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Outdoor Kodiak: Deer season outlook
I’ve lived on this great island for close to 40 years now, and one thing never fails to surprise me. Kodiak’s deer season opens Aug. 1. That’s only a month away! I haven’t even caught my first pink salmon yet, and already I feel the press of deer season. This year’s deer season could be especially challenging on the road system. I haven’t seen any official numbers, but it’s clear that last winter was especially ha...
Jun 26, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hunting for hidden hot spots
I sometimes forget how big the ocean is around Kodiak. Sure, we’re on an island far from the mainland, but we usually think about the size of the ocean only when we’re traveling. But the ocean close to home can seem awfully big when you’re hunting for fish and having trouble finding them. You don’t have to move far from shore at all to realize just how many places there are for fish to hide. That’s more philosophy...
Jun 19, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: High and dry helps spring camping fun
I conceived the topic for this column last week on the nicest day so far this year. Now, sitting with fingers on keys and staring out the window, one thought comes to mind. Are you out of your mind, Hank? I can barely see across the road, the fog is so thick. And in that unique Kodiak combo, the fog is laced with wind-driven rain. Sure, let’s write an article about the fun of spring camping! But in truth, the weat...
Jun 12, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Say ‘Hello, Dolly’ at sea
I love red salmon as much as the next person, but sometimes the fishing simply doesn’t work out. Too many people might be on hand for your taste, or you might not be able to find any at the moment. But you have the whole day off and the weather is great, so what do you do? Go home? Not a chance! I point my nose downstream to the ocean to hunt for sea run Dolly Varden trout. If I start my day with the Dollies, I of...
Jun 05, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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