River Report: The Big Hole Bounces Back

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The author shows off a fine Big Hole brown that fell for a dry fly.

photo by David Thompson

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. . .

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Special Report on the Potential Dangers of Chinese-Made Dog Treats

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. . .

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Video: How to Tie a Saltwater Popper, Part II

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. . .

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Podcast: An Interview with Daniel Galhardo of Tenkara USA


Tom Rosenbauer uses a tenkara rod on a Vermont native-brookie stream.

photo courtesy Tenkara USA


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.

Check out our most recent story on Orvis Tenkara gear here.

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Foster Mom Has a Powerful Experience with an Abused Dog


The bond between Adelle and her foster mom grew strong very quickly.

photo courtesy Care2.com

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: . . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Wade Weedbeds for Bass and Panfish


Wading anglers should focus on weedbeds that meet open water.

photo courtesy NYDEC

Everyone knows that bass loves weeds in the summer, but to cover big weed beds efficiently, you often need a boat (although not necessarily a sparkly one). Especially in the South, the lake bottom around most weeds is mucky, with a thick layer of decaying vegetation on top. Plus there are snakes to contend with. But in cooler climes—the northern tier of the country and at higher elevations—sandy or rocky lakebeds allow wading anglers to get in on. . .

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