Monthly Archives: February 2013

The 10 Most British Dog Breeds


Written by: Phil Monahan


Dubbed the “king of terriers,” the Airedale Terrier hails from Airedale in Yorkshire, England.

photo courtesy BBCAmerica.com

The popularity of “Downton Abbey” has created a new community of Anglophiles, and BBC America offers a list of dog breeds that most represent “Old Blighty.” From Lord Grantham’s beloved Labrador retriever to the Queen’s Corgis, England is a country of dog lovers, and there are some simply gorgeous breeds listed here—some popular and a few rarities.

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Fly-Fishing-Video: “Cold Blue” from The Fly Collective


Written by: Phil Monahan

Cold Blue Nights from The Fly Collective on Vimeo.

Some folks think night fishing is a bit nutty, and many anglers put away the fly rods for the winter. So you can imagine how these people would feel about winter night fishing. But Colorado guide Ryan Henderson has discovered that he can find solitude and great nymphing on a normally crowded section of the Blue River by waiting until after dark.

This video is the first product of The Fly Collective, a media project by Ivan Orsic (whom we know better as Yukon Goes Fishing) and photographer Russell Schnitzer. As you’ll see, . . .

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Wingshooting Video: Winter Pheasants in South Dakota


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s some very cool footage of wild-pheasant hunting in South Dakota last month. Two guys, a few dogs, and a whole bunch of birds offer plenty of action. My favorite part is when he shoots at a far-flushing bird, only to have an entire flock take off closer to him. That looks like some magical country. According to the video-maker’s comments, this is all public land.

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Open Air Caster Shirt: “Despite being put through some severe abuse, it’s still going strong.”

Written by: Tory Myler, Orvis Associate

The Orvis Open Air Caster is one of those tried-and-true shirts that lives in your closet for years until it’s tattered, bloodied, and torn from loving wear but vanishes mysteriously one day while you’re away when your wife has free reign to your wardrobe and can’t stand the sight of it any more.

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Video: Seeing Red(s) in South Carolina


Written by: Phil Monahan

Wake from Bay Street on Vimeo.

Most promotional videos are pretty much the same, showing guys catching fish over a heart-thumping soundtrack. There’s plenty of that in the short film Bay Street Outfitters put together about fishing for redfish off Beaufort, South Carolina, but they decided to go the extra mile by creating a fun narrative plot. It makes it easy to imagine yourself in the role of an angler checking into his hotel the night before his big trip, dreaming of the next day. I hope more lodges and outfitters try this narrative method. It would eliminate a lot of the “same old, same old” feeling you get from watching these kinds of videos.

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Trip Report: Giant Arkansas Brown Trout on a Meaty Mouse Pattern


Written by: Phil Monahan

Tommy Lynch in AR

We all know that monsters come out after midnight, and this “super donkey”
brown trout smacked a White Belly Mouse on the surface.

photo courtesy Tommy Lynch

[Editor’s Note: Tommy Lynch, owner of The Fish Whisperer Guide Service hosts a trip to Arkansas’ White River once a year, and he recently sent us these photos and report.]

We head south from Michigan in search of trout that are of a different age and size — true “super donkeys”! But after the worst drought in three decades, the streamer game on the White wasn’t producing the way we are accustomed to, and we were forced to adapt. So we went to “The Dark Side” with some trusty Michigan patterns, including. . .

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Video: The Dramatic Rescue of Roadie, an Abandoned Pit Bull


Written by: Phil Monahan

Eldad Hagar, of Hope for Paws, is at it again, with a dramatic rescue of a pit bull who had been living in a roadside field in the town of Hemet, southeast of L.A. Many attempts to capture the female dog had failed over the previous six months, and the community rallied around her. Eldad was called in, and with the help of fifty volunteers and veterinarian Dr. Amsel, he set out to. . .

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