Ice froze in the guides of the fly rod as I cast to the school of fish hovering silently near the bottom of the stream. Suddenly a fish turned to the side and its white mouth opened. I set the hook quickly and was fast to a feisty rainbow trout. After a raucous battle, I worked the silver fish in close, twisted the hook free and watched as it darted back into the dark river currents.
With deer season now over, it's time to turn to grouse and other small game to finish out the hunting agenda for the year. It's true grouse populations aren't at the levels they were 30 years ago. But there are definitely enough of these beautiful brown and russet birds to make hunting them a worthwhile endeavor.
The newest class of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame was announced on Wednesday, and three very worthy players in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to baseball's most prestigious club. Another very worthy player, Craig Biggio, fell a crushing two votes short of the required 75-percent approval.
It was announced this week that driver Chase Elliott will compete full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports starting in 2014, and do so with NAPA Auto Parts as his full-season primary sponsor.
While it may be bitter cold out and hunting seasons are winding down, there are still plenty of things for the outdoor sportsman to do during mid-winter. Among the most popular activities for this "off season" is visiting the many fishing and hunting outdoor shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
After the rut is finished, bucks find themselves in precarious shape. They may have lost up to 20 percent or more of their body weight from fighting, chasing does and eating only sporadically. Survival demands that they replenish their lean, worn down bodies.
The Christmas holiday has come and gone, which means the college football bowl season is officially in full swing. For the next week and a half, college football games will dominate the ESPN family of networks, with the occasional FOX and CBS broadcast thrown in, before things begin to slow down with the buildup to the BCS National Championship game.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series is one of the sanctions steps toward the big time, and it's been announced that the development series will return to Richmond International Raceway for the third consecutive year in 2014.
Hunting before a major snowstorm blows in can be immensely productive because deer can sense it coming and will be up and moving. Hunting immediately after it clears out can also be excellent because deer will be hungry and getting up to feed after hunkering down during the storm.
LYNCHBURG -- The scoreboard read 56-14, Dinwiddie. The tears on the Sherando players' faces on the field after the game said how much it hurt to lose in Saturday's Class 4A state final, but there's no question the loss doesn't take away from a great year for the football team.
I'm sure that most people who know me are aware that I'm a die-hard Duke fan. I've never been shy about my love for Duke men's and women's basketball. However, when anyone would mention Duke's football team I would usually just laugh. This year, that's no longer the case.
As a child, Derek Pernesiglio sat in the stands at Islip Speedway in Long Island with his family, watching the races and dreaming of being part of the sport. Now as an adult, fans all over the country recognize him as the voice of NASCAR's K&N Pro Series.
Whitetails have consistent spots where they traditionally enact the "chasing" phase of courtship. By locating these chasing grounds and hitting them during the prime time when does are just about to come into estrous, you can be in the sweet spot for tagging a mature buck.