Nick Varney

Nick Varney

Unhinged Alaska: Once upon a phone call

“Why don’t ya cut out the jester routine and get down to some serious investigative reporting?”


Reeling ‘Em In: Nick says ‘So long, and thanks for all the feedback, tips and tales’

Before we roll into the last fishing report for the season, I’d like to say that it has been another great run especially because of… Continue reading


Reeling ‘Em In: Hare v. Pheasants could be plot of Homer ‘Sea Side Story’

Last week, as dawn morphed from a dull steel radiance to a crimson ember’s glow, I had just stepped out of the cabin to head… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Labor Day tourism was slow, but fishing was smokin’ hot

Over the Labor Day weekend, the Homer Spit looked as though the holiday had been over for a month. The lack of RVs, tents and… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Alas, poor Thrasher — it’s time for Nick’s revered fishing rod to retire

As the summer teeters on the border’s edge of August and September, I have come to the solemn conclusion that I must retire my favorite… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Smoky days didn’t stop Nick from catching some righteous cohos

Last week was a bit wild with the fire flare ups, road closures and hanging smoke. Until the winds finally showed up, the inside of… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Silvers won’t get relief from sun until later in the month

It looks as though the weather forecast bodes well for sun worshipers and vendors hawking SPF 100 body-goop that claims to prevent the human hide… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: How to introduce a youngster to Alaska fishing — and get skunked, too

Have you ever experienced a quintessential week of angling where you were able to introduce a young visitor to such a cool Alaska adventure? Most… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Finicky silvers have specific bait requirements, doncha know

Update: This came in too late for the Homer News prime time edition of the paper but in time for a web heads-up. A Youth-Only… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Try Nick’s smart tips for catching silvers at The Fishin’ Hole

I received an unusual amount of mail last week bemoaning the fact that even more silvers are rolling into the Nick Dudiak Lagoon, but they… Continue reading

Anglers fish on July 15, 2019, at the mouth of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon in Homer, Alaska. Rain fell over the weekend after a weeks-long stretch of sunny weather. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Reeling ‘Em In: Learn the difference between kings and silvers

Although I haven’t seen much to get riled up about the return of the silvers to the Nick Dudiak Lagoon yet, I have noticed more… Continue reading

Anglers fish on July 15, 2019, at the mouth of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon in Homer, Alaska. Rain fell over the weekend after a weeks-long stretch of sunny weather. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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Reeling ‘Em In: Mud Bay offers chance at halibut fishing — without the puking

Yesterday, I ran across some very cool couples from down San Antonio way who were travelling around the state chasing spectacular vistas and fish. They… Continue reading

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Reeling ‘Em In: Snagamania starts at Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon

To kick things off, I’d like to sincerely wish all of you a very safe and pleasurable Fourth of July celebration. It’s cool to be… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Not even dinosaur-killing virus can stop Nick from his report

This column may be a bit shorter than usual because I’m sitting here at the computer with the Grim Reaper drooling over my right shoulder… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Bobber snaggers have skills of bread mold

I received an interesting batch of emails after last week’s report and most of them centered on the king return at the Nick Dudiak Fishing… Continue reading

Reeling ’Em In: Blackmouths getting bigger at Fishin’ Hole

Last week I wrote that the blackmouths being caught at the Spit’s fishing lagoon were fairly small tipping the scales at around 5 to 9… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Chinooks starting to hit at Fishin’ Hole

Last week I reported that the Fishing Hole’s chinook run had been about as productive as surface trolling from a ferry in high seas off… Continue reading

Fishing still good despite wacky weather

The weather was a bit schizoid over the Memorial Day weekend with Mother Nature experiencing sneezing wind fits trailed by intervals of sluggish air allowing… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: River salmon fishing opens Saturday

This weekend officially kicks off the Homer News fishing column, Reeling ’Em In, where our vast and dedicated staff of an old goat and his… Continue reading