Trout Towns: 8 Fly Favorites

first_imgWhat makes a trout town? Does it hinge solely on an area’s proximity to coveted rivers, lakes, and streams? Or is it the confluence of top-notch anglers and a vibrant fishing culture?Personally, I tend to seek out the latter when searching for the next best destination for a multi-day fly fishing excursion. For me, true fly fishing culture requires more than a blue-ribbon stream on the edge of town. It needs fly shops and businesses on Main Street, wayward trout bums wandering the streets at questionable hours, and the obligatory craft brewery (or five).While the scene I’ve just described may sound like something out of a short story by John Gierach set somewhere in the Intermountain West, these places actually exist right here in our Blue Ridge backyard. Appalachia is teeming with world class trout fisheries and vibrant mountain communities whose economies are driven by fishing. They span the entire region, dotting the landscape like spots on a native brookie. They’re in places like Southwest Virginia, Western Pennsylvania, North Georgia and the mountains of Western North Carolina—the last of which could easily be called the epicenter of the East Coast fly fishing scene. Here are a few favorite Blue Ridge trout towns.Sylva NC Trout FishinhgPhoto By Sam Dean / Brookings AnglersSylva, North CarolinaWith three in-town fly shops and more nearby honey holes than you can shake a four-piece 5 weight at, Sylva, North Carolina is a bonafide fly fishing paradise. It is the county seat of Jackson County, North Carolina, which boasts the famed Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail and an annual trout stocking rate somewhere in the neighborhood of 92,000. That’s roughly thirty five times more stocked trout every year than people living in the town of Sylva, so your chances of netting a fish are pretty good in Jackson County. When your day on the water is done, Sylva offers numerous restaurants and boasts one of Western North Carolina’s best craft breweries in Innovation Brewing.Fish here: Without a doubt, the most popular trout waters near Sylva flow through the Tuckasegee River—more commonly referred to by locals as the “The Tuck.” This wide flowing river, suitable for both wade fishing and float trips, rises in the Panthertown Valley before eventually finding its way into Lake Fontana. One of the most fishable, delayed harvest stretches of the Tuck lies between the Highway 107 bridge and Dillsboro park. Access to this amazing stretch of trout laden free stone can be gained via numerous pull offs and parking areas along North River Road. For more information about fly fishing near Sylva and in the Jackson County area, check out up on gear / beta here: Brookings Anglers49 Pillar Dr. Cashiers, N.C.Tuckaseegee Fly Shop530 West Main Street, NCBrevard, North CarolinaBrevard, North Carolina is a heralded hot spot for all manner of outdoor adventure, but fly fishing is undoubtedly one of its biggest draws. One look at a map of Brevard and its immediate surroundings and it’s easy to see why. For starters, there’s the gin clear Davidson River, which flows past the entrance to Pisgah National Forest and parallels Highway 276 for several miles. This river was famously named one of America’s best 100 trout streams by Trout Unlimited, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fly fishing in Brevard and the surrounding terrain of Transylvania County. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that such go-to trout waters as the East, North, and West Forks of the French Broad River along with Avery and Looking Glass Creeks are all within striking distance of this Blue Ridge mountain town. In addition to quick fishing access, Brevard beckons anglers with great local fly shops and guides such as Davidson River and Headwaters Outfitters, and it’s home to the Flymen Fishing Company, purveyor of high quality fly tying materials. On the libation front, Brevard is covering all its bases and then some with nationally renowned Oskar Blues Brewing and smaller local favorites like Brevard and Ecusta Brewing Companies.Fish here: Ditch the throngs of anglers often found along the banks of the more popular and notoriously tough-to-fish Davidson and head for the smaller but equally productive Avery Creek. This tributary of the Davidson serves as critical spawning habitat for both brown and rainbow trout and is open to fly fishing year round. From Highway 276, it’s accessible via Pisgah Stables Road and then on foot by way of the 2.3-mile Avery Creek Trail. When the Davidson is flowing high and muddy, this small trib is a proven go-to.Stock up on gear / beta here: Davidson River Outfitters49 Pisgah Hwy #6 Pisgah Forest, N.C. Headwaters Outfitters25 Parkway