Carrie’s First Fish

Carrie’s First Fish

By Evan Swensen| 12/06/2021
Carrie became an official angler on the spit at English Bay. She was fishing in saltwater when a 14-inch Dolly took her bait. English Bay is a short flight from Homer. The airport, such as it is, is a wide, flat, narrow strip of gravel on the spit se...

Blake’s First Fish

By Evan Swensen| 11/28/2021
Russian River is one of my favorite fishing holes. Of the ones you can drive to, my favorite. Sure it’s crowded during the red-salmon run, but that’s part of the fun. After the red run winds up, and most anglers put away their equipment o...

Jesse’s First Fish

By Evan Swensen| 11/22/2021
Kids don’t care if it’s in a plane, a boat, or just the family clunker. Jesse, for example. When he was barely three, he and I took our old converted camper Corvan and went fishing. A Corvan was Corvair’s minivan. Both the Corvair a...

Diane’s First Fish

By Evan Swensen| 11/15/2021
You often hear me recommend that when you go fishing, take a kid with you. When I say kid, I mean either boy or girl. Some of my best times on the fishing stream have been with my daughters. Diane became acquainted with hiking in the outdoors before ...

Alan’s First Fish

By Evan Swensen| 11/08/2021
Miss Shapen was constructed for the sole purpose of taking her builders fishing on the Swanson River. And fishing we did. It was from the deck of Miss Shapen that my oldest son Alan took his first fish. It was early spring in the second year of Miss ...

Catch Them Again for the First Time

By Evan Swensen| 11/03/2021
Do you remember your first fish? Of course you do. I remember mine like it was last week. On opening day, I was in Oak Creek Canyon, fishing with a 10-foot cane pole, no reel, a piece of line tied to one end, and nightcrawlers for bait. I have relive...

George Inlet

By Evan Swensen| 10/25/2021
We filmed our guide and his clients pulling a crab pot. The guide told us he was sure it would be full, and if it wasn’t, the only reason would be that a passing fishing boat robbed it in our absence. When a crab pot is robbed, it is an unwritten r...

Devil’s Canyon

By Evan Swensen| 10/18/2021
One Last Cast From Alaska Outdoors Radio Magazine By Evan Swensen Chapter Seven Devil’s Canyon Steve Mahay asked me to produce a movie and video of his attempted run up Devil’s Canyon on the Big Susitna River. A few kayakers had successfully navi...

Seward Silver Salmon Derby

By Evan Swensen| 10/11/2021
One Last Cast From Alaska Outdoors Radio Magazine By Evan Swensen Chapter Six Seward Silver Salmon Derby A few years ago, we spent several days in Seward fishing and filming the Silver Salmon Derby. We filmed the whole Salmon Derby experience: folks ...

The Kijik Experience

By Evan Swensen| 10/04/2021
Kijik, as we were told, means “at one with nature or at peace with the land.” We were making a video comparing the old ways and modern sportfishing. After we’d completed the shooting, we decided to call the video The Kijik Experienc...

Horses Around Denali

By Evan Swensen| 09/27/2021
It was a blue-bird day. Not a cloud in the sky. The kind of a day movie makers dream of. Our film crew was headed for Denali on the Alaska Railroad. The railroad before dome cars and plush seats. We were going to film a wilderness horse pack trip. As...

Deerhair Mouse

By Evan Swensen| 09/20/2021
We were filming a segment for Alaska Outdoors television show when I accomplished three, I’ve-never-done-before things on one pike in a Southwest Alaska lake. It was a windy day. Too windy to fly-fish, too windy to film. I was prepared for big ...

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