Picture of the Day: Baby Steel

We'll Meet Again Someday

Do you see the future fighter in this gorgeous little gem?

photo by P.J. Filipowicz



Blog reader P.J. Filipowicz (who is also editor of TheRockyRiver.com) sent in this great picture of a fish that represents the potential of a Great Lakes steelhead: . . .


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Tuesday Tip: 5 Keys to Good Dry-Fly Mending (REPOST)

Mending

A good upstream mend counteracts the effects of faster currents between you and your fly.

photo by Eric DeWitt



Mending is a skill that most novice anglers struggle to understand, but even experienced fly fishermen can find mending difficult. The only way to get good at it is to practice on the water, dealing with currents of different speeds. Your fly will tell you if you’re doing it right: a long dead-drift is a sure sign of successful mending, while a “motorboating” fly dragging across the surface points to some problems. Here are 5 steps to good mending: . . .


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A Simple Exercise to Help Build Your Dog’s Memory



Ethan Pippitt from Willow Creek Kennels offers an excellent exercise to help your dog develop better memory for retrieving. I love training exercises that are both simple and effective. Great stuff.


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Post Office Issues New Dog Stamps!

Dog Stamps

The new "Dogs at Work" stamps, featuring art by John M. Thompson.

photo via U.S. Postal Service



Last week, the U.S. Postal Service released a series of four 65-cent stamps that feature working dogs. The black Labrador retriever, Welsh springer spaniel, yellow Labrador tracking dog, and German shepherd are beautifully rendered by a world-class artist.

Here's the information from USPS.com:


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A Kafkaesque Angling Moment from the New York Times

MSP

The scene of the "crime": The excessively dry, fish-free Madison Square Park, just across
the street from the Urban Angler fly shop (see arrow) in Midtown Manhattan.

image via Google Maps



My dad sent me a link to this brief story (below) in the New York Times "Metropolitan Diary." The diary a regular feature in the paper in which regular folks write in about their odd or wonderful experiences in the Big Apple. It seems that Mr. Stuart found himself in danger of being fined for fishing in a park where there is, in fact, . . .


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Video: World’s Coolest Veterinary Employee



Can you think of a better way to get your receipt from the veterinarian's office? I'll bet it prevents sticker shock, too!


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Picture of the Day: Tennessee Titan

Tennessee Steelie

Still relatively new to fly fishing, Dean Kennedy looks like he might be getting the hang of it.

photo courtesy Dean Kennedy



[Editor's note: Here's a great note—and photo of what he calls a "redneck steelhead"—sent in by blog reader Dean Kennedy.]

Seeing I have no one to fish with, I deemed it absolutely necessary to share my story with the blog that I credit over half of what I've learned in the measly year I've been fly-fishing. I've never been one with words, but I feel I owe it to myself and the fish to try to explain the absolute placidity I gained from the experience.


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