Friday Film Festival 02.17.12

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is heavy on the trout, with a dose of Atlantic salmon and steelhead thrown in for good measure. The saltwater community is represented by just a single bonefish vid, but I would expect. . .

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Photos: Dogs of Reddit II

I do believe this old dog wants to play.

photo via refers to itself as “the front page of the Internet,” but it’s really a social news website where folks post links to pretty much anything they find interesting or funny. The content can be pretty vulgar and sophomoric, so I don’t recommend that anyone easily offended visit the site, but what makes Reddit relevant to this blog is that members frequently post pictures of their dogs. And some of these photos are quite wonderful. They feature puppies, older dogs, funny dogs, and even naughty dogs. Here’s a selection of pooch photos posted from the last couple days.

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Managing the “Winter Blues”

Griffin Fly

Perhaps taking up fly-fishing artwork is a good way to beat the winter blues.

Illustration by Catherine Griffin

Last month, I found myself sitting cross-legged on a boulder in the middle of my home stream looking through the clear water at the rocks on the bottom. I had given up fishing about an hour before and was morosely reflecting on the transformation of a lively fall brook stream into a seemingly vacant winter stream. Where did all of the fish go? Did they pack up their little trout motor homes and go to the Keys for the winter?

It might sound fanatical to people who don’t fish, but the off-season blues can be a serious problem for anglers. In addition to decreased sunlight, which can cause most of us to get pretty blue, anglers lose one of their most important sources of . . .

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Phil’s Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 02.16.12


Don’t mind that banner up there; Tom’s too busy with his super-secret new project to make a quiz this week. (You’ll hear a lot more about that next week.) Plus, I don’t want him to get all the angry e-mails sure to come, because this here quiz I made is tough.

Here’s what you’re in for: you need to identify the locations of 25 famous fly-fishing spots in the Western Hemisphere. Some are river names, some are place names, and some are nicknames. Anyone who can get a 100 on this quiz is a fly-fishing-travel Jedi master. (No Googling!)

Post your score in the comments below to become eligible for our giveaway: One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will win a copy of the Orvis App for iPhone or Android, a great resource featuring everything from fishing reports to knot-tying animations to fly patterns.

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Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel

Seth Casteel’s photos of dogs underwater are suddenly all over the Internet.
Photo by Seth Casteel

We contacted photographer Seth Casteel a couple weeks ago about doing a slideshow here, but the dang Internet beat us to it. The appearance of his images on resulted in widespread acclaim. Casteel, who calls what he does “lifestyle pet photography,” works in both . . .

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast is on the hunt for redfish with Captain Dave Hunt

This week we have a great interview on redfish (and also speckled trout and snook) with Captain Dave Hunt from Florida. In the Fly Box, we also talk about grayling, brass and tungsten beads, and about the question of whether the term ‘dry fly rod” is valid today. Plus I tip our listeners off to an exciting new development on the web–but you’ll have to listen to find out!

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Video: How to Tie Matt’s Monster Bugger

Last week, we posted an article by Tom Rosenbauer. about fishing big streamers during the high, cold water of early spring. In his discussion on choosing patterns, Tom argued that “flies that have some movement of their own, like ones with marabou and rabbit fur, work best under these conditions. Flies with brass (or even better tungsten) beads get the fly. . .

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6th Grader Honors His Dog By Lobbying for Safer Antifreeze

A Kansas boy who lost his beloved dog when it drank antifreeze has launched a movement to convince the state legislature to prevent future such tragedies. Twelve-year-old Aaron Coash’s dog, Nikko, was his best friend and constant companion for six years. But last month, Nikko, a Shiba Inu, ingested some antifreeze and was dead within a week. Now Aaron is trying . . .

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