Monthly Archives: August 2011

Alaskan Woman Punches Bear in the Nose to Save her Dachsund


Written by: Phil Monahan

Fudge has his owner’s right hook to thank for saving him from a black bear.

Michael Penn/Juneau Empire 

 

What would you do to save your dog’s life? Would you fight a bear? Brooke Collins didn’t hesitate to clock a bear right in the nose who took her dachsund in its mouth outside her home.

From the Juneau Empire:

It started out as a typical evening for 22-year-old Brooke Collins. She let her dogs out as usual but this time, she said there was a black bear outside who took hold of her dachshund Fudge. She said she feared for her pet’s life and, in an instant, ran over and punched the bear right in the face to make it let go.

“It was all so fast. All I could think about was my dog was going to die,” said Collins.

“It was a stupid thing but I couldn’t help it,” she said. “I know you’re not supposed to do that but I didn’t want my dog to be killed.”

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Searching for Gold in Colorado

Golden Trout in CO 1

Jonathan Hill with a Colorado golden trout, a fish that many thought had gone extinct.

photo courtesy Jonathan Hill

For the past eight years, I have been hiking in to some of the most remote high mountain lakes in Colorado. I am not saying that I’m a snob and I thumb my nose at the beautiful rivers we have here, but it is nice to get a little bit of exercise along with your fishing. It is also nice to get away from the crowds that frequent the Gold Medal fisheries that we are lucky enough to have across the state. This year, one trip in particular. . .

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Tying a Simple Foam Beetle


Written by: Phil Monahan

As the story (perhaps apocryphal) goes, someone once asked the British scientist J.B.S. Haldane what we could infer about the Creator from studying nature, and Haldane replied, “I’m not sure, but he has an inordinate fondness for beetles.” Haldan’s point was that beetles make up some 40% of known insects. And since trout eat insects, it’s only logical that trout share this inordinate fondness for such readily available sources of protein. Earlier this summer, we featured a. . .

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Video of Flooded Rivers & Destruction Across Vermont due to Hurricane Irene


Written by: Phil Monahan



The water levels in Vermont’s flooded rivers have gone down, but there is a lot of work to be done to repair roads, bridges and homes. If you would like to help Vermonters impacted by Hurricane Irene, please make a donation  to the Vermont-New Hampshire Chapter of The American Red Cross at  http://www.redcrossvtnhuv.org.

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New Jersey Woman uses Chaos of Hurricane Irene to Break Dogs out of Impound at Shelter


Written by: Phil Monahan

A New Jersey woman’s 160 and 100 pound dogs, pictured above were impounded due to attacks in 2008 and 2009 that sent three adults and a baby to the hospital. The owner broke them out of impound while the kennel was being evacuated during Hurricane Irene.

A New Jersey woman took advantage of the chaos of Hurricane Irene to break her dogs out of impound.
From the story on NJ.com:

On Saturday. the shelter was being evacuated when it was found that Kolb’s dogs were missing, police said. Officers went to Kolb’s home looking for them but they did not find her or the dogs, reports said. The man that answered the door was uncooperative, police reports said.

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In Honor of Our Beautiful State of Vermont, Chelsea, in a Vermont-in-Autumn Setting is our Orvis Dog of the Day

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Chelsea
In honor of our beautiful, home state and with hopes that the recovery from Hurricane Irene is swift, we chose a Vermont dog, Chelsea, as our Orvis Dog of the Day.

You can help Vermont’s hurricane victims by visiting the Vermont-New Hampshire chapter of The American Red Cross at http://www.redcrossvtnhuv.org “

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Tuesday Tip: The Steeple Cast


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to our tenth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. Several readers have asked variations of a common fly-fishing question: What do I do if I don’t have room for a back cast, and my roll cast isn’t doing the trick?

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