BONUS Friday Fly-Fishing Video: HOOKÉ 2012!

HOOKÉ 2012! from HOOKÉ on Vimeo.

It happens every week: After I’ve posted the Friday Film Festival, I discover something that could have quite easily made the cut. But, seriously, we can’t post every video, right? However, this one is simply too good not to post. The Quebecois dudes from HOOKÉ have created a wrap-up video featuring highlights from the whole year up until now. And it kick ass. So consider it a delectable dessert after you’ve digested the FFF.

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Photos: The Dogs of Reddit VI

Who could resist those eyes?

photo via refers to itself as “the front page of the Internet,” but it’s really a social news website where folks post links to pretty much anything they find interesting or funny. The content can be pretty vulgar and sophomoric, so I don’t recommend that anyone easily offended visit the site, but what makes Reddit relevant to this blog is that members frequently post pictures of their dogs. One of the quirks of the site is that, on your birthday, you are supposed to post a photo of. . .

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UPDATE II: Virginia’s Public-Access Controversy Continues to Raise Questions

Private Sign on the Jackson

The case in Virginia hinges on the question of whether or not landowners also own the river.

photo by Beau Beasley

Editor’s Note: Author and conservation writer Beau Beasley first broke the story of a fly angler in Virginia being sued for fishing on what the state claims is public property, and we have posted about it twice (here and here). He has covered the lawsuit North /South vs Crawford from the beginning, and his open letter to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has brought much needed light to several questions concerning anglers that fish in Virginia waters. He has agreed to allow Orvis News to post his letter, and provided us a response from VDGIF. The author can be reached through his website.
First, here’s Beau’s Open letter: . . .

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Friday Film Festival 09.28.12

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection offers tons of great trout, salmon, and steelhead action, with a healthy dose of salt water and exotics thrown in for good measure. Fall colors are on display, as are some truly lovely specimens of game fish. (Although I’m not sure that you could describe the pacu as “lovely.”) Most of what we got. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Flamingo Reds

Flamingo Reds

The first time out in the new kayak was a marked success.

photo by Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis of the
Skinny Water Culture
blog recently purchased a new kayak made the maiden voyage to Flamingo in Everglades National Park. The reds were really cooperative, tailing all day in the cloudy conditions, and Chris landed somewhere around 15-20 on his 8-weight. The fly of the day was. . .

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Requiem for a Beloved Neighborhood Dog

Little Man was finally captured after 6-1/2 years as an elusive but beloved stray.

photo courtesy

Here’s the wonderful story of Little Man, a beloved local fixture in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, who passed away last week. He spent years as an elusive stray living in Elysian Park, and local residents adopted him as their own: . . .

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Phil Monahan’s Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 09.27.12


Quiz Time: 10 Questions!

Finally, we’ve got a real header for my quizzes, thanks to the genius of Orvis designer James Daley. It depicts me employing my never-fail fishing technique. Don’t try this at home, kids!

Lots of people took last week’s quiz, but less than half of you posted your scores to the blog. Does this suggest that perhaps your scores weren’t that good? We can only guess. 

The randomly chosen winner of this week’s quiz will receive a signed copy of Tom’s tying book The Orvis Guide to Essential American Flies. This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn not only how to tie these flies, but where they come from and how to fish them. Last week’s winner was “mooregrouse,” who scored 100 percent. . .if you add. . .

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Woman Whose Dog Died After Eating Treats Made in China Launches Petition

Heidi, who died after eating treats made in China, is the inspiration for the petition.

photo courtesy

An Illinois woman whose beloved dog, a German shepherd named Heidi, died after eating dog treats made in China has launched a petition drive to get these treats removed from store shelves. Rita Desollar feels betrayed by the treats’ manufacturers, by the FDA, and by the retailer who sold her the treats. So she penned a letter to have these products. . .

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Video: Is Vigilante Dog-Rescue Group a Good Idea?

The Dogmatic from Lance Oppenheim on Vimeo.

Here’s a remarkable video about a group of Florida dog lovers, called 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, who put themselves in great danger to rescue both abandoned dogs in the Everglades and those being held in abusive conditions elsewhere. Unlike the videos from Eldad Hagar that we frequently post, this one involves. . .

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