Video: A Close-Up Look at Didymo’s Effects

Didymo: A Video Diary from Jason du Pont on Vimeo.

Anyone who cares about rivers needs to watch this 25-minute film that follows the progression of a didymo bloom in the Gunpowder River in Maryland. You'll be astounded by how quickly the river is transformed as the bloom progresses, and a once-clear freestone stream becomes a gunked-up, brown mess. If you ever needed a reason to take personal measures that halt the spread of aquatic nuisance species, . . .

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The Battle to Save the “Biblical Dog”

The Canaan dog has roamed the harsh desert climate since biblical times, but it is in danger of fading away.

photo by Brulliard/Washington Post

A fascinating story in the Washington Post describes an effort in Israel to save the Canaan dog, a breed that has been around since biblical times. However, Canaan dogs are now in danger of becoming lost forever because of a battle between the Israeli government and a kennel working to rescue the breed. According to the Post story: . . .

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Picture of the Day: Brown on the Green

Shawn Combs Brown Trout

Orvis product development specialist Shawn Combs caught this 17-inch beauty last winter on Utah's Green River below Flaming Gorge with an articulated Meal Ticket.

photo copyright Douglas Barnes

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Picture of the Day: OMG! OMG! OMG!

It's full of stars!

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Friday Film Festival 03.30.12

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 very Euro-centric, which is something that hasn't happened before. We've got great stuff from Spain, Sweden, and France, along with a New Zealand entry that's not at all what you. . .

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Chinese Activists Rescue 150 Dogs Bound for Slaughter

A volunteer feeds one of the dogs rescued from slaughter last December in a stand-off between animal rights activists and dog-meat sellers in central China.

photo by Frank Langfitt via

Here's a remarkable NPR story that discusses the growth of the dog-lover community in China, a country not known for its human treatment of animals. The broadcast tells the story of how a group of 150 activists rescued a truckload of dogs destined for slaughter. It's incredible how one woman's phone call generated such an immediate and effective. . .

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Picture of the Day: Honoring a Father’s Generosity

Matthew Owen

Matthew Owen shows off the skills that were wholeheartedly encouraged by his late father.

photo courtesy Joe Millner

Blog reader Joe Millner sent in this great photo, along with the touching story behind it:

I thought I would pass along this picture of a friend of mine. The young man in the picture is Matthew Owen from Memphis, Tennessee. He is a junior at a local high school and loves the outdoors. On Christmas day of 2011, Matthew learned his 60-year-old old Dad, Larry, . . .

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Bitten by the Fly-Fishing Bug

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TV host Mariko Izumi with her first-ever trout on a fly, in Colorado.

photo courtesy Mariko Izumi

The sound of line sweeping the water and the feel of every bite, pull, and twist that comes from a fish being reeled in on an almost weightless fly is relatively new to me. It’s true I’ve been exposed to fishing since I was in diapers, but it’s only recently that I took up fly fishing. I grew up in a bass fishing/spinning-gear family, and while. . .

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