Monthly Archives: January 2011

Preventive Heartworm Measures Still a Necessity, Especially for Outdoor Dogs

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Mack
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We all want to make sure our dogs are as healthy as possible and do our best to prevent them from picking up ticks, fleas, and from getting heartworm.If you have a dog that spends a lot of time outdoors, its exposure to heartworm increases.

A recent study at California State University at Fresno, funded by Morris Animal Foundation, showed that heartworm prevention is still an important part of a well-rounded health plan for dogs in the Western states, especially if the dogs spend a lot of time outside.

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Shooting Made Simple

Recently, I have heard a few shooters, on the front deck, chattering about different shootings styles and techniques. One conversation struck me as particularly odd. A gentleman mentioned to his friend that recently he had made a big break through with his shooting. His friend inquired as to what the epiphany might have been. The gentleman responded, “I am focusing on the target now when I shoot.” I found the comment puzzling. I have seen this man shoot before and he is a reasonably good shot. What has he been looking at for all these years? The gun.

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Dream Ranch Lives Up to Its Name in Alabama


Written by: Paul Fersen
Dream Ranch
Dream Ranch

We recently added a new endorsed hunting lodge in northeast Alabama called Dream Ranch. It’s located on a hill overlooking Lake Guntersville and that in itself is significant; I’ll tell you why in a minute. Dream Ranch is a family-owned operation and I called manager Austin Ainsworth to see what they have to offer. It was a bit more than I expected. While they offer great quail hunting, there are some unique opportunities there that make made it stand out for me.

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Fly Fishing 101 at the Sacramento ISE Show this Weekend

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Two brothers learn the finer points of fly casting at the Orvis Fly Fishing 101
booth at the Denver ISE.

photo by Hutch Hutchinson

Wow, the Denver International Sportsman’s Expo was spectacular. We had more than 165 people come to the Orvis booth and attend our 45-minute Orvis Fly Fishing 101 classes. Men, women and kids of all ages participated. Most already knew how to fish with spinning gear, but they wanted to learn how to use a different type of tool to extend their fishing time and enhance the experience. Everyone walked away with little bag of goodies, information on what and where. . .

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Vote for the Winner in the Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast Access Fly Rod Giveaway Contest!


Written by: Phil Monahan

We had over 300 entries in our contest to suggest the next Orvis Fly Fishing Guide Podcast topic and win a new Orvis Access fly rod! That’s fantastic. Out of all of those tp[ics, the OrvisNews.com team had to pick five. No easy task. If you did not get chosen this time, don’t worry… we will be having contests often here on OrvisNews.com!

A note on the selection process: We are always looking for something new, or at least a new slant on a topic. If we’ve already done a podcast on a topic, we won’t select it for the contest. Also, we always look for a topic that is of interest to people all over the country (and the world, as we do have a lot of international listeners), so destination-specific entries won’t be chosen. Finally, if more than one person suggests a topic (as is often the case) we randomly select one entry for the contest.

Vote below. Voting closes at 3pm EST on Thursday, January 20.


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Fly Tying with My Daughter


Written by: Eric Rickstad

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Young Alex ties her first fly with her dad.

[Editor’s note: Here’s an email we received from a reader named Jeff, who had listened to Tom Rosenbauer’s podcast on  Fly Tying with Kids and put Tom’s advice to work.]

Hey Tom!

I decided to follow the advice you gave in the “Fly Tying With Kids”podcast and gave my six year old daughter Alex her first session at the vise this afternoon.

We have a fairly large kitchen table, which let me set up a tying space for each of us. Prior to “The Big Event,” I collected several baggies of materials just for her—some chenille, marabou, and peacock herl, among others. The largest hook I have is a size 8 streamer, which turned out to be. . .

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Murph: The Training Begins, Week 1


Written by: Paul Fersen

As I promised I’m going to keep a blog journal on Murph’s progress. Murph is the black Lab puppy I picked up at Wildrose Kennels over the holidays. That trip was chronicled in Picking up Murph Part 1 and Part 2.

I’m lucky enough to be able to bring Murph with me to work. It’s cold up here, but we get at least three good walks in a day (a good walk for an eight-week-old is about 100 yards). Since day one, his training is part of the walk. It doesn’t last long, nor does it need to, and mostly it is just reinforcing the things he does naturally.

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Friday Film Festival


Written by: Eric Rickstad

Small stream fly fishing from rummutt on Vimeo.

Another snowy weekend here in the Great White North, so it’s time for another selection of great fly-fishing films. This week’s crop takes us from Romania to Northern California, and from Sweden to Mexico. So, while the water in your favorite creek continues to flow cold. . .

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