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Good food to share, such as Dutch oven-baked brownies, adds to the ice fishing experience. (Photo by Dave Atcheson)

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.

by 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

An Outdoor View: Test your freezer IQ

Following is a quiz that will put your freezer knowledge to the test. The answers are below. 1. A home freezer should maintain a temperature of (a) -20 F (b) 32 F (c) 0 F or colder 2.
Les Palmer

Silvers dominate the tributaries

As silver salmon move into Kenai Peninsula streams, species from earlier runs are beginning to spawn, concentrating resident species, which are reaching the height of their catch rates for the season.
Kelly Sullivan

Only three weeks to reel in the halibut of the season

Anglers still aiming to come out on top in the 28th annual Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby have less than three weeks to haul in the winning catch. There is some stiff competition.
Kelly Sullivan

Silvers finally filling the streams

Pink salmon are still plentiful in Kenai River tributaries, but it may be time for anglers to move on to silver salmon entering the streams.
Kelly Sullivan

Silvers: The bite is half the fun

Silver salmon are now bending the rods of local anglers who were anticipating their arrival among an abundant early run of pink salmon.
Kelly Sullivan

Smiles all around at Kenai River Jr. Classic

Smiles were abundant Aug. 13 at the 8th annual Kenai River Jr. Classic as nearly 100 youth from JBER, the Mat-Su Valley and across the Kenai Peninsula participated in this year's event, organized by Kenai River Sportfishing Association (...
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