Rd. Rosman, N.C.The Hub and Pisgah Tavern11 Mama’s Place Pisgah Forest, N.C.Photo By Sam Dean / Brookings AnglersBryson City, North CarolinaIn all of my wanderings throughout Western North Carolina, I’ve yet to find a community that more genuinely deserves the moniker of “Trout Town” than Bryson City. Nestled in the North Carolina portion of the Great Smoky Mountains not far from the cold, trout-rearing waters of Fontana Lake, Bryson City sits perched on the edge of the aforementioned Tuckasegee River. Anglers looking for delayed harvest fishing on the Tuck don’t even have to leave the downtown area, but venturing beyond the city limits is well worth the effort. Other nearby options include the Nantahala River, the Little Tennessee, and the Oconaluftee, not to mention the miles of blue lines hiding in more remote sections of nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Once you decide that it’s time to hang up the waders and hit the town, head for the Nantahala Brewing Company. This downtown Bryson City staple has been putting out stellar craft concoctions since 2009. They’re known throughout the region for such flagship staples as the Noonday IPA, the Dirty Girl Blonde, and the App Trail Extra Pale Ale, and they recently opened a brew pub just a few blocks down from the original tap room on Depot Street.Fish here: For wild trout, leave the comforts of town and head for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Deep, Hazel, and Eagle Creeks are all great backcountry honey holes, but they only scratch the surface of what this park can offer intrepid anglers who are willing to venture off the beaten path.Stock up on gear / beta: Tuckaseegee Fly Shop3 Depot St. Bryson City, N.C.Endless River Adventures14157 W Hwy 19 Bryson City, N.C.Fly Fishing in the Smokies157 Everett St, Bryson City, NCBlue Ridge, GeorgiaThe North Georgia mountains have long served as a respite for nerve-shaken and overcivilzed urbanites from nearby Atlanta and other population centers throughout the Southeast. While the entire northern region of Georgia is a fly fishing destination in its own right, the tiny town of Blue Ridge, located in Fannin County, is its undisputed trout capital. One stroll along this tiny mountain town’s Main Street and you’ll encounter two high end fly shops, a fishing inspired inn, and the workshop of world-renowned bamboo rod maker Bill Oyster. Beyond fly fishing-related businesses, downtown Blue Ridge boasts a small, locally-owned outdoor shop called Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitter and three craft breweries, Fannin Brewing Co., Grumpy Old Men Brewing, and Blue Ridge Brewery.Fish here: The Toccoa River is home to some of Fannin County’s biggest trout, and it’s widely known for offering some of the Peach State’s best fly fishing opportunities. You can access the upstream section via the U.S. Forest Service’s Deep Hole Recreation Area or hop on the downstream portion from Blue Ridge Dam to where the lower Toccoa crosses into Tennessee.Stock up on gear / beta:Fly Shop Co.3801 East 1st St – Blue Ridge, GAReel Em InBurnt Mountain Rd. – Ellijay,GAAbingdon Virginia Trout FishingPhoto By Sam DeanAbingdon, VirginiaWhen it comes to the outdoors, Abingdon, Virginia may be best known as the home of the popular Virginia Creeper Trail, which runs through the heart of town and continues on to nearby Damascus, or for its proximity to Grayson Highlands State Park, Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and the Appalachian Trail. But in recent years this tiny trail town has been flying under the radar as the hub of Southwest Virginia’s robust fly fishing scene. One look at a map of nearby rivers and it’s easy to see why. Closest to town is Whitetop Laurel Creek. This trout-laden freestone, which parallels both the Virginia Creeper and the Appalachian Trail for long stretches, is widely regarded as one of Virginia’s best trout fisheries because it’s known to harbor 20-inch brown trout and a thriving population of wild rainbows. Beyond Whitetop you’ll find such fisheries as the South Fork Holston River, Big Wilson Creek in the Mount Rogers Recreation Area, and the New River of nearby Grayson County.Fish here: Whitetop Laurel Creek is up there with some of the best wild trout rivers in the entire Southeast. For anglers, the place to begin on Whitetop is the 6 miles of stream that flows below Konnarock, Virginia, beginning at Creek Junction, near the confluence of Whitetop and Green Cove Creek. This marks the beginning of a 6-mile artificial only stretch where all trout smaller than 12 inches must be released. This stretch can be accessed by way of Creek Junction Road, about 25 miles southeast of Abingdon. Those in the know say that prime time on Whitetop is during