I’ve never met a trout I didn’t like. And though I’m not sure how trout feel about me, I get to meet a lot of them in the Shenandoah Valley. From Alleghany to Rockbridge, the valley is home to wily brook trout, colorful rainbows and hard-to-fool browns. And fish are everywhere. Thin blue lines cross maps of the region in every direction.While it’s hard to go wrong looking for fishing spots, some are better than others. The ones below are my favorites. So grab your rod, belt on the waders and start casting.1. Smith CreekDirections: Take Interstate 64 exit 27 to Clifton Forge. From there, take a right on Route 60 into the town. Make your way through the town with a right on Commercial Avenue, a left on Revere Street then another quick right onto Route 606. Follow 606 until you bear right onto the water plant access road. When you have trout water like Smith Creek nearby, it’s hard to show up for work. The creek is dangerously easy to get to, has some beautiful fish and, for some reason, isn’t crowded.The Alleghany creek flows into the Jackson River near the headwaters of Virginia’s James River. It’s dammed a few miles above Clifton Forge, and trout runs from the reservoir mean fish are plentiful.A trip to Smith Creek gives you plenty of choices. You can test yourself against some bigger fish south of the dam, go after stocked trout in the creek north of the reservoir, or head farther upstream and hunt wild brook trout.If you’re chasing a big trout, park at the entrance to Clifton Forge water plant and hike the one-half mile downstream to the artificial lure only section. Here, you’ll find deep pools that shelter larger trout.Try dragging streamers like a Black Wooly Bugger near the bottom of these pools. An 8-foot leader and a longer rod will help your flies reach the fish.Upriver from the dam and reservoir, the Virginia game department stocks the creek. Here, the water narrows and provides fish with deep, well-shaded pools. In the spring, I’ve had success with a size 16 elk hair caddis or a 14 to 16 pheasant tail nymph.Fish here can be smaller, but there are bigger ones out there. On my last visit I nearly stepped on a 12-inch trout.Farther upstream, road access to the stream is limited and hatchery trucks can’t stock the water. In this section, you’ll find clear water and native brook trout.2. Guys RunDirections: From Interstate 81 take the Lexington exit. From there take Maury River Road (Route 39) through Goshen Pass. Shortly after the Boy Scouts camp, you’ll see the Guys Run access road on your left.If you’re looking to get away for an afternoon, grab your rod and head to Guys Run. The small brook gathers water from mountain streams in the Goshen-Little North Mountain Wildlife Management Area and carries it into the Maury River and out through Goshen Pass.The stream is a short hike from the access road. You can drive to the top of the access road and fish down, or park at the bottom and work your way upstream. Guys Run stays small, so you’ll be doing more hiking than casting.But even with the all the bushwhacking, fishing here is a blast. The small brook trout come out of nowhere and explode onto your flies.Sneak up on their smaller pools and throw a 16 to 18 Caddisfly or Blue Winged Olive. If you’ve made four casts and haven’t gotten a strike, it’s probably time to move on to the next pool.Brook trout here are smaller, but it’s possible to take a six to eight inch fish on a great day here. Best of all, I have yet to run into another fisherman while at Guys Run.3. Jackson River’s Hidden ValleyDirections:Take the Interstate 81 exit to Lexington, Va., then follow Route 39 west past Goshen and through Warm Springs to Route 621. Turn right on 621, then follow a Hidden Valley park sign and bear left onto Route 615. Stay on 615 until the road ends in a gravel lot. In addition to the state fishing license, you’ll need a national forest use permit to fish the Hidden Valley. In 1858, Judge James Warwick built his mansion in the Jackson River’s secluded Hidden Valley. The Warwick estate has been restored as bed-and-breakfast, and to this day it remains some of the only evidence of civilization in the Hidden Valley.Leave behind Warwick’s mansion, and you’ll find yourself with only a few trails and some of the best trout fishing in Virginia.After arriving at the Jackson, take the trail to the right and trek upriver. The initial stretch of the river is stocked regularly in the spring, but fished out quickly by spin casters with live bait.If it has been stocked recently, rainbow trout sit in deeper pools along the far side of the river. You can land one by wading out and throwing streamers like a number 9 Black Wooly Bugger. If you’re after risers, wait until near dusk when large numbers of mayfly spinners draw the fish to the surface. Try a