Nick Varney

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


Unhinged Alaska: A different kind of gift

Dec. 11, 2018 nearly slowed my Christmas spirit roll to a complete stop when Old Man Winter suddenly showed up flinging copious quantities of freezing… Continue reading


Reeling ‘em in: Nick answers the big question: What’s so addicting about fishing?

Now that the tourists are in full migration south and the cranes are giving last minute flight training to their offspring, it’s time to close… Continue reading


Unhinged Alaska: Slip slidin’ away

Can you feel it yet? There is definitely something different about nature’s pulse and the actions of her minions. It started several weeks back while… Continue reading

Reeling ’em in: Silver fishing gives flash of fall

Now that we are teetering on the precipice of September’s slide into fall, it’s time to concentrate on the silvers entering some of our local… Continue reading

Reeling ‘em in: Setnetting is a memorable, mud-humping epoch

Every year, the opening day of the Kachemak Bay Coho Salmon Gillnet Fishery brings back some epic memories, especially about the first time we tackled… Continue reading

Reeling ‘em in:

Last Saturday the Nick Dudiak Lagoon was opened to snagging at noon and the weather was perfect for it. The coho cruising around inside were… Continue reading

Reeling ‘em in: Wear your PFD and learn to swim

I’ve been asked several times if I can recollect landing my first fish. Nope, although I vividly recall the procedures that I had to go… Continue reading

Reeling ‘em in: Silvers being snobby at the hole

I dropped in on my favorite fishing spot inside the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon to pick up a couple of silvers for the bar-b last… Continue reading