Oktoberfest season is upon us, like it is everywhere else in the world. The traditional Oktoberfest in Munich spans across the last week in September and the first week in October, so we're right on schedule here. Expect a plethora of events and brewery special beer releases to punctuate the season that's recognized as the biggest beer bash in the world.
With the exception of rainbow trout and steelhead, no freshwater game fish in Alaska attracts more fly fisher attention than silver salmon. Silvers, or cohos, offer the fly rodder the complete angling package.
The period just before and especially during World War I was one of rapid expansion in the salmon industry. In Southeast Alaska, 36 new operations began between 1915 and 1918. What prompted this increase? Sockeye had been the most desired canned salmon in earlier years. Then the federal government purchased canned pink salmon for the overseas troops, thus opening a new market. Men hastened to join the bonanza.
When a chef advises me how to prepare something, I listen. I also study his recipes, plating and - fortunately for me - the chefs in Juneau allow me to ask a lot of questions. This enables me to share some great tips and recipes in my column and on my blog.