Quill Gordon in March and April.But if you can resist the urge to start casting right away, keep hiking upstream to the suspension bridge and the artificial lure only section of the river. The farther upstream you get, the better the fishing. I spent my entire afternoon near Muddy Run without running into a single fisherman.In the special regulation area, holdover rainbow trout can grow as large as 20 inches. Fish in this part of the river enjoy the cooler water from springs that feed the Jackson. Wade out and feel for these cool spots, then start casting.Later in the summer, fishing in the Muddy Run area can be spotty. Anglers report that the game department has had trouble stocking in the past, and high water temperatures can limit fishing.4. St. Mary’s CreekDirections:Take I-81 exit 205 to Steele’s Tavern and turn right on Route 606. Follow 606 until it intersects with Route 11. Turn right at Steele’s Tavern onto Route 56 to Vesuvius. Cross the South River, and then make a left onto Route 68. Follow 68 as it makes a right and passes under a railroad trestle. Not far after the trestle hang a right onto St. Mary’s Road (Route 42). Follow St. Mary’s until it ends in a parking lot.Step into St. Mary’s and it’s easy to see why the river was once considered by many to be the best fly fishing spot on the East Coast. As the creek makes its way though one of the most scenic canyons in the state, it once provided ample populations of rainbow and native brook trout for anglers from all over the country.Unfortunately, mining in the canyon and acid rain have damaged the stream. As the pH dropped, trout population and the stream’s productivity suffered. In 1999 the game department helicoptered in 140 tons of limestone sand to help restore the water.Results have been promising. St. Mary’s now sports a large population of hardy brook trout, and has recovered much of its former productivity.The creek is a challenge to fish. The creek bottom is mostly quartz, and it’s easy to lose your footing on the slick rocks. Use the trail along the side of the river or expect to go hip boots over teakettle a couple of times. The brook trout are small and spook easily too.But if you can land a wild brook trout in St. Mary’s, the work is well worth it. Wild brook trout are the greatest treasure of the Shenandoah Valley.Catch them with precise casts to the vegetation-covered pools near the sides of the stream. I’ve had success with flies like a size 12 Elk Hair Caddis or a number 16 Adam’s Dry. Some anglers report success using smaller Copper John nymphs as well.St. Mary’s is best fished in the early and middle spring. Later in the season the stream’s water temperature rises and the water level drops.Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes too.5. Buffalo CreekDirections:Take I-81 to Lexington, then U.S. 11 south to Route 251 towards Lake Robertson. Once on 251 continue onto Route 677 and take a left at Route 612. The special regulation area runs upstream from 612. To fish Buffalo Creek, you need a free permit from the VDGIF. You can get one by sending a self-addressed and stamped envelope to Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 996 Verona, Va 24482.Buffalo Creek is an easygoing stream. It wanders through farms and pastures, gathering width as it collects water from springs in the area. The creek’s painless access right from the road welcomes anglers, and open spaces forgive errant casts. Most enticing, though, are the trout.Springs keep the water cool late into the summer, and the large numbers of insects keep Buffalo Creek’s trout well fed. The fish grow quickly, and it’s not uncommon to hook a 17-inch prize in this section. But because of the creek’s popularity, fish here tend to chuckle at poorly presented flies. You’ll have to work hard to land one.In the early spring, caddisfly hatches happen along the stream. Fishing smaller pools with a 16 to 20 Blue-Winged Olive or a 12 to 14 Quill Gordon is a safe bet.There are days on Buffalo Creek trout just won’t take dry flies. If you’re getting skunked, tie on a nymph and see if your luck improves.If you’re after a bigger fish, tie on a black streamer like Shenk’s Black Sculpin and head for some wider sections of the stream. You might end up with a trophy, but don’t be surprised if you come back empty-creeled.Large privately owned areas make fishing on Buffalo Creek complicated. Take note of posted signs; owners tend to take them seriously here.Related:
