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.

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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. . .

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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….

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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. . . .

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