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Hank Pennington
 
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 ...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 o...
Apr 03, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 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 ...
Mar 27, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: How not to slip up on felt-soled wader ban
Starting this year, felt soles on waders are no longer legal in Alaska. Why is that? Felt is an ideal surface for collecting and holding small critters and bits of plants. It doesn’t pose a problem if you stay in the same watershed, but the moment you move on to another, your felt soles carry the...
Mar 20, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Be ready for big ones as soon as lakes thaw
I suspect I’m not the only angler on Kodiak who’s sick of winter! I’ve exorcized my frustration by cleaning, repairing and replacing tackle, but there’s only so much you can do. Inevitably, you have to start a search for fishing opportunities. The long spate of cold weather has kept the lakes sea...
Mar 13, 2012 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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