Saying Goodbye to Ol’ Rupe

I had to put Ol’ Rupe down the other day. It was really hard – harder than I had imagined. I guess the guy had curled himself around my heart tighter than I knew. But I also knew that with Ol’ Rupe being 14 1/2 years old as an English Pointer that this might be his last autumn, so I flew him out to Montana at the end of August to spend the glorious month of September to accompany me on days afield and astream.

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Early Morning Hooky on the Battenkill

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October Morning on The Battenkill
Eric Rickstad

Another gorgeous October morning here in Vermont. Only two weeks left of trout season, so Phil Monahan and I got up before light and met at a stretch on the Battenkill that we both like (which does not equate to a stretch where we consistently catch the river’s wild brown trout…there is not such stretch, for us anyway). A cold night in the thirties meant fog on the river first thing. Jumped some wood ducks first thing and thought maybe I should have hung up the rod and gone with the shotgun instead….

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Pond-Testing New Switch Rods

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A team of Orvis product developers tests some prototypes at the office pond.
photo by Phil Monahan

I looked out the window yesterday and saw some activity down at the pond here at Orvis HQ, so I figured I’d see what the fuss was about. The rod-development team had just received several prototypes of switch rods to be part of the new Access line, and they simply couldn’t wait to see how they felt. It was a beautiful fall day in the Green Mountains, perfect for spending a little extra time outdoors. And when you’ve worked long and hard to develop a new fly-rod design, it’s a great feeling to finally hold the rod in your hands and see how it performs.

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Chasing the Huns, Part II

Continued from Chasing the Huns, Part I Fifteen minutes later, Fern locked up again. We picked up the pace, climbing down the side of a slope before crossing a flat. She stood stiff and motionless, pointing thirty yards from a draw that ran the length of the hillside. As we walked in, I looked at Paul. He seemed more relaxed and I decided not to say anything. The covey of Huns scattered into the air in front of us. Joel missed his shots.

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October is Adopt-a-Dog Month

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Today’s Dog of the Day is is Klara, lovingly adopted by Amanda
Submitted by Amanda in the 2010 Orvis Cover Dog Contest

As one who’s adopted a shelter dog, I can tell you firsthand that there is no better feeling than bringing one of these wonderful animals into your home. And since October is American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog Month , there’s no better time than the present to head to your local animal shelter and adopt a new companion.

You’ll find just about every dog (and cat) breed imaginable at a shelter—as well as some pretty unique mixed breeds—all in need of loving homes. If you prefer a specific breed, there are numerous online rescue organizations that specialize in individual breeds.

If you’re looking to do a something that will not only make you feel great inside, but will also potentially save a life, please adopt a dog or cat today.

Do you have an adoption story you’d like to share? We’d love to hear it in the comments section!

 

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Trout Unlimited Podcast – Hydrofracking the Marcellus Shale

Phil Monahan of OrvisNews.com has called the development of gas resources in the Marcellus Shale the “Pebble Mine of the East”.

Hear Chris Wood, CEO of Trout Unlimited, and his guest, TU’s Elizabeth Maclin, VP for Eastern Conservation discuss what the Marcellus Shale project entails, what “hydro-fracking” is and the potential impact on coldwater resources of Northern Appalachia.

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Trout Unlimited Podcast – TU and Field & Stream’s Best Wild Places Tour

This summer, Trout Unlimited partnered with Field & Stream to showcase the Best Wild Places in America. The tour highlights six spots out West where people can experience some of the best hunting and fishing and most spectacular wilderness in the country. By fishing and hunting in these places, the goal is to inspire people to visit these places–all of which are located on public land.

Also, we hope to raise awareness about how special these places are so that they may receive the protection they deserve. Each one of the places on the tour faces some threat–development, energy disputes, or other threats that has the potential to rob future generations from the chance to experience the landscapes and wildlife. In this podcast, TU’s President and CEO, Chris Wood, talks with Chris Hunt, of TU’s Sportsmen’s Conservation Project, about the tour.

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