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.

Fish Facts: Landlocked Salmon (Salmo salar sebago)


Written by: Phil Monahan

Greg Miller reeled in this world-record-caliber landlocked salmon in northern Michigan.
Photo courtesy Greg Miller

The Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) is revered for its sporting qualities, especially its propensity for going airborne when hooked—earning it the nickname “The Leaper.” Although the landlocked members of the species are generally much. . .

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Thoughts on Criticizing “Grip and Grin” Photos


Written by: Phil Monahan

There’s little doubt that the best trophy shots keep the fish in the water.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Because I run a blog and Facebook page that often post “grip and grin” photos, I see a lot of negative comments about the way the person in a photograph is holding the fish. The two most common criticisms are that the. . .

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Q&A With Kirk Werner, the Man Behind Olive the Woolly Bugger


Written by: Phil Monahan

Artist Kirk Werner shares his love of fly fishing and conservation with kids.
Photo courtesy Kirk Werner

Kirk Werner’s first two books for children—Olive the Little Woolly Bugger and Olive and the Big Stream—were first published in 2007. Since then, a third . . .

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Artist Travis Sylvester Is Not Your Average Pencil-Pusher


Written by: Phil Monahan

“Ghost,” Colored pencil, 2014
by Travis Sylvester

Look closely at the image of the trout in a net above. Can you guess the artist’s medium? It’s hard to believe that Travis Sylvester can create such a realistic portrait using just colored pencils, but that’s been his artistic weapon of choice since. . .

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