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Skagit River Sockeye Salmon


It feels like I’m going back to the beginning this time around.  My very first post about salmon was on sockeye from the Skagit River.   Now it’s a few years later, I’m a little more seasoned, a little more skilled, and I’ve got even more of that Clooney-esque distinguished charm going on. So I had a confident swagger when I…

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10 tactics to help prevent losing that fish


It’s always going to happen.  It’s part of fishing. There’s always going to be the ones that get away. Around here, conversations with other fishermen we encounter often go like this. “How did you do today?” “Not bad, we went six for ten.”    Or, “6/10” if we’re texting, emailing, or whatever. That gives a quick picture of how the day went.…

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Slow Roasted Spring Salmon


Copper River salmon season has begun, and with it,the media hoopla and excitement over the arrival of these fish in area restaurants.  My first Spring working as Chef in Seattle, I was stunned by the customer reaction to the coming of ‘The Copper”.  Early in the morning of the first day of the season, the phone starts ringing. “Do you…

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Take me to the River


He walked down the riverbank without hurry. And, as it is when a man is without hurry, when a man has neither a goal nor a destination, he looked upon things and saw things. ~Herman Hesse When I was growing up, this time of year was magazine season for me. Fishing opportunities in rural Delaware during the dead of winter…

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Surprisingly, my first salmon post is about Sockeye.


I should probably warn you now to prepare for a fair amount of salmon talk on here over the next couple months. King season has just opened up and there are some resident coho salmon around be had as well. Then, right around the time we have to stop keeping kings, the larger, migratory coho arrive from the ocean. Essentially,…

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Starting Small


Back home in Delaware, the first week in April has always been the start of trout season.  When we were young, my Uncle Jack used to take my cousin John and I out for opening day each year.  We’d hit White Clay Creek, Delaware’s Mecca for trout fishing, where the anglers would line up that weekend, literally elbow to elbow,…

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