Last Chance to Enter Our Exciting Helios 2 Sweepstakes!

[Editor’s Note: With just over 8 hours left in the contest, this is your LAST CHANCE to win one of these great prizes!]

We’ve been teasing you for months about the launch of the new Helios 2 fly rods (what with the obscure logos, heart-stopping video, and photos from around the world of anglers landing big fish on the new rods), and today we announce an exciting sweepstakes! The first four models of the Helios 2—two 5-weights, an 8-weight, and a 9-weight—will be available online and in stores in November. . .

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Disabled veteran and Service Dog Kicked out of Store in Texas

Here we go again. . . .According to a lawsuit filed in San Antonio, Texas, a disabled war vet was kicked out of a store because he had his service dog with him. Adan Gallegos was forced to leave Billy Bob’s Beds and then was apparently harassed by store employees, who told him to. . .

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Rescuing Dogs After Hurricane Sandy

A fireman carries a resident’s dog to safety from flood waters in Little Ferry, N.J. on Tuesday.

photo via Animal Tracks on Today

After Hurricane Katrina left more than 250,000 pets stranded, animal lovers are clearly concerned about the fate of dogs in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which ravaged the Northeast on Monday. Luckily, the region is home to many pet-friendly. . .

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10 Tips for Keeping Dogs Safe on Halloween

Don’t let this be a spooky Halloween.

photo via

It’s always good to re-familiarize ourselves with Halloween safety tips for our dogs, and with the rising popularity of canine costumes, it’s becoming more important to keep certain things in mind. This guide from the ASPCA gives us 10 helpful tips to make sure Fido has a happy Halloween: . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Antron Egg

As Tim Flagler notes at the beginning of this video, some anglers think that egg patterns aren’t “proper” flies and are effectively bait. Of course, at other times, similar arguments have been made about beadhead nymphs, so don’t think there’s any kind of agreement on this subject. I can tell you that, when I was a fly-fishing guide on Alaska’s Copper River, egg flies were the only patterns the big rainbow trout would eat once. . .

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UPDATE III: Judge Rules Against Fly Fisherman in Virginia River-Access Case

Private Sign on the Jackson

The case hinged on whether or not landowners who have a crown grant 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 three times (here, here, and here). This update comes via

With the exception of his two attorneys, Dargan Coggeshall stood in the courtroom completely alone as the decision in North/South Development v Crawford was handed down. The avid Virginia fly angler has been embroiled in a lawsuit for the past two years over the use of the Jackson River, and in particular his ability (and that of the public) to wade in a certain section of the Jackson River. Considered one of the best wild trout fisheries in the east, and the only trout stream in the Old Dominion large enough to

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Photo of the Day: An Unexpected Cat

Fly-caught catfish

This is not the kind of thing you expect to catch on a Prince Nymph.

photo courtesy Jeremy Roberts

It’s not every day that you get a picture of a fly fisherman hoisting a big catfish, but Jeremy Roberts’s photo is even more impressive when you learn the circumstances of his catch: . . .

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Video: Dog Scouts of America Teaches Dogs to Be Good Citizens

Here’s a great video report about a local Dog Scouts of America chapter in California. (We previously posted about the organization here.) Dog Scouts of America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to “improv[ing] the lives of dogs, their owners, and society through humane education, positive training, and community involvement.” Founded in 1995 by a woman in Michigan named Lonnie Olson, DSA now features troops from Maine to California. Dog Scouts can earn more than 60 badges for things such as. . .

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