Author Archives: Aaron Blank

Best Dog Breeds for the Country

By: Orvis Staff

Yogi loves being out in the country.

Photo by: Macy, Camden

If you live in the country, chances are you enjoy exploring the fields, forests, and footpaths of your rustic stomping grounds. If you’re interested in getting a dog you can bring along on these excursions, choose with care. Some dog breeds would rather stick close to home than romp across rolling fields or venture out into the wilderness. Thankfully, however, many dog breeds are naturally adventurous and game for al fresco escapades. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you should be on the lookout for the latter.

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Book Excerpt: How to Tie the Bucktail Deceiver

Written by: Bob Popovics and Jay Nichols


The Bucktail Deceiver can be tied in any colors you want, to match local baitfish.
Photos by Bob Popovics and Jay Nichols

The Bucktail Deceiver, in its purest form, is tied only with bucktail, unlike the Lefty’s Deceiver, which traditionally uses schlappen feathers for the tail. Formed from multiple ties of bucktail, often. . .

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Protecting Your Lawn From Dog Urine

By: Orvis Staff


If you love dogs and having a lovely lawn, this can be a problem.
Photo by Mike Finkelstein

The good of owning a dog far outweighs the bad, but—if we’re being honest—there are a few downsides. One of the more vexing problems that come part and parcel with your best friend is lawn burn—those unsightly brown spots spread across your lawn, caused by your dog’s urine. Your dog’s gotta go, of course, but lawn burn isn’t as inevitable as your best friend’s bodily functions. Read on to learn what causes lawn burn, and the simple steps you can take to prevent it so you can enjoy an uninterrupted expanse of fresh, emerald-green grass.

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Five Questions About Bulldogs, Answered

By: Orvis Staff


Spaulding loves soccer, and he’ll play with anyone.
Photo by Kendra Zimmer

The wrinkled face and short nose is a well-known silhouette—the Bulldog has made his impression on the world. The goofy antics of the fourth most popular dog breed are sure to grab attention. Where did Bulldogs come from and how did this breed become so popular?

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Video Pro Tip: How to Cast in Heavy Wind

Written by: Peter Kutzer

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to cast in windy conditions. Before we proceed, a word of caution: Whenever there’s any kind of wind, your first priority should always be. . .

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Pro Tips: 3 Keys to Finding Bigger Trout

Written by: Toby Halley


The author seeks out water likely to hold the largest fish in a stream.
Photos courtesy Toby Halley

I used to fish a lot of good trout water and wonder why I wasn’t catching big fish, knowing that they were in there. It wasn’t until I started fishing with my good friend, Rick, that I really. . .

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Pro Tips: Skate Your Way to More Trout

Written by: Brian McGeehan, Montana Angler Fly Fishing


Caddisfly hatches can be thick, but some of the best fishing occurs when the bugs return to lay eggs.
Photos courtesy of Montana Angler Fly Fishing

When we are first learning to fly fish, the concept of the dead drift is constantly reinforced. Many beginners are taught that trout won’t eat a fly unless it has zero drag on it and is drifting along . . .

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Photos and Story: Discovering Pennsylvania’s Native Brook Trout


A three-week trip to study native brook trout has opened the author’s eyes to the importance of protecting habitat.
Photos by Matteo Moretti

As a young fisherman, conservationist, and aspiring media content creator, I am constantly amazed and grateful for the wonderful opportunities that are available to kids like me who are . . .

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Hunting Dog Crates for Trucks: Safe Travels

By: Orvis Staff


Scott McEnaney, of Orvis Adventures, keeps his hunting dogs safe while traveling to and from the woods.
Photo by Phil Monahan

You take every precaution to keep your gun dog safe in the field through extensive training and protective equipment. But sometimes less attention is paid to a dog’s safety on the road to an upland or waterfowl hunting excursion. Many people, hunters and non-hunters alike, have a false sense of security about riding in cars with dogs. They allow them to sit in the backseat without wearing dog harnesses, or walk loose in the truck bed instead of traveling in dog crates.

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