Monthly Archives: December 2015

Petfinder: Barrett’s Happy New Year

Written by: Daryl Kenny

Barrett’s formal portrait
Photo by Tim Yeaglin Photography

Barrett is a 2-year-old Pit Bull mix, a champion snuggle-bunny and, until recently, was a staff favorite at the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter in Ottawa, KS. That changed the day his new “Mom” showed up at the shelter.


Everything You Want to Know About Kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka)

Written by: Phil Monahan

During the spawn, kokanees develop the classic sockeye hump, green head, and kype.

The landlocked version of the sockeye salmon, the kokanee (pronounced coke-a-nee) spends its entire life in fresh water. Instead of migrating to the ocean, adult kokanees inhabit large. . .


Casting for Recovery: A Labor of Love

Written by: Daryl Kenny

Nancy McNamara reveling in her fly fishing experience
Photo by Casting for Recovery

Each participant at every Casting for Recovery retreat has a story to tell. They are stories both happy and sad, but always there is triumph. The joy of mastering something new, accomplishing a task you thought was beyond you, connecting with people who know precisely what you are going through, having a few days to escape – relax – laugh – grow.

Nancy McNamara, pictured above, was one such participant. Look at the sheer joy on her face! Nancy attended a CfR retreat in the Houston area last April….


Pro Tip: The ONE Thing You Can Do to Become a Better Fly Fisherman in 2016

Written by: Kip Vieth, Wildwood Float Trips

You don’t have to cast as well as the late, great instructor Bill Cairns. . .but it sure wouldn’t hurt.

A year has ended and a new one begins. Like most people, I look back and reflect on what the previous year has taught me or what insights I might have gleaned from all my time guiding. . . .