Gerald Almy: Fishing grasshopper flies for fall trout
September 19, 2016
Trout fishermen for the most part cast imitations of aquatic insects such as mayflies and caddis. But some of the best fall fishing in the Shenandoah Valley and nearby trout streams comes from imitating “terrestrial” insects.
Craig Murto: Why the empty grandstands?
July 28, 2016
Kyle Busch put on a clinic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to win the Brickyard 400 from the pole last Sunday. But was anybody there to see it?
Gerald Almy: The best flies for spring trout
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
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
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.
Craig Murto: Judy Allison was special
December 24, 2015
Judy Allison unexpectedly died last week at the age of 74 in North Carolina, due to complications from surgery.
Gerald Almy: Duck numbers near 50 million
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?
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
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: NASCAR plays with the rules
July 22, 2015
NASCAR is playing with the rules in its Sprint Cup division, hoping to put the best product on the racetrack.
Gerald Almy: Hiwassee produces big-water feeling
July 20, 2015
Easing into the crystal clear river I stripped line from the reel, false cast briefly, and dropped the No. 16
Craig Murto: Garvey makes mark on track
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
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
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
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.
Craig Murto: IndyCar’s last good race?
July 1, 2015
The MavTV 500 IndyCar race at California’s Auto Club Speedway in Fontana may have been the most exciting IndyCar race in at least five years.
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.