Murph Training XVII: The Old Dog Teaches the Young Dog New Tricks




The developing relationship between Pickett and Murphy reminds me a bit of The Old Man and the Boy, the remarkable stories of Robert Ruark about a young boy and his grandfather and their adventures together hunting and fishing in old North Carolina. While Pickett is not Murphy’s grandfather, they are in fact chronologically suited, as Pickett is nearing 63 using the hypothetical dog-year calculation and Murphy is somewhere around five.

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Meet Henry Winkler (‘The Fonz’) at Orvis NYC Book Signing: Monday June 27, 12-2 PM




We all know the Fonz was cool, but the actor who played him, Henry Winkler, is even cooler. Why? Because he’s a devoted, passionate fly fisher. As he puts it in his new book I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Photography, and Fly-Fishing:  

      My heart lives in New York, where I was born and raised. My body lives in Los Angeles, where I do much of my work. My soul lives in Montana, where I fish.

Come meet Henry Winkler at his book signing for his new book at Orvis NYC, Monday June 27 from 12-2 PM.

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A Secret to Catching Trout in Deep Water

Author Peter Matthiessen caught this
nice brown using Depth Charge line

Before a recent trip to Chile and Argentina, a friend who runs a lodge down there said “Don’t forget to bring a sinking line around 200 grains.” Naively, I made some comment like, “I’ll just bring a floater, that’s why God invented tungsten cones.” But at the last minute, I packed a 250-grain Depth Charge line. And I learned a lesson—never go trout fishing in big deep rivers without one. I’d always taken a Depth Charge when saltwater fly fishing but never on trout trips.

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Get Your Stinky Dog to Smell Good Again (For Now)

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Socrates

Summer is here, and we dog owners know what that means: Stinky dog!

Whether it’s because our dogs get wet while swimming, splash in mud puddles, or roll around in…whatever that stuff is…with summer comes stink. Our dog Toby gets so stinky after swimming, we’ve taken to calling him Taleggio Toby. For those of you who have not had the pleasure of smelling Taleggio cheese, don’t.

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Secret Tips for Fishing Terrestrial Flies

If you think terrestrial imitations are only for summer fishing, you’re missing a great deal of dry-fly action. The normal thought is that trout ignore land-bred insects in the spring and early summer, until mayfly and caddisfly hatches dwindle with the heat of summer. They ignore terrestrials about as much as you ignore chocolate mousse when out to dinner.

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8 Tips to Keep Your Dog Healthy and Safe this Summer

Summer officially arrives today, and we’re all ready to play with our dogs outside on the lawn or at the lake or the ocean. But summer brings its own complications regarding the safety and health of our canine companions, especially when the days get severely hot.

To enjoy the outside with your dog to the fullest this summer, practice these 8 tips from the Humane Society

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TU Getting Kids into Fishing

How did you first get into fishing? Was it your dad, brother, uncle, mom, or neighbor who brought you out for your first time on the water? Trout Unlimited is helping to get today’s kids out on the water and into fishing in an age when there are fewer opportunities for kids to get outside, let alone fish. Check it this great video about how kids are getting involved in fishing and conservation through TU.

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Therapy Dogs Help Returning Soldiers Adjust Back Home


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A story in the Billings Gazette is a pleasant reminder of how dogs positively impact the lives of humans. Sunnie, a golden retriever who is a trained therapy dog was on hand last June when soldiers departed from Billings International Airport for a year-long tour in Iraq. This past Saturday, she helped welcome the soldiers home.

We’re just glad to be here,” said Sunnie’s owner and handler, Lyn Findley. “We were here when they left and they invited us to come back today.”

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