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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Pictures of the Day: South Fork of the Boise Rainbow

South Fork Boise Rainbow 1

A gorgeous rainbow from Idaho’s South Fork of the Boise River.

photo courtesy Josh Hoisington

I got this great email from blog reader Josh Hoisington today:

In the middle of my second season fly fishing, I made the move to Idaho and have experienced some of the greatest fishing of my life. Here are some pictures of a 24-inch rainbow pulled from the South Fork of the Boise River. I caught her on a cranefly nymph with a downstream presentation I have dubbed. . .

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Orvis Casters Sweep Best of the West Competition in Denver

Pete and Molly

Pete Kutzer and Molly Semenik show off their “1st Place” caps from the Best of the West Casting Competition.

photo courtesy Pete Kutzere readers are certainly familiar with casting instructor Peter Kutzer, whose excellent how-to videos have been featured here. And those who frequent the Women in Fly Fishing blog may remember Molly Semenik from this fun video posted back in September. Over the weekend, these two accomplished something remarkable when they completed an all-Orvis sweep of the prestigious Best of the West Fly Casting Tournament, held at the International Sportsman’s Expo in Denver, Colorado. Peter and Molly were competing against many of the most famous competition casters in the world, making their achievement even more impressive. We’ll get a full account from Pete when he gets back from his fly-fishing-show tour, but we felt the need to offer heartfelt kudos to both of these fantastic fly-fishing teachers!

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Friday Film Festival 01.06.12

Welcome to the first 2012 edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is one of our most internationally diverse ever, with entries from Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, France, Denmark, Greenland, and the good ol’ U.S. of A. If you love tarpon, . . .

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Slideshow: Gorgeous Images of “Scruffies”

clients of scruffy dog photography ~ 2011 from illona on Vimeo.

Check out this wonderful slideshow, by Toronto photographer Illona Haus, which features one shot from each of her clients over the past year. Haus specializes in capturing the personalities of her canine subjects:

scruffy dog photography is not about your average pet portraits … these are intimate, one-of-a-kind sessions,
capturing your dog’s spirit and character using mostly natural light …
shot environmentally and in your home. no studios, no bright lights, no coercion, no stress.

There are some spectacular images here.

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Ohio One Step Closer to Banning Dog Auctions

One of the most disturbing elements of the already troubling puppy-mill industry is the way breeding dogs are sold at auctions. As the video above shows all too graphically, these dogs are treated poorly and are valuable to their owners only inasmuch as they can produce large numbers of puppies. But, at least in one state, such auctions may soon be a thing of the past.

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Friday Film Festival 12.30.11

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. We skipped last week, since it was a holiday for us, but we’re making up for it with a baker’s dozen videos, an all-time high, in this week’s FFF. We’re a little light on the saltwater content here, but if you love trout, . . .

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UPDATE: Veteran Gets His Pit-Bull Service Dog Back

We posted on Tuesday about an Iowa town’s inconceivable decision to force a decorated veteran to give up his service dog because of a townwide ban on pit bulls. Jim Sak, the dog’s owner and beneficiary of his services, sued the town, arguing that the Americans with Disabilities Act supercedes any town ordinances. There’s great news today, as a judge has granted a temporary injunction allowing Snickers the dog to return home until the court case is decided.

“I feel great,” said Sak after Snickers returned home Wednesday. “I got my buddy home. I got my heart back.”

Let’s hope that this court case has an ending that’s just as happy as the touching reunion in the video above.

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Iowa Town Bans Veteran’s Service Dog


It’s no secret that pit bulls have a bad rap among the general population, and many towns across the country have passed ordinances to either prohibit or regulate ownership of the breed. These laws represent a fundamental misunderstanding of dog behavior, and it seems way over-the-top to deny a veteran—who served both in Viet Nam and for 32 years as a police officer—his beloved and necessary service dog simply because it is the “wrong” breed. Don’t you agree?

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