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Outdoor Kodiak: The chums are coming
Do you want to start a good argument? Pose this question to your friends: “Which salmon fights the hardest?” Kings come quickly to mind because they can get quite large and can put on impressive shows on the end of your line. Silvers are notorious leapers, but nowhere near as big as kings. In my experience, they have nothing like the endurance of a king salmon. Red salmon and pink salmon are smaller, but even allo...
Aug 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 73 73 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Fly fishing for Dollies
There’s just too much to do in August. Pinks line beaches and deer season is opening. Meanwhile the offshore fishing is really turned on. Ptarmigan season opens later in the month, while the chum salmon and silver salmon should also be appearing along the beaches. I’m not going to make your life any easier, however! August is also prime time for one of my favorite all time pursuits. Dry fly fishing for Dolly Varde...
Jul 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Deer season opener
Are you getting into the swing of fishing? It’s front and center in our lives right now, but that could get complicated in a little over a week. Deer season opens August 1! The early start to Kodiak’s deer season catches everyone by surprise. It feels as though summer has barely started and fall is still a long way off. To tell the whole truth, most hunters wait until October to start their own deer seasons, but t...
Jul 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Pink salmon summer fun
For me, the arrival of pink salmon in July is the true onset of a Kodiak summer. I’m happy to report that summer arrived in full force last week! We saw pink salmon almost everywhere we expected to see them, and we caught them until our arms shouted for a break. The large schools of pink salmon begin to arrive in mid-July, timed for warm days and lazing on the beach. They’re the perfect family fish because they’re...
Jul 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Turn your freezer stock into something for the table
This is an exciting time of year as fishing improves and freezer shelves start filling with winter treats. Meanwhile, we also can enjoy fresh fish as often as we want! But there comes a point when freezers fall into disarray as each new batch of fish is added to the one before it. At some point you have to take the bull by the horns and reorganize your freezer. We had a little surprise while sorting our own freeze...
Jul 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Camping Kodiak style
With the approach of Independence Day and the recent warm weather, more than a few families have camping on their calendars. Have you looked at the weather forecast? If you like what you see out your window right now, you’re all set. But if the prospects of wind and wet have you reconsidering your camping plans, don’t be too fast to give up. Camping on Kodiak can become a labor of love when the weather turns sour....
Jul 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting a jump on pinks
I was cautiously steering our boat past a kelp bed, watching for the long brown streamers to loom suddenly beneath the surface as we trolled for king salmon. It’s a bit like playing bumper cars with your boat as you maneuver close enough to attract a king while staying out just far enough to avoid tangles. I was looking ahead when I in the corner of my eye I saw the inboard rod dip lightly once, then twice, and ye...
Jun 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 127 127 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Zeroing in on halibut takes a little longer this year
From everything I hear, we’re not the only ones finding the halibut fishing pretty slow. There seem to be even fewer halibut than last year, which was down considerably from the year before. We’re managing to get halibut in spite of the slower fishing, but we’re using different tactics than ever before. If you’re bothered by a blank space in your freezer, you might want to hear how we’re doing it. I won’t claim th...
Jun 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 137 137 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Salmon on hand, but deer on the mind
Deer season doesn’t open until August 1, so why think about it and begin your preparation now? That’s actually the point. Deer season is less than two months away, and with the challenging hunting we’re likely to encounter, you want to begin your preparation today. The last few winters have been hard on the deer, and their numbers are down considerably. You’re likely to put in a lot of effort to see one, much less...
Jun 11, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 150 150 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Finding fun in Kodiak’s least-popular sport fishery
Which sport fishery is the least popular on Kodiak Island? Walk down to any beach on the road system today, and the answer is waiting. I’m betting you won’t meet a single angler. June is the peak for catching Dolly Varden trout in the ocean, yet almost no one bothers. Avid anglers fished for them in May rivers, but once these great fish reach the ocean they’re forgotten. Sure, anglers are distracted by the onset o...
Jun 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
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