A couple of weeks ago, I somehow managed to find myself in Australia. As an incurable outdoors enthusiast, I wanted to get a taste of outdoor experiences Down Under. Australia is such a huge and diverse country, it is impossible to see it all in a short time.
Last week I was able to get out for a few days on the Delta. The bite wasn't the best but we did manage to catch our limits. As far as the weather, it was absolutely amazing.
Bill Callaway picked quite a time to play a hunch. With its season in the balance and four hours of open road behind it, the Shasta boys basketball team went off script in a shocking 66-56 victory over Sierra in the first round of the CIF Northern California playoffs. "They dictated what we did tonight," Sierra coach Scott Thomason said with his arms folded, his gaze burning a hole in the ground. To be fair, ...
Sometimes you don't think things through. You allow yourself to be oblivious to consequences and thus you can't be completely surprised when confronted with them. Other times you meticulously plot and pour over details in order to reach a desired end.
One of the most common mistakes anglers make during the spring is not being properly prepared.
I know it doesn't make a lot of sense, but in the afternoon of the Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton Saturday, with all the other locations featured, I went into the destination theater showing Alaska.
For the next month or two, California's wildflowers will be putting on a magnificent show for all of us to enjoy. The price of admission is a tankful of gas and some wear and tear on your boots. While the high Sierra get all the attention of trout fishers, skiers, and hunters, the most prolific wildflowers are actually a little lower down the mountain.
Last year I started fishing for trout and kokanee, and before I knew it time had passed and my bass boat just sat there.
Usually about this time of year, I attend the annual fundraising dinner for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. If you have never been to one of the many outdoor fund raising events of this nature, I highly recommend it. I attend every year and it's a great time for the whole family. Many of the major conservation groups have such dinners: Ducks Unlimited, The Mule Deer Foundation, California Waterfowl Association, Ctrout Unlimited, California Trout, and ...
I'm beginning to see more and more boats being towed through my neighborhood, leading me to believe that the fishing must be improving.
If the situation requires, I stop at the travel center in Corning.
About this time every year, I start getting to the limit of my ability to stay indoors and have to get out afield, even if it is too early. Fortunately, early spring time sometimes has some great crappie fishing. While there is great crappie fishing in both the Delta and the big foothill reservoirs, small farmponds are best this early in the season, because they are smaller and usually shallower, farmponds get ...
What a difference a week can make. The last couple of days have been absolutely beautiful. Wednesday morning as I was getting out of the shower I heard something I haven't heard in a while: birds chirping outside my bathroom window. Then, as I left my house, I saw a flock of birds fly overhead. It just felt and sounded like an early-spring morning. All day at work, all I could think ...
I've fished four days so far this year. At this time last year I had been out three times that.
One of the primary reasons I get out in the wilds to hunt, fish, or just explore the back country is to get away from the crowds. The fishing is almost always better, the game less skittish, and the trails seem to have more wild flowers. In order to get out "back of the beyond" you often have to take your vehicle onto roads less traveled. The great part about driving on untraveled roads way ...
When working out an itinerary for mom's retirement trip to Fairbanks and surrounding areas, I had to fit in a float on the Chena River for Arctic grayling. Naturally, a very late ice break up and torrential rains had the Chena swollen to the point the guide called to say the float was in serious jeopardy. I had never fished the area I had no clue what I'd do if the float didn't happen. If the Chena was blown out, then everything else might be unfishable too.
Five years ago I purchased a 75-gallon fish tank from someone selling it on Craigslist.
Editor's note: Only a portion of Lund's column ran in Wednesday's Bulletin. Here it is in its entirety.
In January, the outdoor itinerary for summer is so ambitious - a schedule of old haunts with dreams of adventures in new spots. But when fall comes, what you didn't get to sometimes outnumbers what you did.
The weather has been uncharacteristic for the month of May - lots of wind and cooler temperatures for this time of year.
I know it's summer and I should sleep in, but when you're solar-powered and the sun floods into your room your body doesn't care if it's 4:18.
There are many ways to catch a fish. Yesterday while doing some grocery shopping I ran into my high school physical education teacher, coach Gebhart. He reminded me of a way of catching fish that I've never really gotten into. Coach Gebhart likes to fly fish just as much as he likes to golf. I have a fly rod, which is 27 years old and has sat collecting dust for the past 20 years. I ...
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