Brookies for a Good Cause

Big Native Brookie
Few fish are more beautiful than a native, male brook trout in its fall glory.
Photo by Phil Monahan, 2010

Last winter, Casting for Recovery held an online auction to raise money for their programs, which combine fly fishing, counseling, and medical information to help breast-cancer patients and survivors focus on wellness instead of illness. One of the auction items was a day of fishing in southwestern Vermont,…

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Rehabilitating the Dogs Rescued from Michael Vick’s Kennels

Ever wonder what happened to the dogs raised to fight and then rescued from Michel Vick’s “Bad Newz Kennels”? National Public radio ran a piece a few days ago on the efforts to rehabilitate those dogs and the people behind the effort.

“We had started developing a battery of tests … : Could you touch the dog and handle the dog? Was the dog reactive? How did it respond to people? How did it respond to other dogs? Was the dog safe around food, toys and children? Things like that. So when we sat down to take a look at [the Vick] case, we needed to understand what the potential aggression problems were going to be. And we also needed to satisfy the government’s concerns about liability. If this dog goes out and we permitted it and it attacks a small child, it’s going to get back to us somehow. So we really needed to demonstrate to the government that the dogs were going to be safe when we made some recommendations for placement.”

You can listen the story or read it in its entirety here.

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In the Loop 9.24.10

Robert Humston, a biology professor from Virgina’s Washington and Lee University, has been studying the
impact of stocked trout in reservoirs on the Commonwealth’s native brook trout. His findings so far are fascinating: it turns out that the stocked trout may actually help

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Rowing for the Cure

If you’re fishing on the Henry’s Fork in Idaho this weekend, don’t be surprised if something large and startling appears from upstream. No, it’s not the world’s biggest strike indicator. It’s a first-of-its-kind hot-pink RO drift boat, representing Rowing for the Cure, that’s sure to stand out from the other watercraft on the river. The project is the brainchild…

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In the Loop 9.21.10

The editor of Angling Trade magazine, Kirk Deeter, picks the Orvis Shoe-In—a flip-flop big enough to fit over your wading boots—as one of the coolest new products on display at the recent International Fly Tackle Dealer show in Denver. The Shoe-In is designed to let anglers wearing studded boots fish from a drift boat…

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Meet the Fly-Fishing Editor

Welcome to the OrvisNews.Com fly-fishing blog, where you can get a daily dose of news, tips, lessons, and more! Although Orvis is behind this great new venture, our content will not be Orvis-exclusive. Instead, we aim to cover the entirety of the sport, bringing you cool stories, videos, and pictures from around the angling world. We’ll take advantage of a large network of…

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In Praise of Ugly Streamers

It was a brutal summer in Vermont, and the Battenkill has been running so low and warm that everyone I know stopped fishing it in
August for fear of over-stressing the trout. But recently, nighttime air temperatures have started dipping into the 40s, and the leaves on the maples are beginning to turn—sure signs that fall is here. The Tricos, which started coming off last month, are winding down. They’re the last big hatch of the year on the ’kill, bringing fish to the surface again to feed on spinnerfalls at dusk…

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The Future of Felt

Face it: the Age of Felt is coming to an end, and anglers will simply have to adjust. Biologists have known for years that felt soles serve as vectors for all manner of aquatic nuisance species (ANS), from whirling disease to didymo, and various attempts at solving or at least ameliorating the problem have been proposed—sprays, boot baths at boat ramps, public-education campaigns, and the like. Yet the ANS problem persists, so states such as Alaska and Vermont have passed bans on felt soles to take effect in the near future, with more such legislation from other states expected soon. (New Zealand was way ahead of the curve,…

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The Trouble with Brook Trout, Part I

The historic range of the Eastern brook trout in the U.S. stretches from the northern tip of Maine to the high country of northern Georgia, and from Minnesota to the Atlantic. Unfortunately, with the first appearance of Europeans on these shores, the waters that supported brook trout began to suffer from dams, deforestation, and siltation. Add in poor agricultural practices, road building, mine runoff, acid precipitation,…

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