Tag Archives: warmwater fly fishing

Pro Tips: Top 10 Flies for Big Northern Pike

Written by: Mike Lembke, Wollaston Lake Lodge


If you’re chucking the right flies, you can land huge northerns on a fly rod.
Photo courtesy Wollaston Lake Lodge

Over the last 25 years of chasing giant pike with a fly rod, I’ve learned a lot about what makes these creatures tick. I spent the first nine of those years as a fishing client of my favorite place and. . .

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Fish Facts: Chain Pickerel (Esox niger)


Written by: Phil Monahan

The classic chain pattern and dark bar below the eye are good ways to identify the chain pickerel.
Photo via dnr.cornell.edu

Northern pike are considered one of the premier big-game targets for fly fishers, but they can be tough to find and catch and live mostly in northern waters. Chain pickerel are generally smaller, . . .

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Pro Tips: Support Your Bass—Stop the Lip Grip!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Rob Woodruff of Woodruff Guide Service shows how to properly support a bass’s body.
Photo by Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff

Fly fishers have spent a lot of time over the past couple of years trying to promote the #Keepemwet ethic as a way to ensure the highest survival rates from catch-and-release. . .

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Photos: An Exploratory Trip into the Heart of Brazil

Written by: Jeremy Kehrein, Orvis Sporting Travel Program Manager


Jeremy Kehrein shows off a fine Brazilian peacock bass.
Photo courtesy Jeremy Kehrein

Since it was my first time to the Amazon, I had no idea what our charter flight would be like.  As we took off from the largest city in the Amazon River basin, Manus, the vista of high-rise. . .

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Photos: Mousing for Gators?


Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis chairman Leigh H. Perkins demonstrates proper grip-n-grin technique with a Florida alligator.
Photos by Annie Perkins

Last month, Orvis Chairman Leigh H. Perkins–father of our current CEO, Perk, and Vice Chairman, Dave–landed the largest redfish of his life. Over the weekend, he landed a monster of a . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Catch Grass Carp on the Fly

Written by: Drew Ross, Looknfishy


You’ll have to learn to accept a pretty high failure rate if you want to eventually land a grass carp.
Photos by Drew Ross

Grass carp can be a challenge on the fly and frustrated me for years. My first experience was very memorable. In the summer 2012, I was working some lily pads for bass when a huge shadow . . .

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Video: “Buffalo Brothers” in the Ozarks


Written by: Phil Monahan

About 90 percent of the media you see about fly fishing in Arkansas involves a huge dam and giant tailwater trout. Here’s a great, 11½-minute video that focuses on the “authentic Ozark . . .

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“The Bass-Bug Moment,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply inherited his love of bass-bugging from his father.
Photo courtesy Vicki Stiefel

I grew up casting deer-hair bugs for bass, both largemouths and smallmouths, in lakes, ponds, and rivers all over New England. It was my favorite kind of fishing—even better, I thought, . . .

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