the spring months when feeding trout will rise for just about any kind of dry fly you can throw at them.Stock up on gear / beta here:Virginia Creeper Fly Fishing16501 Jeb Stuart Hwy. Abingdon, VA.Boone, North CarolinaBoone, North Carolina is a bonafide adventure hub, boasting some of the best mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing you’ll find anywhere east of the Rockies, and the High Country surrounding Boone is veined with some of Western North Carolina’s most productive trout waters. In terms of tailwaters, the Boone area offers both the Watauga and the South Holston Rivers. Anglers looking for smaller creeks and streams should consider Beech Creek, Boone’s Fork Creek, Laurel Creek, Dutch Creek, and the Middle Fork of the New River, just to name a few. Don’t despair when your day on the trout waters of the Western North Carolina High Country is done because non-fishing related fun abounds in Boone. I’d suggest starting your tour of Boone’s food and drink scene with a visit to Appalachian Mountain Brewing whose Long Leaf IPA is one of the best in the business.Fish here: The width of the Watauga River and the openness of its banks as it flows through Valle Crucis separate this river from its Southern Appalachian counterparts. More reminiscent of the type of rivers found out west than those typically located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the conditions found on this stretch of water are a welcome respite for the rhododendron-weary fly fishers. In Valle Crucis you’ll find ample public fishing access leading to rainbows, browns and the occasional brookie. From October 1 to June 5, this portion of the Watauga becomes a designated Delayed Harvest stream, which means all netted trout must be released to fight another day.Stock up on gear / beta here:Due South Outfitters2575 NC-105 Suite 60 Boone, N.C.Foscoe Fishing Company & Outfitters8857 NC-105 Boone, N.C.Best Trout TownsHarrisonburg, VirginiaHarrisonburg, Virginia is a town of just over 50,000 nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley between the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest and Shenandoah National Park. It’s location alone makes it a desirable destination for anglers from all over the East Coast, and the recent relocation of venerable guiding service and outfitter Mossy Creek Outfitters has infused this bike-crazy town with a healthy dose of fly fishing culture. When the fishing is done, head over to Pale Fire Brewing or Brothers Craft Brewing for some of the Shenandoah Valley’s best hand-crafted beer.Fish here: First opened to the public in 1978, Mossy Creek, the namesake stream of Mossy Creek Outfitters, is one of Virginia’s best spring creeks. This limestone creek carves a path through a picturesque pastoral setting and harbors undulating masses of aquatic vegetation, swift runs, and steep drop-offs. It is a challenging waterway that some anglers dedicate a lifetime to, but those who crack the code are often rewarded with 25-inch brown trout hook-ups.Stock up on gear / beta here:Mossy Creek Fly Fishing480 E Market St. Harrisonburg, VA.LEWISBURG, WEST VIRGINIASituated in the heart of the Greenbrier Valley near the banks of the Greenbrier River, Lewisburg, West Virginia is a great place to start when seeking out Mountain State trout. The valley where this trout town lies offers easy access to long stretches of the Greenbrier and Meadow Rivers along with their cool-water, trout friendly tributaries. One such tributary is Anthony Creek, located just north of town in the Monongahela National Forest. Here you’ll find clear water featuring long runs and deep holes that harbor healthy populations of brown, brook, and rainbow trout thanks to steady stocking schedules. Reasons to visit Lewisburg don’t begin and end with fly fishing. This town is offering up options for foodies, outdoors enthusiasts, and shoppers alike. For a taste of the Mountain State’s brewing scene, head to Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company. If you’re looking for a place to stay, consider pitching a tent at the Greenbrier Valley Campground just 15 minutes from downtown Lewisburg.Fish here: A stocked stream known for its large brown trout, the gravel-bottomed and spring-fed Second Creek is designated by the state for fly fishing only. To access this stream, head to the tiny town of Ronceverte, just ten minutes from downtown Lewisburg, and head south on State Road 219 to County Road 65. Continue on until you reach County Road 62 and hang a right. This will eventually lead you to the low-water bridge and the beginning of the special regulations area of Second Creek.Stock up on gear / beta here:Serenity Now Outfitters829 Washington West Lewisburg, W.Va.last_img read more

