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.

Photos: Lunch-Break Trophy from a Mountain Trout Stream

Written by: Tim Donaghy


The brown was a surprising handful in a stream that usually produces small native brookies.
Photo by Tim Donaghy

Ever since I started working at Orvis earlier this fall, I’ve been making a point to sneak out of the office at lunch every day to enjoy the few days left in the. . .

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Take an All New Phil Monahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 10.31.13


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 one’s got 10 new questions, dealing with everything from fly-reel terminology to geography to and types of caddisfly larvae.

Click “Read More” to take the quiz!

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Photos of the Day: Ted Williams and Fly Fishing


Written by: Phil Monahan

Since the Red Sox achieved a historic World Series victory at Fenway Park last night, I figured it was a good time to post some images of perhaps the greatest player ever to don the uniform in Boston, Ted Williams. The Splendid Splinter was quite the outdoorsman, and he had a particular love of. . .

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Fish Facts Redux: Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)


The Great Lakes fishery is incredibly prolific, though it is sometimes derided as “artificial” by those
in the Pacific Northwest because it is outside the steelhead’s native range.
Photo courtesy Scott McEnaney

[Editor's Note: With steelhead season coming into full swing, it seemed a good time to reacquaint folks with the species in all its glory.]

Anglers throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes region have developed distinct fly-fishing cultures around fall and winter steelhead runs—some anglers dedicated to. . .

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Photo of the Day: Kim Wins the Steelhead Derby. . .Again.

Written by: Will Lillard, Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions


Kim has a habit of catching the best fish of the trip, no matter where she is.
Photo by Will Lillard

Our office manager/guide Kim Lawson and I found some time to take a road trip to upstate New York in search of some steelhead. It is a trip we have been meaning to do for several years now, so we hopped in our campervan and headed up to Oak Orchard Creek in western. . .

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Video: How to Tie a Catskills-Style March Brown Dry Fly


Written by: Phil Monahan

Catskills-style dry flies often have some bare shank behind the eye.

March browns (Stenonema vicarium) are among the more important hatches in the East and the Midwest. The big bugs don’t usually create blanket hatches, but instead emerge sporadically throughout the day, which means you can. . .

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Pro Tips: 6 Things Guides Do That You Shouldn’t

Written by: Bryan Eldredge


As a guide, Bryan Eldredge can get away with things that you can’t on the river.
Photo courtesy Bryan Eldredge

I was was nine years old when my brother Scott gave me some advice I’ve applied to all sorts of things since then. On that Saturday, we were playing catch after watching our beloved Red Sox on NBC’s Game of the Week when I made an imaginary relay throw pretending to be. . .

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