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: The Right Gear for Great Lakes Steelhead

Written by: Jim Lampros, Fishing Manager of Orvis Cleveland


The author shows off a big Great Lakes steelhead, as his fishing buddy looks on.
Photo courtesy Jim Lampros

The rise in popularity of the Lake Erie steelhead fishery over the last decade has been well deserved. Erie and her tributaries unequivocally offer the best chance, be it East or West, for an angler to get his or her steelhead fix. The availability of public access, the proximity of. . .

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A Story and Photos Capture the True Value of a Fly Rod

Written by: Colin S. Shaffer


Colin says that this photo captures the essence of his father, when he is untangling my line
as a young Colin stares into the camera. You can clearly make out the Orvis rod, too.
Photo courtesy Colin Shaffer

[Editor’s Note: Orvis head of Rod & Tackle Steve Hemkens was in the Orvis rod shop awhile back, and rod-repair supervisor Jim West happened to show Steve the letter below, which accompanied a broken fly rod. Steve was touched by the letter, and asked Jim to. . .

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Trout Bum of the Week XVII: Tim Linehan


Written by: Phil Monahan

A New Hampshire boy by birth, Tim Linehan has been in northwestern Montana for more than two decades.
All photos courtesy Tim Linehan

Tim Linehan operates Linehan Outfitting Company, in Troy, Montana, where he has been based since 1992. He is also the 2013 Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide of the Year, an honor that is no surprise when you. . .

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Anglers on Santa’s Nice List


Written by: Kathleen Moore

Clearly, some of you were very good this year. Thank you to all those who shared these great images of what you unwrapped Christmas morning.

We must give a special shout-out to one particularly clever gift-giver, who tricked her unsuspecting boyfriend into thinking his present was his very own copy of “The Notebook.” It’s given us some inspiration for next year. Click “Read More” to watch the video.

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Final Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival of 2013!


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. As you might imagine, the pickings were a little slim this week, what with the holidays and all, but we still have a great selection this week, fifteen videos that will explore the heart of fly fishing and take you to amazing. . .

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