Brazilian Navy Conducts Operation Aspirantex 2019

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo March 25, 2019 Between January 11-31, 2019, the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese), conducted Operation Aspirantex 2019, in the maritime area between Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Montevideo, Uruguay. One objective of the exercise was to train Naval Academy cadets for life at sea and the routines aboard a ship. About 2,000 service members, including 319 Naval Academy cadets, participated in the 2019 edition of Aspirantex. For 20 days, MB service members and cadets performed various military exercises, such as operations with aircraft; underway replenishment of fuel; tactical maneuvers between ships; and shooting and firefighting exercises to improve the training of MB’s naval and aerial assets. “The 2,000 service members are part of the ship crews that comprise the Task Group, the aerial detachment aboard (aircraft), the Combat Divers’ Group detachment, and the Navy’s Second Division, which planned and coordinated the operation,” said MB Rear Admiral Fernando Ranauro Cozzolino, commander of Aspirantex 2019’s Task Group. “The participating cadets attend the Naval Academy’s first, second, and third years.” According to the commander, the training targets each academic year of the Naval Academy. “The first-year cadets had an unprecedented experience as a large committee at sea. Second-year students were able to follow operational exercises and exchange experiences with officers and noncommissioned officers from the ships, which helped them select the corps they will join at the end of the second year. Third-year cadets followed a specific program with activities based on the qualifications they chose: arms, machinery, and electronics,” he said. “The big challenge for all Task Group crew members was to show cadets our passion for the profession and the capability of our ships and personnel,” said Rear Adm. Cozzolino. “[We must] inspire them by example and the dedication to the work, to be seamen.” Sea experience Vessels taking part in Aspirantex 2019 navigated 4,600 nautical miles (about 8,500 kilometers), and carried out some 90 different exercises. Those included shooting a floating target, air operations, movement under enemy threats, tactical maneuvers, and ship-to-ship transfer—where ships navigate side-by-side to transfer cargo—as well as an accident-response exercise during a simulated fire in a ship compartment. “An important activity we performed was aerial threat and attack, to prepare the operative group for defense against fixed-wing aircraft attack, while the ships used radars and anti-aircraft defense systems to detect and counter threats,” said Rear Adm. Cozzolino. During the exercise, Brazilian Air Force AMX fighters, and MB AF-1 fighters simultaneously attacked MB ships. “The combination of ship and naval air assets allowed for the exercises to be flexible and diverse, and promoted a more complete training for the MB’s ships, aircraft, and crew members.” The operation used six MB aircraft: SH-16 anti-submarine helicopters, general purpose UH-15s, general purpose UH-12s, and AF-1 interceptors. Some of FAB’s aircraft also participated: P-95 patrol aircraft, anti-submarine P-3AM, and A-1 fighters. The participating ships were: The mltipurpose helicopter carrier (PHM, in Portuguese) Atlântico, taking part in Aspirantex for the first time; the tank landing ship Almirante Sabóia; the Rademaker and Independência frigates, and the Júlio de Noronha corvette. For Rear Adm. Cozzolino, Aspirantex 2019 had a positive outcome and met its goal. “We performed all the scheduled exercises and conducted meaningful training for our assets and personnel, and we motivated the cadets, who are the future of our Navy, by increasing their knowledge on our warships’ routines during operations at sea.” Navigation in foreign waters Aspirantex included a stop at the Port of Montevideo, Uruguay, where cadets visited the Uruguayan Naval Museum and exchanged experiences with Uruguayan Navy cadets. “Brazil and Uruguay share a strong brotherhood and bringing our ships to Montevideo further strengthened the ties between our countries and their navies,” said Rear Adm. Cozzolino. “This edition was a milestone for PHM Atlântico’s first trip to a foreign port, after her incorporation into MB.” “To get to know cadets from the Uruguayan Navy, their routine, and culture, was an excellent opportunity, as we also learned about some of the history and roots of this friendly navy,” said cadet Richard Willian Ferreira Freitas, a second-year student at the Naval Academy. For cadets, the operation is akin to an internship for college students. “This is when we put theory into practice, expanding the knowledge and also observing officers’ activities aboard.” “The routine during an operational committee is hectic, as we carry out exercises all day and night,” said the cadet. “When I was not taking part in an exercise, I attended lectures on naval career topics. In addition, we had daily physical and military training to maintain physical health.” The cadet pointed out that the diverse assets used in the operation made the experience even more complete. “There were surface warfare simulations, anti-aircraft war, and others, where assets cooperate with one another,” he said.last_img read more

