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.

Thoughts on Criticizing “Grip and Grin” Photos


Written by: Phil Monahan

There’s little doubt that the best trophy shots keep the fish in the water.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Because I run a blog and Facebook page that often post “grip and grin” photos, I see a lot of negative comments about the way the person in a photograph is holding the fish. The two most common criticisms are that the. . .

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Q&A With Kirk Werner, the Man Behind Olive the Woolly Bugger


Written by: Phil Monahan

Artist Kirk Werner shares his love of fly fishing and conservation with kids.
Photo courtesy Kirk Werner

Kirk Werner’s first two books for children—Olive the Little Woolly Bugger and Olive and the Big Stream—were first published in 2007. Since then, a third . . .

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Artist Travis Sylvester Is Not Your Average Pencil-Pusher


Written by: Phil Monahan

“Ghost,” Colored pencil, 2014
by Travis Sylvester

Look closely at the image of the trout in a net above. Can you guess the artist’s medium? It’s hard to believe that Travis Sylvester can create such a realistic portrait using just colored pencils, but that’s been his artistic weapon of choice since. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Pheasant Tail Euro Nymph


Written by: Phil Monahan

When English riverkeeper Frank Sawyer first tied his Pheasant Tail Nymph more than 60 years ago, he surely didn’t envision this kind of development. The advent of chemically sharpened barbless jig hooks, which gained popularity in European competition angling, allows tiers to. . .

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Photos: An Epic Trip to Paradise Valley and Yellowstone National Park

Written by: Capt. Duber Winters, Store Manager, Orvis Woodbridge (VA)


Orvis Woodbridge store manager Duber Winters shows off a fine Yellowstone cutthroat.
All photos courtesy Duber Winters

Here are some pics from our store-hosted trip to Hubbard’s Yellowstone Lodge in Montana’s Paradise Valley. The weather and fishing were awesome, and our guests are all excited for a return trip to. . .

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