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Fish Facts: Mountain Whitefish, a.k.a. “Mister White”


Written by: Phil Monahan

Don’t let anyone tell you that Mister White is not a great fish to battle on a fly rod.
Photo via Wikipedia

Viewed by many trout anglers as a “trash fish,” the mountain whitefish has been unfairly maligned and is actually an excellent fly-rod quarry. Many a fly fisher has been disappointed to discover that the fish fighting on the end of his line is not a trout, but a native. . .

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What’s Your Fly-Fishing Pet Peeve?


Written by: Phil Monahan

These are hemostats, but each one is a hemostat.
Photo via Wikipedia

Okay, let’s start right out by acknowledging the obvious: a pet peeve is, by definition, something inconsequential. It’s nothing more than a nit that you can’t help from picking. And it’s been my experience that. . .

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Tuesday Tips: The Keys to Catching the Biggest Fish of Your Life

Written by: Matthew Calderaro


Calderaro hunted this awesome marble trout for a week on the Soca River.
Photo courtesy Matthew Calderaro

Catching big fish requires a fly angler to switch their mindset from fishing to hunting. If an angler can commit to this switch, the results can be fantastic and open a whole new world of. . .

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Fish Story: From Customer to Field Tester

Written by: John Van Vleet


Kaufmann’s trophy from the “Carp Locker” put a huge smile on his face.
Photo by Shawn Combs

John Kaufmann is absolute hell on fly tackle. He’s a fly rod’s worst nightmare, but a fly shop’s favorite patron. Every spring, as he chases stripers up and down Cape Cod with reckless abandon, he snaps rods, explodes reels, and puts fly lines through what some might consider. . .

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Top Posts of 2013, #1: How to Remove a Fish Hook from Your Skin


Written by: Phil Monahan

During this first full week of 2014, we’re counting down the Top 10 Posts of 2013. (Although, since the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival is almost always the most-read post of each week, we’ll disqualify the F5 from this contest.) We’ll repost two of the Top 10 per day, leading up to our announcement of the most-read post, on Friday afternoon. So stay tuned all week to see what resonated most with Orvis Fly Fishing readers last year. Here’s #1, the single most-viewed post of 2013, and it proves what a. . .

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Fish Facts: Bonefish (Albula sp.)


Written by: Phil Monahan

Bonefish can be elusive and inscrutable to both anglers and scientists.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Sight-casting to bonefish in skinny water is a challenge that many fly fishers see as a vital rite of passage in their development. Once your angling skills reach a certain level, it’s time to test them against an especially spooky and powerful quarry, as well as. . .

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Tuesday Tip: Using a Sweep Set for Better Hook-Ups


Written by: Phil Monahan

When you’re fishing downstream, the sweep set will result in many more hook-ups.
Photo via the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center

When you’re either fishing downstream or have a lot of slack on the water—for instance when you’re making slack-line casts, such as a pile cast or a curve cast—setting the hook can be difficult. Because there’s a lot of slack on the water, if you simply raise your rod tip, all you’re doing is picking up the slack. Depending on how. . .

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Fish Facts: Redfish (Sciaenops ocellatus)


Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis’s Chrissy Penn shows off a South Carolina redfish caught from the spartina grass.
Photo by Tyler Atkins

A species known as much for its light flavor as for its sporting qualities, the redfish (Sciaenops ocellatus) is the only species in its genus, which sets it apart from the other fish commonly known as “drums.” The combination of the redfish’s love for shallow-water flats and its willingness to pounce on almost any food-like morsel it see makes the species a. . .

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Video Pro Tip: How to Remove a Fish Hook from Your Skin


Written by: Phil Monahan

We’ve posted several videos on this subject, but it’s always fun to see a new one. (Does that make me a sadist?) What’s important is the that the technique works, so it’s worth taking a refresher course. Here, Iowan Michael Chilton, of. . .

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The Psychology of Fly-Fishing: Managing Frustration

Written by: Justin Collmann


Justin Collmann, a clinical psychology graduate student, believes that fly
fishers can help manage their own frustration on the water.
Photo courtesy Justin Collmann

One October a couple years ago, I was standing at the lip of the first pool on my home stream in Shenandoah National Park and casting across the current to a fishy undercut boulder on the far side. No sooner had I dropped my fly in the still water behind the rock than. . .

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