As the weather has been improving, I'm sure a lot of anglers looking forward to going fishing.
Over the years, I have always been interested in going to Canada on a black bear hunt, so in February when the outdoor show came to Great Falls, Mont., I decided it was time to find out if I was going to stay on the bank and cut bait or grab a rod and join the big dogs.
One of the best items an outdoor enthusiast can carry is one or more of the guidebooks on flowers, trees, rocks birds, or mammals that inhabit your area. I often carry one of the handy field guides in my fishing vest, or backpack. Perhaps the most dog-eared of my field guides in the one on California wildflowers.
Kevin Van Dam won his fourth career Bassmaster Classic, which was held on the Louisiana Delta.
Most of the time, you don't really wonder how you got to a certain place in time. If you do contemplate "What just happened?" it's usually confined to a small increment of life.
Congratulations to Kevin VanDam for winning his fourth Bassmaster Classic this past weekend held on the Louisiana Delta.
Like seagulls descending on the carcass of a spawned out king salmon washed ashore, I joined my fellow scavengers at Borders bookstore in Modesto for my chance to peck deals.
Some folks think that there is no such thing as Cabin Fever. They are dead wrong. If Alferd Packer was still around, they could ask him about it. Good old Alferd (that's really how he spelled his name) was the noted cannibal who ate several of his companions after being trapped with them while snowbound in Colorado in 1874. Along about this time of year I start getting fidgety and look longingly out the window ...
Everyone has their favorite colored baits. My favorite colors were always watermelon red, purple and green pumpkin. I pretty much grew up fishing those colors and believed that everything else was a waste of money. I think otherwise now after having lost to competitors fishing colored baits that I had always thought of as a gimmick. I'll never forget the time I lost to a guy fishing a pink bubblegum colored worm! Several years ago ...
When Melvin Allen welcomed some of the Weston Ranch basketball team's reserve players onto the court for the final 1:09 of their 87-67 win over East Union Wednesday, Allen was still in coaching mode.
An hour into my fishing contemplation I heard my phone buzz with a message. It was Nate, and he was heading to the Stanislaus to toss flies. Sometimes you just aren't really capable of making decisions. That's why Saturday morning I laid under my flannel-fish sheets, gazing blankly out the bedroom window at the warm blue sky. I had narrowed the next few hours of my life to three options: Drive to a fly-casting ranch ...
As is common this time of year, we have been getting a taste of the coming spring. For the past 10 days or so, while the nights have been chilly, the days have been sunny and delightful. Even on the days it has been foggy, when the sun finally manages to burn off the fog, it seems to be a truly glorius day. These pre-spring days are all it takes to get me planning more ...
What a difference a week can make. The last couple of days have been absolutely beautiful. There has been a little wind, but not enough to keep me from wanting to get out. The trees are starting to blossom, which is an indicator to me that spring is here. Spring can be a tricky time to catch fish, as a lot of them are focused on only one thing -spawning. There are three phases to ...
No one can take the simple act of fly-rod contemplation and digress into philosophical mumbo jumbo like my buddy Klinger.
I believe the outdoors is remarkably safe, yet no matter what you do, there are risks involved. It doesn't matter if you are commuting to work, or driving a forklift on the job, teaching in a classroom, there are risks involved & you could get hurt. You & I are probably much more likely to get in an auto accident, or slip & fall at work than we are likely to get injured while out ...
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 ...
The ball was over-inflated and under-used, but that wasn't the real issue.
It's been a long time since I was a student in school waiting with anticipation for the start of summer.
At some point after, during, or instead of college, you embark on a career.
When I was a kid I used to think about being a weather man.
After your mom has the 7-millimeter aneurysm in her right middle cranial artery fixed, you've watched a You Tube clip of the same procedure on a different brain and your mom starts telling people she'll be home in a week (the doctors smile and say it will probably be a few days longer), your depth of observation increases.
Last week, I discussed antiques that the outdoor enthusiast might find incidentally while hunting, angling, or exploring old ghost towns.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to Stockton's 99 Speedway this Saturday for G-Oil 150, one of the biggest events on the 2013 schedule.
I have this empty space on my living room wall that would be the perfect place for a mounted bass. It's right above my fish tank and would look perfect.
I've never really seen my Mom sick. She's had colds before, but she has epitomized both strength and stubbornness. That's probably why she rarely had health issues - they were intimidated.
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