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: Fat Jersey Stripers on Big Bunker Flies

Written by: Colin Archer, The Average Angler


Andrew Hamilton is surely smiling beneath that buff, while he holds a big New Jersey striper.
All photos by Colin Archer

June is time to chase big stripers with the fly rod along the New Jersey Shore. While most anglers are live-lining bunker and using pencils poppers, fly rodders can and will catch fish with large bunker-style flies or. . .

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Photos: Lunchtime Lessons on the Brookie Stream


Written by: Phil Monahan

Josh took this colorful fellow from a deep spot right against a fallen tree.
Photo by Phil Monahan

I’ve been teaching my friend Josh how to fly-fish for a couple years now, and we’re at the point where he’s just fine-tuning his cast. Josh lives right on one of our great local mountain streams just a few minutes from the. . .

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Video: The Leaping Tarpon of Marathon Key


Written by: Phil Monahan

Catching a tarpon in the Florida Keys is still an unfulfilled Bucket List item for me, and videos such as this one only fuel my desire. My friend Marshall Cutchin instilled in me the notion that Keys tarpon are different animals, so I want to catch my first tarpon there. This video from. . .

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Profile: Gary Taylor’s Long Journey to Becoming a Fly Fishing Guide on the Louisiana Marsh


Written by: Phil Monahan

Capt. Gary Taylor went from being a bass-fishing good-ol’ boy to the dean of the Louisiana Marsh.
All photos by Irene Kato

Walk down the hallway in Capt. Gary Taylor’s Slidell, Louisiana, home, and you pass a series of photographs of gorgeous redfish and of the guide posed with some of the biggest names in fly fishing. The one with Lefty Kreh is inscribed, . . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Stay Safe in Bear Country


Written by: Phil Monahan

You’d be surprised how effective bear spray has proven to be over the past couple of decades.
Photo via Wikipedia

This time of year, many anglers and wilderness lovers are planning trips into the backcountry, oftentimes in places where there are wild bears. In the vast majority of situations, humans and bears coexist peacefully in. . .

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