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Floatfishing valley rivers

It seems that as each year passes our daily lives get more hectic and complicated. Along with such increased pressures, it becomes increasingly important for me to find ways to relieve the pressure. Heck, we probably all need to get away from it all slow down our pace, and take the time to relax, contemplate, and recharge our batteries. I have found nothing more relaxing than floatfishing our valley rivers.

August 12, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Going out in style - 'K Boys' golden again

LONDON (AP) - They collected their rewards half a world away, in front of a crowd packed with enough big shots to rival the shine of the gold hanging from their necks.

August 12, 2012 | By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


You don’t always get what you can see

I was reminded of the first time I was given an open-book test this past weekend while out fishing Clark Fork.

August 09, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Gearing down for mountain water

I approached from down river.

August 07, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Pistorius revolutionizes Olympic notions

LONDON (AP) - There are times when history only becomes clear with hindsight and others - rarer, more goose-bumpy - when you actually feel it being made. Oscar Pistorius revolutionizing our notions of what is possible with every clink, clink of his prosthetic legs on the London Olympic running track was one such moment.

August 05, 2012 | By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Usain Bolt makes Olympics golden

LONDON (AP) - It took him longer to get down on both knees and kiss the track than it did to glide over the most important 100 meters of it.

August 05, 2012 | By JIM LITKE Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


California ideal for outdoor enthusiasts

As the summer break is winding down it seems like a lot of people, including myself, are attempting to get in one last camping trip before the new school year begins.

August 02, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The rise of the Colt 1911

I just read a press release from Colt Defense LLC announcing that The United States Marine Corps Special Operations Command is placing an order with Colt for up to 12,000 Colt 1911 in 45 ACP caliber. The order will also include spares as well as logistical support.

July 29, 2012 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Sports Columns


Getting hooked on Kohanee

With the end to my summer break rapidly approaching; my fishing time will definitely have to be scaled back.

July 26, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


Chasing deer & superstitions

The great philosopher and former regional manager Michael Scott once said, "I'm not superstitious, but I'm a little stitious"

July 24, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Penn State punishment more than fair

Banning Penn State from bowl games for four years won't bring back the innocence Jerry Sandusky took from who knows how many young boys. Taking football scholarships away and vacating wins over the past 14 years will do nothing to help them heal.

July 23, 2012 | By TIM DAHLBERG Associated Press Sports Columnist | Sports Columns


Holmes helps McNally team earn milestone victory

Eric Holmes, driver of the No. 20 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota, made history at Evergreen Speedway last Saturday by winning the NAPA AUTO PARTS "150" to give team owner Bill McAnally his 50th career win.

July 19, 2012 | By DALE BOSOWSKI Pit Board | Sports Columns


Clarks Fork is a nice, affordable change of scenery

This past week I went and camped out at Clarks Fork with family and friends.

July 19, 2012 | By JAROD BALLARDO Fishing Columnist | Sports Columns


The power of peanut butter

Last year when my buddy Abe and I drifted into the spot known as "Pineapple" by the locals, I finished off my peanut butter M&M's before sending the herring plug into the depths.

July 18, 2012 | By JEFF LUND “It’s a Lund-erful Life” | Sports Columns


Return to Trestle Creek

Over 50 years ago my brother Chris and I were playing on the huge railroad trestle that spanned the junction of two trout streams in the central Sierra Nevada.

July 15, 2012 | By DON MOYER Tight Lines | Sports Columns


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Several years ago when I made the decision to fish for multiple species, I didn't realize it was going to be so difficult.

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No bites at Lake Pardee despite the low turnout

It took a little longer than I had originally planned, but I finally was able to fish Lake Pardee last weekend.

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Memories, not catches make Amador special

Last weekend a friend and I went fishing at Lake Amador.

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April breeds excitement, hope for big bass catch

April is the month that I get most excited about when thinking about going fishing.

April 01, 2016 | JAROD BALLARDO | Sports Columns


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