Wednesday, October 31, 2012


If you have ever spent the day standing in ice cold water while wearing waders then you will know what this is all about.

Hank Patterson is very funny especially if you know a thing or two about fly fishing. This episode is alo funny to those who have never had waders on. What is not funny about peeing yourself.


Bear River High School's Varsity and JV girls volleyball teams win the Pioneer Valley League Championship.

The Varsity team (25-12, 9-1) defeated Colfax in straight sets on Tuesday which ends their regular season with a share of the title with Placer. Sara Schell led the team with 18 Kills, 1 Error, 2 Aces, 17 Receptions. Click here for The Union Newspaper's coverage.

This is the second consecutive PVL title for the Varsity team.

Click here for BR's Varsity team statistics.


Playoff brackets will be released Sat. Nov. 3 at 12:30 p.m. and will be posted HERE.

NSCIF PLAYOFFS: Division II and III November 6 &13, 2012 
                               Division IV, V, and VI      November 6, 13, & 15, 2012 

NSCIF CHAMPIONSHIP      November 17, 2012     (All Divisions at Red Bluff High School)
NORCAL CHAMPIONSHIPS    November 20, 24, 27, 2012 (Divisions I-V)  
STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS    December 1, 2012  (Divisions I-V)  


The Junior Varsity team also defeated the Falcons on Tuesday to keep their record perfect at 10-0 in the PVL which also earned them the title.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


The single family real estate market has limited inventory in the under $200,000 price range. How many are there? 48 in total.

The overall market in Nevada County has 356 single family homes for sale which is very few.

What does this mean for the market looking forward? It is simple supply and demand. The supply is historically low right now and demand is rising. Prices should move higher over the longer term.

Over the shorter term we are waiting to see what the government does with their pending short sale tax law change. Banks and short sales have provided a lot of inventory to the market place over the past few years and most people who have struggled to pay their mortgage have cleaned their balance sheets. If there is no incentive to sell your home below the note value many will hold on to the property.

If Nevada County's single family home supply does not increase we shall see continued price strengths on lower sales volume.

This is a great time to trade up to a larger or higher quality home. Prices are still low, loan rates are low so if you have a home which would sell for less than $200,000 and you can afford to purchase a home above $300,000 now is the time to act. Homes which are priced above $300,000 are staying on the market twice as long or more.

In conclusion, if you have good credit with recorded income, we have hit the bottom and you have a very good chance of building equity over the near and longer term.

Scott Hopper - Realtor, 530-477-2277

"If you enjoy reading my blog, please keep me in mind when you or a friend needs a real estate professional"

Monday, October 29, 2012


Today's Deal of the Day is a 3 bedroom 2 bath short sale home on a level half acre lot in Alta Sierra.

The address is 17639 Penny Court.

The price is $147,000

Here is the what you will need to know.... $150,000.00 purchase price. If the home qualifies. 

$150,000.00 purchase, FHA
3.5% Down $5250.00
Principle and interest  $661.37
Ins Estimate  $66.34
Taxes Estimate $ 156.25
Mortgage Insurance $150.78

Total Payment per month $1034.74, this is at a  3.5% rate with approximately $1800.00 lender credit towards closing costs.

Scott Hopper - Realtor, 530-477-2277

"If you enjoy reading my blog, please keep me in mind when you or a friend needs a real estate professional"


If you have ever fly fished then you know how different it is compared to casting spinning gear or bait fishing. The gear is different, the outfit is different, the vocabulary is different and so are the people. 

When did a bobber become a strike indicator anyway. The humorous video below with Hank Patterson will help you with the Lingo!

While I have never fished with Patterson, he very well could be one of the most knowledgeable fly fishers in the country, not that you would ever know it by watching this video.

Fly fishing is a lot fun and once you get the hang of it you will catch fish.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


 He sat in the same spot and did no move for over an hour. When I say he did not move, I mean did not move.


The Bear River Junior Bruins Peewee team found itself somewhere on Saturday afternoon where it never had been before. Not only did they make it to the playoffs which no BRJB Peewee team had done before, they were playing  in Division I. This is where the top two teams in the North and South leagues square off to see who is the top team.

Bear River fell 45-15 to the bigger, faster team of Franklin, who has not lost all season and their closest contest was 22-0.

Franklin jumped out to a 30-8 halftime score. The Bruins got on the board when Calder Kunde completed a pass to Josiah Cregar which went for a 40 yard TD.

