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How to be Fly

Jonathan Barron
Staff Writer

 

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Regular fishing can be tedious. Performing the same movement over and over again with no focus provides a boring time. This is why fly fishing can give the proper and better experience that every fisherman deserves.

Fly fishing requires different equipment and a much more precise technique than what you’re probably used to. There are three things that are a necessity to fly fish, the correct weight fly rod, correct weight fly line, and the right flies. I will go in depth about each of these items and their significance and how you can use them to the best of your ability and ultimately catch fish.

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Fly Rods

The significant difference between fly rods and other rods are their material and length. Most fly rods come on average about 9 feet long, which may seem overwhelming but the rod overall is light. Each rod comes in different weights ranked varying from 1 weight to 15 weight (15 weight being the heaviest). Depending on the force the fish can apply, having the correct rod is essential in landing the fish. For instance, for small lake trout weighing around 2 to 3 pounds, a good weight rod for the job is around a 3 weight. For a salmon weighing roughly 6 to 8 pounds, a 5 or 6 weight will do the job. Heavier salmon such as the chinook, would normally require an 8 or 9 weight rod. However, it is possible to catch heavier fish on a lighter rod, but this requires much better handling and skill than the normal rookie has. A good weight rod to gain experience and learn on is a 5 weight rod. It is perfect for trout and smaller salmon.

Fly Line & Reel

The fly rod can only be used with the correct weight line and reel. Weighted lines are the trick to the perfect cast and proper tensions with a fish on. Lines are weighted in accordance with the weight rods. For example, a 5 weight rod should get 5 weight line, and a 10 weight rod should get 10 weight line. When numbers are mixed, there is an imbalance in the forces exerted with casts and causes a presentation that will never catch a fish. Imagine trying to cast a blade of grass with a giant tree log, it wouldn’t work very well. The same principle applies inversely, a tiny twig couldn’t cast giant rope very well. This logic applies to fly rods, fly line  and reels. It works best to have matching weight gear.

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So we have the rod and the reel, but the most important part of fly fishing is the fly. I could go on and on about tying flies, what flies to use for each species, or the numerous varieties of flies, but to stick the basics for beginners there are two main types: wet flies and dry flies. There are other categories however for freshwater fishing these kinds are good for starters.

Wet flies are the types of flies that sink in the water. These are good for imitating nymphs and other species that are underwater. To use a wet fly productively, you need to have good knowledge of the waters you’re fishing in. Such as how deep the river is and the type of food source the sought after fish is going for. Also, Using wet flies in rivers takes more skill in casting to give the proper and natural mends.

Dry flies are the more fun type of flies, and can sometimes be more effective depending on the circumstance. Many fish such as trout and salmon who are residing in lakes often will come up to the surface to catch bugs. This is where a dry fly comes in best. The fly will imitate an insect, and the fish will be tricked into thinking it’s food. Typically you can see the fish coming to target your dry fly, which is very entertaining because sometimes you can play with the fish. No matter what though, you will feel the bite, set the hook and then fish on!

 

Fly Gear for Rookies:

Bang for the buck –
5-weight TFO – $170
5-weight Lamson Guru 2 – $239
Fly line – Rio Gold – $80

Total ~ $489

Premium –
5-weight – Sage X – $900

5-weight –  Galvan Torque 5 – $385

Fly line – Scientific Anglers SharkWave – $100

Total ~ $1385

 

School Safety

Kristian Pihl
Staff Writer

School safety has always been one of the biggest issues and concerns revolving around any school around the country.
Since 2012, there have been 237 school shooting in America. Violence and bullying in schools across America happens on a daily basis. Kayhi, just like any other school is taking the necessary precautions to ensure a safer school environment. Ketchikan High School Principal Mr. Marshall is doing all he can to make sure Kayhi is as safe as it can be.
“Kayhi is actively working on making the school safe,” said Marshall. “Kayhi has a safety committee, a company called safe havens which is made up by vice principal Mr. Maxwell and other teachers/faculty members.”
Kayhi safety officer Darryl Nichols is on campus during school hours keeping the students in check. “The staff is much more aware of things, more eyes are out in the hallway,” said Nichols.
“Kayhi is one of the safer schools I have seen. The student body at Kayhi should be very proud of themself.”
School safety and the prevention of violence from the campus is just as big of a deal to students as it is to staff. Most schools across the country have been taking action by including more technology, and more security on campus to prevent violence. Junior Connor O’Bryan’s said his biggest concern kids face at school would be bullying. “Bullying hasn’t been much of an issue at all since I’ve started high school.”
Senior Jon Barron also gave his outtake of his concern for kids at school, “I have yet to hear anything that would keep kids unsafe at Kayhi.”
“I want students to know when they come to school, they shouldn’t be worried about being harassed or anything like that,” Marshall said. “Kids need to know this is a safe place. I want students to come to school knowing we’re going to do everything we can to make Kayhi a safe environment for everyone.”
Long time teacher Mr. O’Brien stated that the goal to being safe is working together.
“We all have to be vigilant and and kind to each other,” said O’Brien. “We all need to be helpers and listen to each other. Problems like these are very unsettling. But Kayhi is very fortunate, we have a tremendous staff and student body. You really see and feel that we do care about each other.”

