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: Amazing Brown Trout and Salmon Fishing in Iceland


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Laxardalur beat on the Laxa River is probably the best beat for good sized browns in the whole country.
All photos courtesy Icelandic Fly Fishermen

Ingo Helgason of Icelandic Fly Fishermen sent me these beautiful photos from the past few months, along with a note: . . .

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Video: How to Tie a Simple Scud Pattern


Written by: Phil Monahan

In some watersheds, scuds make up a large part of a trout’s diet.

Scuds, crustaceans known as Amphipods, are on a trout’s menu year-round—especially in many tailwaters, spring creeks, and stillwaters. Trout love them because scuds are usually plentiful, easy to catch, and they have high nutritional value. There are almost. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Use a Tippet Ring (and, Perhaps, Join the Dark Side)


Written by: Phil Monahan

We are so accustomed to watching the brilliant tying videos from Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions every Wednesday that it’s easy to forget what a twisted sense of humor the man has. (Anyone remember his proctologically inspired “Why I Need a Sling Pack” video?) Well, this week’s tip features. . .

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Trout Bum of the Week XVIII: Spencer Higa


Written by: Phil Monahan

Yes, that’s a mouse pattern in that gorgeous trout’s mouth.
Photo courtesy Spencer Higa

Spencer Higa is the Fishing Manager for Falcon’s Ledge, in Altamont, Utah, Where he’s been guiding since 1996 He’s perhaps better known as the inventor of the Higa’s S.O.S. nymph pattern, which has become a . . .

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Classic Photo of the Day: Monster Yellowstone Cutthroat


Written by: Phil Monahan

This is why folks travel to Yellowstone Country to fish.
Photo by Rowan Nyman

Here’s a killer shot from photographer/guide Rowan Nyman, his wonderful project “100 Days of Yellowstone” on his blog, FishOnPhoto. Nyman—who guides for Firehole Ranch in West. . .

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5 Questions with Chris Hunt: The Voice of Trout Unlimited


Written by: Phil Monahan

Hunt landed this stunning 27-inch brown on a trip to Argentina.
Photos courtesy Chris Hunt

For most of us in the fly-fishing press, Chris Hunt is the go-to guy when we have questions or need a statement about Trout Unlimited’s work. As National Communications Director for the. . .

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