Over the past couple decades, I have collected antique bamboo fly rods. Contrary to popular belief, not all bamboo rods are valuable. Prior to World War Two 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 hand-made and ...
Every year about this time I'm reminded of the time I came across two lost anglers while fishing the Delta. While fishing, they approached my boat and asked me if I knew where the launch ramp was? When I asked them which ramp they were looking for, they had no idea of the name of the ramp they launched out of. They then began to describe the launch ramp to me and after a process of elimination; I realized where they must have launched from. As I began to give them directions, it was obvious to me that they ...
The Old Man second-guessed the gamble of sailing far out into the sea as he watched sharks dissect the biggest catch of his life - and first in 84-days - with carnivorous brutality.
In 1857 and 1858, an emigrant road connected what is now the Ebbets Pass road with Carson Pass. Pioneers coming to California used it for 2 years until the new Ebbets Pass was opened and then the abandoned road began to be reclaimed by the forest from which it was carved. The famous mountain man, John "Snowshoe" Thompson used the route to carry mail over the Sierras in winter when all the roads were closed by snow. For a hundred years the road sat unused and pretty much unknown, lost in the mists of time. The road ran from Hermit ...
This sudden change in the weather definitely wasn't expected.
Although the bulk of the 2011 Stockton 99 Speedway champions had been previously determined, there was still a bit of unfinished business to take care of at the fabled ¼-mile last Saturday night.
I've had a few more than a ton of people ask me about taking trips to Alaska.
Corn-fed was a prison guard. In all my life I have never seen a better convergence of a person, a name and an occupation. Corn-fed was built very much like a steer that stood on two legs; he was huge. In his occupation as a prison guard his size was a great asset. The inmates did what he told them to do and didn't give him any trouble. It was as if he was made for the job.
This past weekend while attending a friend's wedding, I was taken back to the neighborhood where I grew up.
There was a time when simply kicking rocks into puddles could turn into a vicious competition ending in an altercation, but since my brother Mark has spent the better half of the last decade with the Navy we have proven our parents correct with regards to all that "one day you will appreciate each other" type stuff.
Oftentimes when you're out afield, you happen across things that may have no bearing upon hunting or fishing but which enhance the overall outdoor experience. The iron kettle is a perfect example. For decades my Dad and I fished a particular stretch of stream that had great fishing largely because it was difficult to get to. We walked down a trail that followed the main river for 2 miles and then fished up a tributary creek about 4 miles to an old immigrant road that was abandoned in 1858. We walked back 4 more miles along the route of ...
As a beginning fisherman I only had one or two lures I was confident in and used them regardless of the weather or time of year.
The Stockton 99 Speedway closed out the regular season for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series last Saturday night.
It's always a good idea to check the weather before a trip to the mountains this time of year, so I did.
It seems as though the public schools get a lot of criticism these days, but then I'd be willing to bet that people have been complaining about schools as long as schools have existed. Certainly, some of the criticism of schools is warranted and schools could use improvement. There is, however, a good argument to be made that that we are asking our schools and their administrators and teachers to teach things that we, as parents, should be teaching to our children ourselves. Quite honestly, I'm not qualified to teach my children chemistry, music, or computer science. By ...
Every year, there are new fishing products that come out and quickly become the hot item.
Bulldogs don't belong in a catbird seat, so East Union defensive coordinator Jason Stock's decision to leave the press box should come as no surprise.
The two-point conversion has long been the nemesis of Manteca High football coach Eric Reis.
He bounced near the starting line - wrists wrapped, hands covered in powder. The entire arena bounced along with him.
I had every reason in the world to take in everything that South Florida had to offer.
The stakes just keep getting higher and higher for the football programs at Manteca and Oakdale high schools.
SONOMA - Scott Dixon patiently stalked race leaders Graham Rahal and Mike Conway over the closing laps of Sunday's GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma before blowing by Conway with just three laps to go in the 85-lap race to capture his second Verizon IndyCar win of the season.
Manteca was supposed to help break in Levi's Stadium next Friday, Aug. 29.
The other day while driving home from work I saw a truck towing a trailer with a couple snow mobiles on it.
I recently got an email forwarding an article about a woman from Pennsylvania who appears to be in the process of being railroaded into prison by the justice system in New Jersey.
The sounds of high revving go-karts continued all weekend long on the temporary street circuit in the heart of downtown Modesto at the inaugural Save Mart Supermarkets Modesto Grand Prix for the Superkarts! USA SummerNationals.
If you've never shot black powder guns before you ought to give it a try. It transports you back in time as you pour the powder down the barrel, drop the lead ball or shot in and tamp it down with a ramrod You had to let the smoke cloud blow away before you could see if you hit your target!
Using his front row starting position to maximum advantage, Upper Lake's Jeremy Doss was able to snatch the early lead in Saturday's Spears Manufacturing SRL Southwest Tour Sunnyvalley Smoked Meats 125 at the Stockton 99 Speedway where he spent the rest of the race fending off multiple challengers to earn the checkered flag.
Life jackets are one of the most valuable pieces of equipment on a boat, but lot of owners spend huge amounts of money on radio systems, wakeboard towers, downriggers, power poles, and other luxury items.
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