Monthly Archives: September 2012

Phil Monahan’s Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 09.27.12

Written by: Phil Monahan


Quiz Time: 10 Questions!

Finally, we’ve got a real header for my quizzes, thanks to the genius of Orvis designer James Daley. It depicts me employing my never-fail fishing technique. Don’t try this at home, kids!

Lots of people took last week’s quiz, but less than half of you posted your scores to the blog. Does this suggest that perhaps your scores weren’t that good? We can only guess. 

The randomly chosen winner of this week’s quiz will receive a signed copy of Tom’s tying book The Orvis Guide to Essential American Flies. This is a great book for anyone who wants to learn not only how to tie these flies, but where they come from and how to fish them. Last week’s winner was “mooregrouse,” who scored 100 percent. . .if you add. . .


Woman Whose Dog Died After Eating Treats Made in China Launches Petition

Written by: Phil Monahan

Heidi, who died after eating treats made in China, is the inspiration for the petition.

photo courtesy

An Illinois woman whose beloved dog, a German shepherd named Heidi, died after eating dog treats made in China has launched a petition drive to get these treats removed from store shelves. Rita Desollar feels betrayed by the treats’ manufacturers, by the FDA, and by the retailer who sold her the treats. So she penned a letter to have these products. . .


Video: Is Vigilante Dog-Rescue Group a Good Idea?

Written by: Phil Monahan

The Dogmatic from Lance Oppenheim on Vimeo.

Here’s a remarkable video about a group of Florida dog lovers, called 100+ Abandoned Dogs of Everglades Florida, who put themselves in great danger to rescue both abandoned dogs in the Everglades and those being held in abusive conditions elsewhere. Unlike the videos from Eldad Hagar that we frequently post, this one involves. . .


Attention Golden Retriever Owners: The Morris Animal Foundation needs your help

Written by: Phil Monahan

Goliath and me after a long, busy day of swimming and chasing sticks.

I have written on this blog in the past about my big, friendly Golden Retriever, Goliath. He is my second Golden and I hate to think of a day without a Golden in my home. Now there is an opportunity for Golden lovers like me to participate in a lifetime study being conducted by the Morris Animal Foundation to help prevent and cure cancer and other diseases in this and other breeds.

Golden Retriever owners across the country are invited to apply to participate in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the largest and longest observational study ever undertaken to improve the health of dogs. Morris Animal Foundation, the nonprofit organization running the study, will enroll 3,000 Golden Retrievers over the next two years. To qualify, dogs must be under 2 years of age and in good health. Owners can register their dogs at

Dogs accepted into the study will participate for their entire lives, and during that time, owners and veterinarians will provide health, nutritional and environmental information about the dogs. This observational information will help scientists identify ways to better prevent cancer and other diseases in Golden Retrievers. The information learned from these dogs is also expected to improve the health of all dog breeds.

[read the Morris press release here]

Orvis customers may recognize Morris as the beneficiary organization of the Orvis Cover Dog Contest where Orvis customers have helped us raise over $700,000 dollars for canine cancer research! This latest effort from Morris will go even further in helping our pets live longer, healthier lives.

Morris is looking for 3,000 participants and their owners. If you have a Golden Retriever under two years old and want to help make a difference, click here to learn more.

Goliath and I thank you.


Lessons Learned at the 2012 Vermont Casting for Recovery Retreat

Written by: Phil Monahan


The attendees, CFR crew, and river helpers from the 2012 Vermont Retreat
posed together before hitting the water.

photo courtesy Casting for Recovery

Last Sunday, a few of us from Orvis—Nancy Perkins, Tyler Atkins, and I—headed up to Stowe, Vermont to serve as “river helpers” at the 2012 Casting for Recovery Vermont Retreat. Held at the stunning Lake Mansfield Trout Club, the event hosted 14 women who had survived or who were in treatment for breast cancer. We were coming in at the end of the three-day program, when the women would actually get out on the water to test their. . .


Dog Saves 81-Year-Old Owner with Lassie-Like Performance

Written by: Phil Monahan

81-year-old Derek Ramsden suffered bruising to his back, but believes that Toby saved
his life by alerting others and leading them back to the scene of Ramsden’s fall.

photo via

Remember when Lassie would go to get help because Timmy was in trouble? She’d run to house and bark until someone followed her back to the scene of the accident. Well, apparently, that’s not just TV magic because a little Lhasa Apso named Toby performed just such a heroic feat when his elderly owner was. . .


Video: How to Tie JC’s Electric Caddis Pupa

Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a great video that walks you through a somewhat complicated pattern from well-known New Jersey tier, John Collins. About this fly, Collins says, “I created this pattern to imitate caddis larvae found in many rivers. After photographing numerous natural insects, I observed that their bodies had a very translucent nature to them, so to imitate them I. . .