Fly-Fishing Quote: How to Weigh a Trout

Charles Dudley Warner, essayist, novelist, and friend of Mark Twain.
ca. 1897

photo via Wikipedia

Fish always lose by being “got in and dressed.” It is best to weigh them while they are in the water. The only really large one I ever caught got away with my leader when I first struck him. He weighed ten pounds.

—Charles Dudley Warner, In the Wilderness (1878)

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Video of the Day: “Fly”

FLY from Ronnie B. Goodwin on Vimeo.

Last week, I received an email from a Scottish angler and filmmaker named Ronnie Goodwin asking me to have a look at a short film he made called Fly. As you’ll see, it is quite lovely and features some amazing shots of life around a trout pond. Watch this one in HD at full-screen for maximum effect. I think you’re gonna like it. The best part is that Ronnie says he’s working on a longer version for the festival circuit. Can’t wait to see it!

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Video: Dog Saves Family on His First Day!

Stories about hero dogs are popular here on, but we’ve never never seen one about a dog protecting its family on the first day in their home. Lee and Elizabeth Littler of Hillsboro, Ohio, rescued Hercules from a county pound because they feared he’d be put down soon. According to Lee, the goal was to “find him a good home, anything to keep him from. . .

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Picture of the Day: Unbelievable Brown Trout

Dan Kupiac's Pig Brown

Dan Kupiac shows off a slab-of-a-lifetime from New York’s Salmon River.

photo by Dave Barber

Last Saturday, Dan Kupiac of Farmington, Connecticut, was fishing the Salmon River with guide Dave Barber when something special happened. Dan was high-sticking a nymph through the same slot for 10 minutes, convinced that there was a big fish there. He was right, but even he had never imagined the fish would be so big. In fact, it was his largest brown trout ever: 35 inches long and 20.5 pounds! Barber called it “the largest brown I’ve seen in years!”

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Video: Grouse and Woodcock in the North Woods

Here’s a cool video by my friend Lisa Savard, filmed in the woods near Cabins at Lopstick, which she owns and operates with her husband, Tim. Living in the Connecticut Lakes region of far-northern New Hampshire, Lisa and her dogs have access to thousands of square miles of woods, but you can see that this is no walk in the park. The cover that grouse and woodcock prefer can be thick stuff, where it’s difficult to even get a shot at a flushed bird.

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Shelter Dogs Keep on Truckin’

Sean Kiel, a 46-year-old truck driver from Oregon, is pictured with Johnny 5,
the first dog he transported to safety.

photo via

A great story on the Today show website describes how long-haul truckers are being used to transport dogs from shelters, where they are in danger of being euthanized, to new homes. Apparently, there’s an

ever-growing network of animal lovers who are transporting rescued dogs, cats, bunnies, ferrets and even the occasional monitor lizard or pot-bellied pig to loving homes, even if those homes are located hundreds of miles away. This unofficial Underground Railroad is powered by truckers, pilots, animal rescue groups and volunteers who provide “layover homes” to all kinds of creatures as they journey to new and happier lives.

Click here for the full story.

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6 Things Guides Do That You Shouldn’t

Bryan Eldredge Cropped

As a guide, Bryan Eldredge can get away with things that you can’t on the river.

photo courtesy Bryan Eldredge

I was was nine years old when my brother Scott gave me some advice I’ve applied to all sorts of things since then. On that Saturday, we were playing catch after watching our beloved Red Sox on NBC’s Game of the Week when I made an imaginary relay throw pretending to be the Red Sox’ shortstop, Rick Burleson. Scott, who was already a high school star, caught my near-perfect throw and proceeded to chew my butt for throwing side-armed.

“But Burleson throws side armed,” I objected.

At this, Scott walked right up to me, pointed the finger of his ungloved hand at my nose and said, “He’s not a pro because he can do it; he can do it because he’s a pro.”

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Expensive Taste: Dog Eats $1000 in Cash in Orlando

A very expensive, and very gross, jigsaw puzzle.

Credit: WKMG Orlando

A couple in Florida returned home to find their dog, a Labrador, chow, bulldog mix had eaten a thousand dollars in cash. Some quick thinking by the owners, and what is probably one of their grossest afternoons ever, enabled them to recover $900!

“My mother-in-law and our best friend were here and we were speechless. But they just laughed the whole evening and they helped us retrieve $900,” Lawrenson said.

Tuity managed to eat too many serial numbers on the last one-hundred dollar bill. The couple sent it to the Department of Treasury with a letter explaining what happened in hopes of being reimbursed for the rest.  

“I didn’t really see that one coming and I guarantee we’ll keep money away from now on,” Lawrenson added"

Read the rest of the story here.

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Friday Film Festival 11.11.11

Welcome to the Nigel Tufnel Memorial “This one goes to eleven” edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. (And please remember that Christopher Guest also played fly-shop owner Harlan Pepper in “Best in Show,” which makes this reference even more appropriate.) This week’s collection is one. . .

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