The other Bear River score was on a pass play from Cregar to Jaden Gravatt.

Franklin's offense was stopped only one time by the BR defense. Franklin also scored off a Bruin on side kick.

Graet Season BRJB Peewee players, coaches and parents.


Bear River Little League's Major fall baseball team won the Fall baseball tournament over Penn Valley by a score of 10-6 in the fifth inning due to a hard stop.

BR moved through their Fall Classic without dropping a single game. Both teams played solid baseball. Nathan Van Patten was chosen as the teams offensive MVP, David Aldrich was awarded MVP for defense and Reid Zoldan was MVP pitcher.

Penn Valley was led by their catcher Rueckert who went double, homerun and a double.

Penn Valley dropped Grass valley in the semi-final. Grass Valley stranded 12 base runners in that game.

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Paul Brown and myself called the game for Touchdown Productions at Del Oro High School on Friday night which was a high scoring affair with 80 total points scored.

Thank you Gil and Paul it was a ton of fun. See you next Friday for the Placer versus Center football game.


Cole Hannum could have helped the Miners this season but the CIF said no! While the Miners took a big blow tonight when they fell to Del Oro by a score of 45-35 which will most likely keep them from the post season. This was the second big blow of the day for the program.

The first was the CIF's ruling of Cole Hannum's appeal. Which also ended in a loss.

Hannum lost a season, a chance to play the game and possibly a chance at playing at the next level.

This was a case where adults took something from a child.


The two undefeated team Bear River and Grass Valley took to the field on Friday night at Condon Park to see who would maintain control of the winners bracket. The loser would play again on Saturday to take on the winner of the consolation game between Penn Valley and Nevada City.

Nathan Van Patten led Bear River to a 15-7 victory by going 4 for 4 with two doulbes and two singles. Ethan Warner started and pitched three innings on the mount for BR giving up two Grass Valley runs earning the win.

Bear River turned a 4-3 double play by David Aldrich to Josh Howser in the first to get Warner out of an early jam in the first inning.

Justin D went 2 for 4 with a walk for GV while Kyle C started the game for Grass Valley giving up three for the loss.


The Miners needed a win at Del Oro tonight to stay in the hunt for the playoffs but it was a tale of two halves and the first one could not be over come falling 45-35.

At halftime Nevada Union trailed 42-15 as the Miners did not have a defensive stop and they gave up huge yardage to the Golden Eagles running back. They had many penalties and failed to score two extra point kicks. Nothing was going their way.

The second half it was the other way around, except the Miners continued to see the yellow flags.

Kyle Cota had a very good second half finding Jake Berger, Austin Marks and Ian Davis in the passing game. The Miners had a difficult time running the ball other than one long play which went for a touchdown by Tanner Vallejo. 

The Miners trailed by 10 with a little less than three minutes on the clock when they kicked an on side kick which they recovered. They got the ball to the 20 yard line but they were called for a 15 yard penalty which gave made it 3rd and 26. The costly penalties killed the drive and their hopes for a heroic comeback.

Next up for the Miners is the undefeated Granite Bay Grizzlies who will enter Hooper Stadium on Friday night for NU's senior night without a Sierra Foothill loss. 

Friday, October 26, 2012


Clay Hash will be putting on a Lower Yuba River Switch Rod & Light Spey School. Sunday Oct. 28th starts at 9am. The information packed class is begin headed by Grass Valley's #1 fly shop - Reel Anglers.

This school is for those anglers that are looking to take their angling skills to a new level. You will learn how to present casts form both sides of the river and the tactics to make fishing a switch rod & light spey successful. 

The work shop includes booklets for you to take home with 
you. We'll provide a BBQ lunch, snacks and beverages so you won't go hungry or thirsty. We will have rods for you to use if you don't have one. 

All you will need is an attitude to learn, boots, waders, and your fishing license and Steelhead report card. We will not be fishing but you will need to have your licenses. 

The cost is $120 per attendee.
We will meet at Hammond Grove Park. If you would like to expand on your angling skills please contact Tom Page at Reel Anglers Fly Shop. 530-477-5397


Tonight very well could be a do or die game for the Miners football team as they travel to take on Del Oro as the loser of tonight's game may not make the playoffs.

Del Oro comes into the game at 3-5 overall and 2-1 in the Sierra Foothill League while Nevada Union  is 5-3 and 2-1 in the league.

