Pond-Testing New Switch Rods

Rod Testing 1
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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Bull Trout Critical Habitat Expanded

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service this week greatly expanded protections for waterways critical to the restoration of bull trout in the Northwest. This video by USFWS explains the many challenges bull-trout populations face across their native range.
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Double Barrel Podcast – Training Your Gun Dog Part 4 – The First Hunts

In the final episode of the my four-part series with Mike Stewart from Wildrose Kennels, learn how to convert the training to work in the field. Learn common mistakes and how to continue your dog's success in the field. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

I want to thank Mike Stewart for being my guest in the studio for these podcasts! Check out his website at https://www.uklabs.com/.

Listen to this episode by clicking the play button below and subscribe to future podcasts at www.orvis.com/podcast!

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Double Barrel Podcast – Training Your Gun Dog Part 3

In the third part of the four part series with Mike Stewart from Wildrose Kennels we cover more advanced training techniques and guidelines to continue to shape your gun dog to the ultimate field companion. (Part 1, Part 2)
Listen to this episode by clicking the play button below and subscribe to future podcasts at www.orvis.com/podcast!

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Orvis Dogs of the Day – Maria and Zoe!

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Maria and Zoe

Is it dinner time yet??
- Stephen, Helena
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 www.orvis.com/coverdog.
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On the River Test

River Test Project from Matt Dunkinson on Vimeo.

English photographer Matt Dunkinson has launched a film project with a very good friend who is the riverkeeper on the River Test. Here is a small clip of what they have been up to.
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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

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Klara
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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