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.

Everything You Want to Know About Sockeye Salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)

Written by: Phil Monahan

Known for their brilliant red spawning colors, sockeyes are also great fighters when hooked.
Photo by Pat Clayton, Fish Eye Guy Photography

Although a trophy shot of an angler holding a bright-red sockeye salmon is impressive, the species is not usually considered one of the “glamour” game fish in Alaska and western. . .


Pro Tips: How to Become a Stronger Wader Through Balance Training

Written by: Brew Moscarello, Vew Do Balance Boards

Brew Moscarello practices his casting and his balance skills at the same time.
Photos by Aiden Moscarello

Since my earliest memories, I’ve had a passion for fly fishing. I believe the endless search for 20-plus-inch browns holding tight to the bank sipping spinners is in my DNA, and for me, it’s as. . .


Pro Tips: Top 10 Topwater Flies for Smallmouth Bass

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips

Kip Vieth is passionate about the smallmouth-bass fishing in his home state of Minnesota.
Photo courtesy Kip Vieth

I call the banks of the Upper Mississippi River home. Our shop and guide service is located right in the heart of the famous catch-and-release section, just north of the Twin Cities. Where we live, . . .


The Incredible Travels of a Tarpon Named “Helios”

Written by: Phil Monahan

Acoustic tags are smaller and less invasive and can be active for years, rather than a few months.
Photo courtesy Bonefish & Tarpon Trust  

In an effort to expand on knowledge of tarpon habitat use and movement at different life stages, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) began a tarpon acoustic tagging program in May 2016. We. . .