Nick C. Varney

  • Heat and I get along like a snow cone in a sauna, so last month was no chocolate éclair on the buffet of life for me. Most of the 30 days seemed like something resembling that particular dessert that I inadvertently stepped in rather than enjoyed. Yeah, yeah, I know there are a lot of you who relis...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 4:28pm
  • By the time you read this, the tides should be almost perfect for cutting some respectable critters out the growing herds of halibut cruising around Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet.  The flats will be looking for trouble by trying to filch sushi from the holiday-week buffets being served up on circ...

    Tue, 07/02/2013 - 1:59pm
  • Take a cosmic bucket full of solstice time, dump in huge tides along with hordes of panicked bait fish firing out of the water while dodging creatures trying to turn them into pureed protein and wadda ya get? Some honkin’ size halibut and a fleet of boats on the water with bent sticks wielded by s...

    Wed, 06/26/2013 - 12:37pm
  • It’s been a long time since the weather has been hotter than the fishing around here. With all of the fans blasting inside the cabin, it’s like stepping onto a wind tunnel  when the mutts and I crawl back inside from a scouting expedition. The Fishing Hole has been an interesting enigma so ...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 1:38pm
  • The king run at The Fishing Hole has been fluctuating from being on the verge of comatose to somewhat entertaining with patient fin hunters nailing a few hungry chinooks entering with the tides.  The kings are relatively undersized and could have used a few more years at sea to add some heft to...

    Wed, 06/12/2013 - 1:05pm
  • The first part of this season’s premiere column will be dedicated to those of you who scour wilderness beaches hunting the infamous Alaska clam. Memorial Day weekend should be primo for those who are addicted to rooting around in the mud and sand for a creature that’s as swift and elusive as a r...

    Wed, 05/22/2013 - 3:35pm
  • I can always tell when spring is skulking behind the mountains across the bay. First, a pitiful glimmer floats below the backside of the peaks glowing like a TV Special 2-4-1 LED lantern whose batteries are dying faster than its half-day warranty. ...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 4:08pm
  • Back when a few of the geezoids currently running our Congress had just started to teethe, some stoner ancient Mayan nerds, after quaffing one too many kegs of a brew of toxic psychotropic green honey called Balché, declared the world would be burnt toast on Dec. 21, 2012.  They blew it....

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 9:54am

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