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.

American Museum of Fly Fishing Launches New Blog


Written by: Phil Monahan

Calvin Coolidge with his catch of the day.
Photos via The Battenkill Beat

The American Museum of Fly Fishing is located right next to the Orvis Flagship store in Manchester, Vermont. It’s a great place to visit, but it’s certainly not that convenient for folks. . .

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Photos: Maggie’s Opening Day on the Upper Madison

Written by: Maggie Mae Kuhlman, Lone Mountain Ranch


It was worth braving the cold and rain to catch beautiful trout like this one on streamers.
All photos courtesy Maggie Mae Kuhlman

Last weekend was opening day on the Upper Madison. Although we can fish the lower and some sections of the upper river year-round, the majority of the upper is closed until the middle of. . .

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Video: Fly-Fishing Community Rallies Around Famed Mexican Guide Alejandro Vega Cruz, a.k.a. “Sandflea”


Written by: Phil Monahan

Alejandro Vega Cruz, a.k.a. “Sandflea,” needs a new heart valve. Although he is just 44 years old, this will be his third open-heart surgery. As you can imagine, the salary of a fishing guide doesn’t leave much room for this kind of medical expense. Luckily, the man has myriad friends in the. . .

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Take an All-New Phil Monahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 05.21.15


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of our trivia challenge, where we test your knowledge of all things fly fishing and where you might learn a thing or two about this sport we love. This week, we’ve got 10 new questions on subjects as diverse as Atlantic salmon flies, Western rivers, and obscure. . .

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Video: Reelgirl Wins Some, Loses Some in Slovenia


Written by: Phil Monahan

We’ve posted several videos from Lotte Aulom—a.k.a. the Reelgirl—a Norwegian angler who hosts her own fly fishing blog. In this production, she fishes in Slovenia’s Soča Valley, where she. . .

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Fish Story: An Unmanned, Fish-Catching Helios 2

Written by: Paul Stauffer


Paul Stauffer poses with a pair of rainbows caught while he was holding onto his Helios 2.
Photo by Randall Stauffer

I have a good story for you involving the Orvis Helios 2 rod you gave me a couple of years ago. My grandson, Randall, and I floated the Warm River to Ashton stretch of the Henry’s Fork a week. . .

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Tell Congress to Stop Trying to Block Protections for Headwater Streams


Written by: Phil Monahan

Don’t you think that vital headwater streams such as this should be protected from pollution?
Photo by Phil Monahan

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to block a set of rules proposed last year by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to protect. . .

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