Author Archives: Aaron Blank

Pro Tips: An Introduction to Trout-Spey Fishing

Written by: Andrew Grillos, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


Sometimes, big water calls for a way to cover more water.
Photos by Andrew Grillos

A fun and effective method of trout fishing is the down-and-across streamer or wet fly swing, and the popularity of trout-Spey fishing in Montana has grown exponentially over the last few years. The . . .

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A Personalized Dog Collar: The Best Way to Find a Lost Dog

Written by: Deb German

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Teddy Blue and Maggie
Photo courtesy of Deb German

The single best way to find your lost dog is to outfit her in a personalized dog collar, embroidered or engraved with your phone number, before she goes missing. The reason is simple: the person who finds her is most likely to check her collar or tags first, and call the number on them before making ‘found dog’ posters or fliers, or dropping her at the local animal shelter. That one phone call will lead a good Samaritan instead directly to you, and hopefully your pal will be back in your arms again in short order. A redundant system is better still—adding ID hang tags to your dog’s collar and having her microchipped are smart backups.

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“Porcupine Brook,” by William G. Tapply

Written by: William G. Tapply


Finding a wild-brook-trout stream by accident is the best part about wandering through the woods.
Photo by Phil Monahan

I happened upon Porcupine Brook while exploring some promising woodcock cover last October. Burt, my Brittany, had wandered off, as he often does, and when I could no longer hear his bell. . .

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Pro Tips: An Angler’s Guide to Argentina

Written by: Jeremy Kehrein, Sporting Travel Program Manager for Orvis Adventures


An angler casts on Rio Malleo, as the volcano Lanin looms in the background.
Photo courtesy San Huberto Lodge

Asked to create a hierarchy of fly-fishing dream destinations, many anglers would put Argentina up at the top. Since the late 1950s, when Joe Brooks first wrote about the rivers of Patagonia in. . .

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5 Rivers Odyssey, Part II: A Bounty in Bristol Bay

Written by: Anthony Ortiz


Anthony Ortiz with a gorgeous, streamer-eating Dolly Varden on the Koktuli River.
Photos courtesy Trout Unlimited

A sleepless night, two flights, and one hell of a portage later, I found myself on the Koktuli River in the heart of Bristol Bay. We inflated our rafts and prepared for the eight-day float trip that was . . .

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Pro Tips: Staying Streamer Neutral

Written by: George Daniel, author of Strip-Set: Techniques, Tactics, & Patterns for Streamers


The author increased his success with streamers by watching a skilled bait fisherman, his father-in-law.
Photo via Instagram

The concept of neutral buoyancy is something we all learned in high school. However, it wasn’t until I began streamer fishing in my late teens that I found a practical use for this concept. In short, . . .

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5 Rivers Odyssey, Part I: Doubt on the Water

Written by: Libby Glaser


Libby Glaser casts for big rainbows on Alaska’s  Kenai River.
Photo courtesy of Tyler Gagat, USFS

The 5 Rivers Odyssey crew spent our first two days on the Russian River, volunteering with Kenai Peninsula Stream Watch, a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) program that manages salmon habitat . . .

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Pro Tips: Fishing Yellowstone National Park in October

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


The crowds are gone in October, but the trout are on the move.
Photos courtesy Montana Angler

October is when we really see the seasons shifting here in Yellowstone Country. While we typically get at least some warm, Indian summer days, chilly weather and sub-freezing mornings . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Take Better Fish Portraits

Written by: Darcy Toner and Timbre Pringle, Faceless Fly Fishing Media


A fish portrait, rather than a grip-and-grin, is better for the fish and makes for a more interesting image..
All photos by Faceless Fly Fishing

How would your fish want its photo taken? Because a fish is an aquatic creature, one would assume that it would want to stay in the water. Many fishermen, including me, are inclined to take a quick . . .

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Five Tips and Five FAQs for the New Puppy Owner

By: Deb German


A puppy is a big responsibility, and mistakes you make early can have long-lasting consequences.
Photo by Staci, Northglenn

It is so exciting to bring a new puppy home. What’s not to love about a warm, fluffy, wriggling mass of energy who delights in playing with her humans and exploring her new surroundings in search of trouble? A puppy brings so much life and energy to a household, it’s easy to get carried away, overindulging her exuberant behavior and insatiable desire for attention. While that behavior might be novel and charming now, it’s not going to be so cute when your dog becomes an out-of-control, full-grown dog.

You should certainly enjoy your new puppy and her hilarious antics, but need to set the groundwork to help her develop into a well-adjusted, obedient adult dog. Hopefully by now you will have read a book or two about raising and training a dog and have some idea about needed structure and discipline. But if you’re like most new puppy owners, you may have lapses where you don’t follow the advice of experts. Here are some guidelines you should never ignore:

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