A huge mayfly hatch from the Mississippi made for a big cleanup in Hastings, Minnesota. Normally weather patterns will disperse the hatch over a wide geographical area. This year that didn’t happen. Hastings is accustomed to having to clean up after mass mayfly die-offs, but this is one for the books.Read More
A stunning, sad story out of Pennsylvania today where nearly 200 dogs were seized from a single home in an extreme case of animal hoarding.
The state Agriculture Department said late Thursday that dog wardens cooperating with state police executed a search warrant at the home in Benton, in Columbia County, after receiving numerous tips.
They say many of the dogs were sick and numerous dead dogs were found. State police are expected to file animal cruelty charges against the owners.
Many of these dogs will need homes. Perhaps there are OrvisNews.com readers and Chihuahua lovers with extra love to give.
Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. I’m out of the office today, heading to Connecticut to watch my 9-year-old’s All-Star team compete in the Cal Ripken Baseball Regional Championships. Go, Vermont! But, of course, I’ve left a Friday Film Festival for y’all. This week’s collection is pretty trout heavy, but there are lots of different locations and species. Salty anglers will enjoy some action, as well. In an FFF first, . . .Read More
Tom’s working hard on building the Orvis Fly-Fishing Learning Center and getting all the new-product stuff ready for the International Fly-Tackle Dealer show coming up next month, so you’re stuck with another fly-fishing quiz from me. Like the last one this quiz has no theme, just 10 questions of random knowledge, covering such topics as famous fly tiers, fishing locations, trout biology, and. . .Read More
Here’s a remarkable video by Victoria Stilwell, from her series “American Dog,” that explores the dog-training program at Gwinnett County Jail outside Atlanta. The program takes dogs from kill shelters and trains them for adoption. At the same time, working with the dogs changes the inmates, in ways that are very clear. You might need a couple of tissues for this one.Read More
The Big Hole has been fishing really well on dry flies, and recent rains have totally rejuvenated the river. Things are looking good for August!
Last week, temperatures in the 90s sucked the river down to a skinny 600 cfs in Melrose and a frightening 380 cfs in Wise River. Southwestern Montana does not typically get much rain in the summertime, though brief afternoon showers are common this time of year. But this year has been. . .Read More
We’ve posted several times about the ongoing issues with Chinese-made dog treats (see here and here), yet, as this report from WFTX-TV in Fort Myers, Florida, makes clear, no products have been taken off the shelves. That turned out to be disastrous for Robert Sigman and his Goldendoodle, Sami. The dog was recently. . .Read More
In last week’s video, Tim Flagler of Tightline Productions demonstrated how to build the foam body of a saltwater popper. Now it’s time to finish the popper by attaching eyes, coloring the body, and adding a tail. The techniques Tim uses here will allow you to create an array of poppers in different color combinations to mimic the local baitfish or create different kinds of. . .Read More
This week we’re publishing an interview I did with Daniel Galhardo, founder and CEO of Tenkara USA, on guess what? Daniel was here to sample some of our Vermont small stream fishing, which he loved, and we had a ball fishing together. He explains Tenkara, whether he considers it fly fishing, and the basics of how to use a Tenkara outfit. In the fly box, we talk about dealing with fishing gear in hot weather, dries vs. emergers, and setting the hook on downstream fish.
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Rebecca Larsen was supposed to foster an abused dog named Adelle for a few days, but instead the pair ended up having a profound bonding experience. Adelle had been trapped by a landowner, and she was in poor shape: . . .Read More