Picture of the Day: New Jersey Slob Brown

Scott's Big Brown

What exit am I from, you ask? The exit with the fat brown trout; that’s what exit.

photo courtesy

Scott Bowen

Anyone who lives in New Jersey quickly tires of being asked “What exit are you from?” by out-of-staters who think they are the very soul of wit. For those who see Jersey only from the Turnpike or the Parkway, . . .

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Alaska Dispatch: Bristol Bay River Academy, Day Five

Nanci and Students

Nanci Morris Lyons, lead instructor, poses with her students on the banks of the Naknek.

photo by John Van Vleet

[Editor’s Note: Orvis outdoor copywriter John Van Vleet has traveled to Alaska to be an instructor at the Bristol Bay River Academy, which we posted about back in April and which Orvis sponsors. He will be sending daily dispatches on his experiences.]

Not every day of the Bristol Bay River Academy is full of float plane trips, brown bears, and tests of mental and physical endurance. Today, for example, was a review day for the students’ final exam tomorrow.

The morning session was spent going over how to prepare for a day on the water, including. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Sulphur Usual

The original Usual dry fly was created by Fran Betters of Wilmington, New York, who specialized in fishing the fast water of the West Branch of the Au Sable. To do so, he needed flies that floated well, and his first famous creation, the Haystack, used a single clump of deer hair as both the wings and legs of a fly. Building upon that concept, he created the Usual, which substituted. . .

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Dog Saves Owner from Bear Attack


Kai, an 8-year-old Husky-Labrador cross, came to Tracey Coburn’s aid when a bear attacked.

photo via myfoxboston.com

Last Saturday night, Tracey Coburn opened the front door of her Grafto, New Hampshire, home to let the dog out. There, on her porch, was a large black bear sow. Even worse, the mama bear had two cubs with her, which usually makes the animals defensive and much more dangerous. In a flash, the bear attacked: . . .

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UPDATE: Virginia’s Public-Access Controversy Rages On

Private Sign on the Jackson

The case in Virginia hinges on the question of whether or not landowners also own the river.

photo by Beau Beasley

[Editor’s Note: Back in January, we posted an article by Beau Beasley about an important public-access case in Virginia that pits private landowners against anglers and other river users. Here is the latest on the ongoing court case.]

Working its way through the Alleghany Circuit Court, the curious case of North South Development v. Garden is one of woe—complete with accusations and counter-accusations, a cast of colorful characters, state officials who have deftly managed to duck and cover, and the appearance of. . .

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Photo and Video: Fly-Fishing Triple Plays!

Triple Play

Missouri River guide John Herzer with one brown, one cutty, and one rainbow, caught simultaneously by three anglers on two boats on Montana’s Bitterroot River.

photo courtesy Mark Elliot

Fly fishers talk about all kinds of “Grand Slams,” but that’s mostly a saltwater term. On consecutive days this week, however, I received a picture and a video of anglers catching three species of trout in Montana. . . Read More

Study Confirms What We Already Know: Dogs Can Feel Our Emotions


Do dogs feel a need to comfort humans in pain?.


Why do you think that, if you’re sad, your dog suddenly shows you more attention? Duh, you might say, because the dog loves me and wants to comfort me. All dog owners know this to a certain extent, but researchers in England have discovered that dogs’ empathy is even more profound: . . .

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Videos: A Presentation Lesson and Kara’s First Tarpon


Capt. Bruce Chard with angler Kara Armano and her first tarpon on a fly.

photo courtesy flyfisherman.com

Some people have all the luck. Or maybe it’s not luck. I don’t know. (Sigh.)

All I know is that I have spent a total of four days standing on the bow of a flats skiff in the Florida Keys and have yet to cast to a full-size tarpon. Kara Armano, an angler from Colorado, . . .

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Videos: A Presentation Lesson and Kara’s First Tarpon


Capt. Bruce Chard with angler Kara Armano and her first tarpon on a fly.

photo courtesy flyfisherman.com

Some people have all the luck. Or maybe it’s not luck. I don’t know. (Sigh.)

All I know is that I have spent a total of four days standing on the bow of a flats skiff in the Florida Keys and have yet to cast to a full-size tarpon. Kara Armano, an angler from Colorado, . . .

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