Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge 01.19.12

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This week’s Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge is all about reading water—how to find trout, the best way to approach new water, tactics to match conditions, etc. 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 the Essential American Flies, a great resource for anyone who enjoys tying flies.

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Video: Teaser for Epic Super Bowl Commercial

Here’s a great teaser for what promises to be an epic Super Bowl commercial from Volkswagen. At first, it just sounds like dogs barking, but pretty soon the tune becomes clear. Do you hear it? The costumes on several of the dogs and the Italian greyhound who comes in at the end are dead giveaways. Just for fun, though, can we name every breed represented? (Or at least make educated guesses?)

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Orvis Dog of the Day: Oscar!

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Doing his best Grouch Marx imitation: “Outside of a dog, a book is a
man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

photo Scott, Paradise

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Video: Hugh Falkus’s “Salmo: The Leaper”

After watching the great vintage video by Lee Wulff we posted on Monday, reader Patrick from Dublin sent along links to some other fantastic old footage on YouTube, including the complete Hugh Falkus film “Salmo: The Leaper” (1977). Falkus, a renowned filmmaker and angler, produced “Salmo: The Leaper” as part of a BBC series called “The World About Us.” It’s a fascinating look at the life cycle of Salmo salar, as well as featuring some wonderful angling footage. It’s a great piece of fly-fishing-film history that’s well worth the time.

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Did This Dog-Loving Couple Commit “Animal Abuse”?


John and Danika Shipman with their Yorkies, Copper and Penny.

photo via Dogster

Here’s a fascinating story from Dallas about a couple of dog lovers who are accused of abusing their pets. The story begins with a couple of young men who parked their car in a in a garage and were surprised to hear dogs barking. When they investigated, they discovered that the sound was coming from the trunk of a car.

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Video: Bebe the Sleepy Dog

It’s a little early for anyone to be having a bad day, but if you are, this video will help. Watching Bebe drift off into the Land of Nod is about as cute as it gets.

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Tuesday Tip: How to Remove a Fly Stuck in Your Skin

Fly fishing can sometimes be a hazardous game, what with all those hooks flying around. Sometimes, unfortunately, the pointy end finds its way into someone’s skin. We discussed this very problem last spring in a post that featured an awesome picture of Orvis Rod & Tackle Manager Steve Hemkens sporting some Carrie Stevens-inspired lip jewelry. Getting hooked isn’t such a big deal if the fly is barbless or if the angler has taken the time to mash the barb before he casts it, but this doesn’t always happen. In the heat of the moment, any of us can forget this vital step. So what do you do when you’re stuck by a barbed point?

The video above offers a fine demonstration of the push-and-pull method. There are lots of videos on YouTube demonstrating this technique but I chose thos one because, seriously, how cool is this guy for actually hammering the hook into his skin? But, as you can see, it comes right out with a minimum of torn skin and blood. Here’s how you. . .

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Video: Red, the Jail-Breaking Shelter Dog!

Here’s a scene that happens all the time in movies and cartoons, but it’s astonishing to see it in real life. It’s Party Time at London’s Battersea Dogs & Cats Home when one ingenious pooch plays the part of Harry Houdini and then lets his friends in on the act. But Red didn’t count on modern technology leading to his downfall! But stay tuned to the end for a very happy finale.

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Three New Online Magazine Issues!

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Those of us who enjoy the page-turning action of online fly-fishing magazines have a banner crop to choose from this week, as new issues of Catch, Southern Culture on the Fly, and A Tight Loop hit the digital newsstand. Catch features the best fly-fishing photography on the Web, as well as Todd Moen’s excellent videos. This issue offers the next installment of Brian O’Keefe’s “Colors of Fly Fishing” series, as well as great stuff from Argentina, Alaska, and Florida. But regular OrvisNews.com readers will know that I most enjoy the “Small Streams” slideshow. In fact, I’m in it. And I’ve got a copy of. . .

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