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Outdoor Kodiak Look behind rocks for the first red salmon
The rumors are spreading. I hear more and more second-hand reports of red salmon in local rivers. But strangely enough, I can’t find anyone who’s seen one first-hand. And of course, I have no reports of catches. Is this spring fever or what? I’m in the legions expecting red salmon to arrive as usual in the last week of May, but could they, too, be delayed by the cold water? The only way to find the answer is to do...
May 29, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Halibut making their way out of the depths
I haven’t poked a thermometer in the water to confirm it, but I’ve read accounts that there is more to our cold weather than snow on the ground. The water is colder, too. Water temperature is a huge influence on fish feeding, movement and distribution. In winter the shallow ocean waters are colder, so the fish move deeper. In the spring they move back into the shallows as the water warms. This year’s cold water co...
May 15, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Disappearing snow is signal to go outside
Hooray! The snow has retreated from the lowlands and it’s time to head out the door. Sure, my spring chore list is long, but there’s more on my to-do list than chores. It’s high time to get off the road and enjoy your favorite activities in the Kodiak countryside. More than many folks, I see spring as the time to get serious about practicing my field shooting. It’s one thing to shoot indoors to maintain basic skil...
May 08, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Tinkerers never stop looking for better lure
You can spot the gear tinkerers of the fishing world. They’re the guys huddled in the fishing tackle aisle, flapping their arms and wiggling their fingers like fighter pilots discussing aerial strategy. I count myself in their league because I live to mess with my tackle. I’m always in search of a better idea, and a big part of that is swapping ideas with other addicts. Last weekend I was comparing notes with a li...
May 01, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Casting about for a Dolly Varden strategy
Warm days and warm rains do more than banish snow. They also warm rivers. And on Kodiak Island warming rivers start a chain reaction. Within the gravel, tiny salmon develop faster and soon begin to emerge for their trip to the ocean. And in the lakes, wintering Dolly Varden grow restless and move into the rivers in anticipation of a feast on the small salmon. Something else is happening with the retreat of the sno...
Apr 24, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Never been fly fishing? Try it — you’ll like it!
I’ve been a fly fisherman for more than 50 years, or more accurately today, a fly fisher. I enjoy all manner of fishing, but I use a fly rod and flies more than any other gear because I get the biggest kick out of it. Heck, I even fly fish for halibut and offshore king and silver salmon when they are shallow enough for a fly rod. For me, fishing is more than putting a winter supply of fish in the freezer. It’s abo...
Apr 17, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Shed your winter weight to better enjoy the outdoors
I doubt I’m alone in feeling confined by all the snow Kodiak has “enjoyed” this year. I grew up in the desert and I’m more of a walker and less of a snow sport enthusiast. Recent visits to desert country confirmed the distinction.The wide-open spaces and easy walking beckoned like no fresh layer of powder snow has ever managed. I could set off on a whim and walk unhindered in any direction that called. No special ...
Apr 10, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Light tackle fishing
If you’re planning to buy new rods and reels for your boat this year, don’t be too quick to settle on traditional halibut gear. The door has opened on a new world in halibut fishing, and there are very good reasons to move on to the newer options. When you hear “halibut” rods, what do you think of? Those heavy, stiff rods with oversize reels and a big stack of thick Dacron line? The era of such heavy gear is rapid...
Apr 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Emerald Isle Gun Show hits mark
A group of people looks at a table full of guns, which was manned by Bill Hoyt, right, at the Emerald Isle Gun Show at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center Saturday. The first Emerald Isle Gun Show was held Saturday in Kodiak. “It was received really well,” organizer Michael Horstman said. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Apr 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Plug-cut your herring and pre-rig for trolling
Boat owners will know immediately what I mean by recommending “pre-rigging” for trolling. Passengers in the boat might not appreciate the fine details, but they will immediately recognize the clatter of tackle boxes and tangle of leaders if the owner isn’t pre-rigged or prepared for gear changes and repairs while also driving the boat. In wide-open spaces where bottom snags aren’t a threat or neighboring boats don...
Mar 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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