Video Pro Tip: An Easy Trick to Tie on a Dropper Fly

Tying on a dropper when you’re on the water can be a real pain for some anglers, as Steve Moore says of this video: “Tiny tippet, big fingers and small hooks all conspire to make this aspect of fly fishing difficult.” We’ve offered a couple simple methods for creating the standard hook-bend dropper knot–see here–but Steve shows another great way that makes use of your hemostat. I have found that, no matter the knot, there’s no method for tying it that works for everyone, so I always enjoy discovering new methods that will help more anglers be able to get the job done.Written By: Phil Monahan...

Quick Tip: Match the Hatch

As we fished one of our favorite rivers recently we knew because of the time of year there may be certain bugs hatching. We didn't know for sure so as we arrived to the river we observed to see if we noticed anything flying around. We didn't so we did the next best thing. We turned over rocks to see what was going on.The first rock we turned over we noticed a lot of small mayfly nymphs. We also noticed a few cased caddis stuck to the rock. This gave us a good idea of what was being washed down river for the fish. We turned over a second rock. We found what we had expected to see this time of year. Green drake nymphs. This was a good sign that this river was about to turn on. Also, you can for the most part get an idea when the...

Video Pro Tips: Understanding Fly Fishing Leaders

  </Over the past few weeks, we’ve posting a great new video series called “Getting Started in Fly Fishing,” from Brian Flechsig of Mad River Outiffters in Columbus, Ohio. In the last episode, Flechsig discussed how to choose the right fly line. Here, he moves to the end of the line system, explaining leaders and tippets. Do you know how to choose the right “X” leader to match your fly? You may be surprised by how important this is, not only to fishing, but to casting, as well. Yes, this is very basic stuff, but it’s extremely useful for folks who are new to the sport. The biggest barrier to entry for anyone taking up a new activity is lack of information. Stay tuned to learn more!Written By: Phil Monahan...

Video Pro Tip: Learning by Watching Trout Rises

See All Orvis Learning Center Fly Fishing Video LessonsMost of us are getting into prime dry-fly season now, so enjoy it while you can (or after runoff ends, depending on where you are). You can learn a lot about how to present your fly by watching rises for a few minutes before jumping right in with a cast. And don’t forget: the old cliché, “Make your first cast count,” is as valid today as it was a long time ago when Lewis Coleman first wrote it....

Fly Selection

Sometimes it can be difficult to know which fly to use when arriving on the river. If it's a river you frequently fish it's not as hard but for those times you get to a new river or just a river you don't fish on a regular basis here are some simple tips on how to choose which fly to use.1- Observe your surroundings. Look around and see if you notice any bugs flying around. Another way to know if there are bugs around is to watch the birds.2- Check size and color of natural bugs. It can make or break your day by choosing the correct color and size of the natural bugs. I've seen more times than not when a hatch starts and I'm matching the hatch that if it's not the correct size the fish will refuse it. It's not always the case but it's a good...

Video Tip: How to Fish a Lake with a Fly Rod

Here’s another great how-to video in a new series from Arizona Game and Fish and former Orvis Fishing Manager Cinda Howard, who now runs Fly Fish Arizona and Beyond. In this episode, Cinda and her fishing buddy, Jules, are after cutthroat trout on Big Lake, in the White Mountains. She explains how to find the fish, how to rig to drift midges under an indicator, and how to fish leech patterns. If you plan on doing some stillwater fishing, this is a great introduction.Written By: Phil Monahan...

Video Tip: How to Fly-Cast in Heavy Brush

The best trout are often in places where other anglers don’t even attempt to make a cast. In this video, Dave Jensen shows you how to cast in heavy brush, using the steeple cast and also a modification of this useful fly cast. The steeple cast does not need to be a major effort, with your arm way up over your head. Watch how easy and relaxed it can be. And Dave also shows you how to keep your back cast very high by maintaining a fixed arm at a high horizontal angle, then using mostly your wrist (Heaven forbid!). Watch for further installments of Master Class Monday every week at Orvis News, in the Advanced Tactics playlist our You Tube Channel, and on the new Advanced section of the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center. ...

Amazing Tiger Trout

Here at Falcon's Ledge we are fortunate to have a few areas where we can catch tiger trout. We get questions all the time about when and where is the best time to target these fish. Although you can catch these fish all year round the best times we've found to target them is in the spring and fall.It seems that when the water is cooler is when they become active. Ice off is a great time to catch tiger trout. The water is cold and the fish are hungry from a long winter with few bugs hatching. We normally catch them sub surface with nymphs and chironomids. Since we're fishing lakes for them chironomids and other midges are their main food source. When the tigers are getting aggressive we'll also throw streamers. They will chase down a streamer right at your feet when they're aggressive.During the summer months the...

Video Tip: How to Fish Undercut Banks

Today’s video is another exclusive Orvis video by Dave and Amelia Jensen, in which they show us the ins and outs of finding and catching trout around undercut banks. Learn where these trout live and how to approach them. As usual with the Jensens, there are some great shots of hooking large trout—except in this case they are not in New Zealand but on their home waters in Alberta. And, no, I won’t tell you where these rivers are located, so don’t even ask.Watch for further installments of Master Class Monday every week here at Orvis News, in the Advanced Tactics playlist our You Tube Channel, and on the new Advanced section of our Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center.Written By: Tom Rosenbauer...

Classic Pro Tip: How to Mend Your Line For a Better Drift

Tom explains why a fly-line belly on the water is bad. Photo via the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning CenterIn today’s video tip from the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center, Tom and guide Molly Semenik discuss basic mending. As Tom notes, many anglers seem confused by mending because it seems so obvious and intuitive. The only way to get good at it is to practice on the water, dealing with currents of different speeds. Your fly will tell you if you’re doing it right: a long dead-drift is a sure sign of successful mending, while a “motorboating” indicator or fly dragging across the surface points to some problems. Here are 5 tips to help you achieve good mends:1. Mend as soon as the fly line touches down. Once the line settles on the water, it bonds to the water’s surface. If you try to move the line after it has bonded, you...