Gerald Almy: Float fishing a balm for senses
June 29, 2015
Daybreak slips in softly when you’re camped at river’s edge in the shadows of a tree-cloaked mountain. By the time sunlight sneaks in and illuminates the scene, eggs will be frying, coffee brewing and toast browning in a skillet laced with sweet country butter.
Craig Murto: Activate your local sponsors
June 24, 2015
I always hear local racers talk about how tough it is to get sponsors. And I hear local sponsors talk about how tough it is to get anything out of the sponsorship.
Gerald Almy: Fishing heats up on lakes, rivers
June 22, 2015
If you like fishing, it would be hard to find a better time to hit the lakes and rivers than right now. Waters have warmed into ranges that have fish feeding actively, but not hot enough that they have gone into the “summer doldrums.” Here’s a rundown on some of the best fishing opportunities in waters that are popular with Shenandoah Valley sportsmen and women.
Craig Murto: Milner captures win at Le Mans
June 17, 2015
Tommy Milner, the Corvette factory driver who races worldwide and lives in Leesburg, just won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second time in his career.
Gerald Almy: Flounder treat for anglers
June 15, 2015
A sharp tap telegraphed up the thin graphite rod, then another. Was it a crab nibbling on my bait? Those pesky bottom-feeding crustaceans had annoyed me before. But this time I sensed something was different. There was a heavy “alive” feeling on the line that seemed a bit more serious that an annoying crab.
Craig Murto: Longshot Truex Jr. scores big win
June 10, 2015
Martin Truex Jr. gave Furniture Row Racing its second NASCAR Sprint Cup win when he crossed the line first at Pocono last weekend, and it may be the start of something big for Truex and the team.
Gerald Almy: Crankbaits ideal for fishing in shallows
June 8, 2015
When bass, pike and walleye venture into thigh-deep water, many anglers turn to topwater plugs. While these can be effective and are exciting to use, sometimes skinny-water fish just won’t surface feed.
Craig Murto: Flat track action returns
June 3, 2015
There was plenty of exciting racing last weekend, both locally and nationally, but the best is just around the corner.
Gerald Almy: Sunn hemp a new food plot option
June 1, 2015
For summer food plots for wildlife, you can’t go wrong with soybeans. And what the deer don’t eat, you can sell as a valuable cash agricultural crop when the beans ripen.
Craig Murto: Biggest race day proved a thrill
May 27, 2015
The biggest day in motorsports worldwide certainly didn’t disappoint.
Gerald Almy: Mouse flies can trigger big strike
May 26, 2015
Cats aren’t the only predators who like to prey on mice. Bass, pike and trout will also gladly attack and wolf down these furry little rodents. And even though they are terrestrial creatures by nature, mice often stumble into lakes, ponds and rivers.
Craig Murto: Weekend huge for racing
May 20, 2015
The Memorial Day weekend is here, and it is the biggest race weekend of the year.
Gerald Almy: New gear ideal for hunting in fall
May 18, 2015
In a winter column we reviewed a few of the new items being unveiled for hunters this fall. But that only included a small portion of the many products released at this year’s S.H.O.T. Show (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show), held in Las Vegas in January.
Craig Murto: Rain, racing are bad combo
May 13, 2015
Rain and racing rarely mix.
Gerald Almy: Best seeds to plant for summer food plots
May 11, 2015
Clover and alfalfa fields have given whitetail deer, bears, turkey, rabbits, and geese lots of good forage to munch on during March and April. But now that May is here it’s time to plant foods that will thrive in high temperatures with minimal moisture. After all, that’s generally the type of weather our summers here in the Shenandoah Valley dish out.
Craig Murto: Patrick needs to perform on track
May 6, 2015
Danica Patrick needs a sponsor.
Gerald Almy: Classic lures still produce
May 4, 2015
When most anglers choose fishing lures today, they look for the most technologically advanced, modern offerings they can find. But sometimes it pays to consider some of the time-tested, older lures still available in tackle shops when heading out for a day on the water. Here’s a look at two classic lures that still deserve a spot in your tackle box and the stories of how they were invented.
Craig Murto: Busch finds redemption with win
April 29, 2015
Kurt Busch has had an eventful year.
Gerald Almy: Bolder tactics pay off for toms
April 27, 2015
When seeking out early-season turkeys, I’m a firm believer in the subtle, low-key approach to calling. But when a few weeks go by and you still haven’t lured in a tom with soft calling, it may be time to shake things up a bit and get bolder.
Craig Murto: Satterlee dominates Hagerstown
April 22, 2015
Gregg Satterlee dominated the “Salute to a Champion, Rodney Franklin” race at Hagerstown (Maryland) Speedway on Saturday night.