Monthly Archives: December 2011

Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge 12.29.11


Written by: Phil Monahan

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This week’s Tom Rosenbauer Trivia Challenge is all about stillwater fishing—the best gear, which insects you should imitate, how to cast, etc. Post your score in the comments below to become eligible for our giveaway: One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will win a signed copy of Tom’s recent book The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies, a great resource for anyone who enjoys tying flies.

The winner of the random drawing for last week’s quiz was commenter Gabriel Galvis, who score needs a little work.

Good luck!

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UPDATE: Veteran Gets His Pit-Bull Service Dog Back


Written by: Phil Monahan

We posted on Tuesday about an Iowa town’s inconceivable decision to force a decorated veteran to give up his service dog because of a townwide ban on pit bulls. Jim Sak, the dog’s owner and beneficiary of his services, sued the town, arguing that the Americans with Disabilities Act supercedes any town ordinances. There’s great news today, as a judge has granted a temporary injunction allowing Snickers the dog to return home until the court case is decided.

“I feel great,” said Sak after Snickers returned home Wednesday. “I got my buddy home. I got my heart back.”

Let’s hope that this court case has an ending that’s just as happy as the touching reunion in the video above.

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Video: Amazingly Touching Dog Rescue


Written by: Phil Monahan

This is a wonderful video that shows a dog rescue accomplished with patience, tenderness, and love. Cora had been abandoned and was living under cars in a Los Angeles WalMart parking lot, eluding capture for several days. Eldad Hagar, from Hope for Paws, spends hours gaining her confidence, and…let’s just say have some tissues handy. It’s simply a beautiful performance.

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Newsflash: Rhode Island Bans Felt Soles Without Telling Anyone


Written by: Phil Monahan

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The state of Rhode Island released its 2012-13 fishing regulations brochure without much fanfare, offering no hint that there was anything controversial or game-changing inside. And it took anglers a little while to read all the way to the bottom of the section titled “Freshwater Fisheries Regulations,” where they were astonished to find something entirely new tacked on: . . .

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Blind Pug and Her Guide Dog Seek a Home


Written by: Phil Monahan


Franky (left) is a devoted friend and serves as Elly’s eyes.

photo via the Daily Mail

A couple months ago, we brought you the story of Lily, a blind Great Dane, and her friend and guide dog, Madison. Now, here’s a similar story, but in miniature. Whereas Lily and Madison were massive animals, Elly and Franky are diminutive pugs, currently living in a shelter in Newport, South Wales. The two four-year-olds were found in poor conditions and nursed back to health by the Royal. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Royal Wulff


Written by: Phil Monahan

In the 1930s, Lee Wulff was trying to create a dry fly that would stay afloat even in rough water, and the result was the original “Wulff” pattern, the White Wulff. According to fly-fishing historian Andrew Herd, Wulff had so much success with his new creation that he applied the same tying techniques to come up with the Grey Wulff and the Royal Wulff. However, some historians think Wulff is unfairly credited with inventing the. . .

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What Can You Learn About a Potential Mate by Looking at His/Her Dog?


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Can a man’s dog be one of the keys to judging him as a mate?

photo by Soumya, Kolkata

Here’s a topic that’s sure to generate some debate: Can you gauge the suitability of a mate by looking at his or her dog? Yes you can, according to author Wendy Diamond, who goes so far as to lay out some criteria: . . .

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Video: Teaser for a Chilean Fly-Fishing Conservation Film


Written by: Phil Monahan

AITUE/PESCA CON MOSCA/CONSERVACION DE LA PATAGONIA/TEASER 1/4 from AITUE on Vimeo.

When he saw yesterday’s “Picture of the Day,” Chilean reader zlachevsky sent us a link to this gorgeous trailer for an upcoming film about fly fishing and conservation in the mountains of Patagonia. You’ll note that the billboard at the end of the film shows the very same mountains—part of the Torres del Paine—visible in the background of yesterday’s picture, but with a shocking addition to the landscape. The slogan “Sin Represas!” means “Without Dams,” and here’s a brief description of the struggle being waged in Chile: . . .

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