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.

Seasons of the Carp Fisher, and the Quest for a 20-Pounder

Written by: Dan Frasier


This 18-pound carp was tailing in skinny water, and it’s dan’s biggest fly-caught fish to date.
Photo by Dan Frasier

This morning, my windshield was covered in thick dew—a sure sign of cooler nights gnawing at the hot days of summer. Fall will be here soon, cool and glorious and way too short. Winter will follow, locking down any real chance of fishing until late March. In South Dakota, where I live, the winters are. . .

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Photos of the Day: Regional Managers’ Meeting on the Water at Falcon’s Ledge


Written by: Phil Monahan

Mid-Atlantic RBM, Doug Bear, shows off a sweet brown trout.
All photos by Doug Best

After the Outdoor Retailer SummerMarket in Salt Lake City earlier this month, a group of Orvis Regional Business Managers (RBM) headed to Falcon’s Ledge for some. . .uh. . .meetings. Yeah, that’s. . .

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Video: Lone Star Bass and Drum on the Colorado River


Written by: Phil Monahan

Winston Cundiff of All Water Guides, in Central Texas, sent me the link to this great video the other day. He describes it as the “greatest hits from last season on the Colorado River below Austin.” It’s great a beat, and I can dance to it, you know?

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An Upstream Journey, Dispatch #9: Fighting Huge Rainbow Trout and Talking Climate Change


Written by: Phil Monahan

This Lower Sac rainbow the most powerful trout the author has ever caught.
Photo by Paul Moinester

[Editor's Note: Paul Moinester has embarked on a six-month, 20,000-mile adventure to exploring the upstream battle to protect wild fish and their habitat. (Check out his introductory post here.) He has been posting dispatches on the Fly Fishing blog throughout his journey.]

Sense of time has never been my strong suit. Despite my best efforts, I’m routinely late for everything. My friends just refer to it as MST – Moinester Standard Time. And as bad as I am with time in everyday life, it’s exponentially worse when I have a fly rod in my hand. It’s not uncommon for me to. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Foam Cricket


Written by: Phil Monahan

Late summer is terrestrial season, and crickets are in abundance.

It’s terrestrial time in much of the country, and having the right land-based bug can be the key to success. Last week, the folks at Tightline Productions showed us how to tie a Foam Beetle, and now they are back with a. . .

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