Category: Forum

  1. Fall and Winter Steelhead Fishing

    December 3, 2018 • Forum

    Orvis Streamside guide, Captain Jon Stefanciw, does a Q&A with Dave Leonhard and shares info regarding Fall and Winter steelheading techniques in this Youtube video. 


    May 21, 2018 • Forum, Tips

    Wading Basics   One of the first purchases a fly angler makes is waders. Waders have come a long way from the heavy, rubberized canvas, lug-sole monsters that we wore in the 60’s and 70’s. Today, modern breathable membranes, lightweight fabrics, and interchangeable soles have made wading much more comfortable. In this article I would […]

  3. Boardman River Dam Project Flows On

    March 24, 2018 • Forum

    Boardman River Dam Project Flows On By Beth Milligan (reprinted from Ticker March 24, 2018) The next major phase of the Boardman River Dams Project is set to get underway this summer – a project that will require the closure of a portion of the river. Members of the project Implementation Team appeared before Grand […]


    February 16, 2018 • Forum, Tips

                        The Spey Cast The Spey cast is a roll cast that includes a change of direction. It allows the angler to make long casts without a lot of room for a back cast. The casting technique may be used with very long double-handed rods as […]


    April 26, 2017 • Forum, Tips

    Early season trout fly fishing in Northern Michigan is typically centered on the Hendrickson (ephemerella subvaria #14) hatch. This three-tailed mayfly was given it’s common name by Theodore Gordon who tied flies to imitate the hatch for Albert Everett. Hendrickson. The Hendricksons are sometimes referred to as the “Gentleman’s” hatch because of its late morning […]

  6. How to Choose the Right Leader

    March 16, 2017 • Forum, Resources, Tips

    There are three important choices to consider when choosing the right leader for fly fishing. They are the length of the leader, and the size of the diameter of the butt section and diameter of the tippet (or level portion at the end of the leader).   Length Three factors determine what length leader to […]

  7. Fly Casting: The Pick Up

    January 21, 2016 • Forum, Tips

    Most participants at the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School arrive as novices. As such, we start their fly-casting instruction by asking them to pick up the fly line from the ground and deliver it back to the ground.  Amazingly, this is all that fly-casting really is: a pick-up and a delivery. Everything else that we […]

  8. Double Hauling Made Easier

    January 21, 2016 • Forum, Tips

    One of the many casting techniques that I teach each year is the double haul.  When fly casters begin  to challenge their skills and attempt longer casts, they quickly learn that it becomes increasingly difficult to add the increased amount of energy into the cast in a smooth enough manner to avoid tailing loops. As […]