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.

Video: The Good Ol’ Days in Alaska’s Katmai National Park


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s some great old footage, from the IGFA archives, of fly fishing in Alaska’s Katmai region. When I guided on the Alaska Peninsula back in the mid-1990s, I often wondered what things were like in the “Good Ol’ Days,” and this video offers a glimpse into that period before there was a real fly-fishing industry in the bush. I especially love the narrator’s exhortations to the angler who has hooked a big rainbow on a Dardevle spoon: “Ride him, fella! Ride him!”

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Video: The Good Ol’ Days in Alaska’s Katmai National Park


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s some great old footage, from the IGFA archives, of fly fishing in Alaska’s Katmai region. When I guided on the Alaska Peninsula back in the mid-1990s, I often wondered what things were like in the “Good Ol’ Days,” and this video offers a glimpse into that period before there was a real fly-fishing industry in the bush. I especially love the narrator’s exhortations to the angler who has hooked a big rainbow on a Dardevle spoon: “Ride him, fella! Ride him!”

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Podcast: Your Questions and an Interview with Joey Maxim


Written by: Phil Monahan

This week we have a full Fly Box (the only way to be at the beginning of the season!) and cover topics that range from how to store leaders, to figuring out stream depths, to safe handling of fish in cold water, to fishing streamers with switch rods. And lots more. I even try to answer the question of whether I’d prefer to have six less expensive fly rods or three top-of-the-line ones. That question caused me some soul-searching, and I waffled a. . .

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Podcast: Your Questions and an Interview with Joey Maxim


Written by: Phil Monahan

This week we have a full Fly Box (the only way to be at the beginning of the season!) and cover topics that range from how to store leaders, to figuring out stream depths, to safe handling of fish in cold water, to fishing streamers with switch rods. And lots more. I even try to answer the question of whether I’d prefer to have six less expensive fly rods or three top-of-the-line ones. That question caused me some soul-searching, and I waffled a. . .

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Learn to Fly Fish FREE at Fly Fishing 101


Written by: Kathleen Moore

It’s that time of year again! Fly fishing is a sport the whole family can participate in, and the free FF101 classes taking place at Orvis Retail Stores are the perfect way to get started.

If you’ve already completed Fly Fishing 101, you’re ready for the next step. Join us for a short outing on local water for a chance to catch your first fish! A nominal fee for the outing may apply.

Click here for information on dates, locations, and signing up.

Have you or your friends benefited from FF101 classes? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook.

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Monster Brown Trout Is Largest Ever Caught in New Zealand


Written by: Phil Monahan


This huge (42-pound, 1-ounce) beast is the largest brown ever caught in New Zealand.

photo via stuff.co.nz

New Zealand is known for its stunning brown trout, but the beast that angler Otwin Kandolf caught last week won’t be winning any beauty contests. (I had to check to make sure this story wasn’t a joke. “Otwin Kandolf” sounds like a Lord of the Rings character, doesn’t it?)

The Ohau B hydro canal in South Canterbury is near enough to a salmon farm that the trout grow fat on pellets, and it has been known to yield fat trout. Kandolf spotted the fish, and immediately divined its. . .

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Photos of the Day: A Young Man Tries to Master His Home Water

Austin Manthey

The fish of Waterton Canyon aren’t large, but they’re educated and wary.

photo courtesy Austin Manthey

Editor’s note: Austin Manthey is a young angler from Colorado whose videos have been featured in the F5 a couple of times. (See here and here.) So I asked him to start contributing to the Fly Fishing blog, as a way to get a young voice on fly fishing. Here is his first entry. I hope there will be more. Check out his blog, Manthey Fly Fishing

Colorado is a fly-fishing paradise, and living in this state provides epic angling opportunities every single day of the year. I am fortunate enough to live within about five miles of. . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 03.22.13


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 is quite trout heavy and features some exceptional videos that reflect unique visions of the sport we love. Our locations include New Zealand, Norway, the Cook Islands, Belize, and spots all over the. . .

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