All-American Striped Bass in California

Pats 1st American Striper

After striking out in the Atlantic, Pat scores big on the American River.

photo courtesy Jason Cotta

The sun peeked over the horizon as we slid the drift boat into the cool waters of the American River. While daytime temperatures were expected to reach a blazing 107 degrees, the morning air was refreshingly cool and crisp. The American River hosts phenomenal runs of steelhead, salmon, and shad, but we were after the elusive and hard-fighting striped bass that call the river home. It was almost exactly a year before that I had landed a. . .

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Video: Dog Loves the Ice Cream Man!

Do you remember how excited you were as a child when you heard the siren’s song of the ice cream truck from a few streets away? That was your signal to run inside and beg mom or dad for enough money to get a Rocket Pop, a Drumstick, or an Italian Ice. Well, here’s a dog who feels the same way. Look at how giddy he is at the. . .

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Trout Unlimited Launches Women’s Fly-Fishing Retreat in Colorado, Sept. 20-23


Trout Unlimited seeks to develop women leaders through an annual retreat.

photo courtesy tu.org

Join women anglers from across the country for fishing, camaraderie, and fun at Trout Unlimited’s first annual Women’s Fly fishing Retreat at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Sept. 20-23, 2012.

From your base at the breathtaking Sheraton Steamboat Resort, you will have the opportunity to fish in several of Colorado’s best rivers, including the. . .

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Trout Unlimited Launches Women’s Fly-Fishing Retreat in Colorado, Sept. 20-23


Trout Unlimited seeks to develop women leaders through an annual retreat.

photo courtesy tu.org

Join women anglers from across the country for fishing, camaraderie, and fun at Trout Unlimited’s first annual Women’s Fly fishing Retreat at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Sept. 20-23, 2012.

From your base at the breathtaking Sheraton Steamboat Resort, you will have the opportunity to fish in several of Colorado’s best rivers, including the. . .

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Fish-Ladder Restoration in Vermont Employs Crowd-Funding Model


Workers perform maintenance on a Mill Brook culvert.

photo courtesy cleanwaterfuture.org

Last August 28, Tropical Storm Irene dumped over 11 inches of rain in parts of Vermont in a very short time, causing massive flooding across the state. Rivers breached their banks, washing away homes, flooding towns, and forever changing the landscape. In Pomfret, Vermont, a fish ladder leading to Mill Brook was completely destroyed during the. . .

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Oregon Family Reunited with Beloved Dog After Three Years


Sara managed to travel from Oregon to Utah during her time away, but she looks so healthy that she must have been with another family.

photo via statesmanjournal.com

There were scenes of joy on Sunday when an Oregon family was reunited with their lost dog, Sara, a border collie/Australian shepherd mix who had disappeared three years ago from a friend’s home. Owner Kristin Riccitti got a phone call last week from a veterinary tech in Utah saying that a Sara had been found wandering through a. . .

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Photos: Best Summer Internship Ever?

Mazzoni Trout

Catching a big brown like this one in pitch blackness is a thrill worth any amount of dishwashing.

photo by Mike Mazzoni

I never would have thought one of my greatest fishing experiences would start and end with a pile of dirty dishes. When
Falcon’s Ledge
Head Chef and fly-fishing guru Scott Pizza and I crunched the timeframe and steps necessary to make our evening dash to a local stream worth our while, we knew it would be a race against the kitchen clock. Scott, as always, served an extravagant meal. I rounded up the dishes, threw them in the sink to soak, and then. . .

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Video: Tennessee No-Kill Shelter Faces “Sophie’s Choice”

A woman who runs a Tennessee no-kill shelter for dogs that no one else wants is running out of funds. . .and time. Owner of Death Row Doggies Rescue, Deb Ellis, says that she can no longer afford to keep the 50 dogs she has rescued, so she will have to find forever homes for half of them by Friday, or she will have to do what she has long refused to: . . .

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