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Innovation highlights from I.S.E. 2013

By Gary Heffley
01/24/13 -- With this year’s I.S.E. show in the rearview mirror it is fun to reflect on some of the new items, not necessarily those of the major manufacturers who update and offer upgrades to current product lines (although the new Lowrance touch screen “fish finders are kind of neat), but those that make you think, “Why didn’t I think of that.”

Gary heffley, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, ISE

I mean where else can you see a hoodie with a pouch to hold your soda or beer? Genius, right? Bring on the Super bowl. How about a strap that would wrap around a tree and offer a “Green” alternative to driving a nail into a tree to hang things from or breaking off limbs to accomplish the same? There was a great looking fly/lure box that had a belt clip and opened to a completely flat position. The same company offered a fluted clear fishing float that offered neutral buoyancy to keep pencil lead down but off the rocks for steelheaders. There was also a fold out camp kitchen that is the size of a large suitcase, weighs 35 pounds and has wheels for easy movement. Who hasn’t wanted a floating fire pit that can double as a barbeque for pool parties, lazy river floats, or lakeshore romantic getaways?

Beer Buddy Hoodies offered the unique pouched sweatshirt that will hold onto your beer or beverage of choice allowing your hands to be otherwise occupied. A two-fisted sandwich or a reel screaming fish are easily handled without spilling a drop. Check out BeerBuddyHoodies.com for details. They also offer custom embroidered designs for the hoodie’s front.

Cinch to Hang offers the great strap with attached fold out hanging brackets for easy and green means to hang everything from towels, clothes line, back packs, tools or fishing rods just about anything you can think of in your camp. View all of the options at cinchtohang.com.

Gary heffley, MyOutdoorBuddy.com, ISE

Ifish.com offered two kinda unique twists to float fishing and a belt attached fly box. Fishing floats are usually made of hard plastic. They will break if bounced off a rock and are just that “floats”, a bobber strike indicator or weighted casting float that enables spin tackle anglers to cast flies. What is unique about the soft plastic, fluted float, and that is unique in its own right, is that it can be weighted by a pencil lead or split shot and supplies a neutrally buoyant float keeping the weight just off the rocks below the surface. This will help supply a great bait presentation just off the bottom where most fish feed.

Ifish.com’s belt attached tackle/fly box does not need to be removed to access as most boxes do. The box will fold out flat offering the angler the ability to open either side, make a selection and then fold it back up. Everyone has struggled after taking a belt clipped item off and then trying to get it back on the belt. No worries as this stays on the belt the whole time.

Both items can be seen on the ifish.com website.

One of my personal favorites at the show is the Grub Hub Camp Kitchen. This compact fold out, expanding complete camp kitchen (does not come with a camp stove) is almost like having your very own Batman’s Bat Utility Belt. This thing has everything you need save the stove, pots, pans and food for a perfect camp kitchen. It only weighs 35 pounds and has wheels when compacted to be pulled and set-up most anywhere. It has a basin sink, bars to hang a lantern or camp shower to rinse dishes, a utensil holder and pouches for salt, pepper, spices, condiments or toiletries if you choose. Heck, you can even get a paper towel holder. No deer, fishing or family camp should be without one. Look at grubhub.usa to see this unit in action. It is truly remarkable to see one folded up and then one expanded next to it.

BBQ Fire Pit, Accessories 4H2O, MyOutdoorBuddy.com

Another favorite is offered by accessories4h2o.com. The floating fire pit / barbeque is both ingenious and functional. The floating base resembles the old style donut shaped float tube adding securing pouches for a fire pit legs.

Fire Pit BBQ, Accessories4H20, MyOutdoorBuddy.com

The fire pit concept has been further adapted to also serve as a barbeque giving the users dual functions if you will. The website even shows the unit in use on an icy lake. This should be popular with anglers as a safe and easy means to cook up a shore lunch. The floating fire pit can be used to warm up a cool evening of fishing off the lake bank with the added effect of the fire light actually serving as a fish attractor. And of course few things are more romantic than a lake side fire looking at the stars. The floating fire pit can set the mood for poolside parties or serve as the barbeque for a group tube trip down the river.

Just like last year’s I.S.E. show when we were introduced to Bait Buttons and the Boomerang Snip that have become very popular fishing accessories, this year’s cast of unique items did not disappoint. Make sure if you get the chance to visit an I.S.E. show or one of the local regional sport expos, do so. You may just stumble on to one of these great innovations, or be inspired to develop one of your own

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Wild Horse Adoption Day extended one day

Wild horse Santuary, shingletown
10/12/14 -- [Updated 10/25/14] -- The rain has cleared so the Wild Horse Adoption Day at the Wildhorse Sanctuary in Shingletown in northern California has been extended by one day, says organizer Diane Nelson. Approximately 20...Full Story

Lake Britton Dam Bridge closes Nov. 3 - 23

10/25/14 -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will close off traffic across the bridge over the Lake Britton Dam from Nov. 3-23. During this time PG&E’s contractor will have equipment on the bridge, which will be closed 24 hours... Full Story

CDFW November 2014 Calendar

10/24/14 -- Docent-led walks at the Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost. The visitor center...Full Story

Dropping crab traps before the opener?