Both teams have played Woodcreek and Roseville this season which resulted in blow outs. Combined scores of the contest were 62-14 for DO while NU delivered 97-26.

The Miners have gained 1700+ yards throwing the ball and 1200+ on the ground while 800+ in the air and 1200 on the ground.

The Miners enter tonight's game with a better offense that the Golden Eagles but the home team has a stingier defense. This should be a well matched game between rivals and there is definitively a lot riding on the game.

Click here for the SFL standings.

Click here for the SFL stat leaders.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for a replay of tonight's game. Paul Brown and myself will be calling the game for Touchdown Productions as their Game of the Week.

Rocklin vs Nevada Union 2012 by Touchdown Productions

Thursday, October 25, 2012


Here is the article in the Auburn Journal that started it all. I pulled the meat and pasted it below.

After sweeping rival Colfax for the second time this season, Placer setter Kirstin Shauble was feeling pretty confident.
The senior predicted that her Lady Hillmen will sweep Bear River Thursday night to win the Pioneer Valley League championship.
“I’ll put money on it,” she said.
Schauble was equally confident on the court Friday, using some razzle-dazzle to record 18 assists as Placer swept Colfax 25-11, 25-19, 25-17 at Earl Crabbe Gym to remain unbeaten in PVL play.

It may not be the best thing to call out your opponent prior to the game especially to a newspaper which is also read by your rival.

The gymnasium was hostile and it was clear the Lady Bruins read Shauble's words and did not appreciate it.

The Placer setter was correct though there was a sweep in favor of the Bear River. The games were very close including a come from behind win in the third set. 

Bear River's coach Matt McDonald said we can not look past Colfax. If the Lady Bruins can defeat Colfax and Placer wins its final game they will share the PVL title.


Bear River won the first set. Dropped the second and won the third. The video of match point is below. The video is a little rough as I was sitting a little to close to the action, sorry about that.


The nights only loss was a well fought three game match in which Placer was victorious.

In the first game Bear River stayed close at 13 all but fell 25-15.

In game two the Lady Bruins led 14-12, 18~14, 20~18 but the Hillgals knotted the score at 22-22 and took the lead at 23~22. Bear River scored the next three to win 25~23.

The third and final game was also close but Placer pulled in front at 8-5 which gave them a lead which they held onto to the end as they won 15-12.


The rain stopped and the fields dried up but one was double booked.

The Bear River vs Nevada City Little League post season tournament game was moved to Pioneer Park in Nevada City as the Bear River major's field was booked. The last minute change did not affect BR as they were victorious while playing on the road by a score of 10-8.

Nevada City is back on the diamond at Condon Park at 5:30 to take on Penn Valley who fell to Grass Valley 7-6 while Bear River will play GV at 7:30 also at Condon.

I got a note from a parent who attended the game...

Reid started off pitching then Zane, Matthew and David. Nc scored 5 in the bottom of first. We got 4 in top of 3. We scored 2 more in top of 4. They scored 2 more bottom of 4. We scored 4 top of five. Game was called after 5 innings due to 2 hour hard stop We prevailed due to excellent base running with low hitting on both teams. I know josh had a big hit.

Porter Elliott threw for Grass Valley in their win.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Bear River's All League Runners

Mary Nattrass and Alex Coffman lead the Bruins to a great afternoon of racing at the final Pioneer Valley League Meet at 12 Bridges in Lincoln.  

The day started off with the frosh / soph girls where Angeline Oliveri lead the group with an 8th place finish covering the 1.75 mile course in a time of 13:18.  Next up was the frosh / soph boys where Freshman Patrick Gillis lead the Bruins with a 5th place finish in a time of 11:02 for 1.75 miles.  

The event of the afternoon was the girls varsity race where Bear River and Placer squared off for the title of League Champion.  Leading the charge was Senior Captain Mary Nattrass who was going for the clean sweep of all three league races.  She did not disappoint as she blew the 5K field away in a time of 20:24 to take home the title of individual Pioneer Valley League Champion.

  Strong races were also turned in by Sierra Mitchell (6th place) and Kimmy Pugel (7th place) which earned them All-League honors.  

Even with the remaining Lady Bruins all placing in the top 25, Cecilia Malik (11th place), Hallie Pettitt (15th place), Jessica Meylor (23rd place) and Rachel Olsen (24th place), they were narrowly edged by Placer and took home 2nd place overall.  

