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.

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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Video: Trailer for the Sequel to “Doc of the Drakes”


Written by: Phil Monahan

Hit ’em Again Doc! Trailer from Silver Creek Outfitters on Vimeo.

The film “Doc of the Drakes,” about the amazing relationship between Dr. Robert Franklin and his guide Pete Wood, was one of the biggest hits of the 2012 Fly Fishing Film Tour. Now, there’s a sequel, and it shows a much improved Doc strutting his stuff on the river. Here’s the description from the filmmakers: . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Muddler Minnow


Written by: Phil Monahan

Muddler Minnow from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.

The Muddler Minnow was first tied by Minnesota angler Don Gapen in 1936 on the Ontario’s Nipigon River, where he owned a sportsmen’s resort. The fly was designed to catch the huge brook trout of the Nipigon, but variations of the fly have since caught hundreds of species, in fresh and salt water. Although most anglers consider it an imitation of a sculpin, you can fish the. . .

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Photo Essay: Finding The “Perfect” Day on New Zealand’s South Island

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The author with a fine Fiordland brown trout.

photo courtesy Kendrick Chittock

At some points in our lives we find moments that are in and of themselves utterly without flaw. Does this make them perfect? Maybe, but then again, people aren’t really wired to like perfection despite all our attempts to achieve it. What would fishing be if we caught every fish? Would that be perfect? Some days though, we come so close to our ideals that even our imaginations are. . .

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Tuesday Tip: Mixing Up Your Streamer Retrieve


Written by: Phil Monahan


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Since Phil posted that trailer about some serious streamer junkies this morning, I figured that a video tip about streamer retrieves—from the “Streamer Fishing” chapter on the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center—would be appropriate.

I see too many anglers on the stream using the same retrieve over and over, even when it isn’t producing. I’ve found that the fish are often looking for. . .

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Video: Catching Murray Cod on the Fly is “Child’s Play”


Written by: Phil Monahan

Child’s Play from Nicholas Kneipp on Vimeo.

In the streams of the New England region of Australia, in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Nick Kneipp chases Murray cod on the fly. Since we started featuring Nick’s videos here, I have become a bit obsessed with the species. The savage strike and brutal tug of war that ensues pack a lot of excitement into a short time. These fish are even more impressive when you learn that Nick uses a. . .

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First Casts 01.15.13


Written by: Phil Monahan


The Guadalupe’s rainbows are a prime midwinter experience.

photo courtesy Caller.com

[Editor’s Note: “First Casts” will be a regular feature that highlights great fly-fishing content from around the Web—from how-to articles, to photo essays, to interesting reads.]

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Video: Trailer for “The Brothers Brown,” About a Family of Streamer Junkies


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Brothers Brown trailer from RT on Vimeo.

Robert Thompson—the man who brought us “Reverb,” about fly-fishing punk rockers, last year—is back with an absolutely gorgeous trailer for a new film about three Michigan brothers who chase big brown trout with streamers. It’s a sign of the director’s talent that he can shift gears from the gritty world on the Chicago music scene to this sumptuous world of mist and water. I look forward to seeing the finished film.

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Photos of the Day: Bulls on Parade


Written by: Phil Monahan


Capt. Lucas Bissett with an 18-pound bull red caught in the Biloxi Marsh area of Louisiana. On a cold morning in December, this fish was using a deep bayou as passage because of its warmer water temps.

photo courtesy Lucas Bissett

Capt. Lucas Bissett sent me these four great photos of redfish he and his clients have caught recently. Having just caught the first reds of my life last October, I’m raring to go after one of these bulls.

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Winter 2013 Issue of “Southern Culture on the Fly” in Online Now


Written by: Phil Monahan

The latest issue of the e-zine Southern Culture on the Fly has been released, and it contains all the killer stuff we’ve come to expect from David Grossman and Co. Those of us with non-fishing wives can learn a thing or two from Grossman’s trip to Bimini with the woman he so affectionately refers to as “the old ball and fish-hating chain.” There’s a great video about getting out on the. . .

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