California Outdoors Q&A by Carrie Wilson
10/23/14 --  Is it legal to drop Dungeness crab gear prior to opening day? I’ve heard it’s legal to drop gear the day or night before opening day to let it soak overnight. I looked in the Ocean Sport Fishing Regulations booklet but couldn’t...Full Story

Oregon Weekly Recreation Report

10/23/14 -- An adult steelhead fishing workshop has been scheduled for Nov. 8 by the NW Steelheaders and ODFW, giving angles a chance to learn where to find and how to catch these elusive fish. The focus will be on three... Full Story

Black bear cub shops in Ashland Rite Aid

The female black bear cub this morning (Oct. 22) at PAWS. Photo courtesy of PAWS.
10/23/14 -- A black bear cub found wandering the aisles of a Rite Aid in Ashland, Ore. on Sunday has been transferred to PAWS in Lynwood, Wash. PAWS will be caring for the cub with the goal of returning it to the wild next... Full Story

Point of Sale System installed at Modoc NF

10/23/14 -- Modoc National Forest officials say a new Point of Sale System (POSS) will be in place as early as next week that will provide more payment options for customers at all offices. When POSS is online, the public will have... Full Story

Oregon State Police: Watch for wildlife

Meyerhofer vehicle after being in accident, OSP, Oregon State Police,
10/21/14 -- Within the last few days there have been several wildlife-involved traffic collisions on Oregon highways, serving as another reminder for travelers to be on extra alert for wildlife and other animals... Full Story

Feds sign pact to guard wilderness lands

10/21/14 -- The Federal land management agencies that make up the National Wilderness Preservation System signed an agreement that will guide interagency collaboration and vision to ensure the continued... Full Story

HaberVision Product of the Week: McKenzy

10/21/14 -- The McKenzy brings look and performance to a slightly smaller sized frame. Features like Griptor™ inserts on the temples and polarized Carbolite™ lenses pack incredible performance in a smaller package... Full Story

Some Lava Beds bat caves open

10/20/14 -- Temperatures are dropping, which means the bats at Lava Beds National Monument (Lava Beds NM) are beginning to move into their winter roosts (called hibernacula) and vacate their summer homes...Full Story

Contest for CA Upland Game stamp begins

10/19/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is conducting an art contest to select the design for the state’s 2014-2015 upland game bird stamp. The California Upland Game Bird Stamp... Full Story

300 students learn geology at Lava Beds

Lava Beds National Monument, students learning about volcanos at Geology Day 2014
10/18/14 -- Lava Beds hosted its second Geology Days event on September 25 and 26. During the event seven area schools brought over 300 students to Lava Beds National Monument as part of a two-day... Full Story

Modoc campground services reduced

10/17/14 -- With winter approaching, services will be reduced in campgrounds across the Modoc National Forest in preparation for the end of the traditional camping season. Trash, water services and fees at camp...Full Story

Oregon Weekly Recreation Report

10/16/14 -- Trophy trout for fall fishing is great now. Fall stocking continues with several lakes and ponds getting trophy size trout. Combine this with cooler fall temperatures and you’ve got a recipe...Full Story

USFWS re-opens comment on Cuckoo

Yellow Billed Cuckoo photo courtesy of Wikipedia
By Frank Galusha
10/15/14 -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Oct. 14, 2014, will re-open the public comment period on its proposal to designate 546,335 acres of critical habitat for the western population of yellow... Full Story

Whiskeytown fire restrictions rescinded

10/15/14 -- Due to the recent moderation of local wildland fire conditions, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is rescinding the fire restrictions enacted at the park on June 19, 2014. Recent rains... Full Story

Making Friends With The Neighbors

Wild (feral) stallions competing - copyright Laura Simpson 2014
By William E. Simpson
10/14/14 -- There are few animals in nature that match the majestic beauty of a stallion running wild and free. They rule their territory by day and by night. Recently, my wife Laura and I decided to change adventures...Full Story

Adoption Day extended at Wild Horse Sanctuary

Wild Horse Sanctuary Burro, Shingletown
10/12/14 -- [Updated 10/25/14] Approximately 20 wild horse colts and fillies in a rainbow of colors will be available for adoption on Saturday, October 25 and Sunday October 26, 2014 at the Wild Horse Sanctuary, located near Shingletown... Full Story

