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.

Take the Phil Monahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 02.28.13!


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 and where you might learn a thing or two about this sport we love. The scores on last week’s quiz were pretty outstanding, with eight 100%s, which might be the most ever (well done, 2manydogs, Jason, Adam, Lee, johnnydajeweler, pdfish, Justin, and doug!). I must be getting soft. This one has a couple of easy ones and a couple of doozies, so we’ll see if. . .

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Anglers Plan to “Occupy Skagit” to Restore the Catch-and-Release Season

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Leland Miyawaki ties on a fly on Washington’s Skagit River.

photo courtesy Leland Miyawaki

[Editor’s Note: Anglers aren’t much known for civil disobedience, but April 6th will be a day of protest on Washington’s Skagit River. I asked Leland Miyawaki, former fishing manager of Orvis Bellevue, to explain what’s behind the movement.]

Civil Disobedience? A protest wade-in? Yes, we will step into the river to cast our yarn on Saturday, April 6, despite the fact that the river is closed to all fishing, and then proceed to Department hearings.

Why? It is not an easy answer. As some of you may know, the fishing regulations in Washington are not easy to understand. To most of us, they are a quagmire at best.

The Skagit River and her famous tributary, the Sauk, hold a dear spot in every steelheader’s heart because they are home to one of the greatest races of spring-returning, wild winter steelhead. History, tradition, and stories abound, as do all our. . .

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A Brush with Greatness: Ernie on the Battenkill

June 1980 marked my third year fishing the Battenkill and also the third year of my fledgling fly-fishing career. The previous fall, I had acquired my first bamboo rod after having spent the summer cutting lawns and saving up to earn the asking price for the rod, $175. It was a 7½ foot 5-weight Orvis Midge characterized by a rich brown coloring brought out by the hand flaming process. . .

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Video: Kayak Concerto – Fly Fishing South Florida by Kayak


Written by: Phil Monahan

Kayak Concerto: Fly Fishing South Florida on the Kayak from DAN DECIBEL on Vimeo.

DJ Dan Decibel of Skinny Water Culture serves up some killer saltwater action in this fast-paced video. In fact, “killer” is an extremely accurate description of the first sequence, and then things get a little more celebratory. Great cutting to the music gives this video an amazing energy, and I felt my pulse racing by the end. Bravo.

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Video: How to Tie the Olive Woolly Bugger


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Woolly Bugger really needs no introduction, but if you didn’t see our post on the fly’s inventor, Russell Blessing, check it out here. I doubt that there’s a single trout angler who doesn’t have a few Buggers in his fly box, but that doesn’t mean they’re as well-tied as they could be. Whether you’re a new fly tier looking for a simple pattern to get started on or you’re on old hand who. . .

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Fly-Fishing-Video: “Cold Blue” from The Fly Collective


Written by: Phil Monahan

Cold Blue Nights from The Fly Collective on Vimeo.

Some folks think night fishing is a bit nutty, and many anglers put away the fly rods for the winter. So you can imagine how these people would feel about winter night fishing. But Colorado guide Ryan Henderson has discovered that he can find solitude and great nymphing on a normally crowded section of the Blue River by waiting until after dark.

This video is the first product of The Fly Collective, a media project by Ivan Orsic (whom we know better as Yukon Goes Fishing) and photographer Russell Schnitzer. As you’ll see, . . .

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Video: Seeing Red(s) in South Carolina


Written by: Phil Monahan

Wake from Bay Street on Vimeo.

Most promotional videos are pretty much the same, showing guys catching fish over a heart-thumping soundtrack. There’s plenty of that in the short film Bay Street Outfitters put together about fishing for redfish off Beaufort, South Carolina, but they decided to go the extra mile by creating a fun narrative plot. It makes it easy to imagine yourself in the role of an angler checking into his hotel the night before his big trip, dreaming of the next day. I hope more lodges and outfitters try this narrative method. It would eliminate a lot of the “same old, same old” feeling you get from watching these kinds of videos.

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Trip Report: Giant Arkansas Brown Trout on a Meaty Mouse Pattern


Written by: Phil Monahan

Tommy Lynch in AR

We all know that monsters come out after midnight, and this “super donkey”
brown trout smacked a White Belly Mouse on the surface.

photo courtesy Tommy Lynch

[Editor’s Note: Tommy Lynch, owner of The Fish Whisperer Guide Service hosts a trip to Arkansas’ White River once a year, and he recently sent us these photos and report.]

We head south from Michigan in search of trout that are of a different age and size — true “super donkeys”! But after the worst drought in three decades, the streamer game on the White wasn’t producing the way we are accustomed to, and we were forced to adapt. So we went to “The Dark Side” with some trusty Michigan patterns, including. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Knucklehead Streamer


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Knucklehead Streamer from Richard Strolis on Vimeo.

[Editor’s Note: After watching Hank Patterson work the vise, it seemed appropriate to repost this excellent video on tying The Knucklehead.]

The spring season is almost here, and high water on the Battenkill will mean it’s streamer time. I’ve always liked articulated patterns, though I haven’t tied many because they seemed kind of complicated. But in this video, Connecticut-based guide Rich Strolis, demonstrates a straightforward method for tying wiggly, two-hook streamers using some innovative new products. You can tie the Knucklehead in lots of different colors to mimic your local forage fish. I plan on tying up some olive and copper ones for the ‘Kill.

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