Stalking Big Browns in Skinny Water

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Many of Utah’s tiny streams hold big, fat brown trout.

photo courtesy Falcons Ledge

Utah fly fishing tends to get overlooked quite frequently as a fly fishing destination. I think this is mainly due to its proximity to other stellar fishing states (ID, MT, CO, WY) who hold epic reputations for big water and big fish. In addition, aside from the Green River, the state lacks any really big, well known water. However, what the state lacks in large popular waters it makes up for in its abundance of small streams that hold some big fish. I’ve found more skinny water that holds impressive fish than really anywhere else in the West, and on a cool spring day in 2010 Spencer Higa and myself set out to test our luck on just such a river.

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Friday…um…MONDAY Film Festival 02.06.12

Friday Film Festival at Featuring the Best Fly Fishing Footage Available

Welcome to another edition of the Friday…um…Monday Film Festival. Sorry for the delay, which was caused by a dead laptop. But here are the films you missed, and there are some doozies. Remember, we surf so you don’t have to. But if you do stumble upon something great that you think is worthy of inclusion in a future FFF, please post it in the comments below. See you next week with a fresh set of films!

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The Power of a Service Dog to Change a Family’s Life

Iyal Winokur and his service dog, Chancer.

photo by Michele Asselin for The New York Times

Yesterday’s New York Times Magazine featured a fascinating article about how the love of a service dog, a golden retriever named Chancer, changed the lives of a family dealing with their adopted child’s disabilities. Not only has the dog helped manage the effects of Iyal Winokur’s fetal alcohol syndrome, but Chancer’s presence has actually led to. . .

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Another Great Super Bowl Ad Featuring a Dog

A couple weeks ago, we posted a video of a group of dogs barking the theme to “Star Wars,” which was supposedly a teaser for Volkswagen’s upcoming Super Bowl ad. (You may remember that last year’s most popular commercial featured a young boy who thought he was Darth Vader.) Now, here’s this year’s entry, called “The Dog Strikes Back,” in which an out-of-shape pooch goes into training to get his moves back. Fun stuff!

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Friday Film Festival 01.27.12

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection debuts some locations and species we’ve never featured before. Ever wondered if there is catch-and-release fly fishing for rainbows in North Africa? Well, your answer is below. (Hint: yes.) Learn how to thrill and mystify your friends by. . .

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An Appeal to Protect California’s Model Shelter Law

Last month, we posted about how California Governor Jerry Brown’s dog, Sutter, has his own page on the official state website. Yesterday, political activist and former state senator Tom Hayden released a video calling on Governor Brown not to repeal the “Hayden Bill,” passed in 1998, which created a statewide policy preference for adoption and owner-redemption at all animal shelters. (You can read a summary of of the bill here.) It’s an important issue for those who believe that shelters should use euthanization as a last resort. If you feel strongly about this issue, you can sign Hayden’s petition.

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Picture of the Day: Grand Bahama Bone

Greg Vincent Bonefish

After this big bonefish finally realized it was hooked, a long struggle ensued.

photo courtesy Greg Vincent

Our head guide, Ishmael, and I were out spending a day on the water taking advantage of the great weather. We had just swapped positions from pole to bow, as Ishmael had just released a fish, and in doing we both heard a splashy commotion almost 200 yards away somewhere near the point of a small cay where the flat ended. We could see the wakes created by this commotion but could not identify what it was.

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Friday Film Festival 01.20.12

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is very trouty, with tons of great winter action from Montana, Ohio, and the southeast. The guys from Southern Culture on the Fly also may have set a new IGFA underwear record, which must be seen to be believed. Saltwater fans will enjoy some sweet Hawaii bonefish action, giant trevally in the Seychelles, . . .

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Did This Dog-Loving Couple Commit “Animal Abuse”?

John and Danika Shipman with their Yorkies, Copper and Penny.

photo via Dogster

Here’s a fascinating story from Dallas about a couple of dog lovers who are accused of abusing their pets. The story begins with a couple of young men who parked their car in a in a garage and were surprised to hear dogs barking. When they investigated, they discovered that the sound was coming from the trunk of a car.

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