New Zealand Hero Dog Is a True Giant

Guinness and his owner, Sean Scully, devoted their time and energy to
helping earthquake victims in Christchurch.

photo by Don Scott/The Press

An enormous Irish wolfhound named Guinness will be the first animal to receive a Local Hero Medal, as part of the 2012 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year Awards. Guinness and his owner, Sean Scully, worked. . .

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Video: Winter Trout in the Ozarks

Guide Brian Wise is back with some great winter footage from his trips on the North Fork of the White River and Dry Run Creek over the past few months. It’s great to see his kids continue to develop as anglers. According to Brian, his eldest son is a fishing “freak,” so we can expect great things from him in the future. (I love that he has the boy rowing the boat.) Maybe we can convince Brian to let the boys host their own videos.

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Tuesday Tip: The Inside Scoop


When you’re fishing a bend in a river, make sure that you fish the water close to you before you cast to the real “lunker water” against the far bank. Start from the tailout
and work upstream, beginning at the tailout (A). Next, look for trout near any rocks or structure on the inside of the main current (B). Oftentimes, there will be fish lying right
out in the open on the inside of the bend (C); these fish are usually quite wary, so you need to be stealthy and make delicate presentations. Finally, look for fish at the head
of the pool (D) where there are rocks that break the current.

illustration by Larry Largay

Most fly fishermen are so intent on their own processes—making the right cast, mending correctly, and watching the fly or strike indicator—that they don’t bother to observe what the other anglers on the river are doing. When you work as a fishing guide, however, you spend a lot of time, without a rod in your hand, watching other people fish. It’s an interesting experience, because you get to see many different angling styles—some good, some not so good—and you develop a keen eye for anticipating the most common. . .

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Video: An Incredibly Heroic Dog’s Life

We have written about a lot of hero dogs on this blog, but hard to imagine any dog—or other animal, or person, for that matter—giving more than Bino did. After service as a drug-interdiction dog, Bino did a tour of duty in Iraq, and then he came back to help train service dogs for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. This is why Bino was. . .

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Westslope Cutthroat: Oncorhynchus clarki lewisi

The state fish of both Montana and Idaho, the westslope cutthroat is actually misnamed, for it occurs on both sides of the continental divide. The Latin name for the subspecies comes from the fact that the fish was first described in the journal of Capt. Meriwether Lewis, who headed the Corps of Discovery alongside William Clark:…

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Video: 125 Dogs Rescued from Quebec Puppy Mill

Here’s a remarkable video from Humane Society International showing the rescue of 125 dogs from a puppy mill at an undisclosed location in Quebec. We hear about such rescues a lot, but this video gives you the sense of the manpower, equipment, and dedication involved in transporting the dogs to the shelters where they can get much-needed veterinary care.

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Video: Letting It Roll for Bonefish on Grand Cayman

After summer-like temperatures all last week here in the North Country, we’re in for some more seasonable raw weather, so a trip to the tropics seems appropriate. Here’s some sweet bonefish action from Grand Cayman Island, as a couple of bonefish guides enjoy a day off by returning to their “office” for a little bit of fun. The underwater shots are just gorgeous.

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