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.

Photos: A Banner Birthday in Belize

Written by: Lance Peterson Arroyo , Belcampo Lodge


Simon and guide Scully celebrate a birthday permit to remember.
Photos courtesy Belcampo Lodge

Feeding a fly to a permit is a test worthy of any fly fisher, regardless of skill level. Considering the challenges involved, it’s no wonder why an angler’s first permit on a fly is a fish etched into. . .

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Pro Tips: 5 Keys to Fishing During Runoff

Written by: Emily Roley, Taos Fly Shop


Always wade carefully, and use the buddy system where necessary.
Photo courtesy Nick Streit

If you have lived in the West for very long, you know that it is a fool’s errand to claim that spring has sprung before you turn the calendar to May. April in the Rockies is glorious, if not . . .

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Photo of the day: Sunset Rainbows in Utah

Written by: Dave Danley, Falcon’s Ledge


Not much time for photos when the fish are biting and the sun is setting.
Photo by Dave Danley

I had about 30 minutes to kill after work on Tuesday, so I fished one of the lakes near a Falcon’s Ledge. It was drizzling and the fish were sipping midge emergers, so I tied on a size 18 . . .

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Photo of the Day: Scouting Trip Smallie Success


Written by: Phil Monahan

When your trout river is blown out, it’s time to see if anything else is biting.
Photo by Mike Canady

Mike Canady of Ellensburg Angler in Ellensburg, Washington, sent in this great photo of his fellow guide, Todd Fuchigami with a big fish and a big smile. The Yakima River was blown out, so. . .

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Book Excerpt: How to Tie and Fish the Busted Stone

Written by: Rich Strolis


Merging natural with synthetic materials, the Busted Stone offers a great imitation of these rather complex insects.

Stoneflies will forever be one of my favorite insects to replicate and fish. Some species grow large, making them a joy to fish as you can see them easily on the surface of the water, and due to. . .

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The Arizona Wild Trout Challenge, Day One

Written by: Tyler Coleman


The bronze coloration of these beautiful rare native trout is something to behold.
Photo by Anastasia Coleman

I first heard of the Arizona Game and Fish Wild Trout Challenge while volunteering on a native-trout stocking expedition. We stocked a creek that had been destroyed by wild fires and had not. . .

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