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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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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Rescue Dog Gets a New Prosthetic Paw


Skip takes a break from romping on his new limb.

photo via CBS47

Here’s an incredible story about a rescue dog given a new lease on life via the kindness of strangers. Skip, a pit bull from Merced, California, lost a paw as a result of infection after his previous owners bandaged his leg too tightly to fix what they thought was a broken leg. They brought Skip to the Merced Veterinary Clinic, but couldn’t afford his care. The dog was scheduled to be euthanized when one of the clinic’s employees. . .

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The Phil Monahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 03.29.12


Don’t mind that banner up there; Tom’s still busy, and I’m back with another pretty tough quiz. The last one, on the locations of 25 famous fly-fishing spots in the Western Hemisphere, generated some serious consternation and some seriously low scores. Hopefully, there will be some redemption today, as you try to identify the authors of 20 famous fly-fishing books. (No Googling!) The bonus here is that, even if you don’t do very well, you’ve come away with a great reading list!

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.

Click “Read More” to take the quiz!

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Video: Brooklyn’s Anti-Westminster Dog Show

For some people, the Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a little too stuffy, a little too focused on pure breeds. Many of these people live right across the river in Brooklyn, where irreverence is a way of life. That’s the theme of the Brooklyn Mutt Show, which seeks to be everything Westminster isn’t. This year’s event featured a Star Wars and Star Trek dog costume contest that would make professional dog handlers cringe. But I think. . .

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