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Hank Pennington
 
Outdoor Kodiak: It's halibut time
My wife and I have been a little distracted by king salmon. Between that and weather days, we simply haven’t put any effort into halibut. But recently we found ourselves on the water with time to kill and no immediate king salmon prospects. It was too nice a day to go home, but we had a couple of...
Jun 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 51 51 recommendations | email to a friend
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Hike to another world at high elevation
May and June are my favorite months for hiking on Kodiak. The weather is warming while the grass and brush are still low. The wildlife viewing can be spectacular as animals move and feed all day following a long winter on short rations. Migratory birds are returning, and especially in June wildfl...
May 20, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Stormy, cloudy days rock for Dollies
While the Dolly migration might not be at its peak, there are certainly enough fish in rivers to keep you looking for more. I enjoy Dolly fishing that incorporates a bit of a hunt for the fish, rather than finding hordes in every pool and other spot with slow moving water. I’m a lot more entertai...
May 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Reach relaxed reds in saltwater
Is it too soon to start looking for red salmon? Run timing is variable from one year to the next, and I certainly can’t project with any certainty. My solution is to start looking for reds when the calendar page turns to May, with the likelihood of their arrival improving with each passing day. C...
May 06, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Early bird catches the biggest Dollies
When the calendar page turns to May, it’s time to turn your eye to Kodiak rivers. Any time now the Dolly Varden will begin their migration to the sea from their winter home in lakes. The timing varies a little from one year to the next, but sooner or later their slender silver forms and hungry mo...
Apr 29, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 55 55 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Shooting refresher
Do you feel a bit awkward when you use your fishing tackle in spring after a long winter of idleness? I sure do. And the more technical the gear, the more my skills seem to have eroded. If familiar fishing gear can feel so awkward after a break, imagine what your guns are going to feel like come ...
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting started for king salmon
The purr of the idling outboard was numbing as we slowly followed the shoreline in search of king salmon. After an hour without a strike on our trailing lines, conversation had died off and we even quit watching our rods. All that changed in an instant when my reel screeched. I looked back in tim...
Apr 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting a jump on dollies
Like so many Kodiak anglers, the annual Dolly Varden run is the true beginning of spring. Sure there are lots of other signs to be found. But the tug of that first Dolly on the end my line is the starting gun for so many months of great fishing to come. But the timing of the Dolly run is really v...
Apr 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
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