Monthly Archives: July 2012

Pictures of the Day: Shifting Gears with Orvis


Written by: Phil Monahan

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If only there were a way to engage the drag whenever you accelerate.

photo courtesy William Schlein

Joseph Meyer, fishing manager of Orvis Chicago, sent us these cool pictures. One of the store’s customers, William Schlein, converted an old Orvis Western Series fly rod into a gear shifter in his car. Now he’s reminded of time on the water, even when he’s. . .

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Tech XX, Lousiana Tech Mascot is Missing


Written by: Phil Monahan


The face of Louisiana Tech University, Tech XX disappeared on Sunday evening.

photo via USA Today

Troubling news out of the world of college sports: Tech XX, the English bulldog mascot for the Louisiana Tech University has disappeared! Apparently, he went out for a potty break and never returned. (If I were the cops, I’d start questioning folks from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana Tech’s arch rival.) Tech XX’s owner, Dr. Patrick Sexton, and a group of alumni are offering a. . .

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Orvis Foundry Cloth Pants: “To me, they’re the perfect pants.”

These men’s vintage work pants are made from the same rugged fabric that has protected the American worker for decades. This high-grade cotton canvas is broken in with a vintage wash for instant comfort.

I’m not going to lie; I’ve been known to abuse my pants. I’ll hang on to them for years, wear them until they’re threadbare, and then they’ll bust a seam at an inopportune time—such as when I’m wearing them. It’s happened, and it’s embarrassing. But the past few years have been different, thanks to the Orvis Foundry Cloth Pants.

It started with just one pair, but my fondness for them grew as quickly as my collection of them did. I wear them so often that one of my co-workers recently joked that she thought I only had one pair of pants to my name. The next morning, I brought in every single pair I own and placed them on her desk, just to prove that I actually don’t wear the same exact pair every day. She retracted her comment, I felt vindicated, and continue to wear them every day. Thank goodness they come in three colors. To me, they’re the perfect pants. They’re rugged enough to wear fishing, comfortable enough to wear to a cookout, and look good enough to pass for business casual. The best parts are the gusseted crotch and the double fabric heel plates. These are the exact locations all my other pants would fail, and these features make the Foundry Cloth Pants virtually John-proof, which is impressive in and of itself.

Let’s put it this way: I’ll never purchase another pair of jeans.

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Video: Incoming! or When to Get the Heck Off the Water

It was a fine July evening when fellow guide Bryan Eldredge and I decided we would go and fish a local reservoir near Falcon’s Ledge. It had been a long day and we hadn’t had any rain for a couple of weeks, which was strange for this time of year. There were clouds forming all day, but nothing threatening. We hooked up the drift boat to Bryan’s truck and headed to. . .

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Check Out This Great Live Cam: Holly’s Half Dozen!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Mollys Half Dozen

A live cam from Dog Bless You allows everyone to watch Molly’s puppies grow and play.

photo courtesy explore.org

Do you ever feel a little down in the dumps? Or perhaps you just need an emotional pick-me-up after a tough day at the office. Well, the Dog Bless You Service Puppy Cam just might be the medicine for what ails you.

This live cam allows anyone to watch Holly and her six golden-retriever puppies in their special enclosure in Brookeville, Maryland. Aside from the wonders of their sheer cuteness, it’s also heartwarming to know that. . .

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Report from the Cimarron: Granny Was Right

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Rita Schimpff with a fine Cimarron River rainbow.

photo courtesy Rita Schimpff

My granny used to always quip, “Big presents come in small packages,” and such was the case on our fly-fishing adventure on the Cimarron River out of Ute Park, New Mexico. My husband, Skip, and I had met Doc Thompson at Troutfest 2012 in New Braunfels, Texas and had decided to set up a trip with him. Although we both love to fish dries, I especially do, and that was how we. . .

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Video: Best Birthday Present Ever!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Yes, this does suffer from “Vertical Video Syndrome,” but it’s awfully cute. It seems that Madeline has been wanting a dog for two years, but her parents were waiting until they found just the right one. Here’s what happened. The only thing that might perhaps be better would be an actual mermaid.

Madeline

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