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 Tips: Two Ways to Make a Loop for a Loop-to-Loop Connection


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here are a couple of quick-and-dirty videos, from the Fly Fishing Knots page on the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center, that explain how to make a loop at the end of a piece of monofilament or fluorocarbon, for when you need to create a loop-to-loop connection—for instance, when you want to attach a leader to. . .

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Story and Photos: An Epic Trip into the New Zealand Backcountry

Written by: Alastair Peake,  Fiordland Lodge


A brown trout of around 8 pounds on a dry fly is well worth a long hike in.
All photos by Alastair Peake

After another three day expedition into the heart of Fiordland backcountry, I feel bruised and battered yet utterly privileged to have experienced such a fly fishing adventure in paradise! The Clinton river drains into Lake Te Anau in a location so remote it’s only accessible by. . .

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Video Tuesday Tip: How to Communicate with Your Guide on the Saltwater Flats


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

Using the clock face as a guide helps you quickly find your target.

When you’re standing on the bow of a flats boat, things can happen pretty fast. One of the keys to success is good communication with your guide. Because he (or she) is better trained and has a. . .

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Video: The Beard Chronicles, Winner of 2013 IF4 “Short Film” Competition


Written by: Phil Monahan

Mark Crapo, a. k. a. “The Beard,” is a bit of a polarizing figure in the world of fly-fishing video. Some folks definitely think he’s. . .um. . .too much. Other think he’s hilarious. It’s hard to argue that the man knows A.) how to catch fish, and 2.) how to have a. . .

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Trout Bum of the Week XIX: Brown Hobson


Written by: Phil Monahan

Brown Hobson has worked professionally in the Rockies and the Southeast.
Photo courtesy Brown Hobson

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.) This is our second round of profiles. Most of the subjects are guides who have turned. . .

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Photos and a Story: Winter Wonderland in Colorado

Written by: Will Long


Will Long ended his angling year with a 22-inch Colorado brown trout.
All photos courtesy Will Long

[Editor's Note: Blog reader Will Long sent in this story and accompanying photos about how he ended his angling year in southwestern Colorado.]

So living in South Texas, I don’t often get to experience true winter fishing. We occasionally have some cold days down on my home river, the Guadalupe, but nothing like what the states north of. . .

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