rainbow trout population. Kumlien had a vague understanding of whirling disease, but this was the first time he’d heard such dire predictions for. . .

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Photos of the Day: December Trout in Colorado


Written by: Phil Monahan

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December in Colorado may be cold, but the fish keep biting.

photo courtesy Jon Hill

We’ve previously posted thrice about Colorado angler and blogger Jon Hill‘s forays into the Colorado mountains in search of cutthroats. (See here, 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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