The summer of 2012 was tough for king salmon runs. Economic disasters were declared in the wake of poor returns on the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, and in Cook Inlet. Users in all of those areas faced severe restrictions.
Editor's note: This is the first in a 10-part series examining the issues surrounding the Kenai River king salmon run.
Water rushes between my hip waders as I see my hunk of eggs, hook and Spin-n-Glo drift along the bottom of the Ninilchik River. Suddenly my rod appears in hand as my hook snags on a smooth hunk of rock. I pull and nothing. I pull again and see the stone budge slightly. Splashing, but not getting wet, I scuttle over and pull the rock off my line to see my hook snagged strangely deeper in the riverbed.
A recent battle with a king hooked on a bobber and egg rig reminded me of the first Kenai king I hooked and landed on my own. Here's a piece I wrote shortly after that fight.
Everyone who comes to Alaska for the first time in search of a big fish from the deep always seems to believe they'll be reeling up a barn door on their halibut adventure.
When the plane touched down at Ted Stevens International Airport at 2 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, my first thought as I looked out the window was: "Wow, it's actually dark!" My second thought was, "Oh crap, I'm here!"
There are several reasons why a pet owner may opt to spay or neuter their dog or cat, yet a lot of myths and misconceptions exist around the idea of pet surgical sterilization.
I had to slide, stumble or trip at least 15 times on my second trek on the Skyline Trail before I felt that the trail was truly my own. Even though it was my second time on the trail, it was still a new experience. This time out, it had been raining, and I struggled against my natural instinct to stay inside where it was dry.
Thank God it snowed! I was starting to feel a little guilty about the lack of snow. After all, shortly after writing my last column about my fear of Alaska winters, I went out and bought a set of cross-country skis, hoping to attack the unfamiliar season with proactive enthusiasm.
?You downloaded Hanson? You?re such a dork.?
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