Dog Walks to Fight Canine Cancer are Springing Up

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Goliath Takes a Break in the Sun
Photo by James Hathaway

Spring is right around the corner and it’s never too early to start planning your outdoor activities with family and friends. Each year, more and more, dog walks to help find cures for canine cancer are “springing” up, like the one at Elk Grove National Park in Elk Grove, California.

If you’re in the area, join Morris Animal Foundation and Northern California dog lovers on Saturday, May 7, for the 3rd annual Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk at Elk Grove Regional Park in Elk Grove. The event will benefit the Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, an initiative to fund research to treat, prevent and, ultimately, cure cancer in dogs. To participate in this year’s K9 Cancer Walk, register at K9CancerWalk.

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Early Spring in Montana

It’s now February. According to my calendar, next month will be March, which means that despite the snow and cold temperatures currently slamming most northern states, early-season fly fishing is right around the corner.

Early spring is a time when a lot of Montana guides hit the water hard. Our schedules are pretty wide open, and we’ve been cooped up all winter, so we are more than ready to get after it. So are the fish. Especially the BIG fish. For the most part, they’ve been relatively dormant since the fall, making them hungry and willing to be aggressive. This combination can produce some. . .

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Full Circle: Paul Fersen Reads His Story from Gray’s Sporting Journal

Tom Rosenbauer needed a day off and I told him I would be more than happy to read a story I wrote for Gray’s Sporting Journal a few year’s back. The story is about my Grandma Moon who taught me to fish in the ponds of our South Georgia farm and how important it was to pass that simple knowledge to my son Cooper. There is a bit of magic in the simplicity of the cane pole and though far gone from my experience, I brought it back for him. “Full Circle” is a story of generations and the common thread that ties a little boy to the great grandmother he never knew.

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Dog Days with Toby!

There are many reasons I appreciate working at the Orvis Home Offices in Sunderland, Vermont: The upland cover and brook trout fishing just outside the door; the conservation work we support; the view outside the window; and the good people who are as committed to outdoor pursuits as I am. But on days like today, hands down the best reason has to be the love of dogs among associates and the dog-friendly atmosphere.

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Wild Pheasant Hunts with Todd Agnew

Orvis has instituted a new endorsed program of hunting guides that specialize in the true wild bird experience. This day and age, true wild birds are not easy to find. Access to land that has wild birds can be difficult and for that reason the hunting lodge is now the preeminent form of guided upland hunting. But there are those out there who still want to walk further and hunt harder for the opportunity to shoot birds that have never seen a pen.

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A Striper Season

Surf Fishing 2010 – NYC Edition from Peter Laurelli on Vimeo.


Yesterday, Rob Ceccarini, Fishing Manager at Orvis Manhattan, sent me a link to a video created by one of his customers, Peter Laurelli. Usually, when I get these kinds of emails hailing some “great” video, the video itself is a bit of a letdown—there might be great fish or a cool shot, but. . .

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In the Loop 01.31.11

Just in time to rescue many of us from Snowpocalypse-induced cabin fever, the Fly Fishing Film Tour is hitting the road again. Now in its fourth year, the FFFT (or F3T, if you’re cool) will visit more than 80 cities this year, hopefully one near you. Watching videos on the Web is fun, but it’s no substitute for. . .

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast: Tom’s Ten Tips on Winter Fly Fishing

Winter fly fishing is beautiful. It’s quiet, the scenery is specatcular and there are not as many people on the water. There are some techniques you have to adopt, though in order to be succesful and have a good time.

First, remember to layer-up. Tim Daughton wrote an excellent post on the topic. Read it here.

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Friday Film Festival 01.28.11

90 minutes from Dave Jensen on Vimeo.

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Fest, in which we scour the Internets for the best fly-fishing footage available. We kick things off this week with an epic story of man vs. fish, in which an angler works a fish for an hour and half and changes flies more times than. . .

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