Video: Saying Goodbye to a War Hero Dog

We post a lot about the incredible bonds that form between soldiers and dogs when they work together in the field. Here’s a very touching story about what happens when it’s time to say goodbye forever. When Ryan Anderson’s service in Afghanistan ended, he knew he’d be bringing his partner, bomb-sniffing dog Freddie, home to live with him. After four tours of duty, Freddie had saved countless lives, and he deserved a. . .

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 05.31.13

Welcome to a new edition of the Orvis News Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available. We have a killer selection this week, sixteen videos that will take you around the world.

For best results, watch all videos at full-screen and in high definition. Remember, we surf so you don’t have to. But if you do stumble upon something great that you think is worthy of inclusion in a future FFF, please post it in the comments below. And don’t forget to check in regularly at. . .

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Photos of the Day II: The Birth of a Carp Junkie

Written by: Mike Mazzoni

Who travels from Kansas to Utah for carp? This guy does.
All photos courtesy Mike Mazzoni

[Editor’s note: Last year, we posted two sets of photos of big trout (here and here) by Mike Mazzoni, who was a summer intern at Falcon’s Ledge in Utah. He’s back again, but this time, he has a new job—Guest Relations/Facilities Manager—and a new mission.]

While some fly fishers find success in enticing carp with a Prince Nymph under a strike indicator, or by stripping a Woolly Bugger blindly, I have grown to love the challenge and thrill of sight-casting to feeding carp, watching the take, and enjoying the long, powerful. . .

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Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership Elects Dave Perkins New Chairman

Orvis Vice Chairman Dave Perkins with a Martha’s Vineyard striper caught while sight-fishing on the flats.
Photo by Brice Contessa

[Editor’s Note: As most of you surely know, Orvis takes conservation very seriously—check out our 2013 Commitment pages if you haven’t already done so—so we are especially proud to announce this great news.]

At its spring meeting, the board of directors of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership elected David Perkins, vice chairman of The Orvis Company, to chair the. . .

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Photos of the Day: Big Browns on the Owyhee

Liz Caval just received a Master’s degree, as well as a degree in dry-fly fishing.
All photos courtesy Evan Williams

Evan Williams and Liz Caval took a desert adventure to The Big O—Oregon’s Owyhee River—to celebrate Liz’s recent graduation from a Masters-degree program by setting their sights on another huge milestone: catching an Owyhee brown. This spring has been really windy, but Evan says that the. . .

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Video: Amazing Blind Dog Navigates Her World Flawlessly

Here’s a truly remarkable story about a Border Collie who doesn’t seem to let her blindness get in the way of a joyful, exciting life. Watching her navigate her world with ease shows the way a dog’s senses adapt. She certainly acts as if she sees obstacles in her way, but surely, . . .

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Video: Casting for Brook Trout

The guys from HOOKÉ are back with the third installment of their “Fly Fishing Vibes!” series, which seeks to capture the whole angling experience. In this video, they target brookies at La Réserve Faunique du Saint-Maurice in southern Quebec. What better way to spend your time waiting for the Atlantic salmon to enter fresh water?

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Video: Ever Wonder Exactly How Your Dog Drinks? Scientists Have the Answer

Anyone who has ever watched a dog drink—and witnessed the often messy aftermath—has wondered just what’s happening with all that tongue lapping and lip smacking. Well, here’s your answer. By employing super high-speed cameras, researchers discovered that dogs form their tongues into an inverted ladle, scooping water into the mouth. Case solved, right?

Not so fast.

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