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.

Announcing the First Two Angler’s Choice Winners!


Written by: Kathleen Moore

The Colorado is in the lead as of now. Which endangered river has your vote?
photo by photo: Pete McBride

We recently announced the Orvis Angler’s Choice Award to benefit American Rivers’ most endangered rivers.

To make it more fun, we are randomly selecting one voter each week for four weeks to win a $50 gift card. At the close of voting on May 20th, we will select one grand prize winner from among the voters who will be awarded a Helios 2 outfit of his or her choice.

We are pleased to announce our first two $50 Orvis Gift Card winners:

Ernie B. of Wimaumaa, FL
Charles H. of Scranton, PA.

Congratulations! If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry – you’re still in the running for two more gift cards and the Helios 2 outfit. If you haven’t voted and entered yet, what are you waiting for?

CLICK HERE TO VOTE AND ENTER

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Tuesday Tip #2: Long- vs Short-Line Nymphing


Written by: Phil Monahan


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We all wish we could fish dry flies or strip streamers this time of year, but the reality is that, day in and day out, nymph fishing is the most reliable way to catch trout. How you choose to nymph depends on the type of water you’re fishing. Here’s a quick explanation of the differences between nymphing up close with a short line, and casting with an indicator on bigger water.

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make Delicate Presentations


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to our ninth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. A few weeks ago, reader “Steve” wrote, Thanks for the great tips. My problem is with presentation. Usually my flies land with a splat. What would help achieve a more delicate presentation?

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Classic Podcast: 12 Tips for Fishing the Spring Runoff


Written by: Phil Monahan

In this week’s podcast, 12 Tips for Fishing the Spring Runoff, I give a number of valid excuses for getting skunked during spring runoff, and what you can do if faced with high, cold, muddy water.

In the Fly Box section, I talk about fly rod design, fishing pressured waters, and the reality of fly-fishing magazine articles and TV shows. Plus a great tip for threading flies from a listener who left a message on our Podcast Message Line.

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Classic Podcast: 12 Tips for Fishing the Spring Runoff


Written by: Phil Monahan


In this week’s podcast, 12 Tips for Fishing the Spring Runoff, I give a number of valid excuses for getting skunked during spring runoff, and what you can do if faced with high, cold, muddy water.

In the Fly Box section, I talk about fly rod design, fishing pressured waters, and the reality of fly-fishing magazine articles and TV shows. Plus a great tip for threading flies from a listener who left a message on our Podcast Message Line.

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Birds and Bull Sharks in the Florida Everglades

LHP in the Everglades

The author and his wife with a redfish for dinner.

photo courtesy Leigh Perkins

In late 2009, my wife Anne and I fished the Everglades with Capt. Rick Ruoff and Capt. Peter Freeza, as well as RomiJo owners Capt. Rick and JoAnn Cappelletti. It was a wonderful trip, and we learned a great deal about the bird and fish life from Pete Freeza, an avian biologist working in the Everglades for Audubon. We started from Flamingo, aboard the RomiJo, traveling up to Cape Sable, through Lake Ingram, to a canal that took us into the canoe area. Here there is a special sandbar, which we refer to as. . .

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Photos: A Killer Multi-Species Weekend in Spring

Drew Price Spring Fishing

Estimated at 34 inches, the author’s first carp of the season was a beast.

photo courtesy Drew Price

A week off from my day job in April can only mean one thing—lots of time on the water! April is usually a fairly slow month in Vermont fishing-wise, but it can also be pretty surprising. This week was definitely like that. It started slow, with a few half hearted follows from decent pike and a heartbreaking missed strike by a nice brown on a new jointed sculpin pattern I have been working on. Things changed midweek, when I found that. . .

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Photo Essay: Orvis Green-Up Day 2013


Written by: Phil Monahan

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The Orvis HQ crew poses before fanning out across the region for Green Up Day.

photo via Instagram

Every year, hundreds of Orvis Associates from our corporate offices, rod shop, warehouse, customer service center, and retail stores volunteer to help clean up our nation’s roads and waterways as part of the Green Up initiative and in celebration of. . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 04.26.13


Written by: Phil Monahan

Friday Film Festival at Orvisnews.com Featuring the Best Fly Fishing Footage Available

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 has some seriously gorgeous footage, as well as plenty of big fish. From the rivers of New Zealand, to the lakes of Sweden, to the tarpon-infested waters of. . .

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Photos: A Young Man’s First Trip to an Iconic Spot on the South Platte

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The Deckers section of the South Platte turned out to be everything it was supposed to be.

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. Check out his blog, Manthey Fly Fishing.

I have been fly fishing in Colorado for eight years, yet I still had not fished Deckers, one of the most famed places in the state—a stretch that produces stories of monster fish and epic hatches that draw people from all over the world to fish. When I was given the option of being able to fish anywhere I wanted last weekend, I decided it was time to head up to the. . .

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