Browsing All posts tagged under »Naknek River«

The River is Waking Up

May 2, 2012


Naknek River is melting down after a very cold winter with lots of snow. I hear stories of the snowmelt and run-off from the land helping the salmon find their way home. It’s wonderful to think about and it is good to see our home stream shedding its ice to ready itself for all of […]

The Gift

March 13, 2012


When I first started fishing at age 10 my great-grandpa, Paul Chukan, was still part of our family operation. It was not until my second or third season that I was given the opportunity to help pick fish. Up until that point I was only responsible for making sure that the fish made it up […]

Leftover Salmon

March 5, 2012


Sometimes leftover salmon can taste as good as freshly cooked salmon, especially if you have just finished a satisfying ski. Earlier this season I shared a couple of bites of leftover Bristol Bay Naknek River King Salmon belly with my friend Jen in the Eaglecrest parking lot after we had taken some runs together and […]

Honoring the Fish

March 4, 2012


Yesterday I cut some salmon fillets that I felt pretty good about. How a person fillets doesn’t necessarily affect how the fish will taste, but I feel that making nice cuts does justice to the life that the fish gave. Here is my work pictured below: I have shared this preparation in a previous post, […]

The Whole Thing

March 3, 2012


We are having a gathering at our house tonight. You are invited. We will be sharing the last of our Bristol Bay salmon from the 2011 season. A Naknek River King Salmon that was frozen whole after it was bled. It is waiting to be filleted and I will be baking both sides along with […]


February 9, 2012


Today I headed up to the lower nordic loop at Eaglecrest Ski Area. Even on the mountain the temperatures were in the 40’s but the good cover we got earlier in the season is holding up pretty well. Judging by the marks on the recently groomed trail, a few folks got out ahead of me, […]

The Magic Salmon Soup Pot

February 7, 2012


As I was skiing today I kept thinking about my Great-Grandmother, Anna Chukan. She loved us in a quiet and solid way that my family misses every day, yet we know that her love abides with us still. Whether I had just come in from playing, skiing or fishing, if she were not busying herself […]

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