I spent a few days in Las Vegas recently and I learned a couple of things. First, I’m too old for Las Vegas. Gambling and drinking Redbull and vodka until 6am each morning doesn’t sit well with my constitution. I also learned that the road cycling in Vegas is stellar. Not just the desert scenery, but the in-town infrastructure. I rented a bike at a shop in the suburbs, then rode a greenway that paralleled the interstate for a solid 10 miles before hitting a four-lane highway that had the widest bike lane I’ve ever experienced. Then we got on the scenic loop through a national conservation area that had one-way traffic and massive shoulders for cyclists. I’ve never felt safer on a bicycle, and it made me wonder why the hell my own town, which actually has a reputation for adventure and some of the greatest road cycling routes in the world, is so far behind in terms of bike infrastructure. In some ways, it’s not fair to compare one city’s bike infrastructure to another’s—there are so many extenuating circumstances that surround a mile of greenway or bike lane–but damn. Can a brother get a greenway that actually goes somewhere? Or a bike lane on a busy road? I’d even settle for an ample shoulder.Sadly, the South in general is not known for its bicycle friendliness. I’d move, but the food here is too good. And so is the beer. The fried chicken in Vegas sucks. And the town has a serious lack of craft breweries. Bike lanes are great, but if they don’t connect a local IPA with a bowl of collard greens on the other side of town, what’s the point?And there’s no brewery that combines the South’s food and beer better than Fullsteam, out of Durham, North Carolina. The brewery has a mission to brew uniquely “southern beer” using as many local ingredients as they can get their hands on. You can get on their website and see the exact percentage of a beer that was grown locally. They have a sweet potato lager, a southern basil farmhouse ale, and this new IPA that uses locally grown sorghum.If you’re not familiar with sorghum, it’s a grain, like a cereal. A lot of the world eats it, but in America, we mostly use it as livestock feed. Except for in the South, where we also use it as a sweetener, because, you know, the South.Fullsteam’s Foxfire is unfiltered and aromatic as hell. It pours opaque and smells really tropical. It took me a while to pinpoint the exact fruit I was smelling, but eventually, it hit me: apricots. That same fruit is on the sip too, which is sweet but with a thin mouthfeel, so it doesn’t come off as saccharine. There’s an edge to it.It’s a hell of a spring IPA, and it proves yet again that Fullsteam is killing it. Every time I get ahold of something from Fullsteam I’m impressed. They manage to be different without being weird, and they’re nailing this whole “southern beer” thing without being over the top (they’re not putting fried chicken or collard greens in the kettle). Bravo Fullsteam. Now, if only I could safely ride my bike there from my house…
Apr 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Three more Egyptian children have tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, raising Egypt’s H5N1 case count to 32, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.One of the patients is a 4-year-old boy from Qena governorate, about 416 miles south of Cairo, whose 6-year-old sister was diagnosed with the disease on Mar 28, a WHO report said. He became ill Mar 26 and was hospitalized 3 days later.The other patients are a 7-year-old boy from Sohag governorate, about 250 miles south of Cairo, who got sick Mar 26 and was hospitalized Mar 29, and a 4-year-old girl from Qalubiea governorate, just north of Cairo, who developed symptoms Mar 29 and was hospitalized the next day, the WHO said.All the children had fevers and were being treated with oseltamivir, Reuters reported 2 days ago. The WHO described all as being in stable condition. Initial investigations showed that all had contact with dead birds; their contacts are under surveillance and appear healthy, the agency said.Ten of the Egyptians diagnosed so far this year have been children. Thirteen of the country’s 32 cases have been fatal.In other avian flu developments, heath officials in Indonesia announced yesterday that a second round of tests confirmed that two patients who died of suspected H5N1 illness—a 28-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man—did have the virus, Agence France-Presse reported.Last week Indonesia announced that five patients had positive preliminary tests for the H5N1 virus. The 28-year-old woman appears to be the central Jakarta patient whose Mar 28 death was announced by the health ministry on Mar 29. However, no 22-year-old man was mentioned in the reports of possible cases last week. (The only 22-year-old mentioned as a suspected H5N1 case last week was a female university student from southeastern Sumatra who died on Mar 24.)By the WHO count, Indonesia has had 81 H5N1 cases with 63 deaths. But since Jan 29, Indonesia has reported as confirmed at least nine cases (including the two today) that have not yet been recognized by the WHO, plus several more cases with initial positive tests.See also:Apr 2 WHO statement
