Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bringing back New England’s salter brook trout

Last month, at the American Fisheries Society meeting in Seattle, I sat down with Dr. Andy Danylchuk, assistant professor of fish conservation in the department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Andy is one of those professors with his hands in a lot of really cool research projects all over the world—from bonefish in. . .

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Diabetic Alert Dogs Save Lives


Written by: Phil Monahan

I’m at the Wildrose Seminars at Orvis Sandanona, which are put on by Orvis-Endorsed trainer and breeder Mike Stewart. I’m here because Mike and I are writing his signature training book, which will be published by Orvis Rizzoli in the fall of 2012. The interesting part of writing this book is that I’m also training Murphy, a Wildrose Lab, at the same time I’m writing the book. Many of you have been following. . .

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Friday Film Festival 09.30.11


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection offers super-fast action in the salt for albies, redfish, and snook, as well as great steelhead footage to get Great Lakes fishermen pumped for the season. We’ll also take you to Alaska for an adventurous float trip that features three guys daring each other to eat. . . .

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McKinney Diaries III: First Solo Fish


Written by: Phil Monahan

[Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago, we introduced a series by Orvis’s Mike Mckinney, who has been learning to fly-fish after avoiding the sport for as long as an Orvis employee can, with a post called “Resistance is Futile. Episode II described Mike’s first fish. We’ll follow Mike’s journal entries, which describe his successes (and failures) along the way to become a true fly fisherman.]

Fly Fishing lesson number 2: Steve gave me a shopping list of basics. I stopped by the store but forgot the list. I remembered all the basics, but could not remember the names of the half dozen flies he had recommended. All I could remember was the size (14). I picked anything that had white. That’s all I remember about the flies we used the last time we’d gone out. . . .

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10 Tips for Fall Streamer Fishing


Written by: Drew Price

Drew Fall Brown

The author with a fine autumn brown trout that he stalked and caught on a streamer.

photo courtesy Drew Price

It’s the season to get into some really big wild brown trout. They are setting up for the spawn right now, and this is some of my favorite fishing of the entire year. If you do things right, you could land the biggest trout of your life, so here are a few things that you can do to improve your odds: . . .

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Five Big Tips for Small Streams


Written by: Phil Monahan

In this week’s podcast, we explore the world of small stream trout with 5 detailed tips (mainly because I was too lazy to organize more–actually there are probably about 20 tips included) that cover everything from what rod to use to how to find your own small stream.

There are tens of thousands of tiny trout streams in the United States, many of which never get fished or are fished infrequently, so it’s a great place to get solitude and return to the essence of fly fishing. I also introduce two new items to the podcast, and we’re looking for your feedback on these: a selected book of the week and “products you might have missed”, a short section on handy fishing products that you might not have heard about. And, of course, we answer several questions in our popular “Fly Box” section

I am thrilled the podcast has grown so much, but I’m having a hard time keeping up with emails. I still want to hear from you, though as that is how we get material for the show! For podcast suggestions. please use the online forum at orvis.com/podcastfeedback or our voicemail line at 802-362-8800

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Caught on Tape: Runaway Pomeranian Causes Massive Traffic Jam in Portland


Written by: Phil Monahan

Mango, the runaway Pomeranian, safe with her mom.

A pomeranian named Mango gave her owners their fifteen minutes of fame on Good Morning America after causing minutes of pain for Portland-area commuters while she ran back and  across the freeway and dodged her pursuers for a good 15 minutes. It was all caught on tape.

 

After 15 minutes, Mango finally gave his would-be rescuers a break by running up an on-ramp and into a neighborhood.

By then, the chase had drawn the attention of news photographers and even a TV helicopter crew, when a KATU videojournalist spotted the dog and called animal control.

Dowdy explained to officers that Mango serves as a companion dog for his wife, Linda, who suffered a stroke two years ago. He had brought the dog with him that afternoon to pick up his wife from first day of school at Portland’s Mount Hood Community College.

Animal control officers realized Mango would only stop for Linda. Once she showed up, Mango ran into her arms and the chase was over.

Read the rest of the story and see the video of Mango’s big chase scene here.

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