Monthly Archives: December 2012

A Daughter and Father Share Their Love of Fly Fishing


Written by: Phil Monahan

Time is but a Stream… from Christen Magaret on Vimeo.

In this wonderful video, fly fisher and photographer Christen Magaret shares her love of fly fishing and the outdoors, and her gratitude to her father for exposing her to both. She and her father express why fly fishing is special to them, and to so many of us who pursue it.

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Photo of the Day: Stefan’s Atlantic Salmon


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Stefan Ågren cradles a lovely Atlantic salmon from a Swedish river on its way to recovery.

photo courtesy Stefan Ågren

Our Scandinavian friend, Stefan, from Frontsidefly.com sent us this great picture along with a note:

I caught and released this female salmon about 250 kilometers upstream in one of Sweden’s last remaining wild salmon rivers, the mighty Vindelälven. (Click here for a video from the river.) For all the rivers that enter the Baltic Sea, stocks have been. . .

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Christmas Miracle II: A Good Samaritan Reunites a Little Girl with Her Stolen Dog


Written by: Phil Monahan


Here’s a story that has all the elements of a great drama: a heartless criminal, an innocent child, and a good Samaritan. Seven-year-old Mia Bendray was distraught after her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Marley, was stolen in broad daylight outside a shop in New York City. The thief was even caught on tape scooping up the struggling dog and making his. . .

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Video: How to Tie the Pink Squirrel Nymph


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a good step-by-step fly-tying video from Rob Weiker of Lakestream Outfitters in Whitefish, Montana. Like a lot of guides, he knows that good winter fly patterns need a little extra flash or color to draw strikes, and pink flies are often productive. The Pink Squirrel combines the natural “bugginess” of hare’s ear dubbing with the razmataz attraction of a gold bead, Krystal. . .

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A Christmas Miracle: A Blind Dog Comes Home


Written by: Phil Monahan


The Grapengeter children and their blind dog Abby, who was found after being lost for a week.

photo courtesy Fairbanks News-Miner

A heartwarming story from the Alaskan interior shows how a community can come together when a dog and her family are in need. Abby, an 8-year old blind rescue dog, disappeared during a snowstorm on December 13th, and the Grapengeter family feared the worst: . . .

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Video: Hank Patterson’s Holiday Extravaganza


Written by: Phil Monahan

We posted this on Facebook yesterday, but in case you missed it, here’s world-famous fly-fishing guide Hank Patterson offering some holiday cheer and hot tips. The man has a way with words, as well as with a fly rod. When you see his explanation of why Santa could be a great caster, you’ll realize that there’s little Hank doesn’t know.

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Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival 12.21.12


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection is being posted on what was supposed to be the end of the world, according to some Mayan calendar or something. Well, we’re still here. However, massive winds at the Home Office meant that we were. . .

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Six Gifts for Dogs that Won’t Cost You a Penny


Written by: Phil Monahan


Here are some gifts that you can’t buy, but which will strengthen your relationship with your dog.

photo via dogster.com

Over on dogster.com, dog trainer Casey Lomonaco offers a different take on Christmas gifts for your dog. Instead of focusing on things you can buy in stores, she offers six ideas for gifts that are much more meaningful:

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