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.

Fly Fishers Take Top Prize in Major Bass Tournament!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Philippe Charon (second from left) and Karl Beliveau accept the spoils of their victory.
Photo via Big Bass Challenge Quebec

Last weekend, Scientific Anglers pro-staff members Philippe Charon and Karl Beliveau took home the top prize in the Big Bass Challenge Quebec, a major bass-fishing tournament. Why is this . . .

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Podcast: Proper Fly Presentation to Tarpon and other Species, with Dave Mangum


Written by: Phil Monahan

Capt. David Mangum shares a trophy with his daughter.
Photo via Instagram

My guest this week is guide Capt. David Mangum of Shallow Water Expeditions in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. He’s a renowned tarpon guide, filmmaker, photographer, fly tier—and, well, the . . .

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Photos: Sisters on the Water and a Father’s Pride

Written by: Matthew Calderaro,  Soca Cowboy


Sophia (left) shows off a fine rainbow, netted by her sister, Michaela.
Photos by Matthew Calderaro

As a father, you can only dream your children will follow in your footsteps and love the things you love. In my house, fly fishing is not a hobby. It is my life, it is my business, and it is my identity. . . .

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Pro Tips: Support Your Bass—Stop the Lip Grip!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Rob Woodruff of Woodruff Guide Service shows how to properly support a bass’s body.
Photo by Jenny Mayrell-Woodruff

Fly fishers have spent a lot of time over the past couple of years trying to promote the #Keepemwet ethic as a way to ensure the highest survival rates from catch-and-release. . .

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Classic Fish Story: “Taking Your Chances” with Brown Trout on the Battenkill


Written by: Phil Monahan

This is the picture I should have ended up with, but alas I didn’t “take my chance” when it presented itself.
Photo Illustration by James Daley

[Editor’s note: I found this photo poking around in my Facebook account, which reminded me of the blog post it comes from. This story, from a couple years ago, still causes me to wince.]

In this country, the phrase “to take your chances” usually means to try something that may end up being a disaster—as in “You’re taking your chances driving on those bald tires.” But across the pond, they have another way of using this. . .

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