Honoring the Fallen: A Soldier and His Dog

A soldier and his dog

Cpl. Kory Wiens and Cooper sharing a cot in Iraq. They were the first K9 team killed in Iraq, when an IED exploded in 2007, and they are now being honored on two military bases.

photo courtesy YouTube

We’ve posted several times about the hero dogs serving in the military, both at home and overseas, but this is the most touching story we’ve run across. Corporal Kory Wiens of Independence, Oregon, so loved the dog he worked with in Iraq, a yellow lab named Cooper, that he planned to stay in the Army long enough to adopt the dog when his bomb-sniffing career ended. Tragically, both were killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in 2007. They were the first such dog team to be killed in action in Iraq. They died together, their ashes were buried together, and now they will be remembered together. . .

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New Issue of Southern Culture on the Fly


Here it is: the very firstest-ever issue of Southern Culture on the Fly (well, if you don’t count the spring “half” issue.) There’s tons of great photography, video, writing, and a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor here. (Check out “Why You Shouldn’t Fish Here,” by David Grossman, for a particularly gooey brand of sarcasm.) The issue weighs in at a remarkable 150 pages—featuring destinations, tips, and conservation—so there’s sure to be something you like.

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Friday Film Festival 10.28.11

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 bounces all over the planet; in fact, just three of the eight videos are from the good old U.S. of A. The rest come from such far-flung locations as Wales, Japan, Russia, and Lithuania. Who knew. . .

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The Rebirth of the Wild White Salmon River

Yesterday, the 98-year-old Condit Dam on the White Salmon River was breached, allowing water to flow freely for the first time since 1923. It’s an incredible moment for those who seek to open the river to salmon and steelhead, whose passage and access to spawning grounds have been blocked for so long. Watch the dramatic video above to see the historic moment, and then click “Read More” to watch a second video for some historical perspective on the dam itself, why it was removed, and what the effects of a newly wild White Salmon River will be.

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Tying the LaFontaine Sparkle Emerger

Gary LaFontaine’s book Caddisflies, published in 1981, completely revolutionized the ways that anglers understood caddisfly behavior, how trout reacted to it, and how imitations should be tied and fished. LaFontaine, who died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2002, had spent a decade studying caddisflies, even donning SCUBA gear to observe the underwater. . .

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Friday Film Festival 10.21.11

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. In this week’s collection, we witness the beginning of trout season in New Zealand, which is hopefully the harbinger of many great videos to come over the next six months. We’ve also got great steelhead action from Oregon, big-river cohos on the Skeena, and excellent saltwater. . .

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Picture of the Day: S.O.S. Brown Trout

Falcons Ledge Brown Trout

This gorgeous Utah brown fell for a Higa’s S.O.S. nymph fished deep.

photo courtesy Falcon’s Ledge and Castaway Films

Ryan Davis was fishing Utah’s Duchesne River with the guys from Falcon’s Ledge last week, when he laid into this gorgeous brown trout. Ryan was nymphing a deep hole with a Higa’s S.O.S. nymph, which just happens to have been invented by Spencer Higa, who works at the lodge. One of the cameramen behind Castaway Films, Ryan was in the Beehive State to shoot images and video for an upcoming project.

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Tying the Bird’s Nest

Cal Bird owned a small fly shop in San Francisco in the 1940s and ’50s, and he created the Bird’s Nest in 1959 as a caddis-pupa imitation to use on the Truckee River. Most anglers now consider it an attractor pattern for use in a wide variety of angling situations. The original recipe called for a dubbing mix of Australian possum and dyed coyote and wood-duck flank fibers for the tail and legs, although many tiers now use. . .

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