In the Loop 10.12.10

A gorgeous redfish taken on a fly in the Gulf of Mexico.
photo by Jan Bach Kristensen

Fly fishing for redfish (or “red drum,” depending where you’re from) has become an obsession for reporter Mike Leggett of The Austin-American Statesman. His story of chasing tails off the Texas coast, just east of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge,…

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Fall Fly Fishing Tips for Eastern and Western Anglers

Before Tom left for the Bahamas (another tough business trip) he was joined in the studio by Jed Fiebelkorn, host of Trout Unlimited’s cable show ON THE RISE for a discussion on fall fly fishing techniques in the eastern and western United States. In doing so, they also bust a popular myth about trout feeding habits.

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Training Your Dog the Wildrose Way

I’m getting a new puppy the first of the year. He’s a Wildrose British Labrador out of their new sire FTch Glenoch Ruff who came from Northern Ireland this year. My dog Pickett is now 8 years old and at the peak of his performance physically and mentally, but it’s time to start bringing along the successor.

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Video: The Source – Iceland

I got an email this morning from Nick Reygaert of Gin-Clear Media, who had noticed we’d posted the trailer for their Tasmania film last week. Nick pointed me to the trailer for the newest Gin-Clear film, “The Source-Iceland,” which offers some spectacular footage from the Land of Fire and Ice. There’s also a New Zealand film, and you can check out that trailer at the Gin-Clear Media Web site.

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In the Loop 10.08.10

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A nice fall Salmon River steelhead from the top of the Douglaston Salmon Run.
photo by Shawn Brillon

Last week, severe rainstorms caused flooding regionwide, and New York’s Salmon River, which normally runs in the 350-to-700-cubic-feet-per-second range, jumped to an astonishing 25,000 cfs. By late this week, though, river levels had dropped to a more manageable 1,500 cfs, and anglers were out in force, chasing steelhead and salmon running out of Lake Ontario. Some of the best fishing…

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Orvis Puppy of The Day – Leo!

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Leo

Leo & the Leaf
– greg, hyde park

Enter the Orvis Cover Dog Photo contest for your chance to put your dog on a future cover of the The Orvis Dog Book catalog, win a $500 gift card from Orvis and help us beat canine cancer! Enter online at

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The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast – Three and a Half Tips on Fly Fishing for Steelhead

In the most recent episode of The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, I have three tips for fly fishing for steelhead; location, timing and presentation. Since it is not as important, I threw in half a tip on tackle.
Did I leave anything out? Have more questions? Let me know by leaving a comment in the comments section.

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Paul Nelson Farm

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Paul Nelson Lodge

I just spoke to Paul Nelson owner of Paul Nelson’s Farm in South Dakota. I hunted with Paul last year in one of the best days of hunting I’ve ever experienced and wanted to find out how the season was going.”

“This year, we’re seeing even more remarkable numbers of pheasant, because the habitat work we’ve done over the years is maturing and the resulting population is breathtaking,” said Nelson.

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Helping to Cure Canine Bone Cancer


“One Handsome Greyhound”
The word osteosarcoma is all too familiar in greyhound circles, where pet parents mourn the loss of thousands of beloved dogs each year. But there is hope in the fight against this deadly disease: The ongoing innovative research that will lead to new treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

It has long been known that some breeds have a predisposition to develop certain cancers—such as osteosarcoma in greyhounds, golden retrievers and great danes.

One promising study tests rapamycin, a drug used with human cancer patients, in treating dogs with osteosarcoma. This bone cancer clinical trial is shepherded by the Comparative Oncology Program at the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Center for Cancer Research.

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