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The Dropper Fly technique

About 100 years ago, my Grandfather earned his living for several years as a professional flyfisher. He would fish the trout streams of Colorado with his flyrod, & sell the fish to the mining & logging camps. Since it was his livelihood, Grandpa's primary concern was catching as many large fish as possible, & he utilized numerous techniques to fill his fish sack. One of the most effective techniques Grandpa used was the dropper fly, which consistently produced more and larger fish. The dropper fly is still an amazingly effective technique today.

January 24, 2011 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Cougars ward off Andrade, Sierra

WESTON RANCH – There's hot, and then there's Eddie Andrade hot.

January 22, 2011 | Jason Campbell | Sports Columns


Players could use crowd support every night

I obviously wasn't the only person excited about Friday night's marquee matchup between the Sierra and Weston Ranch boys basketball teams.

January 22, 2011 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Practice patience when fish don’t bite

The first fishing advice I ever received was to be patient.

January 21, 2011 | By Jarod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Cooking is certainly a fishy undertaking

When I was 8, I put a filet of salmon in the microwave.

January 19, 2011 | By Jeff Lund "It's a Lund-erful Life" | Sports Columns


Thoughts on the tragedy in Tucson

Last weekend I was as shocked as almost everyone else in the nation to learn of the shootings of Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 19 other people in Tucson, Arizona.

January 17, 2011 | By Dom Moyer Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Sometimes even Doug Flutie can’t help

When up to your pelvis in a river, and the insert in your waders is bunched at the toe, its annoying. Not debilitating but something you will surely address next time you are on shore.

January 13, 2011 | By Jeff Lund | Sports Columns


Time spent with brother makes up for tough fishing

Now that Christmas is over I'm sure many of you have new fishing equipment that you're dying to try out.

January 07, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


New fishing best part of new year

I think I am over the New Years Eve thing.

January 05, 2011 | JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Study: Delta species are on the decline

The California Department of Fish and Game has released the results of their annual Fall Midwater Trawl of pelagic (open-water) species in the Delta.

December 31, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


A new year, a new plan of attack

Purely by coincidence, life-clarity has coincided with calendar change.

December 29, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Back up information, records before they are lost

While updating my phone it crashed, and I lost all of my information.

December 24, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


River research: A fisherman’s homework

My fishing buddy from this summer, Steve the cook, is up before the sun.

December 22, 2010 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Outdoor optical products worth the investment

The other day, my son, Bo, and I went out to sight in a new rifle scope.

December 20, 2010 | Don Moyer Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Water temperature key in gauging fish patterns

The effect on water temperature and fish behavior is directly related.

December 17, 2010 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing columnist | Sports Columns


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Sierra club in need of hookup

About 10 years ago, I started a fishing club at the school where I work. We practiced several times a week and I taught them how to cast, tie knots, spool their reels, and anything else that I thought they would need to know to get them started.

April 18, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Getting reacquainted to life in the 49th state

It's Saturday. This morning I woke up, had an omelet made with a couple eggs from a dozen that cost $2.50, filled up my truck ($4.25 a gallon) and drove to the river .9 miles down the road for my 42nd day of fishing so far in 2014.

April 08, 2014 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Guzzlers & trout houses

Several times I have encouraged folks to donate money to conservation organizations that assist the wild critters we all love. It's good advice for those who can afford it, but what can you do if money is tight? It seems as though this recession has affected all of us to some extent. Unfortunately the recession has also affected charitable groups as well. At a time when the need is greatest non-profits are also hit with reduced contributions.

April 06, 2014 | By Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Today’s youth missing out

Last week I wrote about taking my dad out fishing for the day.

April 04, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


99 Speedway all set to start season

The historic Stockton 99 Speedway will kick-off its 2014 season this Saturday, April 5 with a big five-division NASCAR Whelen All-American Series program.

April 03, 2014 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Bulletin contributor | Sports Columns


Big Brother watching?

Recent articles in the world news media have disclosed that our government, specifically the NSA, has been monitoring and recording the phone calls and emails of hundreds of millions of people all around the world. Ostensibly the eavesdropping is to detect and prevent acts of terrorism but substantial numbers of people aren't convinced. Folks on the other side of the equation ask the rhetorical question: "If you're not doing anything wrong, what do you have to worry about?" The fact is private information in the hands of others can harm you. Here's an example.

March 30, 2014 | by Don Moyer | Sports Columns


CATCHING A BREAK

RIPON – From one of the top junior college offenses in California to one of the most explosive in the entire nation at the Division I level.

March 28, 2014 | James Burns | Sports Columns


Switching lakes pays off for father, son duo

Last weekend I decided to take my dad trout fishing at Lake Pardee.

March 27, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Larson Dazzles in Drive to the Front at Fontana

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Kyle Larson was ninth on the final restart at California, with four rows of traffic to navigate in two laps in a frantic bid for the best finish possible. With Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart at the front, Larson wasn't even thinking about victory.

March 24, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


Danger as woods go to pot

A couple days ago I was chatting with my friend Bob Busser about a growing danger to those of us who frequent wild places. Appearantly growing demand for marijuna has resulted in a number of illegal pot groves located on remote public lands. Some pot growers are now planting their crops on hard to reach sites on BLM, Forest Service, or even private timberlands. They'll clear a space, till the soil, and even pipe water in from a nearby creek. If they should get busted, all they lose is the crop. Usually there is a grower/guard nearby to ...

March 23, 2014 | Don Moyer | Sports Columns


Fishing can be a relaxing getaway

Ten years ago, I was listening to a local Bass Pro talk about today's kids and their overall lack of interest toward the outdoors. He went on to talk about computer games and how few children are actually able to get out of the house anymore.

March 21, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


After working on the boat, it’s ‘launch’ time

I've been putting off changing the bunks on my boat's trailer for several years now.

March 14, 2014 | By Jarrod Ballardo | Sports Columns


Bishop proves to be a queen

Danelle Bishop continues to win at the next level.

March 07, 2014 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns


Racing season just around the corner

The 2014 local racing season is just around the corner and Stockton 99 Speedway has released its 2014 schedule. A total of 15 Saturday night events are slated for the historic quarter-mile paved oval that opened in 1947.

March 07, 2014 | By DALE BOSOWSKI | Sports Columns


Wins now mean everything in NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Joey Logano lined up directly behind Kevin Harvick and followed him nose-to-tail around the track and across the line for the final restart. He was stalking the leader, looking for what he knew would be his only chance to snatch the victory away from Harvick.

March 03, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer | Sports Columns


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