Tuesday Tip: Cleaning and storing your gear for the off-season

Battenkill Bar Stock Instructions

Always make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and lubing your reels.

While the fishing season is by no means over, it may be time to start thinking about putting away some of your equipment—dry-fly rods, the 2-weight you use for native brookies, etc.—for the long winter. Although most fishing gear will last for years if you treat it right, incorrect storage can shorten that life span or ruin the aesthetics of a fine rod or reel. For instance, C. Boyd Pfeiffer, the godfather of tackle craft, tells of how he put a fly rod away wet, and when he retrieved it in the spring it was covered by tiny white blisters under the finish. Here are some tips to help you avoid such an unwelcome surprise. . . .

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New study finds that puppy mills leave dogs emotionally scarred for years afterward

Researchers found that the psychological damage caused by life without human contact persists long after the dog has been adopted.

photo by Sarah Ause, Best Friends Animal Society

An article to be published in an upcoming issue of Applied Animal Behavior Science, finds that dogs raised in puppy mills suffer dramatic emotional and behavioral effects for years afterward, according to a story in USA Today. Researchers Frank McMillan of Best Friends Animal Society, and James Serpell and Deborah Duffy of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, . . .

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Foliage is Popping in Vermont

Foliage at the Office

Just a few days ago, many of us were wondering if the foliage was going to be dull because of all the rain we’ve had this year. As our answer, here’s what the pond at Orvis HQ looked like when I arrived this morning. That’s Mount Equinox in the background.

photo by Phil Monahan

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Fishermen and indiginous people line up against Pebble Mine

A new story on National Geographic Daily News—part of a special series on global water issues—discusses the ways that commercial fishermen and indigenous peoples are lining up against the proposed Pebble Mine

According to a poll in June 2011 by the research group Craciun, Bristol Bay fishers are united against the project, with 86.2 percent opposing the mine. An earlier survey by Craciun found that 71 percent of the households in the Bristol Bay area opposed the mine, with only 9 percent even somewhat supportive of it; other polls have found the majority of Alaskans say the mine is not worth the risk.

The video above gives a clear description of how the project would threaten the livelihoods and traditions of the people who live in the Bristol Bay region.

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New program uses dogs to help relieve stress of returning soldiers

A soldier from the Tennessee National Guard is greeted by Jasmine, a therapy dog.

photo by Scott Roberson for the Daily Journal

A story from the Johnson County (IN) Daily Journal describes a three-month old program that uses dogs to greet soldiers returning from overseas

“Their shoulders get less rigid, their eyes light up, and they smile,” said Janine Ostrum, Smokey’s owner. “The soldiers can be just as anxious coming back as when they leave. They have so much to do coming home. It helps calm them down and pass the time to just play with a dog.”

The use of therapy dogs has been proven to reduce stress levels and blood pressure in hospitals, and the military program’s designers believe the same ameliorative effects will help soldiers trying to re-enter home life.

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Video of the Day: The Dude & the Gentle Giant

Apparently, you don’t have to be big to be courageous. Here’s a fun video of The Dude—who weighs in at 3 pounds—taking on Maggie, a 195-pound English mastiff. The pluckiness of the Chihuahua and the gentleness of the bigger dog are both on display, and the two are best of friends.

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The Week in Fly Fishing 10.10.11

Welcome to our weekly roundup of news from across the world of fly fishing, featuring interesting stories, new records, important conservation news, and anything else we think you should know about. . .

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Friday Film Festival 10.07.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is pretty darned trouty, perhaps reflecting the end of the season in many parts of the country. But salty anglers get a taste, too, with videos from Cuba, Florida, and the Maldives. As usual, there’s plenty of. . .

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Advanced Class: Tom’s Twelve Tips for Difficult Risers

Fall Brown Trout 3
This guy can be picky. Let the games begin.
Photo by Toby Swank

This week I discuss a dozen tips for taking difficult risers. We’re not always fortunate to find consistently rising fish, but when we do it’s a chess match that can be the most fascinating aspect of trout fishing. There are many tips to finally fooling a difficult riser, and surprisingly few of them involve choosing the correct fly. We also have Fly Box short items on some questions that came up from listeners regarding last week’s podcast on small stream fishing. And by popular demand, we’ll continue our sections on great fly-fishing books and cool products you might have missed.

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