Outdoors

Rainfall causing scheduling issues for fishing guides

May 25, 2016

Pervasive rainfall in the area over the past few months has been making life difficult for guide services in the region. While trout fishing across the valley is still being considered good by guides, they say they have had scheduling problems.

Gerald Almy: Fish tandem rigs to boost your catch

Gerald Almy

May 23, 2016

Easing quietly up to the brush pile, I reached out with the 9-foot fly rod and dropped a pair of small jigs down next to the cover. Waiting patiently, I held the rod steady for several seconds, and then twitched the jigs twice.

Recreation Notes

May 17, 2016

The Rotary Club of New Market and the Shenvalee Golf Course have announced winners of the first annual Up the Creek 5K race on May 14 at the Shenvalee.

Gerald Almy: Tricks for judging size of a bear

May 16, 2016

Many western states and Canadian provinces offer spring and early summer bear hunting. If you’re planning to try such an adventure, here are some tips on how to judge the size of bears.

Public turns out to clean up streams

May 12, 2016

The cleanups of portions of Stony and Mill creeks that took place Saturday were a success, said Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Police Officer Owen Heine.

Gerald Almy: Catch Lake Moomaw’s trophy trout

Gerald Almy

May 9, 2016

Cruising slowly toward the dam on western Virginia’s Moomaw Lake, we could see trout swirling on the surface chasing alewives. Then suddenly a rod bowed deep. My partner grabbed it and minutes later deftly slipped the net under a 3-pound brown trout.

Craig Murto: May means Indianapolis

Craig Murto

May 4, 2016

While race fans debate the merits of the Talladega NASCAR crashfest, the racing world prepares for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500.

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.

Day of fishing planned for wounded veterans

May 1, 2016

A day of trout fishing for wounded veterans and their families is scheduled for Saturday, May 7. Project Healing Waters, a program that helps take wounded veterans fishing is putting on the event. Donating fishing spots, gear and time is Levi Pitcock of Double Spur Outfitters.

Gerald Almy: Best seeds to plant for summer food plots

April 22, 2016

If you planted food plots early this year or last fall, they are likely thriving now. Those include clover and alfalfa fields that give whitetail deer, bears, turkey, rabbits, and geese lots of good forage to munch on during March and April.

Gerald Almy: How the pros deal with quiet gobblers

Gerald Almy

April 18, 2016

When gobblers won’t talk, expert turkey hunters such as Jim Clay, Rob Keck, Kelly Cooper, and Will Primos have a number of tricks and strategies they turn to. Here are six tactics they’ve demonstrated to me on hunts from Alabama to New York for coping with quiet toms.

First turkey

Lisa Carroll, 11, of Fort Valley, shot her first turkey with guide Tim Lutz in Toms Brook on Saturday.  Courtesy photo

April 13, 2016

Lisa Carroll, 11, of Fort Valley, shot her first turkey with guide Tim Lutz in Toms Brook on Saturday. Courtesy photo

Recreation Calendar

April 5, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held:
Running clinic
Dr. Mark Cucuzella, a professor

Gerald Almy: Two tactics for freshwater stripers

Gerald Almy

April 4, 2016

It was a cold, gray day on Virginia’s Smith Mountain Lake. It was hard to believe the calendar said it was spring. My face and hands were chilled in spite of all the cold-weather clothing I was wearing.

LFCC to host Wits for Wellness 5K

March 30, 2016

Lord Fairfax Community College hosts the third annual Wits for Wellness 5K walk/run on April 16, as well as the second annual Kids Fun Run.

Recreation Calendar

March 29, 2016

The following are some of the area recreational events that are being held: