Friday Film Festival 08.24.12

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. I must say, I kind of went a little nutty this week, choosing eighteen (18!) videos for you to enjoy. What’s cool is that there is so much variety, and not just in locations and species. There are many different styles of. . .

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Big Dogs Seized from North Carolina Breeders

Alas, these cases seem to be all too frequent recently, but this one has a twist. The owners of a North Carolina breeding operation were charged yesterday with animal cruelty after a raid seized 28 dogs, big dogs, from their home. The couple bred Great Danes, Mastiffs, and Doberman Pinschers in kennels behind their mobile home, and neighbors had claimed for years that there were problems. But their complaints had not been. . .

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Phil Monahan’s Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 08.23.12

Phil Trivia

Quiz Time: A full 10 Questions!

Well, I didn’t get around to making a new graphic for the header above, but I’m still making up the questions. And I gotta tell you, anyone who gets a 100% on this baby should be very proud. This quiz covers everything from famous trout waters to parts of a fly reel to. . .

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Video: “An Honored Place”

an honored place from Celin Serbo on Vimeo.

Celin Serbo is a photographer/videographer based in Boulder, Colorado. His recent video—co-directed with Sergio Ballivan—is a story about the how nature’s wonders are central to the fly fishing experience, and the ways in which craftsmen try to. . .

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Photo: A Dog Offers His Heartfelt Goodbye

Aileen’s dog was brought to her bedside so they could say goodbye.

photo courtesy Miles O’Brien

The above is a touching, heartbreaking photo that comes from a story about the struggle against breast cancer of Aileen Graef, who died on Tuesday. It’s a tale of pain, frustration, and hardship. However, in the midst of talking about the “cruel and ugly” disease and how it ravages not only the patient but those who love her, author Xeni Jardin takes a minute to find a moment of beauty in the end: . . .

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Slideshow: August in the Colorado High Country

Created with flickr slideshow.

Fishing Colorado’s high-country wilderness areas always offers a remote experience. Any time of year, it’s a great way to escape the crowded waters near highways and towns. However, late August is a truly special time for high-alpine fishing. Many anglers have turned their focus to the . . .

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Video: An Amazing But True Dog Story

This is a great video about what can be accomplished with aggressive, supposedly “untrainable” dogs, such as Cerberus. Self-described “dog listener” Samantha Browne used patience, understanding, and a sense that the dog would choose the pace for its transition from alpha to member of the pack. It’s a fascinating look at. . .

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The Softest Blanket Ever: Magic!

Remember your favorite stuffed animal? Now imagine him or her as a blanket. That’s pretty much the best way to describe how super soft and cozy these blankets really are.

I purchased the Softest Blanket Ever a couple of years ago. I didn’t really need another blanket, but I had heard so many wonderful comments that I had to try it. I’m SOOOO glad I did.

It comes in very neutral colors and blends with any decor and really lives up to its hype. It really is super SOFT and my “go-to” on cool evenings watching TV or when I’m not feeling well and need a hug. My cat, Angel sees it coming up over my legs and bounds for her spot in my lap. Works every time.

It’s lightweight enough for not-so-cold weather and yet incredibly warm when needed. Magic!

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Return of the Kings on the Elwha

Spawning king salmon have been sighted twice upriver from the former dam sites on the
newly free Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula.

photo courtesy U.S. Geological Survey

By their very nature, dam-removal projects require a certain amount of faith. Fisheries biologists can guess how fish stocks will react to freed sections of river, but no one really knows if the fish will come back—especially if they have been gone for almost a century. The recent destruction of two dams on Washington’s Elwha River is a case in point. But in this situation, it seems that, if biologists’ predictions were wrong, it’s that they. . .

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The Orvis Superfine Rod Series: Flat Out Sexy

Some of nature’s loveliest creatures are also some of its smallest. With the Superfine Touch 601-3, you can leave the big world behind, find a tiny mountain stream, and focus instead on the vibrant blue halos and ivory-tipped fins of brook trout no larger than your hand.

The Orvis Superfine line of rods is flat-out sexy. Borrowing a lot of technology from the legendary Helios rod lineup, this rod is surgical on waters that require precise dry fly presentations in tight quarters. You typically sacrifice accuracy and precision for feel with full flex rods, but this is not at all the case with this rod. It is as precise at 50 feet as it is at 10 and you have all the added benefits and feel that a full flex rod offers. Those wild 6-12 inch fish feel like Steelhead on the end of this rod, but it controls the fish like a champ — unlike some of the other full flex rods I have used in the past.

I love the traditional look of the rod, and with the legendary CFO reel, it is truly has the look and feel of a traditional trout setup but with the benefits of modern technology.

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