Will new regulations help your credit union rule?

first_imgLike it or not, government rules and initiatives have an impact on your credit union. This week – in addition to updates on upcoming regulations related to payday loans, electronic checks, military lending and Dodd-Frank – we consider White House cybersecurity czar Rob Joyce’s suggestion to retire Social Security numbers in favor of a more modern approach to identity. Once again, change rules.White House: Is It Time to Retire Social Security Numbers?PYMNTSWill the government ditch Social Security numbers in favor of a “modern cryptographic identifier?” Rob Joyce, White House cybersecurity czar, thinks Social Security numbers may be ready to retire, since they no longer fulfill their intended function – and bring a number of unintended challenges.New CFPB Rule Could Curb Payday Loan IndustryReutersThe CFPB released a new regulation that could put a chill on revenues for the $6 billion payday loan industry. The rule requires lenders to determine if borrowers can repay their debts and caps the number of loans lenders can make to a borrower. If this regulation survives challenges in Congress and in court, it could be a boon for consumers and conventional lenders alike. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Endicott woman holds back to school mask sale

first_imgShe held a mask yard sale at her home on Saturday and Sunday, selling hundreds of masks that she sewed herself. “They’re telling me the kids can’t have the same one two days in a row. We all have two or three but nobody has one for every day of the week and with school starting this week that doesn’t give a lot of time to have them shipped to somebody,” she said. After donating thousands to first responders and front line workers, she’s now using the leftovers to give parents a quick and inexpensive option for back to school masks. Heather Black owns a decor company called ‘Mayhem Babies’ and would normally be making Halloween decorations this time of year, but when the COVID-19 pandemic began she pivoted to making masks instead. center_img ENDICOTT (WBNG) — With kids heading back to school and masks required, an Endicott woman spent the weekend trying to make it a little easier for parents to get their hands on the protective gear. Black says all proceeds from the sale will go toward making more masks that she will then donate.last_img read more

Planning for deregulation

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CWHB Gulf chief returns to London …

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Indonesia to offer exemptions from temporary ban on foreigners

first_imgThe government will provide exemptions to the temporary ban on foreign arrivals and transits, set to come into operation on midnight Thursday, aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.The temporary ban, expected to last until the government declares an end to the pandemic, will exempt diplomatic officials, medical and food supplies, as well as land, air and sea transportation crews, according to the recently issued Law and Human Rights Ministerial Regulation No. 11/2020.The government will also exempt foreigners with both limited and permanent residence permits, and allow tourists whose visitor’s visas have expired to stay in the country without having to apply for an extension at an immigration office. Of the country’s confirmed cases, 136 people have died of the contagious disease while 81 patients have recovered.Indonesia is offering the exemptions not only to facilitate humanitarian assistance between countries in handling the pandemic, but also to continue developing its national strategic projects that employ foreign workers.Jhoni said the exemption for the workers was “related to the completion of the project development.”By the end of this year, the government is planning to complete the development of 143 projects covering at least 15 sectors including energy, technology, agriculture and infrastructure, according to the Committee for the Acceleration of Priority Infrastructure Delivery (KPPIP).The government completed 81 development projects with a total investment of Rp 390 trillion (US$23.4 billion) between 2016 and August 2019.“We are giving an automatic extension if necessary for those working in the national strategic program if they cannot get back to their countries,” said Jhoni.As a precautionary measure against the fast-spreading virus, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said the exemptions would ensure safety by complying with the relevant protocols related to COVID-19 handling.The government, therefore, requires exempted foreigners to have a letter declaring they are healthy, stay in regions without COVID-19 cases for at least 14 days and agree to a 14-day quarantine measure.“There are exemptions, but in general all foreigners’ visits and transits to Indonesia will be temporarily suspended,” Retno said in an online press briefing on Monday. “The President has decided that the current policies must be strengthened.”The Law and Human Rights Minister issued in March a ministerial decree temporarily stopping free visitor visas and visas on arrival.Indonesia recorded around 2.1 million foreign tourists in January and February, a decline of 11.80 percent from the same period last year, according to data released on Wednesday by Statistics Indonesia (BPS).Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, the country’s primary airport, booked a year-on-year decline of 33.21 percent in foreign arrivals in February.Topics : The Law and Human Rights Ministry’s acting director general, Jhoni Ginting, said the government would “actually extend all visitors’ visas in an emergency measure” as they might not be able to return home, while some countries were suspending travel and some airlines had temporarily stopped operating.“[The exemptions] are also in place for health workers and [transportation crews] that ship goods such as donated face masks […] and airline crews tasked with picking up their fellow citizens,” Jhoni told The Jakarta Post in a phone interview on Wednesday.Indonesia has joined the list of countries introducing such temporary bans as confirmed cases of COVID-19 rise to 851,000 with over 42,000 dead worldwide according to Reuters as of Wednesday midday.COVID-19, a respiratory illness first discovered last December in Wuhan city in Hubei province in China, has infected 1,528 people in Indonesia, second only to Thailand in Southeast Asia.last_img read more

