Classic Pro Tips: 3 Steps to Teaching Teens to Fly Fish

Teens are among the hardest groups to engage in a new activity. Photos by Will Lillard Before I led Lillard Fly Fishing Expedition’s first teen fly fishing adventure, I sat down for a beer with TU’s Director of Youth Education, Franklin Tate. We talked about the success TU has had engaging young kids with their Stream Explorers program, and the growing number of college students participating in TU college chapters. Then we talked about the challenges of engaging teens. Despite their efforts, TU has not experienced the same success with teenagers that they have enjoyed with pre-teens and college students. In the last few years, I have worked almost entirely with teens. During that time I have come to the conclusion that there is no shortage of teens who are willing to give fly fishing a try; the key is presenting and teaching fly fishing in a way that caters to them....

Video: Finding Clear-Water Trout in Murky Conditions

Dave and Amelia Jensen, of Jensen Fly Fishing in Alberta, have produced another episode in their “The Bank” series of instructional videos. Here’s Dave’s description: After 5 hours of walking up an increasingly murky side channel to a larger river that was being impacted by heavy rains in the high country, we finally came to the mouth of a spring creek tributary unaffected by rains. And cue the rising brown trout spotted in the sliver of gin-clear water. We watched a spell as the fish cycled round the clear water pocket, making moves that respected the brown’s movement, its visibility, and the sensitivity to its small, quiet habitat. Note the time we take in filming this sequence, how subtle the movements are, how deliberate each move is made, when the casts are made. The first cast was taken and the hook set was ok, but note how the head turns quickly...

10 Tips That Will Make You a Better Fly Fisher

Written By: Phil Monahan One of the great things about fly fishing is that you never stop learning. No matter how long you’ve been at it, there is always another technique, style, or fishery to explore. Every day, we offer tips and tactics that will help make you a better angler. Here are 10 such useful tips to help you make the most of your time on the water. 1. How to Make a Delicate Presentation The secret to a delicate presentation is in controlling the rod tip. If you drop the rod tip too early on the presentation cast, the fly line doesn’t roll out completely and instead “crashes” to the surface. Instead, the rod tip should stop at or around eye level to let the loop roll out. Only then should you lower the rod tip. Tell yourself, “Stop, then drop,” and you should get a better presentation. —Peter Kutzer 2....

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 Lessons Most 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. ...