Monthly Archives: August 2011

Picture of the Day: Summer in the City

Zach Matthews Striper

Atlanta is hot in August, so striped bass seek thermal refuge in cool rivers. This
15-pounder probably lives most of its life in West Point Lake, 60 miles south of town,
but it was caught smack dab in the middle of Atlanta on the Chattahoochee. The
best way to fight these fish is from a canoe, so they can give you a sleigh ride!

photo by Zach Matthews


Dog, Caged and Abandoned During Irene, Has Facebook to Thank for Rescue

Written by: Phil Monahan

This picture of a scared dog abandoned  in the path of Irene and escaping encroaching waters by standing on its doghouse  attracted the attention of hundreds of people once the photo was posted on Facebook. As outrage grew, police were dispatched to the house and the white Siberian Husky with blue eyes was brought to a shelter to hopefully be adopted by a loving family.


Picture of the Day: Vermont Lawn Trout

Written by: Phil Monahan

Vermont Brown Trout Flood Victim

Scott McEnaney, Orvis Eastern ELOG Director, sent me this picture of a trout he found on
his neighbor’s lawn as the floodwaters receded yesterday in Bennington, Vermont. This gorgeous little wild brown trout would be a trophy from the small mountain stream it
came from. Unfortunately, it got swept out of the stream and then stranded on land.

photo by Scott McEnaney


The Battenkill at Flood Stage

Written by: Phil Monahan

As you surely know by now, Vermont has suffered historic flash flooding in the wake of Hurricane Irene, which passed through yesterday. The problems here were not caused by high winds or storm surge, but by massive amounts of rainfall over a short time. I live a couple miles uphill from the Battenkill and route 313, which runs alongside the river, and that meant that we were stranded all day yesterday because the river had jumped the banks in both directions. When the road became passable. . .


Hurricane Irene Transforms Favorite Dog Hiking Spot Into Raging River

Written by: Phil Monahan
As you probably have read, Vermont has suffered severe flooding from Hurricane Irene. If you can help, please visit the Vermont- New Hampshire American Red Cross donation page to make a donation.

In my town we were very fortunate to not have seen a lot of damage. I often take my dog on a nice walk to a waterfall near my home and I wanted to see what kind of impact the hurricane was having there, so I grabbed my camera and left my dog at home to go take a look. The transformation is nothing short of amazing.

What Vermont's Hagar's Brook Usually looks like

Above is what the waterfall normally looks like, the photos at this link show the effect of Irene in just a few hours time.


Repost: How to Cast in the Wind

Written by: Phil Monahan

Editor’s note: Given the conditions that anglers on the East Coast will be facing over the weekend, I figured it was time to repost Peter Kutzer’s video lesson on casting in the wind. This does not mean that you should venture out into the heart of Irene with a fly rod in hand, of course. But if you do get on the water ahead of or behind the storm, you’ll find these tips useful.


Picture of the Day: Rainbow Under the Bridge

Written by: Phil Monahan

Bridge Rainbow Trout

Being surprised by a giant fish where you didn’t expect one is always a blast.

photo by Joe Phillips

I was fishing a local river with my friend Joe, trying to catch big fall brown trout on streamers and nymphs. The river in question (which shall remain nameless) definitely holds some beasties in the 25-inch range, but we mostly catch browns in the 16- to 20-inch class, which is still good-size for northern New England. What we don’t catch are rainbows. So imagine my surprise when I laid into something heavy in a deep pool under a highway bridge, only to see a slab of green, pink, and white when the fish rolled near the surface. After a few long runs, the fish came to hand. Based on the health of the fish and its perfectly formed fins, we concluded that it was, in fact, a wild fish. Where it came from, we couldn’t even guess.


Michael Vick- Time to Forgive and Forget or Has Justice not yet Been Served? Take our Poll.

Written by: Phil Monahan
Whenever Vick has a public event, protestors show up in droves. Is it time to leave him alone or should his actions follow him for the rest of his career?

Michael Vick graces the cover of the the September 5, 2011 issue of ESPN magazine. He is quoted in the magazine as saying:

Everybody always told me all I had to do was go play football and be successful on the field and everyone will forget what I’ve done…. I don’t find that to be true.

In the accompanying commentary, where the author wonders why it is so hard for so many people to forgive Vick and move on, David Fleming writes

Our reaction to the crimes also speaks volumes about a uniquely American ethos — one that has transformed dogs into our version of Hindu’s sacred cows and one that exposes a deep-seated hypocrisy regarding animal cruelty that is, almost unknowingly, shared by both Vick’s supporters and detractors.

What do you think? Is it time to leave Vick alone or are his actions never to be forgiven, let alone forgotten?

Take our poll.


Friday Film Festival 08.26.11

Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing videos available. This week’s collection features stunning footage of leaping tarpon, big brown trout slurping dry flies, and some of the least likely Polish anglers you’ll ever see. And, of course, there’s Rolf. It seems we can’t. . .