Japan to adopt selective, rather than blanket, approach in coronavirus tests

first_imgTopics : Even if someone initially tests negative, the person could return a positive test days later depending on his or her behavior during that period. Ideally, Japan would test the entire population all at once and isolate those who are positive, though that would be “impossible realistically,” he said.”It’s therefore important to ensure that those with higher risks [of being infected] or deemed by doctors as in immediate need can get tested,” Nishimura told Reuters in an exclusive interview conducted on Saturday.”I don’t side with the view that everyone should take PCR tests regardless of their conditions. The key is to what extent we conduct these tests, which we’re debating now.”Japan has a daily maximum testing capacity of more than 27,000 cases. But actual tests being conducted is currently about 10,000 cases at the most, which Nishimura said was due to a sharp decline in the number of new infections.After peaking at 720, the number of infections has gradually fallen and now hovers around 40 per day.Japan so far has avoided the spike in infections seen in countries like the United States and Italy. It now has about 17,200 infections with around 900 deaths, far lower than the 1.9 million cases and more than 110,000 deaths in the United States.  Japan will stop short of offering blanket coronavirus tests, and instead target the vulnerable and those most at risk in seeking to prevent a second wave of infections, the minister in charge of policies to combat the health crisis said.Japan is currently well behind other major economies in the number of completed coronavirus tests, drawing criticism from some experts that it is not doing enough to trace the virus and prevent clusters.Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan’s economy minister who also oversees coronavirus policies, defended Tokyo’s approach, saying that conducting effective polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests on the entire population would be difficult.last_img read more

The end is nigh, here’s how to thrive post property boom

first_imgBuyers and investors need a different mindset to thrive post property boom. Picture: iStockYOU may have heard the experts trumpet the end is nigh for eyewatering growth, so here’s three ways to thrive post property boom.According to the national body behind professional buyers’ agents, thriving in a post property boom worth will require a major shift in focus by buyers and investors, but it may well end up being as simple as pulling up the carpet. Debbie did in housing construction Queenslanders borrowing six times net income to buy home Get The Courier-Mail Real Estate news direct to your inbox free Rich Harvey, president of the Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia, said it was possible to find value in the property market post boom.Investments that offered “sensible long-term price growth with the potential for value adding in the future” would be key to success, he said.The proviso though was that buyers take care not to “overleverage themselves”.“It’s very easy for home buyers and investors to overleverage at this stage of the cycle and then get themselves into trouble by anticipating that their property will grow 10 per cent next year which it probably won’t. Certainly as the market cools people have to watch how much they’re spending on their debt and realise that we simply can’t sustain the level of growth we’ve had.” Follow Sophie Foster on Twitter @SophieFoster More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoFinding value post boom could be as simple as ripping up the carpet. Picture: Peter Clark Top Tips to Find Value Post Boom: 1. Moderate your growth expectations “We’re coming out of a period where we’ve had massive price growth, particularly in the Sydney and Melbourne markets and the simple answer is you’ve got to look at it from a long-term perspective and manage your growth expectations. “You need to be patient and invest in property which is in a growth area and can withstand the next property cycle.” 2. Look at ways to add value “Renovations are one of the easiest ways to add value to a property and don’t need to be extensive. It may be simply ripping up the carpet or the floor boards, redoing the kitchen, adding a bedroom or painting inside and out.“Another option is to undertake a building project from scratch and look at property with subdivision potential or increase yield with a granny flat. They may sound like big projects but they can be achievable with a good team behind you.” 3. Be a borderless investor “Don’t just buy in your own back yard. You can buy borderless. Don’t be afraid to invest interstate or in a regional location, some of which are booming now and likely to continue to do so for the next nine to 12 months due to the lag effect. We know that Sydney is at the top of the market and Melbourne is approaching it if it’s not already there. That doesn’t mean you can’t buy in Sydney and Melbourne but there are always other opportunities in other markets.” (Source: REBAAA) last_img read more

