Fly anglers looking for easy access to instructional content can now stream “The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing” television show on two of the largest video platforms online: Amazon Prime and YouTube. The show, a 13-part documentary-style series hosted by well-known author and angler Tom Rosenbauer, focuses on instruction in a variety of settings and angling situations, covering everything from fly-fishing basics to targeting trout and bass with a fly rod.
“The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing” originally aired on the World Fishing Network (WFN) in 2012, and has been available on the Orvis website’s Learning Center since. Rosenbauer believes that the addition of the show to the Amazon lineup will provide the content with a second life.
“People can watch it on their television anytime they want now, if they have Amazon Prime,” he said. “I’ve had people come up to me and say ‘I love your show and watched it five times, but I can’t see it on WFN anymore. I like watching it on my tv.’”
According to Rosenbauer, having the content available to stream on home televisions via Amazon and on mobile devices through YouTube will broaden the series’ reach substantially.
“The Amazon audience, it’s a different audience, for most parts an older one,” he said. “The younger people will watch it on their phones.”
Colin McKeown and Mark Melnyk, producers and hosts of “The New Fly Fisher,” helped produce the Orvis show. Both believe that the partnership with Amazon and the presence on YouTube will be a boon to anglers everywhere.
“There are 40-odd million people using Amazon Prime in the U.S.,” McKeown said. “This is a big score for the show, for Tom, and for Orvis. It’s going to enable a lot of people who are learning how to fly fish.”
Melnyk echoed McKeown’s thoughts.
“I believe that this is going to open up a window to a whole bunch of brand-new fly anglers,” he said. “They are going to find this while browsing and it’s going to pique their interest.”
That’s not the only big news involving “The Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing,” however. Over the course of 2019, Rosenbauer, McKeown, and Melnyk will be producing the long-awaited second season of the show.
“It will be more advanced, more in-depth,” Rosenbauer said. “It will be a natural extension of Season 1, but very focused. There will be strictly a bonefish show, strictly a redfishing show, a show all about Euro nymphing.”
Season 2 will debut in January of 2020. Click here to stream the series.