Monthly Archives: October 2013

Slideshows: Wonderful Dog Costumes from Two New York Halloween Parades!


Written by: Phil Monahan

The swami turban is a perfect match for those piercing eyes.
Photo via vanityfair.com

Because Halloween occurs midweek, last weekend was the time for big costume parades, especially for dogs. New York played host to at least two such events: the 23rd Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on Manhattan, and the decidedly more homey 15th Annual. . .

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Tuesday Tip: How Long Should Your Leader Be?


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer

Yesterday, someone posted this question to the Orvis Fly Fishing Facebook page: “Hey guys, do I really need 8 feet of combined leader and tippet line?” Newer anglers are often not sure how long their leader should be for a specific situation, so. . .

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US Military Dedicates the First National Monument to Combat Dogs


Written by: Phil Monahan

The newly unveiled U.S. Military Working Dog Teams National Monument is at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Photo via nbcnews.com

Almost exactly a year ago, we posted about the first national monument to military dogs, which was set to be unveiled last New Year’s Day. That sculpture has now been dedicated at its. . .

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The Amazing Story of Shrek, Who Was Transformed After Being Abandoned in the Woods


Written by: Phil Monahan

It’s impossible to believe that Shrek could have survived much longer in this condition.
Photo via metro.co.uk

This is an amazing story told in photos. A dog left abandoned in the woods of Ontario, Canada, was so disheveled that the man who found him on a farm thought the dog was “an old carpet or a dead coyote in the field near the bush.” He was brought back to. . .

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Video from the Archives: “Holy Crap!” Brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s an amazing video of Lake Tahoe guide Matt Heron casting to, hooking, and landing a brown trout of a lifetime. His astonishment when the fish first comes to the surface is understandable, and he plays the big trout extremely carefully. But it’s when it comes time to. . .

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Competitive Fly Fishing and the Notion of What’s “Proper”


Written by: Phil Monahan

Anglers return from the first day of the World Fly-Fishing Canpionship last summer.
Photo via wffc2013.com

The recent announcement of the Pro Fly Angling Tour, and the rather harsh reactions from many in the fly-fishing world, got me thinking about my own experiences with competitive fly fishermen. Without taking into account the PFA concept itself (which most blog readers certainly dislike), competition angling calls into sharp relief different ideas of what. . .

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