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 Winner of the Silver Sonic Waders Giveaway!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Our winner with a fine Colorado rainbow. He’s not even wearing waders!
Photo courtesy David Linde

Thanks to everyone who left comments on the blog during our Silver Sonic Waders giveaway. Our winner, chosen at random from all the comments, was David Linde of Bettendorf, Iowa. When I told him he’d won, he wrote back, . . .

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Tuesday Tip: How and Why to Make a Roll-Cast Pickup

Written by: Pete Kutzer

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make a roll-cast pickup, which has a couple of useful applications. First, it can be a time-and-effort saver. If you’re fishing fairly far out and don’t want to have to strip a bunch of line in to start a new cast, you can use the roll-cast pickup to get your line in the air earlier. This means less stripping and less time wasted between casts. And the more time your fly is. . .

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How Should We Treat Women Who Fly Fish?


Written by: Phil Monahan

Cinda Howard is Fishing Manager of Orvis Scottsdale and a fly-casting champion.
Photo courtesy Cinda Howard

One of the big changes from the old OrvisNews.com to this new, redesigned site is that we did away with the Women in Fly Fishing blog and simply rolled those posts over here into Fly Fishing. This decision was based mostly on feedback that we had received from female anglers, many of whom appreciated that we were trying to call out their participation in the sport but who ultimately felt that the best way to show acceptance and respect is to treat them no differently than we do men. “Women in Fly Fishing” is now a. . .

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Trip Report: Lake Michigan Carp Extravaganza

Written by John Montana, editor Carp on the Fly


John (right) and J show off the product of a sweet double.
Photo courtesy John Montana

[Editor’s Note: John Montana, who runs the Carp on the Fly blog, lives in Oregon, but every year he makes the trek to Lake Michigan to try his hand at the huge carp there with his college buddy, “J,” who writes the Fishing and Thinking in Minnesota blog. Here’s part of his report. And don’t forget to enter this week’s. . .

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Photos of the Day: Dry-Fly Sipping Brook Trout in Maine


Written by: Phil Monahan

That’s a chunky native brook trout from a remote Maine lake.
Photo by Rick Young

Rick Young, a guide at Libby Camps in the Maine backcountry, sent us these photos with a brief description:
“Phil, here are a couple of nice brookies caught by angler Steve Keyser, one of our guests. These are just a couple of the 14 trout we caught that were. . .”

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Video: Hank Patterson Episode #7 on Essential Gear


Written by: Phil Monahan

The World’s Greatest Fly-Fishing Guide is back with more incredibly useful instruction to make you a better angler. . .and a better person. Hank Patterson and Crazy Reese let you know exactly what you need to get started in fly fishing, plus Hank offers important on-the-water tips on hook-setting and catch-phrase-creating. Sometimes I have to. . .

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