The Best Dog Breeds for Swimming

Portuguese Water Dogs. Irish Water Spaniels. Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. These dog breeds are all excellent swimmers, but having ‘water’ or a body of water referenced in your dog’s name isn’t a prerequisite for water-loving dogs. Many dog breeds and rescue dogs enjoy splashing around and swimming. And some adore the water so much they seem part amphibian.

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“Secrets of the Littlehorn,” by William G. Tapply

The Littlehorn River begins at the outlet of a small cottage-rimmed pond, follows the old Boston & Maine railroad tracks behind gas stations and strip malls and suburban backyards, passes under three highway bridges, and ends several aimless miles . . .

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Classic Pro Tips: How to Fish Streamers in Small Waters


By adjusting your presentation, you can catch good trout on streamers in even small creeks and brooks.
Photo by Phil Monahan

In its most basic form, fishing for trout with streamers is one of the easier ways to catch fish with a fly rod: you simply cast across the river or across-and-downstream and then strip the fly back as. . .

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Video: How to Make Distribution Wraps

Some patterns, such as the Bird’s Nest, call for hackle fibers all the way around the body, which can be a pain. But Tim has a great trick that makes the process ridiculously easy. It’s all in how you prepare the feather and then tie it in. Try it out, and your . . .

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The Six Best Dog Breeds for First-Time Owners


Photo via orvis.com

The best dog breed for first-time dog owners is the Labrador Retriever. Labs are laid-back, joyful companions, and relatively easy to train, making them an ideal breed for beginners. Rounding out the best six breeds for first-timers are Golden Retrievers, Redbone Coonhounds, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Collies, and Soft-Coated Wheaten Terriers.

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Video: The Creek

Facebook tells me that it’s our old pal Rolf Nylinder‘s birthday, so it seems proper to share his latest film, which is a beautiful story about exploring his home waters in search of trout. A stay-at-home dad, Rolf no longer has the luxury of traveling to the far . . .

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Classic Podcast: Six Advanced Tips on Fishing Emergers

Tom is on the road this week–filming new episodes of his TV show with The New Fly Fisher folks–so we are posting a backcast episode on emergers, from January of 2011. This is one of Tom’s “Black Diamond” episodes, in which he shares some . . .

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