Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Murph Training Series: Paul Fersen’s 8 Tips to Canoe-Training Your Dog

Written by: Phil Monahan

8 Tips to Canoe Training your Dog on
If your dog can’t sit still at your command, she may not be ready for canoe training, yet.
Photo by Tim Bronson

I admit to being lax for the past few weeks, but working Murph in the heat, and it has been hot, is not fun for him or me. We throttled back a bit, but now things, in Vermont anyway, are beginning to cool down and we are back at it.

What’s really fascinating is that Murph picked up right where we left off with no issues. That proves to me that instilling the foundation from six weeks to 16 weeks is money. His training is built into his brain as natural behavior and after a few weeks of just hanging out in the shade he didn’t miss a beat. In fact, he seems more attentive and focused than ever, as if to tell me “it’s about time you got off your fat butt and we got back to work.”


Dog Mourns at the Casket of his Fallen Navy SEAL Owner

Written by: Phil Monahan

Loyal to the end, Hawkeye lays at the casket of his owner.
Photo by Lisa Pembleton

“Tumilson’s Labrador retriever, Hawkeye, was photographed lying by Tumilson’s casket in a heart-wrenching image taken at the funeral service in Tumilson’s hometown of Rockford, Iowa, earlier this week. Hawkeye walked up to the casket at the beginning of the service and then dropped down with a heaving sigh as about 1,500 mourners witnessed a dog accompanying his master until the end, reported CBS.”

Read the rest of the story here.


Tom’s Tips on Fishing Spring Creeks with Special Guest Orvis Vice-Chairman Dave Perkins

Written by: Phil Monahan

In this week’s podcast, I’m joined by Dave Perkins, an old fishing and hunting buddy and also vice-chairman and one of the owners of Orvis.  Dave , like me, is a spring creek fanatic and we talk about how spring creeks differ from freestone trout streams, what to expect on them, and where to find them.  And of course we also discuss our favorite flies, leaders, and rods for fishing these very special trout streams.  If you’ve never fished a spring creek, it’s time to try one.  And even if you never intend to fish one, the tips we give will be very helpful any time you find selective trout sipping in clear water.  

In the Fly Box this week, we talk about why trout live in some streams and not in others, how to make a downstream presentation, and some tips on light-line rods.

Listen to Dave and Tom’s show here.


Fly-Fishing History, Part VIII: The Six Periods in America

Written by: Gordon Wickstrom

Gordon M. Wickstrom

Gordon M. Wickstrom at the London Fly Fisher’s Club.

photo by Linnea Wickstrom

Editor’s note: For the past couple months, we have featured entries from Gordon M. Wickstrom’s The History of Fishing for Trout with Artificial Flies in Britain and America: A Chronology of Five Hundred Years, 1496 to 2000. Now, we wrap things up with an imagined after-dinner speech that Gordon wrote in an attempt to sum up American fly-fishing history by dividing it into six distinct periods. If you’ve been reading this series, you know that Gordon is an iconoclast who goes his own way, and this piece is no exception.


From Gizmodo-How Does Your Dog Sense an Earthquake is Coming?

Written by: Phil Monahan

Orvis Cover Dog Contest - Lucy and Ethel
If something mysterious makes even THESE guys get up and run around, you might want to head for safer ground.

Did your dog know about yesterday’s quake before you did? We have all heard stories about dogs and other animals knowing something’s up before an earthquake happens. How do they do that? This article in Gizmodo gives you the science behind what otherwise seems to be a psychic ability…
From the article:

“…there’s nothing supernatural or sixth sense about it. Seismologists think animals sense an electrical signal generated by the movement of underground rocks before an earthquake. Or they might sense early but weak shocks that humans can’t feel. Even the U.S. Geological Survey concedes that animals likely perceive earthquakes sooner than humans”

Read the rest of the article on Gizmodo.


Tying the Green Caddis Larva

Written by: Phil Monahan

The Green Caddis Larva—also known as the Green Rock Worm—is an old stand-by nymph pattern, which is descended from the original Rock Worm created by Missoula, Montana barber Franz Pott in the 1920s. It’s an exceptionally effective nymph pattern that imitates many species of caddisflies, in the Hydropsychidae and Ryacophillidae families. Fished alone or as a dropper, a Caddis Larva is a great searching. . .