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.

Photo of the Day: Girl’s Got Game


Written by: Daryl Kenny

Merrill Tode and her Dad, Keith, proudly display her first trout.
Photo by Keith Tode

At an age when most little girls are obsessing about Disney princesses, Merrill Tode, age 8, is more interested in fly fishing. Her fascination began when she was around two or . . .

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Big and Meaty: Tommy Lynch’s Drunk and Disorderly Streamer

Written by: Tommy Lynch, The Fish Whisperer


Guide Tommy Lynch shows off a beast of a brown trout that fell for his D&D pattern.
Photo courtesy Tommy Lynch

When I was a kid, I always caught my biggest trout of the year on Rapala lures, which do such a great job mimicking baitfish. In many ways, when I am fishing and tying streamers, I am trying to recreate the attractive swimming motion of those lures, giving. . .

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The Art of Overcoming Obstacles


Written by: Phil Monahan

Josh’s White Lightning is an Orvis “searching” pattern.
Photo via orvis.com

Josh Williams, of Franklin County, Virginia, isn’t your average fly fisherman and fly tier. After surviving a tour in Iraq with the U.S. Army in 2004-5, he returned home, only to suffer grave injuries when a driver ran a stop sign and slammed into. . .

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Tiny Flies for Big Browns on the South Holston

Written by: Trey Oliver, Fishing Manager Orvis Charlotte


Mary Griffin shows off her 22-inch South Holsten brown, caught on a size 22 midge imitation.
All photos by Trey Oliver

It seems that streamers are all the rage these days—and let me preface this by saying I love fishing meaty flies—especially with all the cool patterns out there now! What’s not to love about tossing a 6-inch fly into the unknown with the anticipation that a. . .

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