Monthly Archives: February 2012

Pictures of the Day: Go, Graeme, Go!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Graeme Sharp 2012 Bonefish 1

Young Graeme Sharp with a dandy Exuma bone he caught last Thursday.

photo courtesy John Sharp

We’ve been following the exploits of 11-year-old angler Graeme Sharp since we showed him with a lovely steelhead back in October and his first bonefish, as well. His family makes an annual trip to Exuma, where Graeme has been putting the hurt on the locale bonefish population. According to his dad, John, . . .

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Letting Slip the Dogs of War


Written by: Phil Monahan


Military dogs today receive extensive training before they are deployed.
Here, Tech. Sgt. Adam Miller carries Tina after she is “shot.”

photo by Jared Dort via WSJ.com

We’ve posted many times about military dogs, but most of those stories have to do with what happens to the animals after their time in harm’s way. A book excerpt published on the Wall Street Journal website offers some more insight into the history of dogs in the U.S. military, where they come from, and how they are trained. It’s interesting stuff that reveals just how heroic these dogs can be, as well as how devoted their handlers are to the animals’ well-being.

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Saving the Upper Colorado for the Next Generation


Four-year-old Sam Streb sits atop his dad’s shoulders at a recent rally to stop water
diversions from the Upper Colorado River drainage.

photo courtesy Bob Streb

From: Bob Streb

To: Gov. John Hickenlooper

Dear Governor Hickenlooper,

My name is Bob Streb, and my little family lives in Minturn, Colorado, on the banks of the Eagle River—just one of the incredible places we enjoy in the mountains we call home. One of the other places is the Upper Colorado River. I am a fly-fishing guide, and I spend many days showing friends, both new and old, this very special place. The Upper Colorado River has become part of me, and I often feel a deep need to be in a boat feeling her currents under me. The loss of this freedom is a very real possibility if any more of her water is diverted. I understand this situation has economic implications for everyone, but. . .

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Video: Alaskan Bush Flight


Written by: Phil Monahan

Tikchik Narrows Lodge Beaver Flight from Cory Luoma on Vimeo.

When I was a fishing guide in Alaska, one of my favorite parts of the job was flying to and from remote rivers and lakes in a deHavilland DHC-2 Beaver, the workhorse plane of the bush. Here’s a great video—shot by strapping a GoPro camera to one of the wing struts—that really captures the feeling of traveling low and slow through the air, as you fly from Kulik Lake to Tikchik Narrows Lodge. Many folks have asked me if I was scared to fly in all the small planes I traveled in during my guiding career, but I must say that I felt safer in a Beaver than I do in an airliner. The planes seem so solid in the air, and all the pilots I had the pleasure to fly with were experienced, old hands at the controls. If you’ve ever been to a remote Alaska lodge, this will bring back great memories; if you haven’t yet experienced bush flight, this will give you a taste.

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Video: Happy Endings for Rescue Dogs


Written by: Phil Monahan

Sometimes, you just want to end the week on a happy note, and this video from The Forgotten Dog Foundation made me smile. It focuses on some of the successful rescues the Los Angeles organization accomplished in 2011, and it’s wonderful to see the changes in these dogs’ lives. Of course, the work of such an organization is never done, but it’s important to celebrate the successes. So enjoy these wonderful stories of dogs who were reborn because of the heroic acts of a few dedicated individuals.

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Weekend Reading: Two Online Magazines


Written by: Phil Monahan

MT Mag

If you’re looking for some good reading to get your through the chilly weekend, here are two great online publications worth a look. First up is the premier issue of Montana Fly Fishing Magazine. Guess what it’s about? Editors Greg Lewis and Ehren Wells promise to deliver new issues every couple of months, with content focused on “the diverse and expansive fly-fishing opportunities the Big Sky State has to offer.” The first issue features articles on. . .

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