Columns

Gerald Almy: The best flies for spring trout

Gerald Almy

May 2, 2016

If you’re a devoted trout fly fisherman, you’ll probably carry a vest chock full of flies when you hit the streams this spring. But sometimes that just complicates things and makes choosing the best fly for a given situation confusing.

Gerald Almy: Harrisburg Outdoor Sports Show opens this weekend

Gerald Almy

February 2, 2016

The management of the National Rifle Association, sponsor of the massive outdoor sports show held each year in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, must be breathing a collective sigh of relief. If the recent blizzard with three-foot snows had fallen during their show dates this year, attendance would have no doubt been drastically curtailed.

Gerald Almy: Fishing show and schools on tap

Gerald Almy

December 28, 2015

With hunting seasons winding down, there are still plenty of entertaining and educational events for outdoors men and women to enjoy. Two of the most popular activities for this “off season” are visiting fishing and hunting shows and taking short courses on how to become a better angler.

Gerald Almy: Duck numbers near 50 million

Gerald Almy

August 3, 2015

Duck numbers across North America remain at high levels, according to surveys conducted by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife and Canadian Wildlife services. This year’s surveys showed an estimated population of 49.5 million birds, up from 49.2 million the previous year.

Craig Murto: Should Kyle Busch make the chase?

CRAIG MURTO

July 29, 2015

With his win in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch has won three consecutive Sprint Cup races, four of the last five, and is only 23 points away from cracking the top 30.

Gerald Almy: Outdoor sportsman show coming up

Gerald Almy

July 27, 2015

When you think of outdoor sports shows, most people think of late winter events with snow on the ground, ice-covered ponds, and freezing temperatures. That’s definitely a great time to hold such events, since there’s very little to do outside and most hunting seasons are closed then.

Craig Murto: Garvey makes mark on track

CRAIG MURTO

July 15, 2015

Mike Garvey took a break from working on Brayton Haws’ car prior to the Snowflake 100 last December at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla.

Gerald Almy: Ban on deer urine scents in effect

Gerald Almy

July 13, 2015

To reduce the chance of spreading Chronic Wasting Disease, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has banned the use of urine-based deer scents in the state by hunters. Effective July 1, 2015, Virginia hunters may not “possess or use deer scents or lures that contain natural deer urine or other bodily fluids while taking, attempting to take, attracting, or scouting wildlife.”

Craig Murto: Daytona facing safety issues

CRAIG MURTO

July 8, 2015

The last-lap crash in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona that sent Austin Dillon’s Sprint Cup car flying into the catch fence raises new concerns for safety.

Gerald Almy: Prime time for Brassicas

Gerald Almy

July 6, 2015

Every type of plant used for food plots has an optimum season for growing. In the case of brassicas, that season is now. From July through September is the time to get these plants in the ground. Brassicas include plants such as kale, turnips, rape, radishes and others. They have become extremely popular among food plot managers because they are easy to grow, provide tremendous amounts of protein and are fed on well by deer. Protein levels can exceed 30 percent in many cases.

Gerald Almy: Float fishing a balm for senses

Gerald Almy

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

CRAIG MURTO

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

Gerald Almy

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.

Gerald Almy: Flounder treat for anglers

Gerald Almy

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

CRAIG MURTO

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.