More Photo Contest Honorable Mentions


Maggie May, a golden retriever, earned $7,745 for charity.

photo by Melissa, Midland

Last month, we highlighted two “Honorable Mentions” from the second 2011 Orvis Cover Dog Photo Contest: the dog who raised the most money, and the one who received the most unique votes. You may recall that each vote for one of the photos in the contest translated to a $1 donation to the Morris Animal Foundation’s research into canine cancer.

There were six other dogs who received more than 1,000 votes (which means they raised more than $1,000, as well), and we want to make sure that we honor their achievements, too. Thanks to their owners and to everyone who voted for them. So, without further ado, here are those fantastic photos.

Read More

Video: Passion for Dogs

Here’s a great, short video about one woman’s lifelong passion for dogs. For her, there’s not too much complexity behind her love for Moxie, her Italian greyhound. Instead, the love itself is the reason. And if others don’t understand or think of her as a “crazy dog lady,” that’s their problem.

Read More

Friday Film Festival 02.24.12

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. There was such an embarrassment of riches this week, I can offer a baker’s dozen videos that will take you from New Zealand, to Canada, to the Indian Ocean, and back to North Carolina, with plenty of other. . .

Read More

Itu’s Bones Hits the Shelves

My friend Carl McNeil‘s long-awaited film Itu’s Bones—co-directed and -produced with his wife, Jeanie Ackley—has finally been released. We ran the trailer back in August, there’s a 10-minute short above, and I can’t wait to see the finished product. Here’s Carl’s description of the project: . . .

Read More

Forbes Magazine Exposes Puppy Mills

Madonna of the Mills Trailer from Umbrella Girl Media on Vimeo.

Of all the news media outlets, one where you’d least expect to find an expose of the puppy-mill industry is Forbes magazine. But Allen St. John’s long interview with the filmmaker whose HBO documentary Madonna of the Mills shows that even a financial magazine can have heart.

Some of the facts about puppy mills revealed by Andrew Nibley, a CEO who took off a year and a half to make this documentary, are really astonishing: . . .
Read More

Help Defend the Upper Colorado River

A growing number of anglers, concerned about the health of the upper Colorado River Basin, is putting pressure on legislators to stop diverting water to feed development on Colorado’s Front Range. A group of sportsmen, boaters, wildlife enthusiasts, and others rallied on the steps of the state capitol yesterday to draw attention to the problem and to show Governor Hickenlooper that there is broad-based opposition to the proposed water plan. The governor has gone on record claiming that the water diversion plan “comprehensively addresses impacts to Colorado’s fish and wildlife.”

As most people know, the mighty Colorado River is so dewatered in its lower reaches that it rarely makes it to the Sea of Cortez. So much water is sucked out to supply the needs of Southern California and cities such as Phoenix, Tucson, and Las Vegas. . .

Read More

Picture of the Day: Bari’s Beauty

Bari's Prize

Bari and her proud grandparents with a lovely pompano.

photo courtesy Capt. Ed Hurst

This wonderful photo showed up in my email the other day, along with a note from Capt. Ed Hurst of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters in Sarasota, Florida:


The young lady, Bari, is 10 years old. She fished on Saturday with her grandparents. She had a little difficulty casting so I helped her with that. BUT she stripped the line, set the hook, and played the fish all on her own. She caught trout, ladyfish, and pompano. There is at least one new fly fisher on the way up. My guess is by next year when she goes again, she’ll do it all by herself. And she’s a sweetheart to boot.

Brava, Bari!

Read More

Picture of the Day: Bari’s Beauty

Bari's Prize

Bari and her proud grandparents with a lovely pompano.

photo courtesy Capt. Ed Hurst

This wonderful photo showed up in my email the other day, along with a note from Capt. Ed Hurst of CB’s Saltwater Outfitters in Sarasota, Florida:


The young lady, Bari, is 10 years old. She fished on Saturday with her grandparents. She had a little difficulty casting so I helped her with that. BUT she stripped the line, set the hook, and played the fish all on her own. She caught trout, ladyfish, and pompano. There is at least one new fly fisher on the way up. My guess is by next year when she goes again, she’ll do it all by herself. And she’s a sweetheart to boot.

Brava, Bari!

Read More