Thursday, October 9, 2014


Bear River's senior powder puff football team scored on an 80 yard run on their first play from scrimmage and looked as if it was going to be a blowout. The juniors tightened up their defense and forced the game into sudden death. The senior class did score in OT while the juniors did not. The final score was 28-21.

The junior team moved the ball on the ground but the fans were most impressed with their passing game while the seniors ran a traditional Wing-T offense.

Both teams wore matching black shirts due to an ordering mishap so when looking at the photos the junior team has the blue duct tape.

I'm not sure who was running the game clock but it seemed to run when it shouldn't have. Also the two boys in the photo below were smoking at the game. Really?

These two boys brought their own puff to the Powder Puff game.

The 2014 contest was a great game.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Game Changer fly

Arriving at the banks of the Truckee River at 7;30 am with anticipation of a big brown was a let down. My fishing buddy Doug and I fished the Game Changer fly for six hours without a fish. We did not stop swinging the new concept in fly fishing which was created by  Blane Chocklett. While we did not hook up, the fly swims perfect in the water. I have fished streamers for years. But none that has action like this. 

 Doug swinging his fly through a deep pool.

The recent rains as well as the cool nights have helped lower the river's temperature but it is still very low. The exposed rocks are normally submerged.

 The morning was cold and windy but the by 11am we took off our jackets.

 The sun was so warm Doug fished only in his waders.

Monday, October 6, 2014


On Wednesday, October 8th at 7pm the Bear River High School seniors will look to defeat the juniors in the annual Powder Puff football game. This battle on the gridiron is always one of the highlights during Homecoming week at all high schools across the country.

The game's format is 11 senior girls who will compete against 11 junior girls in flag football. The teams are coached by varsity football players and It is not uncommon to also see some very uncommon cheer routines.

Historically the seniors win the game.

Previous game photos

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


The Band-tail pigeon is on the migratory move and for a brief period they can be seen in Nevada County. The photo above (see inside the red circle) was taken in Alta Sierra Ca. ( 9/29/2014).

The Band-tailed Pigeon ranges from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and southern Arizona south in higher elevations through Mexico and Central America to northern Argentina. In autumn it migrates out of its permanent resident range into northern California, New Mexico, and parts of Utah and Colorado. It is found at altitudes from 3,000 to 12,000 ft, generally in oak, pine-oak, and coniferous forests. It feeds on seeds, notably acorns.

It is the biggest pigeon in North America, measuring 13 to 16 in long and weighing 7.9–18.2 oz). The plumage is gray, somewhat darker above. The head and underparts have a faint pink cast, especially in the adult male; the belly is nearly white. The distal half of the tail is also pale. The bill and feet are yellow, good identification marks at sufficiently close range. Adults have green iridescence on the back of the neck, adjacent to a thin white collar on the nape. Juvenile birds have white feather edges above, giving a scaly appearance.

Monday, September 29, 2014


2,000 feet below Highway 4 there laid a few hungry trout who call The Stan home. The adventure as one that I may never do again as the hike to the waters edge took 45 minutes while the walk out took almost three hours. It was hot and very dry.

 This is one of the many rainbows that took to the fly that day.

The rugged shore line made for very torturous walking when trying to get into position to cast.

Friday, September 26, 2014


Bear River's two QB offense played well in the first half led by David O'Brien's feet and Jason Voter in the air. The Bruins defense dominated the line of scrimmage in their 14-7 win over Escalon coming out of their bye week.

Bear River scored at the 9:18 mark on their opening drive when Jason voter to John Voter from the 27 yard line. Ben Olena's kick was no good for a 6-0 Bruin lead.

On the Bruins second possession the Bruins QB Obrien was sent to bench due to a left arm injury after leading the offense to a first and goal at the two. A series of penalties gave BR a 3rd and goal from the 37 yard line. Bruin QB Voter threw an errant pass which was picked off at the 2:17 mark in second. But again the defense made the needed stop.

Bear River 6 and Escalon 0 at the end of first quarter. 

Bear River safety Dave Mastrella intercepted an Escalon pass at the 11:24 mark in the second quarter which led to another John Voter touchdown from the two yard line.  Moving the score to 12-0 Bruins with 6:53 to play in the half. The Bruins went for a two point conversion where O'Brien threw a strike from the 23 yard line to O'Lena after multiple Bear River penalties moved the try back from the three yard line. 

Escalon looked as if they were poised to score their first touchdown of the contest when BR defensive lineman Jimmy Vaughn made two key stops inside the Bruin 10 yard line with less than 2 minutes to play in the half. Each team had one additional opportunity to score before intermission but as the midway horn sounded it was the Bruins that held a 14-0 lead. 

The Bruins offense sputtered in the third quarter as BR's wildcat QB O'brien remained on the sidelines. 

Escalon got on the board off a Jason Voter pick 6 with nine minutes to play in the game. The interception was Voter's third of the game. 

The Fourth quarter was not any better for the host team as their offensive whoas of not being able to run the ball continued.  Escalon on the other had took the ball from their own 30 yard line and marched down the field to the BR 20 but a series of penalties moved them back to the 50. Followed by a QB sack by Vaughn pushed Escalon back another 6 which took the wind out of the visitors sails. 

The Bruins took over on downs with 1:41 to but did not pick up a first down. Escalon got the ball with 19 seconds on their own 20. They got off a couple of plays but the clock ran out. 

The Bruins travel to Eureka next Friday where they will take on the Loggers. 


The fishing was slow but the scenery as you can see was worth the effort.