It’s been snowing all week here in Southern Vermont, which has me pining for warmer temperatures and fish-filled waters. What better way to shake off the early-winter blues than with some video of exotic species in far-off lands? We start with golden dorado in the wilds. . .
Fly fishing has entered the public consciousness in many ways in recent years, especially in advertisements. Here’s a new television ad for a Canadian lottery game called Lotto 6/49. It shows a bunch of guys enjoying the good life on the river after they. . .
When researching the hunting lodges for Great Hunting Lodges of North America, Castle Valley Outdoors piqued my interest. Here, great wingshooting is accompanied by the staggering scenic beauty of southeastern Utah. Massive rock buttes and bluffs surround the valley, and while great wingshooting is reward enough, when coupled with these surroundings Castle Valley is an incomparable experience.
I would really like to blame my mother-in-law for this one. After all it was she who gave me the laser pointer as a gift. But it was I, unfortunately, who decided to see if Logan, my adopted Labrador, appreciated it.
When Logan first came into our home, we noticed that he had a mild obsession with lights and shadows. This is not uncommon; many dogs chase shadows, or stare at reflections. It can only become a serious problem if not addressed. In Logan’s case, he would often affix his gaze upon a wall or ceiling, mesmerized by the reflections caused by a wristwatch, a sunbeam, or in some cases, a glass of water. There were times when I’d walk into the kitchen to find him staring astutely at the ceiling as if there was a leak that needed repairing. In most cases, all I needed to do was remove or eliminate the light source and he’d be back to his old self. There were, however, times when it became necessary to ask everyone in Logan’s immediate vicinity to remove anything on their person that lit up, shimmered, or reflected in order to prevent him from thrusting his nose repeatedly into a wall in pursuit of the elusive reflection.
In this episode, Tom is joined by Peter Kutzer of the Orvis Fly Fishing School to revisit a subject that we have covered in the past, but is still requested: common casting mistakes. We’ve all made them, in this podcast learn how to identify and fix them. Tom and Pete also discuss what soft hackle is and when to use it, whether or not the color of your bead-head matters on bead-head flie, and when you should replace your leader.
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