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The Elbow Creek stretch along the Mokelumne

The Elbow Creek stretch of the Mokelumne is a microcosm of the Sierra Nevada trout streams. It is a roadless stretch of water that gets very little fishing pressure and it offers the angler tumbling brook trout water, meandering meadow stretches with wary browns, and willow lined runs with feisty rainbows. You can use your nymphs and wooly worms for the brookie water, your classic dry patterns on the rainbow runs, and splash noisy hopper flies in the grassy meadows.

September 23, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Predicting fishing success like forecasting weather

Sometimes even I am left wondering what I did wrong after an unproductive day of fishing.

September 20, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Reuniting with the roommates

My junior year of college I lived off campus at a place called "The Blockhouse". The complex was a series of perfectly-shaped, two-story squares with a pool in the middle. It was just short of a mile from campus.

September 18, 2012 | | Sports Columns


Terrarium lessons

This is the beginning of the tarantula mating season.

September 17, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Unsightly spots may produce beautiful results

Often I see fishermen point at an area or spot and say, "It looks good over there!"

September 13, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


A weekend like the other fishermen

For as much time as I've spent around lodges, I had never been to one as a guest until this past weekend at the Clearwater Lodge on the Pit River east of Redding.

September 11, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Best part of Luck’s NFL debut? It’s over.

CHICAGO (AP) - There are few times a rookie quarterback looks good in comparison to Peyton Manning.

September 10, 2012 | By JIM LITKE Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Kong holds off points leader Reichmuth in Basically-4s

With only two dates remaining on the 2012 schedule for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Weekly Racing Series at the Stockton 99 Speedway, the action in last Saturday's program took on an added intensity. Not only were weekly bragging rights on the line, but teams in five divisions were battling for both the Tri-Holiday Classic Series and 2012 season championships.

September 06, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


The good, the bad and the bogey

So three college buddies and an Alaskan decide to play a round at the local golf course.

September 05, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Lance Armstrong's titles? Whole era is worthless

PARIS (AP) - It surely would be have been more useful for his sport if Tyler Hamilton hadn't waited until this week to tell us what he knows about doping in the Lance Armstrong era.

September 03, 2012 | By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Midnight fishing offers different angling perspective

I always figured that writing an outdoor column had to be extremely easy. How hard can it be? You go fishing and then lie about it. Isn't that what all fishermen do anyway? Wrong. A couple nights ago, I kept wracking my brain, trying to get sufficiently inspired to write something worthy of you folks. Nothing seemed to work, not even wearing my fishing hat. Suddenly I had a brilliant idea! Instead of worrying about it, I'd go out in the fresh air and clear the cobwebs out of my mind by doing a little fishing.

September 02, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


Replacement refs: NFL deserves penalty for arrogance

Sometimes you put a foot down wrong and don't find out for a week or two that you actually dislocated a hip. That's how it's going to be if the NFL sticks with its plan to start the regular season with replacement referees - from mild annoyance to major pain to humongous regret. And all because the people in charge are too used to getting their way.

August 31, 2012 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


A ride worth waiting on

More often than not, hard work doesn't get rewarded.

August 30, 2012 | Jagada Chambers | Sports Columns


Mantecans among winners at 99 Speedway Saturday

Even though the racing season is coming to an end faster than a Kardashian marriage, there are still several events on tap at the local tracks in September.

August 29, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Take a legislator fishing with you

As you may be aware, I have more than a passing interest in politics. Now you may be asking yourself "What's that have to do with fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits?" The answer is "Almost everything." Whether you want to legalize mountain lion hunting because there are too many lions and attacks on women and children are becoming common, or if you want more trout planted in your favorite stream, the answers you get are part of a political process.

August 26, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


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McGregor vs Mayweather, a freak show with precedent

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May 26, 2016 | TIM DAHLBERG | Sports Columns


Franks Tract hot spot for bass in Delta

Some of the old timers will tell you that the best way to teach someone how to swim is to push them right into the ...

May 20, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Fishing trips are more meaningful with son

"Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."- Henry David Thoreau

May 13, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


Unused equipment is treasure for another

There's an old saying that "one man's junk is another man's treasure."

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Manteca Red Sox overpower Northgate Giants juniors

The Manteca Little League Red Sox took advantage of six walks to put up 12 first-inning runs and never looked back in a 21-8 win ...

May 02, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Sports Columns


Brigham Young Revolver

Over the years I have periodically reported on historic or collectors guns that have come up for auction.

May 02, 2016 | Don MOYER | Sports Columns


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