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.

Classic Tuesday Tip: How to Cast to Trout in Tight Spots


Written by: Phil Monahan

The key to fishing tight spots is to limit the amount of line you have on the water.
Photo by Phil Monahan

This time of year, I spend a lot of time on small mountain streams, where the trout lies are surrounded by vegetation, rocks, and different kinds of current. In this video, Kent Klewein of. . .

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Photo: Why a Montanan Travels to Pennsylvania

Written by: A.L. Swanson


That is a beast of a rainbow, no matter where you fish.
Photo courtesy A.L. Swanson

As a Montanan exposed to some of the finest trout waters on earth, why is it that I venture to central Pennsylvania annually to fish for trout? Because it is truly a special place, with a. . .

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Classic Photos and Essay: A Montana Boy Tries His Hand in New Zealand

Written By: Thayer Janes


Thayer Janes found that his Montana skills required some tweaking to fool New Zealand trout.
All photos by Thayer Janes

I once had a friend tell me after a long, unfortunate day of fishing, “Pal, that’s why they call it ‘fishing’ and not ‘catching.’” Well, it seems like I have been saying those words far too often here in. . .

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Classic Fly-Fishing Story: “The Lesson”

Written by: Michael Doty


Merrill Tode and her Dad, Keith, proudly display her first trout. (See their story here.)
Photo by Keith Tode

[Michael Doty posted this story to the Orvis Facebook page out of the blue, and I enjoyed it so much that I asked if we could post it here. I’m sure you’ll find it as rewarding as I did.]

Sometimes you see angels in the strangest places. It was April 4, 2015, and I had gotten onto the North Mills River in North Carolina about mid-morning, along with several hundred other. . .

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Classic Story: “The Life List,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Bill Tapply casting to trout on a Western river.
Photo via williamgtapply.com

Every new fish you catch occupies an important place in your personal angling history.

Toward the end of June, Marshall Dickman and I found ourselves wandering around the Finger Lakes region of upper New York State, where the rolling pastoral landscape is wrinkled like the back of an old farmer’s neck and. . .

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Pro Tips: Making the Most of the Cinder-Worm “Hatch” for Big Stripers

Written by: Capt. Aron Cascone, Constant Angler


Big bass sip worms from the surface when the hatch is really on.
Photo courtesy Capt. Aron Cascone

In Rhode Island, the cinder worm emergence–some anglers call it a “hatch”–sure took its time getting started this season. The switch finally got flipped in a big way on May13th. There are now plenty of stripers and an abundance of worms to keep. . .

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