Soldotna Local Customs

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    Slikok Valley School
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  • Ye Haaaaaaaaaa!!!!
    Ye Haaaaaaaaaa!!!!
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    Riding the Big Salmon

    by herzog63 Written Jul 24, 2004

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    Ye Haaaaaaaaaa!!!!

    If you hook onto on those huge Kenai King Salmon you might want to through a saddle on it and just ride it out for a few hours until it gets tired!! hahahah Then you can drag it right up to the Barbeque Pit. I caught this one on 4 lb test line after I rode it's back for 12 1/2 hours!! hahaha

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    The Famous Chair

    by herzog63 Written Jul 24, 2004

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    Alaskan Chair

    You can find the Famous Alaskan Chair in Soldotna at Hanson's Custom Carving. I only visited late in the evening so the sun was behind the photo to bleach out the photo. If you want to see a great photo of it check out VT'er Kaloz he uses the photo as his main photo. This chair will make any fat butt look small!! hahahah

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    Kalifornsky Beach Road

    by herzog63 Written Jul 24, 2004

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    Slikok Valley School

    If you don't want to sound like a tourist when you're in Soldotna and you want to know something about Kalifornsky Beach Road just say K-Beach Road as none of the locals hardly know that the real name is Kalifornsky hahhaha They just call it K- Beach Road. The photo is taken just off K-Beach Road at the Soldotna Homestead Museum. The building is the original Slikok Valley school.

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    Moose spotting

    by herzog63 Written Jul 24, 2004

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    Moose on the loose

    There are lot's and lot's of Moose in the Soldotna area!! You can see them right along the side of the road on the Sterling Highway, Kenai Spur Highway, Kalifornsky Beach Road and Funny River Road will produce Moose viewing depending on your luck or misluck!! hahaha From past experience of two trips to the area it seems like later evenings are the times when the moose come out of the forest to the road sides. There are also some marshs and swamps that the moose can be spotted around during the day.

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    Dip Nets $150.00

    by herzog63 Written Jul 23, 2004

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    Dip nets

    This is no joke.....I saw several places selling dipnets for $150.00 each!! I think it's a crazy price and the $150.00 price might have been for out-of-towners. The Dipnetting is allowed for all Alaska Residents. Certain areas are opened after enough salmon have escaped to allow for enough fish for spawning to have great returns year after year.
    There are size restrictions on the size of the net that is allowed. And I believe the maximum catch is 25 salmon per family member. The way they dipnet is to usually wear Chest Waders and wade out as far as you can without filling up your waders with water and hold the dipnet into the current and wait until you feel some action in your net then give the net a bit of a twist so the salmon can't escape and then walk backwards out of the water and dump the fish on the beach to a waiting family member then do the same process all over again. The family member would bonk the fish in the head to keep it from suffering and then either poke a gill plate to bleed it or fillet it right on the spot and put the fillets on ice in a cooler. We happened to go to the mouth of the Kenai River on the opening day of dipnetting and the beach was packed with locals filling up the coolers with fish. It sure looked like a great way for a family to have fun and fill up the freezer for winter all at the same time!! Most of them were not using these $150.00 nets. Many were just homemade and seemed to work just as well!!

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