Murph: The Training Begins, Week 1

As I promised I’m going to keep a blog journal on Murph’s progress. Murph is the black Lab puppy I picked up at Wildrose Kennels over the holidays. That trip was chronicled in Picking up Murph Part 1 and Part 2.

I’m lucky enough to be able to bring Murph with me to work. It’s cold up here, but we get at least three good walks in a day (a good walk for an eight-week-old is about 100 yards). Since day one, his training is part of the walk. It doesn’t last long, nor does it need to, and mostly it is just reinforcing the things he does naturally.

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Friday Film Festival

Small stream fly fishing from rummutt on Vimeo.

Another snowy weekend here in the Great White North, so it’s time for another selection of great fly-fishing films. This week’s crop takes us from Romania to Northern California, and from Sweden to Mexico. So, while the water in your favorite creek continues to flow cold. . .

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Action Alert: Protecting Michigan’s Mason Tract

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Marvin Roberson of the conservation organization Anglers of the Au Sable
surveys the Au Sable River.

photo courtesy the Sierra Club

Marvin Roberson of the conservation organization Anglers of the Au Sable has sent out this action alert—which requires you to act TODAY—about the Mason Tract on the Au Sable River:

Mason Tract Protection-One Last Push!

We have a unique opportunity to give the Mason Tract the protection it deserves, but we need to act now. The Michigan DNR is in the final phases of designating “Biodiversity Stewardship Areas” (BSAs). These BSAs are what will form the “Michigan Living Legacies” program. These BSAs will be designated. . . 

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Going Mobile


Our friend Bob Streb—former owner of Fly Fishing Outfitters in Avon, Colorado—pointed us to this new concept in fly-fishing travel dreamed up by a team of Vail Valley guides. The Fish Bus is a 32-foot motorhome that will take you—along with your friends, the guides, and a chef—to blue-ribbon waters throughout the southern Rockies, from the San Juan to Grey Reef. You can fish to your heart’s content and not have to worry about driving at the end of the day, plus you get to. . .

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High Gun vs. Low Gun: An Argument for the Ages

Shooting a shotgun is a dynamic feat of visual concentration and movement— movement being essential to match the pace of the gun barrels to the pace of the target. This can be a very awkward to do when the gun is pre-mounted in the cheek and shoulder. I am a firm believer and advocate of starting with the shotgun in the low gun position.

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Preserving Ugashik Narrows Update

The purpose of The Conservation Fund’s Ugashik Narrows Project is to permanently protect scenic, the fish-rich Ugashik Lake and Narrows within the Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge by acquiring a 31-acre strategic private tract at Ugashik Narrows. Ugashik Narrows connects two large lakes—Upper and Lower Ugashik.

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Montana Snowpack Update

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The snowpack in the mountains above the Big Hole is looking good for next summer.

 photo by Craig Fellin

At Big Hole Lodge we are eagerly awaiting the 2011 fishing season. Winter 2010 was very dry and mild in Montana, which normally means summer drought for our snow-fed rivers and streams. However, we had a wet spring, summer didn’t arrive until mid July, and it was abnormally cool when it did. We had one of the best water years on record, and though the hatches and fish. . .

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Angler of the Year!

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Each year, Fly Rod & Reel magazine chooses an Angler of the Year, and the list of recent winners—including John Betts, Bruce Richards, Ted Leeson, Yvon Chouinard, and Tom McGuane—is evidence of the experience and level of expertise required to earn this honor. This year’s Angler of the Year is Orvis’ own Tom Rosenbauer, who is recognized for his contributions to fly-fishing literature and education. Through his 10 books, countless magazine articles, and the ever popular. . .

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