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.

Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 07.26.13


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to a new edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available. We have a killer selection this week, fifteen more videos that will take you around the world. Thanks to our awesome intern, Grant White, for taking over curatorial duties of the. . .

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Photos: Dirty Mike and the Big Madison Brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Guide “Dirty Mike” Elliott cradles a gorgeous, 22.5-inch brown on the Madison River.
Photo by Tom Evenson

Last week, Tom Evenson and I floated the Madison River with John Way of The Tackle Shop, in Ennis, Montana, and had pretty good luck. But we didn’t catch anything like this gorgeous brown trout landed by Peter Briones and . . .

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Take a Classic Tom Rosenbauer Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 07.25.13


Written by: Phil Monahan

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. This week’s Classic Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge (actually including questions from two previous quizzes) is all about casting and presenting. . .

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Pro Tip: Fly Selection Made Easy

Written by: Steve May


This trout was fooled by a pheasant tail nymph, yet it does not know the latin name of the bug it represented.
Photo by Steve May

Many anglers are turned off by fly-fishing because they think it is too technical. Oftentimes, experienced anglers try to impress new fly fishers by spouting off about the “Baetis hatch” or talking about the “Ephemerellas” they saw yesterday. It can seem a. . .

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Video: Gaspé Atlantic Salmon with Hooké, Part II


Written by: Phil Monahan

A couple weeks ago, in the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, we featured Part I of “Bonaventure Hooké,” which saw our favorite Québécois anglers. Here’s part two, which features an interesting aspect ration and three female fly fishers putting the hurt on some Atlantic salmon. Oh, and there’s a beautiful dog, as well. Good stuff.

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Our Summer of Carp Ugliest, Funniest and Video Contest Winners!


Written by: Kathleen Moore

We hope you’re enjoying the Orvis “Summer of Carp” celebration as much as we are! As part of the festivities, we’re holding an eight-week carp-photo contest that anyone can enter. Remember, the winner depends on YOUR votes, so come back often and give them your support! Here are the winners for our Video, Ugliest, and Funniest categories, as well as a special extra winner in the Smallest category:

Congratulations to Nicolas C. of Montreal, Quebec on his second win (this time for video!)

Click “Read More” for all the winners.

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Video: How to Tie the Green Caddis Larva


Written by: Phil Monahan

The green rock worm is a common net-spinning caddifly larva that trout love.
Photo by Tim Flagler

The Green Caddis Larva—also known as the Green Rock Worm—is an old stand-by nymph pattern, which is descended from the original Rock Worm created by Missoula, Montana barber Franz Pott in the 1920s. It’s an exceptionally effective nymph pattern that imitates many. . .

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Photo of the Day: Accidental Trophy Brown Trout

Written by: Robert Daniel


Who catches a trout of a lifetime while fishing for something else? That may be the very definition of good luck.
Photo courtesy Robert Daniel

The 28-inch brown in the picture was actually caught when I was carp fishing! It was the last day of the week-long Sweetwater Guide School on the Bighorn River in Montana. I—as well as two other students and Ron Meek, who runs the guide school—had decided to fish for carp in the reservoir above the dam on the Bighorn. We were catching decent carp on cicada dry-fly patterns, and they would take you. . .

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