07/21/16 - 4:20pm
Author’s note: This column first appeared in the Clarion on Aug. 16, 2002. I’ve edited it for clarity.
In years ending with an even number, such as 2016, the Kenai River is blessed with vast numbers of pink salmon, bound for their spawning grounds. Hereabouts, we refer to such years as “humpy years.”
“Humpy” is an endearing term given to pink salmon because of the hump that forms on the males’ backs as they approach spawning time. Pinks, humpies, whatever you want to call them, they deserve respect.