Monthly Archives: February 2013

Take the Orvis Dog Trivia Challenge 02.25.13!


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Welcome to the third edition of the OrvisNews.com Dog Trivia Challenge, where we test your knowledge of all things canine. We will feature one of these quizzes every other week, and everyone who enters her or his score in the comments below this post will be entered into a random drawing for a NEW FleeceLock Futon Dog Bed, like . . .

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Video: How to Tie the Knucklehead Streamer


Written by: Phil Monahan

The Knucklehead Streamer from Richard Strolis on Vimeo.

[Editor’s Note: After watching Hank Patterson work the vise, it seemed appropriate to repost this excellent video on tying The Knucklehead.]

The spring season is almost here, and high water on the Battenkill will mean it’s streamer time. I’ve always liked articulated patterns, though I haven’t tied many because they seemed kind of complicated. But in this video, Connecticut-based guide Rich Strolis, demonstrates a straightforward method for tying wiggly, two-hook streamers using some innovative new products. You can tie the Knucklehead in lots of different colors to mimic your local forage fish. I plan on tying up some olive and copper ones for the ‘Kill.

Click “Read More” for the recipe.

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Great advice about older dog health from a veterinarian


Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Honey

As dogs age, their eating habits, dietary needs, and behavior change. To best serve an older pet, such as Honey, owners must be prepared to deal with these changes.

photo by Kristi, Shrewsbury

[Editor’s Note: Our story about Bear Dog reminded me of this excellent advice column on older dogs from a couple years ago. There’s some great information here.]

In today’s Seattle Times, veterinarian Dr. Karen Weeks answers a bunch of questions about the health of older dogs. In the column, she addresses issues of diet, changes in behavior and quality of life in pets that are advanced in age. This is great information if you currently have an older dog, and it’s good to know for those of us whose pets might not be there yet, but will be someday. Plus, there are links at the bottom of this column to previous installments, which cover canine health throughout a dog’s life, a good resource.

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Washington Town’s Favorite Citizen is a Gregarious 18-Year-Old Dog


Written by: Phil Monahan


Now grizzled and gray, Bear Dog has been making friends in Castle Rock for 18 years.

photo by Bill Wagner via TDN.com

The sign at the North County Recreation Sports Complex in Longview, Washington, is very clear that “No pets allowed inside baseball complex or on soccer fields,” but then there’s a strange addendum: “except Bear Dog.” It’s an unusual concession that speaks to the town’s love and respect for an 18-year-old Labrador mix who has. . .

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Video: Hank Patterson and the Art of Fly Tying


Written by: Phil Monahan

You know, I sit just a few yards from Tom Rosenbauer, author of several books on fly tying, so I know what a real master at the vise looks like. And Hank Patterson is clearly right near the top of the fly-tying pantheon, as evidenced by his latest video. As Hank says, “Prepare to unlearn everything you know about the art of tying flies.” As an added bonus, . . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 02.22.13


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. Sorry we’re a little late as the result of some technical difficulties here at Orvis HQ. I hope no one’s lunch hour was ruined. I’m trying to make up for it with one of the longest F5s of all time: 20 videos (one of them has four parts) that will take you around the world—from Montana, to New Zealand, to the middle of. . .

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Photos of the Day: Giant Argentina Trout from Lago Strobel


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Sure, it’s practically at the end of the Earth—requiring both a long flight and a long drive to get there—but Lago Strobel, a.k.a. Jurassic Lake, holds simply incredible trout.

photo courtesy Estancia Laguna Verde

I opened my email this morning and found these pictures, sent by our friends at Estancia Laguna Verde in far southern Argentina. All the note accompanying the images said was, “Some catches from the first part of the season.” But then again, what else is there to say about. . .

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Video: Zoe, the Amazing Border Collie


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a wonderful video made by a young Polish dog trainer, Patrycja Kowalczyk, and featuring a brilliant Border Collie named Zoe. The video is beautifully shot and some of Zoe’s skills are pretty incredible. I don’t even know how you would train a dog to go completely limp while you pick it up. I mean, how do you explain that? You can see them working on that trick here.

Editor’s warning: At about the 2:00 mark of this video is an extremely vulgar curse word. I would normally never publish a video containing such a word on the dog blog, but I assume that Ms. Kowalczyk simply didn’t get it. (Her blog is entirely in Polish.) So, if you’re easily offended, don’t watch or skip from 1:55-2:05.

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Phil Monahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 02.21.13, with Special Prizes!


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Welcome to another edition of our trivia challenge, where we test your knowledge of all things fly fishing and where you might learn a thing or two about this sport we love. This week, we feature a couple of special prizes, suggested by the photo of Tom with an armful of hare’s feet we posted yesterday. (See below for the details.) The scores on last week’s quiz were pretty middling, with just two scores of 100%s (well done, mike and jtrammell72!). This week’s edition doesn’t. . .

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