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 of the Day: Searching for a Trophy Cutthroat on Flat Creek

Written by: Andy Bennett


After months of trying, the author finally landed the Flat Creek cutthroat he’d been after.
Photo by Andy Bennett

There are those that say cutthroats are easy to fool and poor fighters, but I’m guessing those people have not fished Flat Creek on the National Elk Refuge outside of Jackson, Wyoming. This (spring-like) creek holds. . .

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Video: How to Tie Matt’s Gnat, Improving on a Classic


Written by: Phil Monahan

Fish a Matt’s Gnat any time and place where you’d try a Griffith’s Gnat.
Photo by Tim Flagler

One of the cool things about fly tying is that there are so many options when you sit down at the vise. You can tie a classic pattern, a newfangled one you just saw in a magazine, or you can invent your own. A fourth option is to. . .

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Photo of the Day: An Old “Junk” Split-Cane Rod Comes Good

Written by: Norm Willis


Norm Willis with a gorgeous 23-incher that was the first fish he ever caught on his “junk shop” split-cane rod.
Photo courtesy Norm Willis

On June 21st, 2013 while fishing the San Juan River in New Mexico, I decided to use my 71+-year-old Orvis “Manchester” non-impregnated split-cane rod (serial #0516). I found this three-tip beauty in a. . .

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Video: El Arroyo and the Youthful Angler


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a great short video that makes the argument that “you don’t have to be an old dude to fly fish any more.” (When, exactly, did you have to be an old dude?) Austin Leonard is a young snowboarder who also happens to dig fly fishing in the mountains for North Carolina, and he shows off some chops here. Show this one to your kids/grandkids/nieces/nephews.

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Trout Bum of the Week XII: Dave Hosler


Written by: Phil Monahan

Having chased muskies on gear for years, Hosler is now obsessed with catching them on flies.
All photos courtesy Dave Hosler

A couple years ago, we ran a series called “Trout Bum of the Week,” in which we highlighted some of the guys living the good life. . .of a sort. (See the bottom of this post for a link to the previous installments.) Last week we launched another round of profiles. Most of the subjects are guides who have turned their. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How To Choose the Right Fly Rod Size


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

With the holidays approaching, many of you might be putting “New Fly Rod!” on your lists of potential gifts. But this raises the question: What size fly rod do you want/need? As I explain in the above video, this question is really. . .

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