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.

How to Tie the DDH Leech, Which Will Catch Almost Anything


Stu Thompson with one of the many species caught on his DDH Leech.

photo courtesy Stu Thompson

Fly tiers have come already come up with some truly amazing patterns that catch fish
Consistently, such as the Mickey Finn, Muddler Minnow, Humpy, Adams, Dahlberg’s
Diver, Lefty’s Deceiver, Clouser Minnow, and Woolly Bugger. One of the things that all these flies have in common is that they work not only for one species of fish, but for a variety
of . . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Communicate with Your Guide


Written by: Phil Monahan


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When you’re standing on the bow of a flats boat, things can happen pretty fast. One of the keys to success is good communication with your guide. Because he (or she) is better trained and has a higher vantage point, he’s probably going to see the fish before you, which means that he has to explain to you where to look and where to cast. By establishing good rules at the beginning of the day, you can ensure that you’re both on the same page when it’s time to leap into action.

Click here for the full “Saltwater Flats” chapter on the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center.

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New Issue of “Montana Fly Fishing” Online Now


Written by: Phil Monahan

MFF Cover

The latest issue of the online magazine Montana Fly Fishing is now online, and there’s lots of good stuff inside. As we’ve come to expect from these online publications, there’s a little bit of everything, from photography to video to fly tying. If you love fishing Big Sky Country, or if you dream of making the trip, you’ll dig this issue.

Click here to read the magazine.

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How to Fly Fish: The Basic Back Cast


Written by: Phil Monahan

In the last installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” we dealt with the “ready position” and casting from the bow of a boat. In this week’s video, we’ll deal with something much more basic: Making a good backcast. For some anglers, the backcast is somewhat of a mystery, since it happens behind the caster. You’ll often hear casters talking about how they “feel” the. . .

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Video: Tasty French Brownies


Written by: Phil Monahan

Looking for french brownies from Thias on Vimeo.

If you like brownies, then this is the video for you. It’s a round-up of the 2012 season of fly fishing, mostly in the Doubs Valley, which is shared by France and Switzerland. There are some cool shots of big fish really hugging the bank under cover, making the presentations difficult. Yet another fly-fishing location I had never heard of, but now want to visit.

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Pro Tip: Cleaning and storing your gear for the off-season


Written by: Phil Monahan

Battenkill Bar Stock Instructions

Always make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and lubing your reels.

For many of us, the fishing season never ends, but for those who do put away some of their equipment—dry-fly rods, the 2-weight you use for native brookies, etc.—for the long winter, storage is important. Although most fishing gear will last for years if you treat it right, incorrect storage can shorten that life span or ruin the aesthetics of a fine rod or reel. For instance, C. Boyd Pfeiffer, the godfather of tackle craft, tells of how he put a fly rod away wet, and when he retrieved it in the spring it was covered by tiny white blisters under the finish. Here are some tips to help you avoid such an unwelcome surprise. . . .

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The First Fly-Fishing-Only Issue of Carp Pro Magazine is Online


Written by: Phil Monahan

carp pro

Carp Pro is a four-year-old online publication dedicated to the promotion of catch-and-release carp and rough-fish angling. Today, they launched their first-ever fly-fishing-only edition. The magazine is absolutely packed with how-to information about all aspects of casting for big lips—from flies to equipment to stealth tactics. If you’ve been thinking you’d like to catch carp but didn’t know where to start, this is a great place to get a feel for what’s required.

Click here to read the new issue.

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