Murph Training Part XIV: First Hand Signals

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                     Murph (l) and Pickett (r) sit calmly with Mimi Fersen


Now that Murph is six months old it’s time to expand his horizons a bit and begin to inject the retrieve a bit more as that’s what he’s here for. That’s not to say I’m going to stand out there and toss marks for him for an hour, but I’m beginning to inject short retrieves and even the first hand signals into his routine and he is responding well.

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6 Easy Tips to Housebreak Your Puppy

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We all love our new puppy, but not always that new puppy “smell.” Housebreaking a pup can be a challenge. But this Woman’s Day article gives tips from dog expert Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic Channel’s popular Dog Whisperer show. It makes housebreaking your new puppy a cinch. We listed the six steps below, but check out the Woman’s Day article to get the details.

  • Be Consistent
  • Follow Indoor Rules
  • Schedule Breaks
  • Keep Your Cool
  • Clean Up Quickly
  • Stay Focused
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Green Up Day at Orvis

The first Friday of May brought Vermont’s annual Green Up Day, and folks here at Orvis took the afternoon off to walk the roadsides and clean up the trash left behind over the winter. It’s amazing what we find each year…

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Friday Film Festival 05.06.11

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Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week, we offer some fine videos from destinations as diverse as Sweden, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Yellowstone National Park. You may also see an angler casting to a species you never thought of as fly-rod quarry. Enjoy!

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast- Dawn Patrol: Ten Tips (ok, eleven, but who’s counting) for Early Morning Fishing

In this week’s podcast, the main event is The Dawn Patrol, on the pleasures, perils, and advantages of getting up as early as a turkey hunter to get some of the best fly fishing of the season. We’ll discuss dawn fishing for trout, tarpon, stripers, bonefish, permit, and steelhead. In this weeks’ fly box we’ll explore small stream trout rods, a couple tips for fighting fish, and how to fish alongside your buddies.

If you are within driving distance of Manchester, Vermont on Saturday, May 7, I will be speaking at the Northshire Bookstore with Orvis Fly Fishing Guide producer, James Hathaway, to read from my new book “The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing”. It all  starts at 7pm. Would love to see you there!

Click the READ MORE button to listen and comment on this week’s episode.

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Casting for Recovery Spring Auction

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Casting for Recovery is hosting its Spring Online Auction to raise money to fund their programs for women who have or have had breast cancer. This year, the organization will run 46 retreats in 33 states, incorporating counseling and educational services. These events are staffed by trained facilitators, including a psycho-social therapist, a health care professional (e.g. physical therapist, nurse), as well as fly-fishing instructors and river helpers. The attendees pay nothing because CFR believes there should be no barriers to participation.

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Trout Bum of the Week: Wade Fellin

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Wade Fellin with a fine New Zealand brown trout.

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As far as fly fishing goes, Wade Fellin has lived somewhat of a charmed life. Having grown up at a fishing lodge in southwestern Montana–his dad, Craig Fellin, started Big Hole Lodge in 1984, before Wade was even born–he’s been immersed in the sport since toddlerhood. (See the picture below.) But the kid has not just hung out at the ranch. Wade is pursuing a law degree at the University of Montana while. . .

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Mystery Dog Helped in Bin Laden Raid

 

 

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The New York Times and others are running pieces on a dog that helped in the Bin Laden Raid. According to the NY Times, “The identities of all 80 members of the American commando team who thundered into Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden are the subject of intense speculation, but perhaps none more so than the only member with four legs.”

The canine companions to soldiers are becoming more valuable. Gen. David H. Petraeus said last year that, “The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine.”

 

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