Hoyer shines as Stanton’s successor

first_imgBrian Hoyer is not playing like a quarterback who has only four career starts.Hoyer, a junior, has been called on to assume the role of Michigan State’s primary signal caller. He replaces departed starter Drew Stanton, who is now playing in the NFL for the Detroit Lions. During his days as Stanton’s understudy, Hoyer came to admire the current Lion’s work ethic. “What I appreciated most about Drew Stanton was the way he attacked everything whether it was in the film room, in the weight room or on the field,” Hoyer said in an e-mail. “He always gave 120-percent effort.”Hoyer is definitely a quick study. To date, he has taken the transition in stride, leading the Spartans to a 4-0 record. The perfect start is the first of its kind in Michigan State history under the direction of a first-year head coach, Mike Dantonio. Hoyer credits his offensive line and stingy defense for his current success. Still, acting as the field general for the Spartans, Hoyer isn’t afraid to take command of his teammates or offer advice. “Brian is a natural leader by the way he approaches the game, but I have seen him step out of himself by trying to assume a more vocal role,” quarterbacks coach Dave Warner said. “He hasn’t hesitated to speak out, encouraging his teammates when necessary, but also getting on them when the situation arises.” Prior to this season, the North Olmsted, Ohio, native appeared in 13 games, throwing six touchdowns and three interceptions, but never was the full-time starter. In last season’s finale, he threw for 291 yards in a 49-14 rout of Penn State. With the responsibilities of leading the offense all on him, Hoyer came into this season as hungry as ever, literally. To add muscle and give him extra stability in the pocket, Hoyer put himself on a 6,000–calorie-a-day diet. He tried to eat every two hours, focusing on chowing down chicken, pasta and protein shakes.The commitment has paid dividends early this season. Through four games, Hoyer has averaged 192.2 passing yards per game to go with seven touchdown passes against three interceptions. His 140.5 passer efficiency rating is good enough to place him fourth in the Big Ten for that category. “The first thing I noticed right off the bat about Brian Hoyer is that he’s truly a student of the game,” Warner said. “As far as his physical attributes, Brian has great arm strength and a quick release. He does a great job throwing the football.”It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the junior, as he struggled a bit in MSU’s first three games. However, last week against Notre Dame, he opened up the floodgates, throwing for four touchdowns. With each win, Hoyer becomes more sure of himself, and the surprising Spartans continue to prove they belong.The Michigan State coaching staff is continually gaining trust in its first-year starter and Warner had more praise for Hoyer this week.”I’m really impressed with his all-around game: his attitude, his physical abilities and his presence in the huddle,” he said. The coaches confide in their quarterback so much that they reached deep into the playbook and called the infamous “fumblerooski” play on fourth-and-two during the third quarter last week against Notre Dame. Hoyer fumbled the snap on purpose, picked up the ball, and threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kellen Davis. Following Hoyer’s lead, Michigan State has a No. 23 ranking in the USA Today Coaches poll. With Wisconsin ranked No. 9 in both the Associated Press and USA Today polls, the stage is set for a major Big Ten showdown between undefeated teams this Saturday.”We’re going to face a tough Wisconsin team in a tough, tough environment,” Hoyer said. “We’ve come off big wins in the past and then flopped the next week; we have to use it as a confidence-builder but stay humble in the same process.”last_img read more