Welcome to the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center

Whether you’re sharpening your skills or are just beginning, this site was created with you in mind. We love this sport, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

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Watch the Videos

If you are a novice we recommend you view them in order. If you are experienced and want to explore kinds of fly fishing that are new to you, just watch the chapters you want. (But bear in mind that you might find something in the pike chapter that will help you with your bass or saltwater fishing!)

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Each chapter has a quiz at the end. You’ll learn more by taking the quizzes because we explain both right and wrong answers and you may pick up some valuable tips.

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Fly Fishing Video Lessons

If you’re a beginner, start with Chapter One. Otherwise, skip right to the topic that interest you most. Don’t forget to take the quiz after each chapter—good luck!

  • Fly Fishing Basics

    The Basics of Fly Fishing You might have heard that fly fishing is just for trout but nothing could be further from the truth.

  • Bass Fly Fishing

    Fishing For Smallmouth And Largemouth Bass Learning how to fly fish for bass is a great introduction to the sport of fly fishing.

  • Pike and Muskies

    Fly Fishing for Pike and Muskies Pike and muskies are the sharks of freshwater and are some of the biggest and most exciting fish to chase with a fly rod.

  • Stream Fishing Basics

    The Basics of Stream Fishing Moving water adds variety to your fishing and there is nothing more soothing than wading a trout stream.

  • Wet Flies & Nymphs

    Fishing with Wet Flies and Nymphs Trout do most of their feeding underwater, and day in and day out you'll catch more trout on wet flies and nymphs.

  • Dry Fly Fishing

    Dry Fly Fishing It's about as much fun as you can have on a trout stream because everything is visual.

  • Streamer Fishing

    Streamer Fishing Streamers are bigger flies that you fish on an active retrieve, and these flies imitate baitfish, crayfish, leeches, and large aquatic insects like hellgrammites.

  • Reading the Water

    Reading the Water and How to Approach Trout Learn how to narrow down your choices by fishing in the most likely places.

  • Stillwater Trout

    Stillwater Trout Trout in lakes and ponds require different techniques and skills.

  • Steelhead & Salmon

    Steelhead and Salmon Learn when and where to catch steelhead, Pacific salmon, and Atlantic salmon

  • Fly Fishing Saltwater Flats

    Inshore Fly Fishing in Salt Water From striped bass in New England to bonefish in the tropics, inshore sight-fishing for saltwater fish is an addicting pastime.

  • Offshore Fly Fishing

    Near-shore and Offshore Fly Fishing Nothing is more exotic than using a fly rod miles from shore, for fish like striped bass, bluefish, dorado, and even sailfish.

  • Fly Casting

    Fly Casting Video Lessons If you just want to improve your casting using our lessons with Big Pete, here they are, organized in a logical progression.

  • Fishing Close to Home

    Fishing Close to Home Fishing close to home is all about getting more time on the water and still enjoying a happy work and home life.

  • Choosing Equipment

    Choosing Fly Fishing Equipment Fly fishing seems like an intimidating pastime at first. It doesn't have to be. With a few basic skills, you will enjoy many fun and productive hours on the water.

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