Who needs coffee? We Do

Chanell Browne
Staff writer

Coffee has become a popular beverage in this generation were living in today.
For one cup of coffee at B&D, it’s about $6. So the question is, how much money do high schoolers spend on coffee a week?
B&D has never struggled with making a profit. B&D barista Elizabeth Young said that B&D collects a high amount a day spent on coffee.
“We make around $1000 a day on a good day,” said Young. “In a weeks average, we make about $6000-$7000.”
Whenever you go to buy a coffee for the first time at B&D they give you a free punch card. Every time you buy a coffee after that, they punch a new hole in the card that you give them. Once you have 10 punches you get a free coffee and enter your punch card into a drawing for a prize or free trip.
A filled punch card at B&D is a total of about $50 – $60 dollars spent on coffee. The business collects close to 120 punch cards just in one week.
“During my shift, I collect about five punch cards a day,” said Young. “Combined with others, we get a total of about 120 punch cards a week.”
With 120 punch cards rolling in, how much of those are from high schoolers? Junior Morgan Tiffany said she finds herself at B&D quite often throughout the span of a week, which stacks up a lot of punch cards.
“I probably go to B&D 5 times a week, multiple times a day,” said Tiffany. “It takes me about a week and a half to go through a punch card, so I spend about $40 a week I’d say.”
Lunch hour is a busy time for B&D because of its location being near the school. Barista, Elizabeth Young said she sees a lot of high schoolers throughout the span of lunch hour coming to get drinks.
“I’d say we see about 30 or 40 high schoolers a day,” said Young. “But during the lunch rush, we get about 15-20 kids just between the hour of 12-1pm.”
Why is B&D so much more popular than Starbucks though? Junior Molly O’Brien likes B&D because of the convenience of it compared to other coffee places in town.
“I like B&D because I don’t have to go out of my way to get it,” said O’Brien. “It’s on my way to school in the morning, and I can get anything I want without having to wait a long time and without having to get out of my car.”
Coffee has certainly made its way into this generation as a favored beverage by not only adults but by teens as well. And it’s here to stay for a while.

Kayhi Students Prepare for 2018 Tourist Season

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Kyle Smith
Staff Writer

May 3rd officially kicks off the start of the 2018 tourist season in Ketchikan. It’s the busiest time of the year for the people of Ketchikan and students at Kayhi play a crucial role in the tourism industry during the summer.
John Malouf owns several tour companies in the summer where he benefits from employing Kayhi students in the summer.
“It would definitely make my job harder without them working for me,” said Malouf. “They do quite a lot. I hire quite a few high school kids as dock reps, salespeople, and tour guides. They are usually great employees who represent the company name well.”
Students work in a variety of different locations revolving around tourism. Anywhere from selling Ketchikan merchandise, candy, popcorn, trinkets, and working for tour businesses, many students work as crossing guards in the summer as well. During the month of May, students are still attending school. It’s hard for students participating in spring sports to be able to focus on work and compete at the same time.
Port and Harbors Director Steve Corporon said most of the high school students have the qualities they are looking for.
“We can’t load up on high school students or we wouldn’t have enough people for the months of May and September,” said Corporon.
Workers starting off crossing guards will make $14 an hour and work around nine hours a day. Without high school students, businesses would have to raise the starting pay to make the jobs appeal to adults, which can be kind of hard noting that the starting pay is already $14 an hour.
“If high school students were not available in the summer to help fill out our roster we would likely have to look at offering a higher wage in order to attract more quality adults and college-age applicants,” said Corporon.
Being a crossing guard isn’t the most exciting job. It involves a lot standing in the same place in the rain for long periods of time, therefore it would hard to recruit workers from the lower 48. Without students working, jobs like this would be hard to fill.
“Some of the tour companies recruit college students and young adults from the lower 48 looking for an adventurous Alaskan job experience for the summer,” said Corporon. “They often even provide housing for them.  We would not be in a position to be offering housing and I doubt Port Security and crossing guard positions would be perceived as ‘adventurous’ so raising our starting pay is all we could realistically do.”

