Monthly Archives: January 2013

Video: How to Tie the Mercury Midge


Written by: Phil Monahan

Although most anglers think of midge hatches as winter phenomena, these tiny insects hatch year-round in most places. (In fact, some stillwater anglers focus on midges almost exclusively throughout the season.) Winter anglers love midges best because Chironomids are often the only hatches that bring fish to the surface during the coldest months. (See yesterday’s. . .

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Tuesday Tip #2: Four Favorite Winter Dry Flies


Written by: Phil Monahan

depuy trout

This beauty fell for a tiny dry fly when the air temperature was 17 degrees.

photo by Phil Monahan

The very first winter trout I ever caught came from the Musconetcong River in Hackettstown, New Jersey, about 20 years ago. To tell the truth, I didn’t really believe it would happen and was completely shocked when my indicator went under. But when I raised my rod, I came tight to a foot-long brown. Since then, I’ve enjoyed lots of cold-weather fishing, in places as disparate as New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Montana. On one memorable day, I arrived at Armstrong’s Spring Creek in Paradise Valley with the mercury stuck at. . .

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Consumer Alert: Bully Sticks High in Calories, May Contain Contaminants


Written by: Phil Monahan


If you feed your dog bully sticks, make sure you keep track of
the daily caloric intake to avoid weight gain.

photo courtesy Veterinary Practice News

Many dog owners offer “bully stick” snacks to their pets because they are “all natural,” and they are easy to digest. However, a recent study at Tufts University suggests that there some things to be concerned about. First of all, bully sticks are very high in calories, up to 88 calories in a single 6-inch stick. This is. . .

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Tuesday Video Tip: How to Fight Big Fish in Salt Water


Written by: Phil Monahan


See All Orvis Learning Center Fly Fishing Video Lessons

Here’s a bunch of tips from the newest chapter—”Offshore/Near-Shore Fly Fishing“—on the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center. Fighting big fish in the salt is a lot different from fighting trout or warmwater fish, so it’s worth your time to learn the basics before you leave the dock. Your three main concerns are: 1. tiring the fish quickly; 2. protecting your fly rod; and 3. controlling slack—avoiding slack most of. . .
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Video: When Dogs Snowboard


Written by: Phil Monahan

When Dogs Snowboard from Mountain High Resort on Vimeo.

We got a few inches of fresh snow yesterday, and I came across this fun video of dogs riding snowboards. Check out how excited they are to hop on board and feel the cold wind on their faces. And they even know how to stop themselves, although not without knocking over the human in their way sometimes.

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Pro Tips: How to Fly Fish for Longnose Gar

Personal best gar

Drew Price with his personal-best longnose gar, which measured 48 inches long.

photo courtesy Drew Price

The first time I ever saw a longnose gar, I was a child visiting a public aquarium, and I was mesmerized by the fish’s unusual shape and elongated mouth. Lake Champlain has a sizable population of Lepisosteus osseus, and when I first started seeing them hanging out in shallow bays, I knew I had to figure out how to catch them on the fly. I did some research and then got to work figuring out the best way to deal with their myriad teeth and bony mouths. Now, when conditions are right, . . .

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Take the Inaugural OrvisNews.com Dog Trivia Challenge and Maybe Win a Dog Bed!


Written by: Phil Monahan


Just how smart is your dog? And how smart are you about dogs?

photo via imgur.com

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the OrvisNews.com Dog Trivia Challenge, where we test your knowledge of all things canine. We will feature one of these quizzes every other week, and everyone who enters her or his score in the comments below this post will be entered into a random drawing for a

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