Monthly Archives: March 2013

Video: Service Dog Helps Mom Change Diapers


Written by: Phil Monahan

For a disabled woman, a newborn baby presents a variety of problems. Cheryl Alexander suffers from a nerve disease that makes bending or moving very painful. If you’ve ever changed an infant’s diaper, you know that it’s all about bending and moving. That’s where Alexander’s service dog, a Golden Retriever named Orca,. . .

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Video: How to Tie the American Pheasant Tail Nymph


Written by: Phil Monahan

The original Pheasant Tail Nymph was tied by Englishman Frank Sawyer, a riverkeeper on the River Avon for more than 50 years. His pattern was designed to imitate the nymphs of various mayflies, especially those of the Baetis genus, although according to Tom Rosenbauer, in The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies: . . .

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Video: How to Tie the American Pheasant Tail Nymph


Written by: Phil Monahan

The original Pheasant Tail Nymph was tied by Englishman Frank Sawyer, a riverkeeper on the River Avon for more than 50 years. His pattern was designed to imitate the nymphs of various mayflies, especially those of the Baetis genus, although according to Tom Rosenbauer, in The Orvis Guide to the Essential American Flies: . . .

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Pro Tip: Secrets of Springtime Smallies

Smallmouth bass are some of the most fun fish to catch on a fly. They hit hard, fight hard, jump, and are more than willing to take a fly. Catching smallies on the fly is something that I love to do, and the springtime is my favorite time to do it.

Smallmouth bass start switching into spawn mode at about the same time as the. . .

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Hero Dog Leads Owner to Fallen Hiker


Written by: Phil Monahan

Walking up a popular mountain in Riverside, California, on Monday, Ramon Llamas noticed that his dog, Mole, seemed agitated and was trying to get Llamas to follow him. Mole led the man to a space between two rocks, where he discovered a trapped hiker who may have been there for days. Remarkably, hundreds of people must have walked by the spot without noticing the fallen man. He was severely dehydrated and confused, but otherwise uninjured. But who knows how. . .

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Hero Dog Leads Owner to Fallen Hiker


Written by: Phil Monahan

Walking up a popular mountain in Riverside, California, on Monday, Ramon Llamas noticed that his dog, Mole, seemed agitated and was trying to get Llamas to follow him. Mole led the man to a space between two rocks, where he discovered a trapped hiker who may have been there for days. Remarkably, hundreds of people must have walked by the spot without noticing the fallen man. He was severely dehydrated and confused, but otherwise uninjured. But who knows how. . .

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Essay: What We’re Fighting to Save in Bristol Bay


Written by: Phil Monahan

Paul Fersen offers a vision of the pristine landscape threatened by Pebble Mine
Photo by Jim Klug

I sat on the edge of the raft, watching the snags slip beneath us. There were thousands in the sixty miles of river, each of them clinging to twisted white bodies like the barbed wire of Verdun. Carcasses lined the shorelines like the aftermath of some apocalyptic battle.

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