Hero Dog Saves Children from Deadly Snake


Catherine Lynch holds River, who is recovering from a dangerous bite from an eastern brown snake.

photo via the Herald Sun

Sometimes it seems as if there is an endless supply of hero-dog stories, and here’s a great one from Australia. Catherine Lynch’s two daughters, ages 2 and 7, were running toward the swing set in their yard on Saturday, when an eastern brown snake reared in the grass in front of them. The brown snake is among the world’s deadliest, and it can be quite aggressive when confronted. . . .

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UPDATE: Dog rescued by Kayaker Helping His Family Heal

Here’s a follow-up report from Florida on Barney, the dog who was rescued from the Gulf of Mexico by a kayaker after a hit-and-run accident that killed the dog’s owner. This ABC Action News report shows just how much Barney’s return has meant to Donna Chen’s family, grieving over the loss a wife an mother of three. “I think Barney coming back to us is a total miracle,” says Chen’s husband. Battered and bruised, the Vizsla is home, where he needs to be for his own health and for the piece of mind of his mourning family.

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Rare, Vintage Lee Wulff Fly-Fishing Film

Here’s a wonderful piece of film by Lee Wulff demonstrating how a floatplane can offer an angler access to exceptional waters. As the person who posted this on YouTube explains:

Wings for an Angler with Lee Wulff was on 16mm, some what torn up when I got it from J. Frey in 1980’s. I transferred to VHS and found it last year. Now here is the seaplane fishing film, some what chopped up. This is the only copy that I know of.

There’s lots of great footage of leaping Atlantic salmon, and wait until you see the brookie that Wulff’s 10-year-old son Alan catches! (Hat tip: Moldy Chum.)

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Understanding Rod Action and Choosing the Right Rod for You


The Orvis Flex Index is just one way to describe the way a fly rod performs.

Ask almost any fly fisherman to cite the differences between fast- and slow-action fly rods, and you’ll probably get some version of: “A fast-action rod is stiffer than a slow-action rod.” While, at a very basic level, this is usually the case, it’s kind of like describing the difference between a Great Dane and a Chihuahua as merely one of size. Such a description of rod action doesn’t come close to explaining the many intricacies and variables involved, nor does it explain why rod action is important to casters and anglers.

Poring over fly-fishing catalogs won’t offer much illumination on the topic, either. Different manufacturers use different terminology to describe their products, and there is no industry standard to which you can compare any one rod. Get a bunch of the industry’s top fly-rod designers together to discuss the issues, and things start to get clearer, although you’ll still hear plenty of competing points of view. Here’s a guide to understanding rod action.

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The Games We Play

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In shot gunning there are many different ways we can improve our hit percentage. Skeet, Trap, Sporting clay, or just going to the local sand pit with a hand thrower are all ways to have fun and perfect your shot gunning skills. In this podcast Brett and I attempt to explain the different shooting game’s we enjoy and think you will too.

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To Trout, or Not to Trout: That is the Question

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My first solo trout on a fly. Not a monster, but I caught it all by myself.

photo by Sarah Hoog

Working for The Orvis Company has its benefits: being able to talk fishing all day and not being frowned at, playing with some great new gear as it comes out of the box, and having the opportunity to really expound on different types of fishing. Orvis isn’t a “fly-fishing-only” company but really embraces all types of fishing, even if some of us . . .

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Fly-Fishing Psychology 101: Managing Frustration

Justin Collmann

Justin Collmann, a clinical psychology graduate student, believes that fly
fishers can help manage their own frustration on the water.

photo courtesy Justin Collmann

This past October, I was standing at the lip of the first pool on my home stream in Shenandoah National Park and casting across the current to a fishy undercut boulder on the far side. No sooner had I dropped my fly in the still water behind the rock then my line got caught in the current, and my little dry fly was water-skiing, a nice V-shaped wake behind it. A brook trout actually stuck his head out of the water and asked, “Are you serious?” Then he. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Best Friends

Best Friends

Normally, I don’t much care for these little Internet posters that get forwarded around, but this one really struck me. It’s a beautiful thing.

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