With all the fog that we've been having recently, I'm reminded of how important it is that we slow down on the water.
I was at a pretty good place mentally as I headed into a two-story building laced with the scent of preserved animals and musky hunters.
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, ...
WESTON RANCH – There's hot, and then there's Eddie Andrade hot. Down double digits to intra-district rival Weston Ranch Friday night in Stockton, Sierra High's Andrade erupted in the third quarter with five 3-point shots that not only swung the momentum squarely back into Sierra's favor, but also helped cut the Cougar lead down to a single point. In the end, however, it was the speed of Weston Ranch that would deal the final blow ...
I obviously wasn't the only person excited about Friday night's marquee matchup between the Sierra and Weston Ranch boys basketball teams.
The first fishing advice I ever received was to be patient. I'm not sure if I even understood the word back then, I just knew that I was expected to wait for the fish to come to me. This time of year, I'm constantly reminded of that advice, as the bites are usually harder to come by. There are a couple of things that I do to keep motivated when the fishing gets tough. I ...
When I was 8, I put a filet of salmon in the microwave. My bewildered parents frantically removed the fish and opened the kitchen windows. Thus began my adventure in cooking, more precisely articulated using scientific jargon than culinary. In college I experimented with pasta sauce made from Italian dressing, ketchup and assorted spices I took from the student union. It was every bit as awful as one might imagine - ingredients angrily revolting against ...
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.
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.
Now that Christmas is over I'm sure many of you have new fishing equipment that you're dying to try out.
I think I am over the New Years Eve thing. Not that I want 2010 to be a Ground Hog year or that I don't look forward to pinning back another month on the Alaska calendar mom gives me for Christmas, but the spectacle of the thing - the excuse for debauchery before an attempt to recall it all in the form of a resolution that lasts 17 days - is old. I've been to ...
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.
Purely by coincidence, life-clarity has coincided with calendar change. I've always hated New Year's resolutions on the premise that it doesn't take fireworks and funny number glasses to reveal deficiencies. I should be just as aware of my idiocy on April 18 as I am on December 31. Even after cleaning up areas of our lives, there is always work to be done, because life is dynamic, even if we remain static. I can't treat ...
While updating my phone it crashed, and I lost all of my information. Initially, I didn't think it was such a big deal. I couldn't have been more wrong, as I ended up spending most of day trying to recover all of my lost information. It's really quite scary at how much information can be lost in a matter of seconds. On my boat I have a depth finder that has close to 10 years ...
My fishing buddy from this summer, Steve the cook, is up before the sun. That's not saying too much because the sun rises at 8:18 in Klawock, Alaska (it sets at 3:20). It's supposed to snow today until the temperature hits the high of 36, then it will melt into sleet, turning the ground snow into slush. When the sun sets it will freeze, locking tire treads and footprints into position until sunrise. Driving is ...
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.
From now until mid-May, local fishing is at its best if you were to ask me.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season is officially under way at the Stockton 99 Speedway, and a couple of Manteca drivers are off to hot starts.
My grandparents used to call it "visiting".
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