Monthly Archives: April 2013

NOW Is the Time to Comment on the EPA’s Updated Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment!


Written by: Phil Monahan

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Last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency released a revised version of “An Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska.” This is what’s called the “second external review draft,” and the agency will accept public comment on it until. . .

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Announcing the First Two Angler’s Choice Winners!


Written by: Kathleen Moore

The Colorado is in the lead as of now. Which endangered river has your vote?
photo by photo: Pete McBride

We recently announced the Orvis Angler’s Choice Award to benefit American Rivers’ most endangered rivers.

To make it more fun, we are randomly selecting one voter each week for four weeks to win a $50 gift card. At the close of voting on May 20th, we will select one grand prize winner from among the voters who will be awarded a Helios 2 outfit of his or her choice.

We are pleased to announce our first two $50 Orvis Gift Card winners:

Ernie B. of Wimaumaa, FL
Charles H. of Scranton, PA.

Congratulations! If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry – you’re still in the running for two more gift cards and the Helios 2 outfit. If you haven’t voted and entered yet, what are you waiting for?

CLICK HERE TO VOTE AND ENTER

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Tuesday Tip #2: Long- vs Short-Line Nymphing


Written by: Phil Monahan


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We all wish we could fish dry flies or strip streamers this time of year, but the reality is that, day in and day out, nymph fishing is the most reliable way to catch trout. How you choose to nymph depends on the type of water you’re fishing. Here’s a quick explanation of the differences between nymphing up close with a short line, and casting with an indicator on bigger water.

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Video: Last Day for Nominations for 2013 Hero Dog Awards


Written by: Phil Monahan

Every year, the American Humane Associate gives out Hero Dog Awards to recognize those dogs “who unconditionally avail themselves to us in so many important ways, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, providing therapeutic support to children suffering from cancer, or just. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How to Make Delicate Presentations


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to our ninth installment of “Ask a Fly-Fishing Instructor,” in which we answer readers’ questions about their biggest fly-casting problems. A few weeks ago, reader “Steve” wrote, Thanks for the great tips. My problem is with presentation. Usually my flies land with a splat. What would help achieve a more delicate presentation?

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Classic Podcast: 12 Tips for Fishing the Spring Runoff


Written by: Phil Monahan

In this week’s podcast, 12 Tips for Fishing the Spring Runoff, I give a number of valid excuses for getting skunked during spring runoff, and what you can do if faced with high, cold, muddy water.

In the Fly Box section, I talk about fly rod design, fishing pressured waters, and the reality of fly-fishing magazine articles and TV shows. Plus a great tip for threading flies from a listener who left a message on our Podcast Message Line.

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Classic Podcast: 12 Tips for Fishing the Spring Runoff


Written by: Phil Monahan


In this week’s podcast, 12 Tips for Fishing the Spring Runoff, I give a number of valid excuses for getting skunked during spring runoff, and what you can do if faced with high, cold, muddy water.

In the Fly Box section, I talk about fly rod design, fishing pressured waters, and the reality of fly-fishing magazine articles and TV shows. Plus a great tip for threading flies from a listener who left a message on our Podcast Message Line.

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Video: An Amazing Re-Homing Journey for Rescued Dogs


Written by: Phil Monahan

Rehoming the Sebring victims of cruelty. from Dolly's Foundation on Vimeo.

Here’s a wonderful video that follows a 4,000-mile journey by members of Dolly’s Foundation to deliver seven pit bulls—rescued from a fighting ring—to new homes around the country. A Florida nonprofit, Dolly’s Foundation is dedicated to “rescue, rehabilitate and rehome homeless, neglected, and abused American Pit Bull Terriers and other bully breed dogs, as well as preserve, promote, and bring positive awareness to the breed and the negative stereotype bestowed upon them.” I’ll let the video tell the touching story here, but I will offer a hearty Bravo! to these wonderful dog lovers and their efforts.

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Birds and Bull Sharks in the Florida Everglades

LHP in the Everglades

The author and his wife with a redfish for dinner.

photo courtesy Leigh Perkins

In late 2009, my wife Anne and I fished the Everglades with Capt. Rick Ruoff and Capt. Peter Freeza, as well as RomiJo owners Capt. Rick and JoAnn Cappelletti. It was a wonderful trip, and we learned a great deal about the bird and fish life from Pete Freeza, an avian biologist working in the Everglades for Audubon. We started from Flamingo, aboard the RomiJo, traveling up to Cape Sable, through Lake Ingram, to a canal that took us into the canoe area. Here there is a special sandbar, which we refer to as. . .

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