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.

Tuesday Tip: How Long Should Your Leader Be?


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

Yesterday, someone posted this question to the Orvis Fly Fishing Facebook page: “Hey guys, do I really need 8 feet of combined leader and tippet line?” Newer anglers are often not sure how long their leader should be for a specific situation, so. . .

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Video from the Archives: “Holy Crap!” Brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s an amazing video of Lake Tahoe guide Matt Heron casting to, hooking, and landing a brown trout of a lifetime. His astonishment when the fish first comes to the surface is understandable, and he plays the big trout extremely carefully. But it’s when it comes time to. . .

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Competitive Fly Fishing and the Notion of What’s “Proper”


Written by: Phil Monahan

Anglers return from the first day of the World Fly-Fishing Canpionship last summer.
Photo via wffc2013.com

The recent announcement of the Pro Fly Angling Tour, and the rather harsh reactions from many in the fly-fishing world, got me thinking about my own experiences with competitive fly fishermen. Without taking into account the PFA concept itself (which most blog readers certainly dislike), competition angling calls into sharp relief different ideas of what. . .

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Photo of the Day: Donna Does It Again, Another Big Musky

Written by: Kip Veith, Wildwood Float Trips


Donna Smith with a 40-incher, a great musky her second year in a row.
Photo by Kip Veith

You may remember that Donna Smith—a sales associate at Orvis Yorktown in Illinois—caught a gorgeous musky last year. (See “Donna’s Monster Minnesota Musky.”) This year she got. . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 10.25.13


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 great selection this week, twenty more videos that will take you to amazing angling destinations. The southeastern U.S. makes perhaps its best showing ever, with 1/5 of the videos here from. . .

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