Pictures of the Day: A Plethora of Puppies


Both youngsters in this photo have amazing eyes.

all photos via Reddit.com

After the awful subject matter of yesterday’s last post, about troubles in a Florida animal shelter, I thought I’d cheer things up. And what better way to do that than with 22 great photos of extremely cute puppies. So enjoy some smiles with this morning’s Puppypalooza!

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Video: Giant Mayflies of Vindelälven

Rolf Nylinder is back with a wonderful video about fishing the hatch of giant mayflies (Ephemera vulgata or green drakes) in Sweden’s Vindelälven Valley. There are some spectacular takes, gorgeous fish, and, as usual, a good amount of humor. Rolf’s friend Stefan has the magic tough, forcing Rolf to. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Set Up a Trout Reel

My good friend Zach Matthews, editor of The itinerant Angler website and host of the podcast of the same name, got a new video camera from his wife for Christmas, and he’s putting it to good use. Here’s a great lesson on setting up a fly reel, from start to finish—getting the backing on the reel, attaching the fly line to the backing, attaching a butt section to the fly line, and then attaching a leader. In the process, you’ll learn the double surgeon’s loop, a new arbor knot, the nail knot, the perfection loop, and. . .  

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Highland Hills Ranch Named 2012 Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year

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A guest a Highland Hills Ranch takes a nice crossing shot on a hard flying chukar.


photo courtesy Highland Hills Ranch

Highland Hills Ranch, located in north-central Oregon, was recently named 2012 Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year at an event held in Key Largo, Florida. This is the second time that Highland Hills Ranch has been awarded this honor, making it only the second two-time winner. This award is based on. . .

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New “Sight Fishing Trout Rivers” DVD

Dave and Amelia Jensen of Fly Fish Alberta spend three months a year in New Zealand, providing us with fantastic photos and video, and then return to their home waters of Alberta for the guiding season. So they know a thing or two about catching big trout, and their favorite way to do it is sight-fishing. They’ve just a released a DVD called “Sight Fishing Trout Rivers” that contains all they’ve learned over the years about spotting and stalking big trout. As you’d imagine, there’s lots of. . .

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Photos: Jessica’s First Day on the Water!

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How many kids get to fish with bamboo the first time out?

photo by Morgan Lyle

Writer Morgan Lyle sent us these photos of his daughter, Jessica, from the Opening Day of the New York trout season. He wrote:

Jessica will be 11 in July. She had tied flies and fished with a spinning rod before, but this was her first time wading and fly-fishing. She wore her father’s spare waders and used her grandfather’s. . .

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Photos: Jessica’s First Day on the Water!

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How many kids get to fish with bamboo the first time out?

photo by Morgan Lyle

Writer Morgan Lyle sent us these photos of his daughter, Jessica, from the Opening Day of the New York trout season. He wrote:

Jessica will be 11 in July. She had tied flies and fished with a spinning rod before, but this was her first time wading and fly-fishing. She wore her father’s spare waders and used her grandfather’s. . .

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Coalition Seeks to Make Los Angeles a NO-KILL City

Last Wednesday, at a gala event at the L.A. House of Blues, the No Kill Los Angeles effort officially kicked off. The name of the coalition of animal-rescue organizations says it all: the goal is to end the killing of healthy and treatable pets in L.A. shelters. The methods are hardly ground-breaking—providing spay/neuter services where they are needed most so fewer animals go into shelters, and increasing. . .

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Video: A Lesson in Rod Rigging from Dave Perkins

When you work for Orvis, you discover that lots of people have preconceived notions of the company and its owners. Especially in the West, there’s an impression that Orvis is somehow “tweedy,” upper-crusty, and tradition-bound, and I would guess that most people who believe this also assume that Orvis executives are the kinds of guys who only fish with guides on private waters. I mean, they may fly-fish, but surely they’re not . . .

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Picture of the Day: What a Gorgeous Prom Date!

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Thomas Nave knows how to kick off Prom Night with a bang.

photo courtesy Thomas Nave

Fly-fishing guide (and sometime employee at the Orvis Roanoke, Virginia, facility) Mark McKinney sent us this great photo yesterday. It seems that Thomas Nave, senior at Hidden Valley High and soon to be freshman at Virginia Tech, had few minutes before he had to get ready for his senior prom. So what did he do with that time? He headed to. . .

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