Video of the Day: Avalanche-Dog Rescue Training

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue Dogs from Timothy Jones on Vimeo.

Dogs take part in many of our more heroic endeavors, from military action to disaster relief to aiding the disabled. But this doesn’t happen without an exceptional amount of training. This short video shows dogs from Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, a nonprofit organization in Utah, getting ready for the upcoming season. These are beautiful animals, and they are doing important work for the good of mankind. Bravo.

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Tying the Bird’s Nest

Cal Bird owned a small fly shop in San Francisco in the 1940s and ’50s, and he created the Bird’s Nest in 1959 as a caddis-pupa imitation to use on the Truckee River. Most anglers now consider it an attractor pattern for use in a wide variety of angling situations. The original recipe called for a dubbing mix of Australian possum and dyed coyote and wood-duck flank fibers for the tail and legs, although many tiers now use. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to unravel a knotless, tapered leader

Do you ever have trouble getting a new knotless, tapered leader from the package to the end of your line? When I was a guide, I used to watch anglers struggle with this all the time. Sometimes they’d end up with a tangle bad enough that they’d just grab a new leader and start over. At about $3.50 a pop, that’s an expensive mistake if it happens often enough. The truth is, unraveling a prepackaged leader is quite simple if you know a couple of tricks. Here’s a technique shown to me by my friend Macauley Lord one day on the banks of the Rapid River in Maine. You should never ruin a new leader again!

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Flu season isn’t just for humans anymore

Now is the time of year when many of us are getting our flu shots, but let’s not forget our canine companions. A report from KAALtv in Austin, Minnesota, highlights how important it is for dog owners to be on the lookout for canine influenza. The virus is called H3N8, is highly contagious, and was first discovered in dogs back in 2004. As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention page for dog flu makes clear, the virus is not very dangerous for about 80% of dogs, but others, . . .

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Picture of the Day: Beckett’s Big One

Beckett's Big One

Six-year-old Beckett Maher with the catch of the day.

photo by Alex Maher

Alex Maher, of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, sent in this picture of his son with the story behind it: “I thought Orvis might like this picture of my 6-year-old son, Beckett, with a Snake River cutthroat on my old 7-foot 4-weight HLS. I have it rigged with 3-weight line, and he loves it. The Snake finally came around in September after the big runoff and provided some glorious fall fishing days.”

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Should you teach your significant other to fish?

Teaching the Wife to Fish

The decision to teach your partner to fly fish may be more complicated than you think.

photo by Tom Rosenbauer

You know you’re dealing with a touchy subject when you have to begin with a disclaimer, but here goes: this post is not about gender. The points made here apply equally to men and women when the roles are reversed. I know several couples in which it is the female who is the passionate angler. The power dynamics are somewhat different, but the same rules apply. Okay, now that that’s out of the way. . .

Robin Kadet’s recent post about learning to fly fishing brings up a question I’ve heard a lot over the years: Is it a good idea to teach your spouse how to fly fish? In most cases, it’s a man wondering about his wife, but I know couples in which the wife is the hardcore angler, as well.

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Video of the Day: Montauk Albie Blitz

It’s that time of year, when saltwater game fish migrate southward down the Atlantic Coast, feeding voraciously on schools of baitfish along the way. Check out this great video of the carnage perpetrated by false albacore off the tip of New York’s Long Island, churning up the surface and practically coming right out of the water as they hammer their frightened prey. Looks like a great time to be casting a big Deceiver or Clouser. Hat tip: Moldy Chum.

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Video: Huntin’ at Zeke’s

This is no lodge experience. Hunting at Zeke’s Rooster Ranch is the North Dakota equivalent to a Vermont deer camp, only on a grander scale. During pheasant season, men and dogs congregate from all over the country to hunt pheasant and enjoy some time off the grid. To explain the history of how all these men are connected and how I got there would take. . .
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