The evening closed with the boys varsity which pitted some of the fastest runners in the Sac-Joaquin section against each other.  Leading the charge for the Bruins was Senior Alex Coffman, who continues to make his case for a berth to the State Meet.  He raced the 5K course in a time of 16:49 for a 4th place finish overall and All-League honors.  

Wrapping up league competition, the Bruins now get ready for the Race-To-State.  The next two weeks will feature races at the Sac-Joaquin Sub-Sections Meet at Frogtown in Angels Camp and the Sections Meet at Willow Hill Course at Folsom High School.


With all the chatter lately about the snow in the local mountains and the opening of the ski hills, Bear River's senior class could not have timed their ski swap any better. 


On Wednesday, the Commerce Department reported that new home sales have jumped 27.1% over this time last year. On a month-to-month basis, September sales of new homes increased 5.7% over August to reach an annualized rate of 389,000 units, the highest level since April 2010 when sales were boosted by a first-time homebuyer tax credit.
In addition, the median price of a new home has risen 11.7% from a year ago. Overall, U.S. home prices have jumped 4.6%  compared to a year ago, the biggest increase in six years. Home prices are also up 0.3% from last month, topping six straight months of gain.

Sounds great, right? But, wait, there’s still more positive economic news:
  • Consumer confidence, another key economic benchmark, is at its highest in 5 years. Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s October consumer sentiment index increased to 83.1, the peak level since before the Great recession started.
  • Not only are sales and prices up, but Bloomberg reports that U.S. home values also increased 1.3% in Q3, the biggest gain since 2006.
  • Builders are responding to the uptick in housing by breaking ground on single-family homes and apartments at the most rapid pace in four years. Home construction companies are also requesting the most building permits in four years, an indication of their confidence in housing recovery – and a sign that another unemployment drop might be around the corner. Each completed home creates an average of three jobs for a year and generates about $90,000 in tax revenue, according to the National Association of Home Builders.


The Bear River Junior Bruins will host four first round games on Saturday (Oct. 27, 2012) at Bear River High School, one of which is their own PeeWee team who will play the Division's top Seeded Franklin.

The day's action is listed below.

Game 1 - Junior PeeWee, game time 1:30 P.M.  Teams - Placer 3rd seed vs Capital Christian the 4th seed.

Game 2 - PeeWee, game time 3:30 P.M.  Teams - Franklin 1st seed vs Bear River the 2nd seed.

Game 3 - Junior Midget, game time 5:30 P.M.  Teams - Franklin 3rd seed vs Roseville the 4th seed.

Game 4 - Midget, game time 7:30 P.M.  Teams - Franklin 3rd seed vs Placer the 4th seed.

Good luck BR!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


While there are five team entering into the Little League Fall Ball fall classic which begins tomorrow there are two clear standouts.

Bear River is a front runner while the Sierra Foothill team can not be counted out. Both will enter the post season tournament with only one regular season loss which was delivered by each other. BR and SF enter the contest with older and more experienced teams which will benefit their clubs as the games get tight.

The age limit for the Little League field (46 foot pitching rubber and 60 foot bases) is for players who will be no more than 12 prior to May 1st 2012. Which allows players to play in the Little League Division of Majors in the spring of 2013.

Players who are 13 or older by that same date should play in the Juniors division which plays on a full sized baseball field.

Nevada City, Grass Valley and Penn Valley leagues have been competitive with each other all season.

I see the older teams doing well as Saturday's final closes in with Sierra Foothill or Bear River winning in the end.

I will do my best to keep you up to date as to the results of the contests. Please contact me with results so we can share the excitement.


While many of us heard about the tornado which landed in the Lake of the Pines area of Grass Valley California, a local resident Erika Daley caught it on video.

The timing could not have been worse as the twister knocked out power to many homes which did not make San Francisco Giants fans, debate enthusiasts or Monday Night Football fans to happy.

Monday, October 22, 2012


While the Tigers and Giants play in the MLB World Series, Grass Valley, Bear River, Nevada City, Sierra Foothill and Penn Valley's Little League Fall-Ball teams will participate in a double elimination post season tournament which also gets underway on Wednesday on a diamond near you.

The schedule is as follows...

