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 Photo Essay: The Fly-Fishing Journey of a Lifetime in Mongolia

It took maybe all of one second to answer the question, “Do you want to go to Mongolia?” Ever since I first learned about taimen, a trip to Asia was at the top of my bucket list. Should one be presented a question such as this, one is wise to rearrange all other. . .

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Photos: Last Day on the Mountain Stream


Written by: Phil Monahan

This is one of the larger browns I’ve ever caught so high up on the mountain.
All photos by Phil Monahan

Yesterday, I posted a few photos by Phoebe Bean, which she shot yesterday during our glorious afternoon on a local mountain stream. (Her phone certainly takes. . .

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Video: How to Tie the RS2 Midge/Emerger


Written by: Phil Monahan

RS2s can be tied in a variety of colors, with different wing materials.

The RS2 pattern was developed more than 30 years ago by Colorado angler and tier Rim Chung. The name of the fly is short for “Rim’s Semblance 2,” and it fishes well as both a midge or a mayfly emerger. The original version featured natural beaver fur dubbing and. . .

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Tuesday Tips: Understanding Pacific Northwest Steelhead

Written by: Dan Gracia, Orvis Sporting Traditions Specialist


Leland Miyawaki of Orvis bellevue (WA) shows off a fine Pacific Northwest steelhead.
Photo courtesy Leland Miyawaki

Throughout most of the Pacific Northwest, steelhead young spend a year in their native rivers before they smolt and head out to sea. This smolting process is the changing of the steelhead young’s physiology to allow it to thrive in a saltwater condition. Up until this. . .

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