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Outdoor Kodiak: Late silvers
The crowds of silver salmon anglers have thinned noticeably, even as numbers of fish mount daily. You might already have put your gear away, but those are very good reasons to retrieve it from storage. This has been a really odd year for silvers, between the low water, small fish size, and large numbers of fish. It’s not unusual to hear tales of 20, 30, even 40 silvers caught and released in a day! I tend to lose ...
Oct 06, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Dry fishing for trout
When it comes to world class fly fishing for trout, most folks picture places like Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and New Zealand. But Kodiak, Alaska? Believe it or not, Kodiak deserves a place right alongside those hallowed trout waters. Our family enjoys a steady stream of visitors each fall who come specifically for the great Dolly fishing. It’s more than coincidence that they come from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and New...
Aug 04, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Time to get serious about pink salmon
Masses of pink salmon may not crowd river mouths just yet. But their numbers along beaches have grown so much it’s time to get serious about fishing. In fact it’s a good thing the river mouths won’t clog with them for another few weeks. While it’s a treat to see great masses of pink salmon undulating with the currents, it’s just about impossible to avoid snagging them with every cast. You may hook lots of fish, bu...
Jul 14, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Camping in the rain
How was your Fourth of July weekend? If you were camping, you got a firsthand look at Kodiak’s rainy weather. Camping in the rain is challenging, especially when you mix in a good dose of wind. Season your adventure with energetic young kids, and a rainy day camp can be a little too memorable at times. After the heavy rain Friday night, we saw a steady stream campers headed for home on Saturday. With relief so clo...
Jul 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 41 41 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Zeroing in on halibut
I have to admit that we haven’t spent as much time halibut fishing as we should. King salmon fishing has been too good for us. But so far, the halibut have us really scratching our heads. We haven’t caught one in our usual hotspots. We haven’t caught one while anchored. We haven’t caught one with bait resting on the bottom. We have caught all our halibut in new spots. We’ve caught all of them either drifting or tr...
Jun 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 47 47 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Catching the first pink salmon
Warm sunny days are made for lolling on beaches. And pink salmon fishing! Pink salmon in June? Absolutely. And with other salmon species arriving early, I expect you can find at least a few pink salmon right now. It’s been our family tradition to catch pink salmon for our daughter’s birthday on June 21, and most years we manage to do it. Laze on a beach. Catch a pink salmon. Cook it on the coals of a beach fire. S...
Jun 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: When is it time for a new rod?
Is it time for new fishing rods in your collection? I thought we were pretty well set up until this last winter when we fished in Florida. Did I ever learn a thing or two! As you might guess, we have a whole lot of fishing rods. Some are almost as old as I am, and we still use them. You might say that we’ve become a little set in our ways. We simply like our rods so much we’ve never been moved to try others. But a...
Jun 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Dolly Varden in the ocean
Recent days have felt like summer. In fact, this is the first time in years our lawn has required mowing in May. But surely I don’t have to resort to the lawnmower just yet. It’s time for my favorite activity on lazy summer days, even if it’s not really summer quite yet. Kodiak’s shoreline now teems with sea run Dolly Varden. Yesterday afternoon we returned to shore in our boat, spooking such a large school of Dol...
Jun 02, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Tune up your trolling
King salmon fishing is hot right now. Just look at the entries in the 2015 KACO king salmon derby! http://www.kodiakaco.com/derbyentry.html Three weeks into the contest the array of smiling anglers is already larger than last year, and the docks echo with rueful accounts of those who fish without derby tickets. King salmon will come within reach of shore in late June or early July, but for now you need to climb on...
May 27, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
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OUTDOOR KODIAK: The strange case of this year’s spring halibut
I can use a single word to describe our early season halibut fishing. Weird! We’re not finding the fish in our usual places or when fishing in traditional ways. Yet we’re finding them. In unexpected places using methods that most folks don’t associate with halibut. Our first halibut was a nice, fat 30-pounder that landed flopping on our deck the last week of April. As usual my wife connected with it, and not five ...
May 12, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
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