Classic Pro Tips: What Makes Good Stream Etiquette?

Written by: Bill Cairns


Bill Cairns was a pioneer in fly-fishing instruction and a Master Caster.

It used to be that most new fishermen were gradually introduced to the sport of fly fishing by a family member or friend who had a fishing background, and various rules of behavior would. . .

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How to Tie and Fish Soft Hackles for More Trout

Written by: By Andrew Grillos, Montana Angler


Soft Hackles come in a wide variety of colors and materials.
All photos courtesy Montana Angler

There are few things in fly fishing that are more satisfying than tying flies that adhere to the adage “less is more.” Soft Hackle flies are a perfect example of flies that play off simplicity, clean lines, . . .

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How to Protect Your Dog in the Snow and Ice

Logan enjoys deep snow on a sunny day.
Photo by Tom, Arlington


What self-respecting dog can resist playing outside in a fresh blanket of snow? Most dogs romp in it with unbridled joy. But winter brings seasonal hazards for your dog, including salt and other de-icing agents, dangerously cold temperatures, deep snow, slippery ice, and more. If heavy snowfall is the norm where you live, you and your dog will have no choice but to spend at least some time in it, even if he’d rather be curled up at your feet in front of the fireplace. 

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“Fear and Loathing in Belize, Part I,” by William G. Tapply


Former Orvis Cleveland Fishing Manager Jim Lampros shows off a Belize tarpon.
Photo by Dan Davala

About four feet of Mason leader material was looped around Andy’s bent knee. He kept fiddling with the Mason and frowning at the book he’d propped open on the table beside his . . .

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Does Weather Affect Dog Behavior?

Yes. Weather—including rain and snow, temperature fluctuations, and changes in barometric pressure—can affect dog behavior, similar to the effect weather can have on humans’ mood and energy. You’re likely peppier on sunny spring days, while on a cold, grey, rainy day you may feel more interested in a movie marathon on the couch. Read on to learn how changing weather conditions change your best friend.

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Pro Tips: How to Blind-Strike Your Way to More Trout

Written by: George Daniel, author of Dynamic Nymphing


Joe Humphreys demonstrates his blinsStriking technique in a high-confidence lie near his home in central Pennsylvania.
Photo by George Daniel

I enjoy participating in the consumer fly-fishing show circuit every year. Presenting information is fun and I like meeting new people, but I really love sitting in on lectures by other anglers. As I get . . .

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9 Tips for Living with a Big Dog in a Small Space

Living with a big dog often requires a few adjustments.
Photo by By Calicodaisy – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Dogs adapt well to unlikely situations—one reason they’ve put up with us for so long.  But all dogs, big and small, can present different challenges at home. Living with a big dog in a small space, while it can be difficult, is not only possible but also potentially rewarding for a dog and his humans. With proper training and care, big dogs can make wonderful companions in small spaces like apartments. Here are nine tips to make apartment living easier for big dogs.

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Classic Pro Tips: 8 Must-Have Flies for Winter Fishing

Written by: The staff of Trouts Fly Fishing


Just a handful of staple patterns will get the job done during the winter months.
Photo by Phil Monahan

We are very fortunate in Colorado that we have the opportunity to fish 365 days a year. And though we are now in December and it’s probably time to put away that hopper box until . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Fish Midge Patterns in Winter

Written by: Zach Matthews, Itinerant Angler


Tailwater trout, such as this Bighorn brown, often key on small midges.
Photo by Steve Galleta, Bighorn Angler

You’ve probably been there. Two hours from home, halfway through the thermos of coffee, knee-deep in cold water on a cold day, and not a single, solitary fish to show for it. They’re taunting . . .

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Why Can’t My Dog Get Comfortable Lying Down?



Photos courtesy  Orvis.com

One of the coziest sights is a dog curled up in his dog bed, or comfy on the couch, fast asleep. But what about when your dog can’t get comfortable lying down?

It’s normal for dogs to circle before they lie down—that’s an inborn behavior courtesy of canine ancestors who needed to tamp down a “nest” or check for danger before sleep. But if you notice your dog struggling to get

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