Flu season isn’t just for humans anymore

Now is the time of year when many of us are getting our flu shots, but let’s not forget our canine companions. A report from KAALtv in Austin, Minnesota, highlights how important it is for dog owners to be on the lookout for canine influenza. The virus is called H3N8, is highly contagious, and was first discovered in dogs back in 2004. As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention page for dog flu makes clear, the virus is not very dangerous for about 80% of dogs, but others, . . .

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Should you teach your significant other to fish?

Teaching the Wife to Fish

The decision to teach your partner to fly fish may be more complicated than you think.

photo by Tom Rosenbauer

You know you’re dealing with a touchy subject when you have to begin with a disclaimer, but here goes: this post is not about gender. The points made here apply equally to men and women when the roles are reversed. I know several couples in which it is the female who is the passionate angler. The power dynamics are somewhat different, but the same rules apply. Okay, now that that’s out of the way. . .

Robin Kadet’s recent post about learning to fly fishing brings up a question I’ve heard a lot over the years: Is it a good idea to teach your spouse how to fly fish? In most cases, it’s a man wondering about his wife, but I know couples in which the wife is the hardcore angler, as well.

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Video of the Day: Montauk Albie Blitz

It’s that time of year, when saltwater game fish migrate southward down the Atlantic Coast, feeding voraciously on schools of baitfish along the way. Check out this great video of the carnage perpetrated by false albacore off the tip of New York’s Long Island, churning up the surface and practically coming right out of the water as they hammer their frightened prey. Looks like a great time to be casting a big Deceiver or Clouser. Hat tip: Moldy Chum.

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Video: Huntin’ at Zeke’s

This is no lodge experience. Hunting at Zeke’s Rooster Ranch is the North Dakota equivalent to a Vermont deer camp, only on a grander scale. During pheasant season, men and dogs congregate from all over the country to hunt pheasant and enjoy some time off the grid. To explain the history of how all these men are connected and how I got there would take. . .
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Picture of the Day: Junior Steel!

Graeme Sharp with a Steelhead

Our friends at Orvis Bellevue (WA) posted this great picture of 11-year-old Graeme Sharp with a beautiful wild Klickitat hen. Graeme caught this beauty on October 2 with his father and guide Steve Joyce. Way to go Graeme!

photo courtesy Orvis Bellevue

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Dog shows ultimate loyalty after boat crash

Weimeraners are prized for their loyalty, as evidenced by a dog in South Carolina who stayed with his deceased owner for three days.

photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons

People who aren’t dog lovers will occasionally wonder out loud if those of us who do own dogs over-anthropomorphize our pets…that is, do we attribute to them human characteristics and emotions—loyalty, empathy, love, etc.—that they probably don’t feel. “Stop feeding them, and we’ll see how much they love you,” the argument goes. Well, that theory got tested pretty well in South Carolina this week. After a. . .

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Giving in to Fly Fishing

Cross-Posted from the Women in Fly Fishing blog: Fly Fishing was never on my radar screen until I moved to Vermont and started working for Orvis in the mid 1990s. I worked for the company for four years and learned what an “angler” was (I really had no idea), that fishing poles were actually “rods,” and that “wading pant” was not the correct term for those funny water pants. They are just called “waders.”  And I was surprised to learn that an office discussion about “nymphs” was not even remotely suggestive. I also learned that the target audience of the typical fly-fisher was pretty much the polar opposite of me.

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Friday Film Festival 10.14.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is super trouty, with just a couple of tarpon videos to break it up.  From New Zealand, to England, to Wisconsin and Montana, there’s a ton of great footage in this week’s festival. There are also plenty of lessons for anglers and travelers alike. One of the best parts of watching all these videos is seeing how other fly fishers do things, whether it’s rigging, fly presentation, . . .

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The Prince of Tides- Tom Rosenbauer Interviews an Expert on Tides and their Influence on Saltwater Fly Fishing

I’m always confused by the science and physics of tides and how they vary and how they influence fish in salt water. So I went right to the best source I know on all things saltwater related–Dr. Aaron Adams, director of Bonefish Tarpon Trust and one of my favorite fishing buddies. Fishing with him is like fishing with Mr. Wizard (excuse me for dating myself here) and Aaron does not disappoint in our interview. He takes the sceince behind tides and makes it clear and digestible to those of us who just like to fish in salt water. There are some specific tips for fly fishing related to tides as well, and Aaron suggests some ways that fly fishers in particular can use tide predictions to have more success on the water. It was a fun podcast for me as I learned a ton.

In the Fly Box, I answer a listener’s question about how and why tailwater rivers are different and some tips on fishing them.

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Top 10 Flies for the Southern Rockies

Juan Ramirez grew up in northern New Mexico, fishing the small streams and creeks of the Sangre De Cristos. In 1997, he made the switch to fly fishing, and he has never looked back. Over the years, he has guided on the Cimarron River in New Mexico, as well as the South Platte River in Colorado. Juan received his first tying kit when he was 15 years old, but after a few. . .

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