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Hike to another world at high elevation
May and June are my favorite months for hiking on Kodiak. The weather is warming while the grass and brush are still low. The wildlife viewing can be spectacular as animals move and feed all day following a long winter on short rations. Migratory birds are returning, and especially in June wildflowers will be erupting almost everywhere you look. The scenery is unimaginable, to the point you’ll kick yourself if you...
May 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Stormy, cloudy days rock for Dollies
While the Dolly migration might not be at its peak, there are certainly enough fish in rivers to keep you looking for more. I enjoy Dolly fishing that incorporates a bit of a hunt for the fish, rather than finding hordes in every pool and other spot with slow moving water. I’m a lot more entertained when I have to search a little and work a little for my fish. Catching a fish on every cast is fun for a while, but ...
May 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Reach relaxed reds in saltwater
Is it too soon to start looking for red salmon? Run timing is variable from one year to the next, and I certainly can’t project with any certainty. My solution is to start looking for reds when the calendar page turns to May, with the likelihood of their arrival improving with each passing day. Consider my experiences over the last 40 years on Kodiak. The earliest I’ve seen red salmon in Kodiak rivers was May 6. A...
May 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Early bird catches the biggest Dollies
When the calendar page turns to May, it’s time to turn your eye to Kodiak rivers. Any time now the Dolly Varden will begin their migration to the sea from their winter home in lakes. The timing varies a little from one year to the next, but sooner or later their slender silver forms and hungry mouths will materialize. Sure, you could wait until others find the fish, then head out for a sure thing. But there’s a ve...
Apr 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Shooting refresher
Do you feel a bit awkward when you use your fishing tackle in spring after a long winter of idleness? I sure do. And the more technical the gear, the more my skills seem to have eroded. If familiar fishing gear can feel so awkward after a break, imagine what your guns are going to feel like come fall and the opening of hunting seasons. I know of almost nothing more challenging than accurate shooting when you don’t...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting started for king salmon
The purr of the idling outboard was numbing as we slowly followed the shoreline in search of king salmon. After an hour without a strike on our trailing lines, conversation had died off and we even quit watching our rods. All that changed in an instant when my reel screeched. I looked back in time to see a boil in the water and a broad tail in our wake, kicking the motor out of gear and reaching for the rod in one...
Apr 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Walking off winter
“You’re walking funny!” Huh? My wife was trailing a little behind me and had a good view of my stride. “Yeah, your feet are angled to the outside a little, almost like you’re bowlegged.” I couldn’t see anything like that looking straight down, but with her insight things began to dawn on me. My hips had begun to bother me after long walks, but I wrote it off to that thing called “aging.” My younger brother has bee...
Apr 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 70 70 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Fresh fish for spring
Wouldn’t really fresh fish taste good about now? We do a great job of caring for our catch each year, assuring the best possible quality all winter long. But in the end, it’s still frozen fish. And when you love fish as much as we do, there is a difference. But it’s still a long ways to summer and great fishing, right? Not so fast. Any time the weather and sea state are right for boating, you too could be enjoying...
Mar 25, 2014 | 1 1 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Take advantage of longer days in hunt for hares
Long seasons tend to fall under the radar. You start off with enthusiasm for the renewed opportunity, but slowly other interests take over. The season is still open, but you’ve moved on to other things. And finally, with little fanfare, the season has passed. Consider silver salmon as a prime example. Hopeful anglers almost literally pace the shores in anticipation of their arrival late in August. Yet most quit fi...
Mar 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 67 67 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Clean your freezer
With the promise of warming weather in the not to distant future, it’s time for an important chore. Cleaning your freezer. Do it now. Don’t wait until a glut of fresh fish comes pouring through your door. For us, it’s more than getting rid of old fish to make room for the new. It’s an opportunity to size up our efforts from the previous season. I’m talking not only about how well we preserved our catch, but also h...
Mar 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend
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