Monthly Archives: October 2013

Photos: Lunch-Break Trophy from a Mountain Trout Stream

Written by: Tim Donaghy


The brown was a surprising handful in a stream that usually produces small native brookies.
Photo by Tim Donaghy

Ever since I started working at Orvis earlier this fall, I’ve been making a point to sneak out of the office at lunch every day to enjoy the few days left in the. . .

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Shearling Warmer Slippers: “I have to draw the line at wearing them at the grocery store.”

Our shearling warmer slippers are the to-die-for accessory for warm and comfortable feet. I live an an old house (circa 1890) and winter time comes with cold floors so they keep my feet toasty. In the summertime, I’m too stubborn to give them up for a few months so I wear them nearly all year round. They are too comfortable to stash away for the fall/winter. Plus, they have rubber soles so I can walk outside in them, added bonus for running out to the car. Although I have to draw the line at wearing them at the grocery store…bummer!

Get your own pair to love here!

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Take an All New Phil Monahan Fly-Fishing Trivia Challenge 10.31.13


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of our trivia challenge, where we test your knowledge of all things fly fishing and where you might learn a thing or two about this sport we love. This one’s got 10 new questions, dealing with everything from fly-reel terminology to geography to and types of caddisfly larvae.

Click “Read More” to take the quiz!

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Videos: No Treats? Then These Ingenious Dogs Will Serve Up the Tricks


Written by: Phil Monahan

This is the third video in a series of three Halloween videos by dog trainer Emily Larlham, featuring some very special dogs. Splash the Border Collie wants revenge after a mean old man refuses to give her Halloween treats. After looking up the tradition of “Trick or Treating,” Splash—along with her. . .

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Photos of the Day: Ted Williams and Fly Fishing


Written by: Phil Monahan

Since the Red Sox achieved a historic World Series victory at Fenway Park last night, I figured it was a good time to post some images of perhaps the greatest player ever to don the uniform in Boston, Ted Williams. The Splendid Splinter was quite the outdoorsman, and he had a particular love of. . .

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Video: Update on Chance the Abused Pit Bull


Written by: Phil Monahan

Last month, we featured a moving video by Eldad Hagar, of  Hope for Paws, about his rescue of Chance, a Pit Bull who had been used as a bait dog and then abandoned on the streets of Los Angeles. What was incredible about Chance’s rescue is that, . . .

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Kids Raise Money for Dog Hit by Drunk Driver


Written by: Phil Monahan

Students at Serendipity School have pledged to help defray Teddy’s vet bills.
Photo via abclocal.com

Here’s a story of how children can react with love and compassion in the face tragedy. When a married couple was killed by a drunk driver while they were out walking their dog in. . .

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Fish Facts Redux: Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)


The Great Lakes fishery is incredibly prolific, though it is sometimes derided as “artificial” by those
in the Pacific Northwest because it is outside the steelhead’s native range.
Photo courtesy Scott McEnaney

[Editor's Note: With steelhead season coming into full swing, it seemed a good time to reacquaint folks with the species in all its glory.]

Anglers throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes region have developed distinct fly-fishing cultures around fall and winter steelhead runs—some anglers dedicated to. . .

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