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.

Pro Tips: How to Quickly Measure a Fish


Written by: Phil Monahan

To measure your arm, put your elbow against a wall, and then put the end of a tape measure against the wall.
Photo by Rachel Barlow

During my time as a guide, I learned quickly that most anglers have no idea how to gauge the size of a fish by sight. Two-thirds of my clients would look at a 12-incher and say, “Man, that’s gotta . . .

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Classic Pro Tips: How to “Trigger” a Trout Strike

Written by: Paul Weamer, author of The Bug Book


Bucktail Body Emergers use a rope of bucktail fibers twisted with thread to make a realistic looking segmented body.
Photo by Paul Weamer

The depth of your aquatic insect knowledge will be unimportant for catching trout if you do not understand how to translate that knowledge into choosing effective fly patterns and . . .

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Photo of the Day: A Green-Mountain Native Son


Written by: Phil Monahan

Size isn’t everything. Native trout display some spectacular colors.
Photo by Phil Monahan

As part of my “20 September Days” project, I’ve been getting out at lunchtime to fish the gorgeous mountain stream just five minutes from Orvis HQ in southwestern Vermont. In recent days, I . . .

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