New Army Policy Makes It MORE Difficult for Soldiers to Get Service Dogs


Army Specialist David Bandrowsky with “Benny,” his prescribed service dog on
June 2, 2012. Both are stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.

photo by Christ Chavez for msnbc.com

We post fairly frequently about the enormous benefits that service dogs provide for soldiers returning from war—whether it’s performing tasks for veterans with physical disabilities or providing comfort and companionship for those with psychological or emotional wounds. Given all the evidence, . . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make Roll and Switch Casts with a Two-Handed Rod

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make three kinds of casts with a two-handed rod. Starting with a simple, static roll cast, we increase the amount of motion, moving to a dynamic roll cast, and then to the more advanced. . .

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Hero Service Dog Saves Young Girl’s Life

Here’s a wonderful story about how a trained alert dog has changed a family’s life, by helping them manager their daughter’s dangerous Type I diabetes. Young Faith Wilson was diagnosed with the disease, rare in infants, when she was just nine months old, and her mother. . .

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Friday Film Festival 06.01.12

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection covers a wide variety of species in both fresh and salt water. Unless you’re dead-set on seeing something about stand-up paddleboard Tenkara fishing for bluegills, you’ll find something to. . .

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Veteran May Lose His Home Because of His Service Dog


Eugene Ovsishcher and Mickey in their New York apartment.

photo via New Yok Times

Like many veterans from the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, New Yorker Eugene Ovsishcher suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) as a result of a nine-month tour in Afghanistan. To help alleviate the symptoms, a psychiatrist suggested that Ovsischer get a dog, a proven. . .

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Check Out the New Orvis Fly-Fishing Learning Center!

For better or worse, videos are the way many of us learn these days. Of course, there are plenty of fly-fishing videos on YouTube, but they are of uneven quality and may not be reliable tools for learning. Now there’s something better.

The new interactive Orvis Learning Center is a video-based resource that’s free to anyone and available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, to answer your fly-fishing questions.

The meat of the Learning Center is the video lessons. Eventually, there will be 13 different chapters available (the first 7 are up now), each containing about 24 minutes of video, and the chapters include: . . .

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Friday Film Festival 05.25.12

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is pretty dang salty, with great fly-fishing action of giant-trevally, tarpon, bonefish, and permit anglers. The trevally scenes will blow your mind because of the way the fish seem to explode on the fly, often right at the angler’s feet. Those who prefer their bones golden will find. . .

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Win Tickets to the Fly-Fishing Film Tour in Vermont!

F3T in Manchester

Come to see great fly-fishing films on June 2 and perhaps win a Helios!

image via flyfilmtour.com

Here’s a chance for someone in the Northeast to win a pair of tickets to the Orvis-sponsored 2012 Fly Fishing Film Tour event at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, Vermont on June 2. To enter, leave a comment below in which you tell us your favorite. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make an Aerial Mend

Welcome to another installment of “Ask an Orvis Fly-Fishing Instructor,” with me, Peter Kutzer. In this episode, I demonstrate how to make aerial mends in your line, creating an upstream or downstream mend before your line touches down on the water. This is a great technique for when you’re casting across varying currents, and it will help you achieve better and longer. . .

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