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.

February-March issue of “Montana Fly Fishing” is Online


Written by: Phil Monahan

montana ff 3-13

New issues of online magazines online magazines seem to be coming fast and furious these days, and the February-March issue of Montana Fly Fishing doesn’t disappoint. With great photo essays or underwater trout and the Montana backcountry, there’s plenty of eye candy. Hale Harris offers a breakdown of the various kinds of “fly-fishing professionals,” and there are useful tips for winter fly fishing, courtesy of some skilled Montana guides. There are. . .

Read More  »

Video Tuesday Tip: Matching Fly Lines to Fly Rods


Written by: Phil Monahan


See All Orvis Learning Center Fly Fishing Video Lessons

In today’s video Tuesday Tip from the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center, we discuss how to choose the right size rod and line. We get questions all the time about what rod to pick. There are a lot of models out there, and the list is sometimes confusing. But if you decide how much you want to spend, and then decide what you fish for most often, the choice is. . .

Read More  »

Fly fishing for Carp. . .in the New York Times?


Written by: Phil Monahan


Angler Will Rice releases a fine South Platte carp.

photo by Tim Romano via the New York Times

It’s no secret that fly fishing for carp is gaining in popularity; just look at the number of carp videos in our weekly Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festivals. And we have at least three certified carp nuts in the Rod & Tackle department here. But who would have expected this? In a certain blow to the haters out there, the New York Times—the stodgy Old Gray Lady herself—published an article on flinging flies to carp last week. Author Chris Santella interviews several. . .

Read More  »

First Casts 02.15.13


Written by: Phil Monahan


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

  • An article in the Missoulian focuses on several veterans profiled in the film “Not Yet Begun to Fight,” which is playing the festival circuit these days. The film follows retired Marine Col. Eric Hastings, founder of Warriors and Quiet Waters, and five veterans on a fishing trip on the Gallatin and Yellowstone rivers.
  • According to an article on the National geographic website, the mystery of how salmon navigate to their natal water has been solved. It turns out that sockeye salmon use the. . .

    Read More  »

Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 02.15.13


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 super trouty, with just a dash of saltwater action. The New Zealanders are starting to produce the kinds of videos we’ve been expecting all season, and the South American contingent is showing up more and more, as well. For those who do love the salty. . .

Read More  »

Photos of the Day: Happy Presidents’ Day!


Written by: Phil Monahan


obama_fishing_east_gallatin

President Barack Obama reacts to missing a strike on the
East Gallatin with guide Dan Vermillion.

To celebrate Monday’s holiday, we focus on those Commanders-In-Chief who have cast a fly as a way to relax. First, we offer an account of past angling presidents, from George Washington to George Herbert Walker Bush. And here’s the story of our current President learning the hard way that fly fishing (like governing) can be both exhilarating and frustrating. For a more in-depth look at the history of Oval Office anglers, check out Bill Mares’s book Fishing with the Presidents

Finally, here are some. . .

Read More  »

Take the Phil Monahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge for 02.14.13!


Written by: Phil Monahan

tic-tic-boom

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 good, with four 90%s and three 100%s (well done, Luke Pollard, Max Carlisle, and Corbin Hart!). Turnout was back up, but there are still a lot of you who are taking the quiz but not posting the score. Don’t you like to. . .

Read More  »

Pro Tips: 5 Keys to Stealthy Fly Fishing


Written by: Phil Monahan

Angling Stealth

Anglers sneak up on a small mountain stream to avoid spooking the trout. That orange
bag should be left far behind on the bank, though.

photo by Sandy Hays

Watch a heron stalk its prey in the shallows of a pond or a river, and you can clearly see why stealth is so important to anglers of all kinds. Yet many fly fishermen still act as if the fish were deaf, blind, and stupid, which keeps anglers from having the kind of success they desperately want. A good fly fisher is always aware of his surroundings and how his place in them may be tipping off the fish that something’s amiss. Here are five ways you can be more like that heron: . . .

Read More  »

Video: Amazing Dry-Fly Action for Atlantic Salmon on the Gaspé Peninsula


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here is a simply incredible video of two anglers—Dave Adams and Genevi√®ve Fournier—fishing for Atlantic salmon on the rivers of Quebec’s Gasp√© Peninsula. The dry-fly refusals at the beginning are gut-wrenching, but the killer hookups, leaps, and grip-and-grins later on more than make up for it. I have always dreamed of fishing the Gasp√©, and this video has caused me to think about how I can get. . .

Read More  »