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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting started with Dolly Varden
I’m tired of waiting! The winter was long, and it’s time to start catching Dolly Varden in rivers. I can’t be sure they’re leaving their winter lakes yet, headed downstream to the ocean. But they should start any day and I plan to be on the river waiting for them. The timing of each year’s Dolly run is variable. Predicting it isn’t a matter of looking at last year’s calendar. I have come close a few times by watch...
May 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Gearing up
We were all set. I spent this past Saturday finalizing boat preparations and sorting tackle. When the alarm sounded early Sunday morning, I bounded from bed ready to launch the boat for our first venture offshore for kings and halibut. I started the coffee and stepped outside for one last inspection of the boat. Holy cow! The thermometer on our porch read 26 degrees. And a cold breeze wrapped around the corner of ...
May 07, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Purely for the fun of it
Three of us huddled in the shelter of the building, doing our best to dodge the chill wind while fumbling as we strung line through the guides of fly rods. They were tiny rods, so limber and light in the hand we had little hope they could cope with the wind. The wispy little rods were designed for tiny flies and trout, the mere touch of the smooth cork grips evoking small streams, warm days and trout noses slashin...
Apr 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Spring snow teaches us to be prepared when hiking
A glance out the window revealed a scattering of low dark clouds beneath a higher gray layer. The brush was moving a little and there was a light chop on the water. In the corner of the window the thermometer reported 34 degrees. Hmmph … Not too bad on the Kodiak weather scale. Time for a quick walk? After too many indoor hours I couldn’t resist it. Donning gloves and hat and a suitable coat, I paused over my choi...
Apr 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Trout in lakes
Are you anxious for cooperative fish but having no luck with Dolly Varden? Since your trout tackle is tuned and handy, why not try for rainbow trout stocked in road system lakes by ADF&G? Let’s get one thing straight before you write off “stockers.” The rainbows in local lakes are like no other stocked trout! In most places trout are raised large enough for catching before they leave a hatchery. As a result they a...
Apr 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Is that halibut mushy?
Have you ever heard of “mushy” halibut? More importantly, have you ever caught them? I had been reading and hearing about mushy halibut for a number of years, especially in reports from around Seward and Homer. Frankly I wondered what all the fuss was about. Then, year before last, I caught one locally. Oh. Now I understand. But one fish two years ago? What’s the big deal, right? The big deal is that we caught a l...
Apr 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Desperately seeking Dollies
I get serious about Dolly Varden in April. Sure, the bulk of the run won’t hit the rivers until May, but open water on local lakes promises hot action when you can find the fish. And even in April, when conditions are just right, you can find a few in the rivers. As lake water warms and ice retreats from lakes, the Dollies wintering there become more active and hungry. They’re coldblooded creatures, after all. As ...
Apr 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: First king salmon of the year
Am I the only angler anxious for the first king salmon of 2013? I sincerely doubt it! This might seem early for thoughts of king salmon, but in fact I have no doubt they’re out there waiting. It’s more a matter of waiting for cooperative weather than waiting for the king salmon to arrive. But if you wait until the weather is good before preparing your king gear, the odds are good that the weather will turn sour ag...
Mar 26, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Snowshoe hare for dinner
We eat a lot of rabbit. While it doesn’t completely replace chicken or turkey in our diets, it certainly accounts for more meals than chicken and turkey combined. There seems to be divide between folks who eat rabbit and those who don’t. If it was a part of your family cuisine while you were growing up, you’re likely to be eating it today. But if you’ve never had it, the chances are you’re not going to without a n...
Mar 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Late season rabbits
My rabbit hunting gets really serious in March. There’s no closed season or bag limit on Kodiak, so you could hunt them year-round, but I quit later in April due to the onset of their breeding season. The brush doesn’t thin enough to hunt again until November. Why am I so serious about March hunting? Cabin fever is only part of the picture. In fact, the hunting is usually better in March and April than at any othe...
Mar 12, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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