It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week

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Repost: Tying the Sulphur Parachute

Tying a Sulphur Parachute Fly from Tightline Productions on Vimeo.

It’s almost time for the annual hatches of sulphurs (Ephemerella dorothea dorothea) in the East, while emergences of the Western subspecies (Ephemerella dorothea infrequens)–one of two mayflies known as pale morning duns–usually kick off in July. These large hatches of yellow duns offer some of the best dry-fly fishing of the season, and one of the best patterns for matching the naturals is the Sulphur Parachute. This video from Tightline productions, offers clear, step-by-step. . .

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Friday Film Festival 05.18.12

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 very “tarpony,” for all you saltwater lovers out there. But we’ve also got some killer trout-fishing films, too, with all but one from North America. After such heavy doeses of Europe in recent months, this seems like Old Home Day. Sure, we start off with some Slovenian beauty footage, but after that, . . .

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Hero Dog Saves Boy from Rattlesnake


Boone suffered a horrible wound on his snout, where the snake’s venom
caused the skin around the bite to die.

photo via monrovia.patch.com

A Monrovia, California teen encountered a rattlesnake in his backyard last week, but thankfully he had someone there to protect him: Boone, the family dog. Daniel Whitman says that the dog positioned himself between the boy and the coiled snake, suffering a bite to the snout that caused massive. . .

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Friday Film Festival 05.11.12

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 very U.S-centric, but there are lots of great fish and fine filmmaking. I’m still a bit curious about where all the great New Zealand footage is from 2012. C’mon, Kiwis, get on the ball. Isn’t it. . .

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UPDATE: More Details About Lilly’s Heroic Rescue of Her Owner


Dr. Kiko Bracker of Angell Animal Medical Clinic, in Boston, checks Lilly’s heartbeat.
The pit bull is being credited with saving her owner’s life by dragging her
unconscious body off railroad tracks in Shirley, Massachusetts.

photo courtesy Angell Animal Medical Clinic

Yesterday, we posted about the incredible heroics of Lilly, a rescue pit bull who dragged her unconscious owner off the tracks as a train approached. According to Rob Halpin, spokesman for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as quoted in the Sentinel and Enterprise:

“The engineer, the only witness, told police. . .

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263 Dogs Rescued from Florida Animal Hoarder

In one of the larger animal-hoarding cases in recent memory, last week police raided a private home in Sarasota County, Florida, and rescued 263 dogs kept there. Although the police are calling this a case of “neglect,” rather than “abuse,” based on the fact that the animals were not actually starving, it sure seems like . . .

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