Monthly Archives: October 2011

Picture of the Day: Personal-Best Steelhead


Written by: Phil Monahan

Greg Senyo Steelhead 1

Longtime Great Lakes guide Greg Senyo and his biggest steelie ever, a 17-pounder.

photo courtesy Greg Senyo

Greg Senyo of Steelhead Alley Outfitters recently took his biggest steelhead ever, estimated at 17 pounds, and the smile on his face suggests he’s pretty excited about it. When you spend as much time on the water as Greg does, catching a personal-best fish is something special. And every time he does it, the bar is raised a little higher. We can’t wait to see the next one. Click “Read More” to see another shot of this beast.

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New Issue of Southern Culture on the Fly


Written by: Phil Monahan

SCOTF

Here it is: the very firstest-ever issue of Southern Culture on the Fly (well, if you don’t count the spring “half” issue.) There’s tons of great photography, video, writing, and a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor here. (Check out “Why You Shouldn’t Fish Here,” by David Grossman, for a particularly gooey brand of sarcasm.) The issue weighs in at a remarkable 150 pages—featuring destinations, tips, and conservation—so there’s sure to be something you like.

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Picture of the Day: Troutoween!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Trout o' Lantern

The Trout o’ Lantern, traditional Halloween carving of fly fishers everywhere!

photo and carving by Josh McCullock

This picture showed up in my email last week, along with a note from its creator, Josh McCullock:

I’m a photographer from Oklahoma City and a novice fly fisherman. I really enjoy your blog as well as Tom’s podcast. Tom actually featured my question last week in the podcast. I was stoked. Anyway, we carved our annual pumpkins last night and I thought I’d send along a shot of my carving. I thought. “Hey, maybe my favorite fly fishing company could use this for something.”

We certainly can. Happy Halloween!

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Amazing time lapse video of the Condit Dam removal and lake draining


Written by: Phil Monahan

Last week, on the Conservation blog, we posted a cool video of the blast that breached the Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington. Here’s a better look from National Geographic that shows what happened after that initial rush of water. It’s incredible to see disappearance of Northwestern Lake and the rebirth of a river channel. As you’ll see, though, there’s a long way to go before the stretch above the dam looks anything like a natural river.

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UPDATE: Lily the blind Great Dane and her devoted guide dog find a new home!


Written by: Phil Monahan


Len and Anne Williams walk with their new pets, Lily (left) and her guide dog, Maddison.

photo courtesy rossparry.co.uk

Today brings great news for those dog lovers following the story of Lily, the blind Great Dane, and her best pal and guide dog, Maddison. As we posted last week, the pair was in need of a new home after their owner gave them up for unspecified reasons. The fear was that it would be difficult to find someone willing to take not only one huge dog, but two—including one with a disability.

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Weekend Reading for October 28, 2011


Written by: Phil Monahan

Flyfishers Inc

If you’re not spending the weekend on the water or in the woods, here are some great pieces of writing to help you relax and pass the time. First, check out the latest issue of Flyfishers Inc, an online publication from New Zealand. Most of the content is focused on early-season fishing, since their spring fishing is just getting. . .

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