Tag Archives: fly-fishing how-to

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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Top Posts of 2013, #4: How to Tie the Davy Knot


Written by: Phil Monahan

Editor’s Note: 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 #4, which offers a. . .

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Top Posts of 2013, #6: Tuesday Tip: How to Correct 5 Common Casting Mistakes


Written by: Kathleen Moore

[Editor's Note: 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 #6, which offers some tips from Pete Kutzer that might just have your casting jump immediately to the next level]

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Top Posts of 2013, #7: Tom Rosenbauer’s 7 Top Winter Fly-Fishing Tips


Written by: Phil Monahan

Trout will bite even on snowy, frigid days, if you know what fly patterns to throw.
photo by Paul Schullery

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 #7, which offers great tips for anyone spending time on. . .

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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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How to Teach Teens to Fly Fish in 3 Steps

Written by: Will Lillard, Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions


Teens are among the hardest groups to engage in a new activity.
Photos by Will Lillard

Before I led Lillard Fly Fishing Expedition’s first teen fly fishing adventure, I sat down for a beer with TU’s Director of Youth Education, Franklin Tate. We talked about the success TU has had engaging young kids with their. . .

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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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Tuesday Tip: Getting Ready for Pacific Northwest Steelhead

Written by: Leland Miyawaki, former Fishing Manager at Orvis Bellevue (WA)


The author with a beautiful, bright Pacific Northwest steelhead.
Photo courtesy Leland Miyawaki

Skagit, Hoh, Sol Duc, Grande Ronde, Clearwater, Dean, Thompson, Skeena—all names that conjure up visions of big, bright, chrome steelhead. Big fish caught on the swing: Nothing comes close to releasing a fly fisher’s adrenaline as. . .

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Pro Tip: The Secrets to Low-Water Steelheading

Written by: Alberto Rey


Young Holden Daughton with a Salmon River steelhead.
Photo by Tim Daughton

It’s a beautiful time of year on the Lake Erie tributaries. The leaves have turned, the light shimmers on the rocks as the water distorts its reflections, and there is no one out on the streams! Low, clear water can scare many anglers away, as these. . .

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