Whiskeytown NRA plans prescribed burns

10/10/14 -- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is planning to begin seasonal prescribed burning activities within the next several weeks. Rain events in late September helped to provide desirable...Full Story

Recreation in every direction

photo by Ashley McTucker, Shasta Lake view
By Frank Galusha
09/08/14 -- Every imaginable outdoor activity in the Shasta Cascade Wonderland is just a short day trip from two vacation rentals high above Lake Shasta operated by Shasta Lake Properties. “That is not all that sets us apart” says... Full Story

Ishi

 Newspaper headline from early August 1911. Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Bee.
By Phil 'Flip' Akers
10/08/14 -- Southwest of Mt. Lassen lies a remote and largely forgotten piece of Cascade foothill region. Dark basaltic cliffs and pinnacles adorn inhospitable river canyons, carved by what is now Mill and Deer Creeks, through bad...Full Story

USFWS to list West Coast Fisher

West Coast Fisher, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
10/07/14 -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it is seeking information from the scientific community, the public and interested stakeholders on its proposal to protect the West Coast population...Full Story

Manton Apple Festival: More than apples

manton apple festival
By Mike Mogler
10/07/14 -- Saturday morning October 4, my wife and I headed down Wilson Hill Road to the Manton Apple Festival for some good eats and social interaction and the great bluegrass music performed by local... Full Story

Tall Trees and Emerald Waters

Kathy at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, beside one of the largest (redwood) trees on Earth., photo by Steven T. Callan
By Steven T. Callan
10/06/14 -- Kathy and I recently attended the Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC) fall conference on the aptly-named Wild Rivers Coast. Stretching from Port Orford, Oregon to Klamath, California, the Wild.... Full Story

Five Mile Point Caves predate 'Clovis'

10/03/14 -- The National Park Service has added the Paisley Five Mile Point Caves to the United States’ listing of the nation’s most important archaeological and historic sites. Situated near the town of Paisley in south...Full Story

BLM announces Fee-Free Days for 2015

Fee free recreation days at BLM land
10/02/14 -- The Bureau of Land Management, in conjunction with other agencies within the Department of the Interior, will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to the National System of Public Lands on four occasions in 2015... Full Story

Life jacket Type Code labels go away

Life Jacket Type Code Label
10/02/14 -- In a move that’s expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme -- Type I, II, III, IV and V -- that has been used for years to label and...Full Story

October! Great month to ride into Redding

Visit Redding, Big Bike Weekend, myoutdoorbuddy.com, Frank Galusha
By Frank Galusha
10/01/14 -- If your favorite ride has only two wheels, Redding has saved you a spot on a beautiful stretch of road October 10-12! It's Redding's annual Big Bike Weekend, a celebration of, well, big bikes...Full Story

Ringing in a New Water Year

California's water reservoir storage graph, FISHIBIO, Erin Loury
By Erin Laury, FISHBIO 
09/29/14 -- It's time to make some water-related resolutions, because October 1 marks the beginning of a new water year. A "water year" is a term used by the U.S. Geological Survey and hydrologists to describe...Full Story

CDFW October 2014 Calendar

09/27/14 -- The Elkhorn Slough Ecological Reserve has Docent-led walks scheduled every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Binoculars and bird books are available for the public to borrow at no cost...Full Story

Prescribed burn set for Lava Beds area

Lava Beds Firefighters are shown here managing the Crescent Butte prescribed fire in 2011. Photo courtesy of Lava Beds National Monument
09/26/14 -- Lava Beds National Monument plans to implement the Post Office Prescribed Fire between October and December if conditions become favorable. The 58 acre unit is primarily a grass-shrubland, juniper woodland mix...Full Story

CA DFW has swan tours through January

Tundra Swans
09/19/14 -- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will offer free swan tours near Marysville from Nov. 2014 through Jan. 2015. Co-hosted by local rice farmers, the tours will focus on tundra swans...Full Story

How to Comply with Tow Chain Laws

By Don Stec
09/13/14 -- One of the most common mistakes trailer owners make is: Failure to properly attach a safety chain between a trailer and the towing vehicle. There seems to be a consensus by the general public that simply...Full Story

Sac River NWR Codora Unit opens

Sul Norte and codora sign USFWS
09/12/14 -- If you have driven across the Butte City Bridge on Highway 162 in Glenn County you may have noticed a large habitat restoration on the south side of the roadway. This is the Codora Unit of the Sacramento...  Full Story

