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An Outdoor View: On filling the freezer

In a perfect world, we’d be eating a sandwich made from the last of last year’s salmon while catching our first salmon of this year. In reality, we sometimes catch more salmon than we can eat. When this happens, the fish end up in the garbage or fed to animals. Here are some tips that might help you determine how many fish you need.

by Les Palmer

Sockeye fishing makes anglers twitchy

While dipnetters swarm the Kenai Peninsula's beaches to wrestle fish out of the surf, anglers take to the riverbanks to practice a less athletic but more nuanced type of fishing.

Fishing report: All eyes on the Kenai as sockeye numbers build, king fishing steady

Angling eyes are on the Kenai River this week as sockeye numbers are building and king salmon fishing remains steady.
Will Morrow

An Outdoor View: Fishing not just for fun

Author's note: The following is an open letter to the Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish. - LP Thank you for this opportunity to comment on the draft of your 2015 - 2020 Division of Sport Fish Strategic Plan.
Les Palmer

Hungry grayling await ambitious anglers

Few things are as rewarding for a beginning fly fisherman than a forgiving fish that will bite at just about anything. For those willing to make the trek, grayling in the clear, cold lakes of the Kenai Mountains fit the bill nicely.
Rashah McChesney

Fishing report: Good time to chase rainbows

With king salmon fishing slow and a lull in the numbers of sockeye moving into the Kenai River, now might be a good time to go chasing rainbows.
Will Morrow

Tight Lines: Ice fishing can be cool winter fun

The water dripping off the eaves has thickened into crystal stalactites, and outside my window snowflakes swirl before settling into a fine dust on the frozen ground - a sign that winter, with its slower pace, is still upon us.
Dave Atcheson

Tight Lines: Dolly Varden or Arctic char, that is the question

"I cast out and try to be patient, waiting for my fly to sink. On my first cast I'm too patient and snag.
Dave Atcheson

Tight Lines: Mouseanity in Western Alaska

When some fishing buddies heard I was headed to a particular Western Alaska stream, they said to be sure I had a good supply of mouse patterns — that’s right, giant foam or deer-hair dry flies that mimic various voles and shrews, and...
Dave Atcheson

An Outdoor View: Rigged and ramblin'

Author's note: This column, edited slightly for brevity, previously appeared Dec. 9, 1988, in "The Tides," a Clarion supplement. For reasons that defy logic, as most things about fishing do, we anglers prefer not to angle close to home.
Les Palmer

Fall fishing in full swing

Traditional run timing shows coho salmon to be moving through inlet streams through October, while resident species of freshwater fish continue to provide opportunity for patient anglers.
Rashah McChesney


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