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Follow these tips to get to the top of the rental queue.AS the end of school holidays gets closer and the streets start to fill back up with cars it surprises a lot of people to know that one section of the local property market will be closing out one of its busiest annual periods.January is harvest season in the rental world and with just over 2000 properties available in the 4005 and 4006 postcodes there is quite a lot for the hungry pack of tenants to chose from. The market is currently performing to the script with huge numbers of tenants, viewing and applying for properties across the city.The seasonal upswing is obviously driven by many transient tenants looking to lock in somewhere to live before the school year starts. This wave of prospective tenants is music to the ears of many inner city investors who faced extended vacancy periods and downward pressure on rents during 2017.The inner city market saw rents drop as much as 30 per cent and some properties sat on the market for well over 30 days.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Tenants will need to be fast, and prepared, to ensure they get their preferred property. It is quite common for 10 minute inspections to see people queued down the street and for properties to receive multiple applications. For tenants who are looking to secure a property here are a couple of tips to get your application to the top of the pile:1. Have pre-filled in applications, letters of reference and proof of income ready to be handed in. Most agencies have examples of their applications on their websites and the vast majority of application forms don’t change all that much from agency to agency.2. Have your employer and referee’s ready for the call. A sluggish response to the agents inquires can mean you’ll miss the boat.3. Present like the ideal tenant, be courteous and polite. Once you secure a property you and the property manger will have a working relationship, so it makes sense that they will present the application of the person they like more favourably to the owner.4. While property managers can’t ask for more than the advertised rent it is quite common for tenants to offer slightly more than the advertised rent to make their offer look more attractive. In some cases tenants even offer a lump sum advanced rent payment to edge out the competition. 5. Finally, January is hectic for Brisbane property managers, don’t shoot yourself in the foot by complaining about response times, it won’t help your chances.
Ocean Infinity has secured a contract from ExxonMobil for geophysical and geotechnical data acquisition within the Stabroek block offshore Guyana.The company will carry out high-resolution autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) survey, simultaneously deploying its AUVs in water depths of between 70 meters and 2150 meters over an area of approximately 3,100 square kilometers.The company recently expanded its AUV fleet, and through innovation in battery technology sees this award as testament to its efforts to use sustainable technology to gather information.Paul Helmore, Ocean Infinity’s CCO, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting ExxonMobil in Guyana with our advanced data acquisition technology, to help them identify and evaluate seabed conditions on the Stabroek Block. Our innovative use of sustainable, low-impact technology will support their development of the acreage and ultimately to meet the region’s growing energy demand. This contract award is further evidence of Ocean Infinity’s ability to provide pioneering, eco-friendly solutions to major players within the energy sector.”
35 Views no discussions Tweet Share Food & DiningLifestyle On A Budget? 5 Ways to Eat Ramen for Dinner. by: – July 19, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share Veggie Ramen Times are tight, budgets are pinched. We had two dollars left in our food budget on Tuesday of last week, so I buzzed to the store and bought the only thing I could think of. Ramen. At 17 cents a package, ramen has to be the best food deal out there.And, it’s a fun deal, too. Because a packet of ramen isn’t just soup waiting to be made. It’s actually a blank canvas ready to be turned into art. Here are 10 super-simple ways to pimp out your ramen and make it into a simple, satisfying dinner.1. Veggie Ramen (pictured above) . Toss a tablespoon of butter into a skillet. Add 2 tablespoons each of thinly-sliced carrots, frozen green beans, frozen white corn, and edamame. Cook just until softened. Add a packet of Pork Ramen, 2 cups of water, and cook until the noodles are cooked through, about 6 minutes. Add seasoning packet. Serve and enjoy.2. Egg Foo Ramen. In a small bowl, whisk an egg with 1 tablespoon of water until well beaten. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour egg into the water, then add the noodles. Cook just until tender. Season with seasoning packet. Garnish with sliced green onions.3. Chinese Chicken Salad. Shred 1/4 a head of cabbage, 1 breast of chicken, and 1/4 white onion. Add 1 package of crushed Chicken-flavored Ramen. In a small bowl, whisk together the seasoning packet, 2 tablespoons of oil, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Toss dressing into salad, serve and enjoy.4. Ham Fried Ramen. A simple take on Fried Rice, cook a packet of Pork Ramen until the noodles are tender. Drain completely. In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 1 tablespoon olive oil until sizzling. Add 1/4 cup diced ham and 1/4 cup of frozen peas & carrots to the oil. Immediately toss in the noodles. Crack an egg into the mixture and stir until well cooked and distributed around the noodle mixture. Season with soy sauce, garnish with a handful of diced green onions.5. Parmesan Ramen. Cook a packet of ramen noodles. Save the flavoring packet for another day. Once the noodles are cooked, drain the water from them completely. Top with a pat of butter, a bit of freshly-shredded parmesan, and some chopped parsley.by Babble.com
The Indiana Football Coaches Association has released their 2016 Football All-State Teams from 1A-6A.Area Football players earning All-State Honors include.Class 1A. North Decatur. Kyle Kramer-DL. Corbin House-OL. Junior. South Decatur. Damon Allen-RB.Class 2A. Milan. Michael Offill-DB. Zac Minnich-WR. Junior.Class 3A. Lawrenceburg. Austin Bowling-RB. Mason Parris-LB. Junior.Greensburg. Dylan Cain-DL.Class 4A. East Central. Chase Sutherland-DL. Sid Fox-LB. Dillon Watkins-DB.Franklin County. Alex Ripperger-TE. Jonathon Hagerty. James Tucker-DB. Junior.Tyler Selm-Franklin County has made The IFCA Top 50.
BATESVILLE, Ind. — Kiwanis Carnival is coming to Downtown Batesville.Carnival-goers will soon enjoy thrill rides and the aroma of burgers, funnel cakes, and caramel corn filling the downtown air starting May 11 when the Batesville Kiwanis host their Family Carnival at the Village Green.The carnival provides great family entertainment and a fun way to support the Kiwanis and their many projects in giving back to the community throughout the year.
Men’s Soccer Team Remains Unbeaten in Road Matches Share Sept. 16, 2007Box ScoreSELMA, Ala. – In their fifth away match of the young season, the West Florida Men’s Soccer team won their seventh straight overall, with a 5-2 win at Concordia-Selma. The Argonauts faced the Hornets in a non-division match and dominated the contest at the Bloch Baseball Park, in Selma, Alabama, to improve to 7-1 for the season.In the beginning of the first half, both teams were playing tentative and trying to get to know their opponents game plan. At the twenty minute mark, the Hornets fouled an Argonauts player inside the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Senior forward Keith Savage was not successful with the penalty kick attempt; however, a few minutes later Savage scored on a rebound shot after sophomore midfielder Nikola Kljaic’s shot was deflected by the Hornets keeper.In the beginning of second half it seemed like the Argonauts would roll past the Hornets as Junior forward Jay Mainville shots was blocked, but as the Hornets defender tried to clear, he failed an UWF scored an own goal. However, the Hornets bounced right back, scoring two goals in the next five minutes to tie the match at 2-2.At the sixty minute mark, Junior midfielder Rafael Segal took an amazing shot, hitting both the right and top posts in the upper corner before it entered the goal, and gave the Argonaut’s the 3-2 lead.Head Coach Bill Elliott substituted most of the starters, playing with the “B” team. Every single player showed to have the skills and capacity to play in the starting position, as they controlled the action against the Hornets. At minute 65, Freshman midfielder Ben Woodland, assisted by Savage, scored a goal after a combination of nice passes.The fifth and last goal of the game came at around eighty-six minutes, when Freshman forward Curtis Brashear, assisted by Junior midfielder Matt Brooks, scored on the keeper’s breakaway to give the Argonauts the final goal of the 5-2 victory.West Florida will have twelve days until returning to action to face Gulf South Conference opponent, Ouchita Baptist, at the UWF Soccer Complex on Friday Sept 28 at 5:00 pm CT. That same day, the Women’s Soccer team will also take on Ouachita Baptist at 7:30 pm CT. Fans can follow the action with “Live Stats” at goargos.com on the Men’s and Women’s Soccer home page. (By Gui Amaral Jasmin) Print Friendly Version