Game 1 - 10/24 530 @ BR,  Nevada City vs Bear River
Game 2 - 10/24 530 @ PV, Sierra Foothill vs Penn Valley

Game 3 - 10/25 500 @ GV, Grass Valley vs Winner Game 1
Game 4 - 10/25 730 @ GV, Loser game 1 vs Loser game 2

Game 5 - 10/26 500 @ GV, Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 3
Game 6 - 10/26 730 @ GV, Winner Game 4 vs Loser Game 3

Game 7 - 10/27 1200 @ GV, Winner Game 6 vs Loser Game 5
Game 8 - 10/27 300 @ GV, Winner Game 5 vs Winner Game 7

Game 9 - If Needed - TDB



The 8th Grade Magnolia Lady Rattlers claimed the 2012 Nevada County Tournament Championship in a come from behind victory over the Lyman Gilmore Bombers 32-28. 

 After trailing by as much as 14 points early in the third quarter, the Rattlers turned up the heat defensively which turned into points on the offensive end. The Bombers were focused on stopping offensive leaders Ashley Albee and Summer Brown, but Grace Sypnicki, 6 points, Kaylee Guerra 6 points, and Kaity Nat, 5 points, stepped up big and knocked down key baskets throughout the game. 

 The Rattlers caught the Bombers with about 3 minutes to go in the game when Sypnicki knocked down 2 huge free throws and a key basket, followed by Guerra hitting the next clutch basket to provide the separation the Rattlers needed for the win. 

Vivian Hamilton played a big role providing energy and defense late in the game. Albee led the Rattler offense with 9 points, 3 of which were 4th quarter free throws and tough defense throughout the game. 

Brown scored six points and grabbed some key rebounds. Alyssa Pulkinghorn scored 2 points to round out the scoring. Other team members in the tournament championship drive were Claire Boller, Sarah Brennan, Katie Edie, Ellie McCrea, and Brittany Mouck.


Get ready, the fall rains are not that far off.

With the advent of the winter rains, all rivers begin to rise and head downhill to the ocean.
When a river’s CFS (cubic feet per second) flow is moving up, it is a great time to put your rain coat to the test.

You better move in quick or you may just miss the best opportunity to hook a nice steelhead.  Once the river is blown out (the river is too fast to fish)  you may need to wait weeks before the river begins to fall to a fishable level.

Here is a link to Dreamflows, where you can track your favorite river’s flow;
I have found through trial and error, that steelhead feed more aggressively when its home begins to flood rather than wane.

When  I’m going to do some serious steelhead fishing, I look for rain. Not just a sprinkle, but a real hard gully washing rain. I prefer the first winter storm of the season, but the theory holds true most of the time.  When your favorite steelhead river is moving from low and clear to off color and rising, a few things happen.
Most larger food sources (larger bugs and small fish) are dislodged from cover (rocks or wood) and pushed out into the open by the ever increasing flow, thus creating easy opportunities for the rivers larger fish to attach.
The larger fish will not just move out into the open to feed just because it sees a dislodged meal. The Steelie needs the rain to break up the waters surface, thus creating a ceiling for which to hide from birds, bears and fisherman.

The off colored (dirty) river creates a lowered visibility which gives an advantage to the larger fish who can move about in the elevated current in search of food.

When a river is transitioning from slow to fast, the river’s flow is changing and many of the traditional holding areas will not hold fish. So you will need to step back and recall what the river’s edge looked like prior to it being engulfed. Look to fish the softest water (slower) with structure you can find.

You may need to visualize what the river looked like back in August; where were those large rocks that were sticking out of the water when the river was low or that group of willows that used to line the bank. A rivers structure will slow the water down a little when the current around it is moving quickly. The combination of slower water along with a hiding spot for bait fish is what steelhead as well as fisherman are looking for.

It is true that the rains bring new fish to the system as the rivers swell. This is the main reason many fisherman fish post rain. The term new fish also implies fresher fish, but I’m a catch and releases fisherman so it is irrelevant to me how fresh they are, I’m looking for a hook up.

If your goal is to get hooked up, fish the river as it is going up, not down. If you are not at the river’s edge and fishing within the first few hours of the hard rain, the water could become too fast and dirty, thus severely limiting your success.

The window of opportunity is very small, so make sure you check the weather often and go to Bass Pro Shops for a new rain coat, you will need it. This will ensure that you will at least stay dry as you watch the waters rise and become off color.

When fishing a rising river stay out of the water, and never underestimate it‘s power. As no fish is worth dying for.