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Into the Pink


  Once every two years, a remarkable angling event happens here in the Pacific Northwest. Pink, or “humpie” salmon make their bi-annual return to our waters, in numbers between 6 and 8 million.  You heard me right, that’s million with an “illion”.  It’s like a freakin’ Egyptian biblical plague of pink salmon around here.  Only these plague beasts taste great smoked,…

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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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Smoked Salmon & Nettle Pie


I’ve done a bit of chop-busting on here about how some of the local fishermen put most, if not all, of their salmon catch into a hot smoker. I believe I mention on the info page that I hope to offer my brothers & sisters fishing the Pacific Northwest, some alternatives to the nearly ubiquitous smoked salmon. I’m not anti…

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Mango Broiled Salmon w/ a fish story on the side.


Have you ever heard of Grits Gresham? When I was a kid, he was one of more prominent, and certainly one of the most entertaining, figures on outdoor sports television. Outspoken and a little outrageous, he was well known as an aficionado of the fish story. So much so that Miller Lite featured him in a commercial on the topic.…

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Apple Cider Reduction


There is a tradition among some old European cultures that during the harvest celebration meal, which is what Thanksgiving essentially is, that at least a little bit of all the foods you raised, harvested or caught that year should be represented on your table.  If you didn’t, you weren’t showing proper thanks for the bounty of the year and were…

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Where there’s smoke, there’s flavor


 “I grew up in a rough Jewish neighborhood, it was so bad we had to put lox on our bagels.” A roommate/coworker of mine told me that joke when we were apprentice Chefs in the Florida Keys.  The thing is, I didn’t fully understand the joke because I didn’t know what lox was.  Oh, I had heard the term lox…

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Hot Grill on Grill Action


I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people for whom barbecue season lasts well into the fall.  In fact during July and August, standing over the grill can get a little sweaty for my tastes.  In September & October though, when the air is a little more …. crisp, that’s my favorite time to light up the…

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Two Grills, One Coho


I warned you that there would be a lot of salmon talk on here for a while. Hey, I’m in the Pacific Northwest and from late July through late September salmon rules the roost here. Don’t worry, once this is over I’m going to be talking about plenty of other great seafood. In fact we have a tuna fish trip…

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White King Salmon with Rainier Cherry Gastrique


Let me regale you with a tale of the bygone era of a couple weeks ago. It was a simpler time when I had the pleasure of taking a friend out for his first fishing trip and put him on his first king salmon. That was a cool moment and an exciting one. Especially since the reel mount on the…

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Lo…. The King approacheth!


Ummm… king salmon that is.   Sorry for the confusion there, Bugs. That’s right, the sweetest peaches of  Seattle area fishing are showing up now, and I feel like a kid at Christmas. Like most anglers, I want to try all different kinds of fishing.  I have a bucket list a mile long of various places and styles of angling…

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