Friday Film Festival 08.17.12

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection builds on the theme established in Toby Swank’s essay in the previous post: the joys of being in the backcountry. We’ve even got a couple of videos with very little fishing in them, but their. . .

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The Joys of the Unfamiliar When You Go “Off the Grid”

Off the Grid

When you’re off the grid, a trophy whitey is a reason for a big smile.

photo by Toby Swank

Maybe it’s just the fact that I’m getting older now, but fishing is becoming more and more about all the things that go into fishing than about actually fishing. I find myself less worried about fly selection, partially because I can no longer see anything smaller than a size 16, and looking more for the happy fish than the picky fish. Familiar waters feel more like home while I still hold hope for the promise of. . .

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Video: Rescuing Little Lulu

It’s been a few weeks since we featured a video from Hope for Paws‘ Eldad Hagar, so here’s a wonderful rescue from last December. Little Lulu had been dumped by her owner and then was hit by a car. She was hiding in some bushes, terrified and aggressive when Eldad and his. . .

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Video: Your Dog Shaking Itself Dry Is a Wonder of Nature

We’ve all been there: you’re all dressed up for work or a special event, and your dog decides it’s the perfect time to shake itself dry. Splattered with water from head to toe, all you can do is laugh. But to a dog—as well as other furry mammals—the ability to shake dry evolved as an important survival skill. Scientists believe that a dog’s ability to. . .

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Connecticut River Watershed Council Announces 16th Annual Source to Sea Cleanup

The 410-mile-long Connecticut River is a highly decorated and productive waterway. It is one of 14 federally designated American Heritage Rivers, home to the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, and recently designated as the nation’s first National Blueway by the U.S. Department of the Interior. You can protect this resource and join thousands of other volunteers across New England combating trash problems in their towns by participating in the. . .

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Phil Monahan’s Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 08.16.12

Phil Trivia

Quiz Time!

Tom’s out at the International Fly Tackle Dealer show in Reno, Nevada, this week, but—whom are we kidding?—I think you guys are stuck with me as quiz master, for a while at least. I guess I should finally have a new graphic made for the header, eh?

Anyway, here’s another short, 5-question gem covering everything from bass bugs to salmon life histories, to keep you occupied and to give you a chance for. . .

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UPDATE II: Maryland House Scuttles Senate’s Anti-BSL Bill, Leaving Pit Bulls in Legal Limbo

Lily the Hero

Lily the pit bull saved her owner’s life by dragging her off the railroad tracks as a
train approached, but in Maryland she is considered “inherently dangerous.”

photo courtesy WCVB

Last week, we posted a story that had what turns out to be an overly optimistic headline: “Maryland Legislature Abolishes Breed-Specific Legislation.” At the time, it seemed that a bill to change the legal branding of pit bulls as “inherently dangerous” was on its way to passage after the Senate approved it. Ah, but these are politicians we’re talking about. This week, the House came out with its. . .

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