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: The Basics of the Double Haul, with Pete Kutzer


Written by: Phil Monahan

The double haul is probably one of the more misunderstood casts in all of fly fishing, in two ways. First, many anglers believe that the double haul is too difficult to learn, that it requires some mystical timing-and-coordination combination that they’ll never master. In reality, the double haul is easy once you understand the. . .

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Video: An Artistic Look at the Black Ghost


Written by: Phil Monahan

Black Ghost Fly from Mathias Deming on Vimeo.

We feature a lot of “how-to” fly-tying videos—we’ll have another great one from Tightline Productions tomorrow—but here’s a perspective on the aesthetics of attaching fur and feathers to a hook. Filmmaker Mathias Deming shoots the creation of a Marabou Black Ghost as an artistic process in itself. So focused is he one the creative nature of tying itself that he chooses not to show us the finished fly. So enjoy the beauty of sitting at the vise, rather than the product of that time.

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REPOST: Quest for a Snakehead

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After a year of trying, guide Rob Snowhite finally landed his snakehead on a fly.

photo Courtesy Rob Snowhite

I have wanted to catch a northern snakehead (Channa argus) since I first heard about their introduction into the Potomac river around 2004. I didn’t give much thought as how to go about catching one on a fly or even think it was possible until I saw a photo of one caught during the 2010 shad run by Trent Jones—who works at Orvis Clarendon and is a fellow member of the Tidal Potomac Fly Rodders, our local Federation of Fly Fishers club. From then on, I was dedicated to catching one of these elusive fish.

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Fly-Fishing Tips: 5 Keys to Rod Safety


Written by: Phil Monahan


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Keep your rods in their tubes until you are ready to go fishing. Leaning your rods
against the car while you wader-up can lead to disaster.(Dramatization.)

photo by Phil Monahan

Sure most fly rods come with a lifetime guarantee these days, but breaking your rod can be a real drag. It often means a ruined trip and some down time, while you wait for repairs. Here are 5 ways you can protect your favorite rod:

1. Keep it in its tube until you are ready to go fishing….

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Fly-Fishing Podcast: Lots of Listener Questions and Tom Interviews Orvis Chairman Leigh Perkins


Written by: Kathleen Moore


He’s the Eveready Bunny — at 85 years old, and a recently replaced hip, Leigh Perkins still fishes and hunts 300 days a year. Although he retired as CEO of The Orvis Company in 1992, he’s still chairman of the board and one of our best field testers. He’s always the first one up in the morning and the last one to go to bed, and he lives his life surrounded by a bunch of hunting dogs. I was recently in Florida hunting wild quail and ducks with Leigh and got a chance to get some wisdom from him for a podcast. You’ll note by his answers that he’s one of the most optimistic people you’ll ever meet…

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 01.18.13


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 includes a lot of trailers from the traveling film tours that have become a staple of winter angling entertainment. The first five videos are from the Fly-Fishing Film Tour (F3T), and then there are a couple from the competing. . .

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Video: 7 Seconds of Pete Kutzer Spey Casting


Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis product developer Shawn Combs came over to my desk yesterday and said, “You gotta see this cool little video. It looks like Pete has a magnet attached to his finger.” Shawn and Pete had been out on the river testing some super-secret prototypes, and Shawn captured the above clip on his iPhone. I can only dream of the day when one of my two-handed casts ends like that. I hate that guy.

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Phil Monahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 01.17.13


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Welcome to another edition of our trivia challenge, where we test your knowledge of all things fly fishing. The scores on last week’s quiz were a huge improvement over the recent trend, which mean I’m getting easier or you’re getting smarter. There was a good number of people in the 70-90 range, and even one perfect score. (Way to go Dave D!)

The randomly chosen winner of this quiz will receive a signed copy of Tom’s NEW book The Orvis Guide to Family Friendly Fly Fishing. This is a great book for anyone who wants to. . .

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Fly-Fishing Guide Tip: 3 Ways to Find New Water


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Even on a river as popular as the Madison, you can find solitude if
you’re willing to walk far from the parking area.

photo by Philip Monahan

At the end of April a couple years ago, I and several hundred other Orvis-endorsed fishing guides headed to Casper, Wyoming, for a week’s worth of fishing and camaraderie. As I made my steady descent out of the high country of the Colorado Rockies into the bustling metropolis of Denver, I stared in amazement at the sheer abundance of urban sprawl. I make the drive all the time, and I always find myself wondering where all these people came from and how many more are coming. For most of us in the lower 48, the last couple of decades have been a sobering realization that the good ol’ days of uncrowded. . .

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