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. . .
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.
Above is what the waterfall normally looks like, the photos at this link show the effect of Irene in just a few hours time.
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.
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 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?
Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com 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. . .