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.

Classic Tuesday Tip: Look Before You Fish


Written by: Phil Monahan

Whenever you can gain a high vantage point on water you’re about to fish, you’re ahead of the game.
Photo by Sandy Hays

One of the more common mistakes that guides see is an angler stumbling into a river before taking a few minutes to figure out what’s going on. Observation is an undervalued tool, and too. . .

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Colorado Lodge Seeks to Spark Fly-Fishing Passion in the Next Generation


Written by: Phil Monahan

Introducing a kid to fly fishing can be a magical experience, and the start of a lifetime on the water.
Photo courtesy Simon Perkins

The sporting community spends a lot time thinking about ways to get the next generation involved, and fly fishers are no exception. Although we have seen a pretty good youth movement in . . .

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Pro Tips: Top Five Flies for Spring Great Lakes Steelhead

Written by: Chuck Hawkins, Hawkins Outfitters


These five patterns will help you fish through the three-stage early season.
Photo by Chuck Hawkins

Most fly anglers eagerly await the start of the spring steelhead run. Here what I believe are the top five spring steelhead flies and when to use them. Any list of the top five steelhead flies for spring. . .

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Classic Photo: A Beast from the East, But Do You Know What It Is?


Written by: Phil Monahan

That’s a trophy fish anywhere in the world, but it came from New Hampshire’s Connecticut River.
Photo courtesy Lopstick Outfitters

Greg Inglis—who guides at Lopstick Outfitters in Pittsburg, New Hampshire—sent in this photo of a serious slab he caught while stripping streamers below Murphy Dam, on the Upper. . .

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Top 10 Midge Patterns for Tailwaters

Written by: Bryen Venema, Bighorn Angler


Orvis Charlotte Store Manager Mary Griffin caught this 22-inch South Holsten brown on a tiny midge imitation.
Photo by Trey Oliver

Whether you are fishing the Bighorn, the Missouri, or a tailwater elsewhere in the country, midges are among the most important hatches. These tiny patterns have proven themselves as. . .

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