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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Tuesday Tip: How to Remove a Fly Stuck in Your Skin

Fly fishing can sometimes be a hazardous game, what with all those hooks flying around. Sometimes, unfortunately, the pointy end finds its way into someone’s skin. We discussed this very problem last spring in a post that featured an awesome picture of Orvis Rod & Tackle Manager Steve Hemkens sporting some Carrie Stevens-inspired lip jewelry. Getting hooked isn’t such a big deal if the fly is barbless or if the angler has taken the time to mash the barb before he casts it, but this doesn’t always happen. In the heat of the moment, any of us can forget this vital step. So what do you do when you’re stuck by a barbed point?

The video above offers a fine demonstration of the push-and-pull method. There are lots of videos on YouTube demonstrating this technique but I chose thos one because, seriously, how cool is this guy for actually hammering the hook into his skin? But, as you can see, it comes right out with a minimum of torn skin and blood. Here’s how you. . .

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Three New Online Magazine Issues!

Catch Jan 12

Those of us who enjoy the page-turning action of online fly-fishing magazines have a banner crop to choose from this week, as new issues of Catch, Southern Culture on the Fly, and A Tight Loop hit the digital newsstand. Catch features the best fly-fishing photography on the Web, as well as Todd Moen’s excellent videos. This issue offers the next installment of Brian O’Keefe’s “Colors of Fly Fishing” series, as well as great stuff from Argentina, Alaska, and Florida. But regular readers will know that I most enjoy the “Small Streams” slideshow. In fact, I’m in it. And I’ve got a copy of. . .

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UPDATE: Dog rescued by Kayaker Helping His Family Heal

Here’s a follow-up report from Florida on Barney, the dog who was rescued from the Gulf of Mexico by a kayaker after a hit-and-run accident that killed the dog’s owner. This ABC Action News report shows just how much Barney’s return has meant to Donna Chen’s family, grieving over the loss a wife an mother of three. “I think Barney coming back to us is a total miracle,” says Chen’s husband. Battered and bruised, the Vizsla is home, where he needs to be for his own health and for the piece of mind of his mourning family.

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Friday Film Festival: Friggatriskaidekaphobia Edition!

Friday 13

Welcome to our first Friday the 13th edition of the Friday Film Festival for 2012! (And thanks to Orvis designer James Daley for the sweet logo.) This week’s collection is trout-heavy, with action from Chile to France to British Columbia. There are a couple other species thrown in, including monster bonefish and barramundi. 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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Woman Spends $50k to Clone Her Beloved Dog

Here’s a story that asks the question “How far is too far when it comes to preserving the memory of a beloved dog?” A New York woman, Danielle Tarantola, recently spent $50,000 to have her companion cloned by a laboratory in South Korea. Her dog, Trouble, passed away three years ago, and she was so distraught that she could not imagine living without him. Now she has a puppy, named Double Trouble, who was created using Trouble’s DNA. Tarantola claims, . . .

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