Columns

Gerald Almy: Float fishing a balm for senses

w/ Gerald Almy column

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

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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

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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.

Gerald Almy: Crankbaits ideal for fishing in shallows

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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.

Gerald Almy: Sunn hemp a new food plot option

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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.

Gerald Almy: Mouse flies can trigger big strike

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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.

Gerald Almy: New gear ideal for hunting in fall

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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.

Gerald Almy: Best seeds to plant for summer food plots

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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.

Gerald Almy: Classic lures still produce

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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.

Gerald Almy: Bolder tactics pay off for toms

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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.