Take a Walk to Help Fight Canine Cancer

K9 Cancer Walk
A Recent K9 Cancer Walk

This May 7th marks the 3rd annual Morris Animal Foundation K9 Cancer Walk in Elk Grove, Calif. Many dogs succumb to cancer each year. Last March, Buddy, an 8-year-old chocolate lab mix, lost his human best friend to leukemia and his canine friend Raja to cancer too. On Saturday, May 7, help Buddy celebrate their memory, and raise money and awareness for canine cancer. All proceeds will benefit Morris Animal Foundation’s Canine Cancer Campaign, a national effort to help dogs live longer, healthier, cancer-free lives.

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Hungry Trout and Cold Stout: Springtime in Montana

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One of the pubs along the way

Right about now, we fly fishers are all but frothing to find a bit of water to fish. Though some of us may be lucky enough to live near tailwaters to fish in the winter, the first signs of spring have a different feel to them than fishing in the winter. For one, it’s nice not to have to knock ice out of your rod’s guides after every cast. I spoke with Brandon Boedecker of PRO Outfitters in Montana, and he told me about a new idea they came up with to chase away the winter blues and get out there on some of the best waters in Montana as spring hits. They call it the Pub Crawl…

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In the Loop 03.17.11

fly fishing in ireland 2010 from josep guardia on Vimeo.

To celebrate the holiday, here’s a lovely slideshow about fishing in the Emerald Isle, featuring a soundtrack by the wonderful Waterboys. I had a chance to fish in Ireland in 2006, and I was blown away by the quality of the fishing, how inexpensive it was, and the skill of some of the. . .

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Tying the Knucklehead

The Knucklehead Streamer from Richard Strolis on Vimeo.

The spring season is almost here, and high water on the Battenkill will mean it’s streamer time. I’ve always liked articulated patterns, though I haven’t tied many because they seemed kind of complicated. But in this video, Connecticut-based guide Rich Strolis, demonstrates a straightforward method for tying wiggly, two-hook streamers using some innovative new products. You can tie the Knucklehead in lots of different colors to mimic your local forage fish. I plan on tying up some olive and copper ones for the ‘Kill.

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Springtime’s Promise: Vermont Turkey Hunting

Mid-March and the snow is finally melting here in Southern Vermont. Snow drops and day lilies are popping up in every scrap of bare ground in my yard. Birds awaken me in the morning and the creeks and streams are swollen with runoff, the Battenkill near its banks. I have the Battenkill on my mind, dreaming of chucking streamers in April’s high water, then looking for the noses of big wild brown trout during the Hendrickson hatch. But I have something else on my mind too: turkeys

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Tuesday Tip: The Line Hand and Shooting

Last week we discussed the basics of the front and back casts, using a simple pick-up-and-lay-down drill with the line pinched against the cork grip. Now it’s time to add the “line hand,” the one that controls the fly line during the cast, and discuss shooting line to lengthen the cast.

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Podcast- 15 Tips on Fishing the Evening Hatch

In this episode, by request via our voicemail line at (802) 362-8800, I give 15 tips on fishing the evening hatch. This is a long episode, clocking it at just over an hour.
We also had a trivia contest on the same subject yesterday. See how well you do on the quiz and let us know!.

Did I leave anything out of this podcast? Have a sugestion for a future podcast? Was it too long this time? Call me at (802) 362-8800 or leave us a comment below.

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Murph Training, Week VII: Murph Goes to the Mall

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Murph at the mall
Photo by Mimi Fersen, taken with iPhone

This weekend we took my son to the airport for an early-morning flight. Of course, Murph went along. Since we were in the big city for the morning we decided to visit the mall. We got there an hour before the stores opened, but the mall was open and full of “mall walkers” doing their fitness thing. It occurred to me what a great time it was to work on Murph’s training and steadiness in a new environment. I went back to the car and got him.

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In the Loop 03.14.11

Flats Fishing Unsalted Style from luke Kavajecz on Vimeo.

Start your week off right with some serious Great Lakes flats fishing for big smallmouths in this film from photographer Luke Kavajecz. It doesn’t hurt that the soundtrack is by the insanely talented Andrew Bird. (If you like the song in the video but have never heard of Bird, . . .

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Rosenbauer’s Trivia Challenge: Evening Hatches

This week’s Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge is all about the evening hatch. Take it and see how you do. On Tuesday, March 15, we’ll post a new Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast, 15 Tips for the Evening Hatch, so youcan give it a listen and learn even more about fishing evening hatches.

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