Take the Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge for a chance to win Tom’s Small-Stream Book

Test your knowledge of basic fly-casting techniques by taking our seven-question quiz. You’ll be asked about casting mechanics, the best ways to practice, and the best methods to achieve certain objectives. Post your score in the comments below to become eligible for our giveaway: One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will win a signed copy of Tom’s recent book The Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing, a great resource for anyone who enjoys chasing trout in mountain or meadow streams. Good luck!

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Firefighters use Mouth-to-Nose to Save Family Dog

Firefighters give artificial respiration to a dog that was rescued from a house fire Tuesday. / Dan Young/Wausau Daily Herald

After writing earlier today about the gross mistreatment of dogs at the hands of an uncaring human being, it is nice to report on this great story out of Wisconsin where firefighters saved a dog’s life and the cat’s life, too.

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Periodic jail time for operator of dog “torture camp”

Diane Eldrup has been convicted of
18 counts of animal cruelty


This story is simply unfathomable.  A Chicago-area woman has been sentenced to two and a half years of “periodic” prison time and probation for the torture and death of at least 14 dogs in her care. Many starved to death and were left to rot.

From the story:

A jury heard evidence that Eldrup allowed 14 dogs to die of starvation and dehydration while they were under her care at the Deer Park animal shelter. Their rotting carcasses were found amidst piles of moldy feces, and near empty food and water bowls.

Evidence was presented at Tuesday’s sentencing hearing that an additional eight to 10 carcasses were found at Muddy Paws after the snow melted. The 14 dead dogs and four live dogs were found Dec. 16, 2010, according to prosecutors Suzanne Willett, Michael Mermel and Raquel Robles-Eschbach.

“The defendant has been hiding and killing dogs far longer than the evidence of trial. The state is asking for a prison sentence. She starved them to death. She prolonged their suffering,” Willett said. “This was a torture camp for animals and she was a prison guard.”

Read the rest of the story here.

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Picture of the Day: S.O.S. Brown Trout

Falcons Ledge Brown Trout

This gorgeous Utah brown fell for a Higa’s S.O.S. nymph fished deep.

photo courtesy Falcon’s Ledge and Castaway Films

Ryan Davis was fishing Utah’s Duchesne River with the guys from Falcon’s Ledge last week, when he laid into this gorgeous brown trout. Ryan was nymphing a deep hole with a Higa’s S.O.S. nymph, which just happens to have been invented by Spencer Higa, who works at the lodge. One of the cameramen behind Castaway Films, Ryan was in the Beehive State to shoot images and video for an upcoming project.

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Wading in Wedded Bliss

Kathryn Maroun's Wedding

Kathryn and Lou on their wedding day, along the shores of the Margaree.

photo courtesy Kathryn Maroun

My fall pilgrimage for Atlantic salmon on a historic river in the highlands of Nova Scotia, Canada, is like coming home year after year. Pursuit with rod and line for the king of game fish dates back to at least the 15th century. The colorful fall foliage, mixing with the tawny water of the Margaree River, is always postcard perfect. As are my wedding pictures, which were taken in the valley at Lower Tompkins pool. When we tried to register the marriage certificate with the Province, they kept sending it back to us, saying that the Lower Tompkins. . .

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Video of the Day: Avalanche-Dog Rescue Training

Wasatch Backcountry Rescue Dogs from Timothy Jones on Vimeo.

Dogs take part in many of our more heroic endeavors, from military action to disaster relief to aiding the disabled. But this doesn’t happen without an exceptional amount of training. This short video shows dogs from Wasatch Backcountry Rescue, a nonprofit organization in Utah, getting ready for the upcoming season. These are beautiful animals, and they are doing important work for the good of mankind. Bravo.

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Tying the Bird’s Nest

Cal Bird owned a small fly shop in San Francisco in the 1940s and ’50s, and he created the Bird’s Nest in 1959 as a caddis-pupa imitation to use on the Truckee River. Most anglers now consider it an attractor pattern for use in a wide variety of angling situations. The original recipe called for a dubbing mix of Australian possum and dyed coyote and wood-duck flank fibers for the tail and legs, although many tiers now use. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to unravel a knotless, tapered leader

Do you ever have trouble getting a new knotless, tapered leader from the package to the end of your line? When I was a guide, I used to watch anglers struggle with this all the time. Sometimes they’d end up with a tangle bad enough that they’d just grab a new leader and start over. At about $3.50 a pop, that’s an expensive mistake if it happens often enough. The truth is, unraveling a prepackaged leader is quite simple if you know a couple of tricks. Here’s a technique shown to me by my friend Macauley Lord one day on the banks of the Rapid River in Maine. You should never ruin a new leader again!

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