A passion for how dogs can change your life leads Mississippi man on a mission

Davis Hawn with Booster (right), the dog he credits with saving him from despair, and Fidelity, a mixed-breed he found on the streets of Cuba and which he is training to be an assistance dog.

photo by Ellis Lucia / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE

A great story by Sheila Stroup in today’s New Orleans Times-Picayune describes the journey of Davis Hawn from down-and-out to a man with a mission. It was a yellow-lab puppy named Booster who helped turn Hawn’s life around after a brutal assault and robbery had left him physically and emotionally scarred. Having experienced the astonishing therapeutic effects a dog’s love can have on a person who is struggling, Hawn has focused his energies on his “passion to show other people. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to book the fly-fishing adventure that you want

Tikchik Narrows Lodge

Tikchik Narrows Lodge in the Bristol Bay region of southwestern Alaska is one of many operations that offer a comfortable lodge, fine dining, and fly-out fishing.

photo courtesy Bud Hodson

Booking a trip to a place you’ve never been is a leap of faith—especially when there is a lot of money involved—but there are ways that you can protect yourself from making a bad decision. When I was a guide, I was constantly amazed by how few people had bothered to research their destination before getting on the plane. At one Alaskan fly-fishing-only lodge, I was amazed to see two guests arrive carrying spinning gear and Plano boxes full of trout lures. When we told them that. . .

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Pictures of the Day: Huge False Albacore

Dave Woolley's Huge Albie 1

Dave Woolley with a false albacore that most likely would have broken the state record.

photo by Chick Corrado

Connecticut-based angler Chick Corrado sent in these photos of his buddy, Dave Woolley, along with this note, which demonstrates how quickly a bad day can go good:

Dave and I spent the day out on the boat on Saturday. For the better part of the day, it was not happening, nothing but a few small bluefish and the chance to observe a nasty shouting match between two other boats. Lots of birds, small blues, but not much else. I had just landed yet another fly-trashing crappy little “bitta,’” when Dave hooked into this. . .

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Video of the Day: Fall Fun!

Fall Fun from paul swint on Vimeo.

It’s no mystery why sportsmen love fall. From exceptional fishing, to wingshooting, to big-game hunting, it’s definitely a time of plenty. Here’s a great video from Utah’s Paul Swint that shows the kinds of opportunities on display in the Beehive State. Hat tip: Moldy Chum.

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Picture of the Day: Kings of New York

Feltrinelli salmon

Western New York guide Scott Feltrinelli with a Johnson Creek king salmon.

photo courtesy Scott Feltrinelli

Webster, NY-based fly-fishing guide Scott Feltrinelli sent in this photo with a note:

“My client and I caught a bunch of these king salmon and then released them back into the wild of Johnson’s Creek in West Rochester, New York. These fish were on the bite for about two hours, chasing egg patterns.”

I wonder how that Hydros grip tastes.

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