UPDATE: Petey’s Home!

After three months, Petey and his owner, Jim Arrighi, are reunited in Tennessee. While Petey was missing Arrighi’s wife, Juanita, passed away, making Petey’s return that
much more important.

photo by Mark Hicks/The Stewart Houston Times

Yesterday, we posted a story about Petey the Jack Russell Terrier, who had been found in Michigan—600 miles from his home—after a three-month journey. Volunteer Nancy Greiser from the Michigan Humane Society drove Petey all the way home to Tennessee to be reunited with his owner, . . .

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Friday Film Festival 10.28.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection bounces all over the planet; in fact, just three of the eight videos are from the good old U.S. of A. The rest come from such far-flung locations as Wales, Japan, Russia, and Lithuania. Who knew. . .

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Take the Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge for a chance to win a signed copy of Tom’s book


Tom is out of the office this week, so I put the quiz together. I must say, I think it’s pretty darned tough. If you score high on this one, you should be very proud of yourself.

Post your score in the comments below to become eligible for our giveaway: One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will win a signed copy of Tom’s recent book The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing, a great resource for anyone who enjoys chasing trout in mountain or meadow streams.

The winner of last week’s random drawing was a commenter with the interesting handle “dirtysouth.” Good luck!

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The Rebirth of the Wild White Salmon River

Yesterday, the 98-year-old Condit Dam on the White Salmon River was breached, allowing water to flow freely for the first time since 1923. It’s an incredible moment for those who seek to open the river to salmon and steelhead, whose passage and access to spawning grounds have been blocked for so long. Watch the dramatic video above to see the historic moment, and then click “Read More” to watch a second video for some historical perspective on the dam itself, why it was removed, and what the effects of a newly wild White Salmon River will be.

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A Truck Full of Pups

Orvis Dogs of The Day
Thanks to Stephanie K of Texas for this truck-load of cute!

Seems like this is the week for vehcles loaded with beautiful dogs.

It is easy to tell that these pups are half-golden retriever, can you guess the other breed in there?

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The Orvis Job Wall 10.27.11

The Orvis Home Office in Sunderland VT

The Orvis Home Office in Sunderland, VT

 Welcome to the Orvis Job Wall, where we update you periodically on the opportunities to be a part of the Orvis team. As a friend and follower of Orvis, you likely know and appreciate the products, the brand, and the lifestyle that have been integral to Orvis for more than 150 years. We firmly believe that the only way for Orvis to achieve its vision to be the most respected lifestyle brand in America is to build a company culture that is supportive and inspiring to the individuals who will help us get there. You may not have considered that Orvis, the brand you know and love, may also be a great place to take your next career step, so we hope provide some insights in to our employment brand, culture, and opportunities.

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Video of the Day: The Best-Laid Plans. . .

We post a lot of stories here about hero dogs, loving dogs, intelligent dogs, etc. But it’s important to remember that they’re sometimes just dogs. This video is a perfect example of how doggy behavior can sometimes foil our best-laid plans. And even as she blows-up this guy’s big moment, Macey the Labrador is still adorable. You can read the whole story here, but be warned that it has a sad ending.

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Picture of the Day: Late-Season Brown Trout

Late-Season Vermont Brown

Orvis Rod & Tackle product developer Shawn “Puffy” Combs sent in this picture, along
with a note: “Jim Logan (in background), Tyler Atkins, and I floated on Sunday to rip
streamers one last time before the season comes to a end. My favorite part of
this photo is the drip of water coming off the fish.”

photo by Tyler Atkins

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Fall Fly-Fishing Secrets

Matapedia River Fall
Crisp days in autumn bring another worldly beauty to the forest and winding Matapedia River. This is a time to get to know the river in an entirely new way.

Credit: Charles Cusson/Atlantic Salmon Federation

In the podcast this week, I go on a minor rant about the ethics of crowding on today’s trout streams, and pretty much tell you if you don’t like the crowds, take a hike (literally). I do give some suggestions on how to handle crowded situations if you have no other choice, but there is almost always another choice. And in the main part of the podcast, I share with you some fall fishing secrets. We have touched on this subject before, but since the last time I have received some more tips from all of you that I really should share.

I also announce a very special contest for the best suggestion for next week’s podcast. The prize is an autographed copy of my new book, The Orvis Guide to The Essential American Flies, which is a large format book with spectacular color photos.

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