Above the Canopy

Article and photos by Steven T. Callan
09/06/14 -- Having had the pleasure and privilege of diving in California’s kelp forests from San Diego to Monterey, I would describe it as a surreal, almost religious experience -- witnessing underwater cathedrals rising...Full Story

Turtle Bay to showcase Toytopia

Toyopia, Monopoly, Turtle Bay Museum, Redding, Shasta,Credit Stage Nine Productions.
09/03/14 -- Turtle Bay is gearing up to host a brand new exhibition: Toytopia, from Stage Nine Exhibit Design! From September 20th to January 7th, the Exploration Hall and East End of the museum will be filled with a reminisce...Full Story

Trinidad Sea Kayaking

Trinidad Sea Kayaking, Pacific Outfitters, PacificOutfittersAdventures.com
By Jason Self
09/03/14 -- The thing I love most about guiding and coaching sea kayaking is sharing unique experience with others. The ocean is dynamic. It’s full of life and energy. One hundred yards from shore and you’re...Full Story

A bridge to the future -- but where?

By Frank Galusha
08/28/14 – Don’t be fooled by the dateline on this story! It’s not August 28, 2014! Skip ahead 500 years. This is the Sacramento River flowing through the city of Redding in the year 2514. The city’s marvelous Sundial Bridge...Full Story

Light Your Way

Light Your Way by John Higley
Article and photos by John Higley
07/25/14 -- Okay, I was lost, or at least in the wrong place at the wrong time. It was a long time ago and I was in New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness Area following what I thought was the trail back to camp, only it was a path used primarily...Full Story

Boat trailer frame repairs

Article and photos by Don Stec
07/22/14 -- One of the most common damages we see to a boat trailer is caused by “jack knifing” the trailer. This is usually when the trailer is being backed up and the turn angle becomes too severe. The trailer cannot...Full Story

Lassen National Volcanic Park

Jim Broshears, Mt. Lassen view from Brokeoff Mountain
By Jim Broshears
07/21/14 -- Lassen National Park is one of the best kept secrets in the National Park system. It may be hard to call a place that has over 400,000 visitors a year a secret but compared to Yosemite’s 2.5 million and the 9.4...Full Story

​Honey, Bees Can Make You Bumble!

The outdoor edge author badge for Don Webster, myoutdoorbuddy.com
By Don Webster
07/21/14 -- It was a warm, sunny day in July, many, many years ago. In two months, I would officially be a teenager. As I recall, it was a Saturday, and our entire family had piled into two cars and we were headed...Full Story

Peak Bagging in Winter

Peak Bagging in Winter, Jim Broshears, Trailhead Adventures, Paradise, CA, MyOutdoorBuddy.com By Jim Broshears
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Roaring Camp 1; Grumpy old man 0

 This is a better pic of Antonnette at the sluice box.
By Chuck Giles
05/31/14 – For a full seven day stretch last week, I was not a grumpy old man. I slipped into a happy trance. My wife, Antonnette and I spent the time at Roaring Camp Gold Mining Company in Pine Grove, California. I have... Full Story

The Mystery of the Middle Fork – Part III

By Jim Broshears
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Extreme Beam Flashlights

By Gary Heffley
04/08/14 -- Let’s get right to the point Extreme Beam Flashlights are durable, dependable, have great tactical applications and outshines most of the competition. What’s that you say, you have looked at some of the competition...Full Story

The 'Death Wobble' -- Be safe not sorry!

Death Wobble, underbody of a vehicle, Don Stec
Article and photos by Don Stec
03/31/14 -- Death Wobble is not to be confused with a front-end shimmy or a wheel balance problem. A Death Wobble (DW) is very common on vehicles with a solid front axle. It has earned its name, not from mechanics but by vehicle... Full Story

The Mystery of the Middle Fork -- Part II

Article and photos by Jim Broshears
03/10/14 -- Our return to the Middle Fork of Feather River would take place in August of 2012. Having nearly 10 months to plan the next exploration, we, of course, waited until the last minute decide our course of action... Full Story

The Mystery of the Missing Valley -- Part I

The Mystery of the Missing Valley By Jim Broshears
Article and photos by Jim Broshears
02/15/14 -- Part #1 Exploring the Middle Fork of the Feather River -- Stories about hidden valleys, waterfalls, canyons and fishing are part of outdoor folklore. Most of these tales begin with “When I was a kid we went to this place” and...Full Story

Fee Free Days set for BLM-Public Lands

Fee Free Days, BLM Managed Public Lands
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Mendocino Weekend: Cave & Wave Kayaking

Mendocino Weekend: Cave & Wave Kayaking, John Whittenberger, Headwaters adventure, Redding Ca., outdoors recreation
Article and photos by John Whittenberger
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BLM seeks input on use of OR public lands

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