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Bamboo bonanza

Over the past couple of decades, I have collected antique bamboo fly rods. Contrary to popular belief, not all bamboo rods are valuable. Prior to World War 2, almost all rods were made of split bamboo. Some were excellent and costly, some were good medium priced rods, and some were cheap junk. South Bend, Heddon, and Montague were all rods that were comparable to Fords or Chevrolets. They were good serviceable rods manufactured and priced to sell to the multitudes. Lousy rods were usually made in Japan and carried no manufacturer's name at all, while great rods were individually ...

September 11, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Just another day on the water?

When I was an 8th grader, standardized testing said I scored in the 98th percentile nationally in science.

September 07, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Wild food

These days it seems that lots of folks are concentrating on eating healthier foods. It seems like everywhere you look there are ads for organic beef, milk and vegetables. Heck, I'm gonna start looking for organic bourbon. You can't be too careful. Seriously, though, there are undoubtedly significant benefits to eating healthier foods. One source of healthy, organic food is wild food. Remember Ewell Gibbons? He was the author of a best seller entitled 'Stalking the Wild Asparagus' that encouraged folks to go out into the wild and take advantage of the abundance of wild plants that our ...

September 04, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Making it up as you go

Saturday I was invited to be the seventh wheel on a trip to Yosemite National Park. I had the most experience of the troop so I felt inclined to provide historical background during the excursion.

August 31, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Sheer Will Power wins Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma

Team Penske has long been regarded as the standard bearer of excellence in Indy Car racing and on Sunday the team turned in one of the most dominating performances in the history of the sport by posting a 1-2-3 finish in the IZOD Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway

August 28, 2011 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Racing Columnist | Sports Columns

Hunting & harvest time

While it's still pretty warm outside in the afternoons, I have noticed a cooling in the mornings, hinting at the coming of fall. Believe it or not, Last weekend was the opening of archery deer hunting season in California and it wont be long before rifle hunters also take to the woods in search of deer and bear. I know that a lot of folks hate to see summer go, but I love the coming of all of the seasons. I love the cool mornings that are the first hint of fall, the first frost that warns of the ...

August 28, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

Getting what you might not deserve

Just like two weeks ago, every little bend with a pull-out on the Upper Stanislaus river was filled with a car.

August 24, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Old Roscoe

The headwaters of the San Joaquin are a delightful contrast to the muddy river that flows into the San Joaquin - Sacramento Delta. From its source near Mammoth Lakes and Devil's Postpile National Monument, to its first dam at Mammoth Pool, the upper San Joaquin is a wild and beautiful wilderness trout stream. It is completely unreachable by road and the only access is by horseback or by foot. The San Joaquin Canyon is several thousand feet deep and hiking both down in and back up is a serious hike. My wife Mary and I had spent several days camping ...

August 21, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Hoping for fruitful fall on the water

Maybe it's wishful thinking, but I do believe I'm seeing early signs of fall.

August 19, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

Rekindling an old flame

Regrettably, I have rekindled an old relationship.

August 17, 2011 | By Jeff Lund “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

It’s not easy being greener

No doubt most of you recall the hit song "It's Not Easy Being Green", by that famous star, Kermit the Frog. Believe it or not, the very first Earth Day took place 41 years ago in 1970. A lot of water has flowed over the dams since then and hundreds of millions of people all over the world are now more conscious of our environment. O.K. you might ask? What that got to do with me? In the decades since 1970, being green took on an entirely new and different meaning than simply being the color of a ...

August 15, 2011 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns

Good catch can come at unexpected moments

Over the years, I've been surprised more than once by a fish willing to bite at the strangest moments.

August 12, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns

You can’t fish from the couch

Saturday morning when I couldn't sleep past 6:30, I decided to head east because even though the water would be high - still - and there would be a ton of people, I hate excuses.

August 10, 2011 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns

Ethics and respect for others in the great outdoors

One of the neat fringe benefits of writing an outdoors column is the responses I get from my readers. Thank you to all those folks who had suggestions for me on how to get the stuck musket ball out of my muzzleloader. Thanks too, are in order to all the folks who write or email me with observations and suggestions on my columns.

August 07, 2011 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns

Switch up your strategy if fish are not biting

People who know that I like to fish often assume that the fish are always jumping in my boat.

August 05, 2011 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

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TRACY - For the second week in a row, the Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity team turned a two-touchdown, fourth-quarter deficit into a playoff overtime victory ...

November 24, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Maturity helps Kyle Busch finally win 1st Cup title

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - There was a time early in Kyle Busch's career that his talent could not save his job.

November 24, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Elk Foundation: Million bucks for wildlife

Sometime in the late 1990s I attended my first Rocky Mountain Elk fundraising dinner. My friend, Joe Mangelos had conned me into attending and I ...

November 23, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Sports Columns

All hail Gordon, Harvick refuses to play mind games

HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Kevin Harvick has made a predictable habit of trying to rattle his opposition when the stakes are at their highest.

November 20, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Quality rain gear necessity for all-weather fisherman

The first year I started tournament fishing I went and purchased what I thought was good rain gear. It worked for a few trips but ...

November 20, 2015 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns

Cotto & Alvarez in fight that may be worth price

LAS VEGAS - The sting from Mayweather-Pacquiao is still there, which makes anyone who spent $100 to watch that overhyped snoozer think twice about wasting their ...

November 18, 2015 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns

Cowboys varsity falls short in playoffs

Trabron Russell and Leo Bonilla combined for more than 300 yards and four touchdowns, but that was not enough as the Manteca Cowboys varsity lost ...

November 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Most offensive linemen will play their entire careers toiling in obscurity while others get the glory. Manteca Jr. Timberwolves junior varsity offensive tackle Cody Ward ...

November 17, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Rain-shortened race: Quintessential NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - In this topsy-turvy second season of NASCAR's new championship format, it was only fitting that the race to set the ...

November 16, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Cowboys varsity lassoes DYSA division title

The Manteca Cowboys varsity hammered the Tracy Rampage in the DYSA division championship 30-6 Saturday at Dino Cunial Field.

November 10, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Riley’s ‘humbling’ 78 good enough for state

SALINAS - A long day of frustration turned into relief for East Union senior Brooke Riley on Monday.

November 10, 2015 | | Sports Columns


Manteca (15-8) heads to El Capitan of Merced tonight for what will be its first postseason appearance in four years, and the Buffaloes have a ...

November 10, 2015 | Jonamar Jacinto | Sports Columns

Team Penske battling each other with NASCAR title on line

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Nobody seems better prepared for the third round of NASCAR's playoffs than Team Penske, which has led 662 of the last ...

November 10, 2015 | JENNA FRYER | Sports Columns

Weston Ranch’s Huerta first in subsection race

Thomas Huerta of Weston Ranch won the boys Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Subsection Cross Country Championship at Frogtown in Angels Camp on Saturday, completing the ...

November 09, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns

Pucker factor

I love being in the outdoors, especially in the wilderness. Along with the wilderness however come isolated incidents that I refer to as the pucker ...

November 08, 2015 | | Sports Columns

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