Fridays on the Fly: The Pure Line

first_imgI bet scads of anglers have walked on a bridge or on a high trail in the mountains, looked at the water far below, and wondered, Has anyone ever fished that? I often follow that with: There have to be some big lunkers down there, and It would be so cool to find out. One summer day, I was standing on the edge of a cliff looking down at such a place: the North Platte River in Wyoming’s Fremont Canyon.I knew the fishing upstream to be excellent, but I wanted to find out if it was even better down where no one could reach it. My friend, Doug Heggart, and I had had a blast fishing that morning. We’d double-hooked large trout with our tenkara rods and enjoyed an unusually windless day. Then, knowing of my other main passion, rock-climbing, Doug took me up the canyon. I peered down the sheer walls, my gaze going back and forth between potential climbing lines and the pools in the water below. There have to be some big lunkers down there, right?A year later, I recruited another friend, Steve Conrad, to return to Fremont Canyon and help me answer that question. Like me, Steve is a fly-fishing climber. Normally, my fly gear is as simple as it gets: a telescopic tenkara rod, line and fly. I leave the reel and other stuff behind in favor of this Japanese method of fly-fishing that I discovered and introduced to the US in 2009. But in order to fish Fremont Canyon, we also needed climbing ropes, and a decent amount of hardware, harnesses, climbing shoes… perhaps because my other activities are so gear-intensive, I keep my fly-fishing simple.Learn more about this Colorado fly fishing adventure in the June issue of our sister publication, Elevation Outdoors!last_img read more

Football News Lionel Messi Gets Injured, Barcelona Win Against Villareal In La Liga

first_imgBarcelona: Lionel Messi endured yet more injury frustration after going off at half-time against Villarreal but Barcelona gave their coach Ernesto Valverde some much-needed relief with a comfortable 2-1 victory. Messi received treatment in the first half for what looked like a problem with his left thigh and was then unable to continue after the interval, replaced by Ousmane Dembele on Tuesday. His withdrawal will be a major concern for Barca, particularly given this was Messi’s first start of the season after just recovering from a niggling calf injury sustained at the start of August.  After the match, Valverde struck a note of calm. “When something happens to Messi, everyone stops, not only on the field, but in the stands as well,” he said. “It is a small problem in the adductor and as a precaution we have decided not to risk it. In theory, it is nothing more but we will see tomorrow how it is.”   Barcelona visit Getafe in La Liga on Saturday before playing Inter Milan at home in the Champions League four days later. Certainly, they would have been eager to see Messi back in their line-up, having suffered a humbling 2-0 loss at newly-promoted Granada last weekend, a result that left them with seven points from five games, their worst start to a season since 1995. Also Read | The Best FIFA Football Awards: Lionel Messi, Megan Rapinoe Win Player Of The Year Awards They arrived at Camp Nou with doubts hovering, particularly over Valverde, but delivered a far more convincing win than the scoreline suggested, thanks to early goals from Antoine Griezmann, his third of the season, and Arthur Melo. “We are still far from our best but with matches everything will improve,” said Griezmann. On his own adaptation at Barcelona, he added: “It’s different. A different style of football, a different position. I knew it was going to be a challenge and it would take time. But I’m not too bad, right? Three goals. I can do better, yes, but I have to keep working.”   Also Read | Lionel Messi Says Would Be ‘Thrilled’ If Neymar Joins BarcelonaCazorla gives Villarreal hope  Santi Cazorla put Villarreal in touch on the stroke of half-time but in truth the visitors barely threatened thereafter, with Barcelona impressively composed when nerves might easily have taken over. It means Valverde’s side climb to fourth in the table, one point behind Real Madrid and level on points with Atletico Madrid, who both play on Wednesday. Villarreal’s encouraging start stalls a little as they drop to eighth.  Granada, who backed up their shock win over Barca with a 1-1 draw at Real Valladolid, top the table, although both Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid can move three points above them when they play their games on Wednesday. Barcelona started well, with Griezmann heading in after just six minutes, darting to the near post to flick home Messi’s floated corner. The pair shared a celebratory hug too.  Seven minutes later, there was a second and another goal almost from nothing. Arthur collected the ball 30 yards out and harpooned a shot straight past Sergio Asenjo and into the top right-hand corner. Messi, who won FIFA’s Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday, took treatment on the sideline just after the half-hour mark and Cazorla pulled one back soon after with a swerving effort from distance. The ball straightened as it flew, which fooled goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, on his way left towards the corner.  Dembele replaced Messi and the 16-year-old Ansu Fati came on for Luis Suarez with 12 minutes left. Fati twice went close but shot over and then wide. A third for Barca looked more likely than an equaliser for Villarreal.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

James Washington: ‘First Play Was a Tone-Setter’

first_img“It was a lot of fun,” said The President. “All week coach told us, ‘if we’re going to win the game, it’s going to be on the receivers’ and I think that’s exactly what it came down to tonight.”When the only person who can cool you off is you. pic.twitter.com/RpxO7KOOW4— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 17, 2016“I never once saw my teammates tense up. They handled it well. We ran back out there, and the defense had three great stops. We ended it with a win. James Washington had nine catches for 296 yards and two TDs on Saturday.I repeat. James Washington had 296 yards on Saturday. And his last catch came with eight minutes left in the 3rd quarter! Washington fell four yards short of the all-time single game OSU record for receiving yards (Adarius Bowman at Kansas in 2006), but it was still the best performance of his career by 96 yards. Here are the other 100-yard performances he has had.screen-shot-2016-09-17-at-11-12-59-pm“I felt great. That first play was a tone-setter,” said Washington of the 90-yard TD Rudolph threw to him on the first play. “Just to get that going and Mason’s confidence level rising and the defense sparking off of that I think was perfect for us.” Here’s that play. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more