 

The Hydro Flask Effect

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Chanell Browne
Staff Writer

Hydro flasks are everywhere. No matter where you go, the odds are you’ll see that at least 1 out of every 2 people has a Hydro Flask with them.
The question is, what makes these water bottles so popular? Is it the shape? The colors? Junior, Morgan Tiffany loves the fact that Hydro Flasks have the ability to keep cold drinks cold, while also having the ability keep hot drinks hot.
“They come in plenty of colors and sizes so you have a lot to choose from,” said Tiffany. “They are really convenient for keeping cold drinks cold for 24 hours AND hot drinks hot for 12 hours. I also like how they come plain and simple that way you can decorate them with whatever stickers you’d like.”
One of the most common things you’ll notice on Hydro Flasks are the stickers. By looking at someone’s Hydro Flasks stickers, you can really get an idea of what they are like and what types of things they enjoy. Some people have certain reasonings behind their stickers, and others just don’t really know why they chose them or how they even got them. Junior, Olivia Kinunen got her Hydro Flask stickers from places she’s been and as gifts.
“Lots of my family members have given me stickers that I have saved up,” said Kinunen. “I like to get stickers from the different places I’ve traveled as reminders and souvenirs.”
Everyone has their own style. For example, lots of Hydro Flasks have an organized decor of stickers on them. But others are randomized and don’t have a specific pattern to them. Sophomore, Shaye Skillings prefers her stickers to be organized and visible for others to see clearly.
“I prefer my stickers to be organized so they can all be seen,” said Skillings. “I think the purpose of water bottle stickers is to show personality and certain interests so that is why it is important to make sure they are visible.”
Not all Hydro Flasks have stickers though, Some people are different and don’t like to put stickers on a brand new water bottle. Junior, Jenna Miller doesn’t like the cluttered look of stickers on water bottles.
“I don’t like stickers on my Hydro Flask because it seems very disorganized,” said Miller. “I like the clean and fresh look of having a plain and simple Hydro Flask opposed to one that is cluttered with stickers.”
Hydro flasks have really made their way into our day to day lives. They’re useful, convenient, and fun. They can be used for multiple purposes, and have a wide variety of common colors that most people enjoy. They keep your beverage cold, or hot. And overall are really sturdy water bottles.

Another Blizzard in March?

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Rosie Kacenas
Staff Writer

What did Ketchikanites do to deserve last March? Mother Nature decided to drop the atomic snow bomb on K-town for no apparent reason.
I moved back here March 24 as Ketchikan was digging out of the latest blizzard and thought, “perfect, this is exactly what spring is supposed to look like”.
March is supposed to be the beginning of longer days, warmer weather, and more happiness in general. Thanks to the ice-age last March brought, most spring sports were postponed and everyone totaled their cars, so it’s appropriate that people are a little bit worried about what the weather will do this year. Who knows, will everyone get buried alive again or will spring decide to make an appearance this year?
“I think that the Great Raven was mad at the sin and vice that Ketchikanites took part in last year, so I’d say last March was well deserved all around,” said senior Luke Reynolds. “I think that myself and a few other upstanding citizens have earned an excellent spring, but I am a little worried because we’re being teased – we’ve seen a lot of nice weather and not a lot of increase in temperature.”
March 2017’s everyday forecast went back and forth between rain and snow, but since the temperatures were consistently in the high 30s, the snow froze and covered the town in lovely brownish-white towers, and we can almost feel their ghosts haunting us to this day.
Weather Underground reported that 11.74 inches of snow fell at the airport in Ketchikan, but we all know the truth. Half an episode of Shameless after the roads were cleared, there was already another inch of accumulation.
But maybe global warming will kick in and this year will be different. Kayhi’s in-house philosopher, Mike Rath, said that he is optimistic about this year’s weather.
“I think last year’s weather was a direct response to Mr. Marshall feeling pensive and melancholy,” said Rath. “I know that he’s a little bit happier now cause now he gets naptime and a burrito in the afternoon, so I’m expecting that the weather will be quite pleasant this spring.”
Punxsutawney Phil might’ve seen his shadow this year, but the people at Kayhi forecast all sun from here on out…unless it snows.  

 

Tips for Driving in Bad Weather

Richard Stuart
Staff Writer

During the winter months driving becomes dangerous for many reasons, such as snow, black ice, and impaired vision. All these winter conditions greatly reduce a driver’s capability to make a smooth and safe stop, and make a turn around a snow or ice-covered corner, but what are some tips to drive safe during these conditions? What are the best ways to drive during winter?
Kayhi maritime teacher Rick Collins has some knowledge for winter drivers.
“Make sure you watch the road conditions. If you see sparkly ice in your headlights, you know reflecting from your headlights at night okay, that would give you an indication that you have icy road conditions,” said Collins. “You have to think about the temperature – were the roads wet today? And is the temperature now down below freezing? And if that’s the case than you really need to pay attention for black ice and things like that.”
Some people say black ice is the most dangerous part about driving in the winter; others say it’s the wet snow that don’t allow your tires to grip the ground causing you to slide when you try to apply pressure to your breaks. What most people don’t know is the right time to use your brakes and how much pressure to use.
“You want to apply reasonable amount of brake pressure before you turn, because that will shift the momentum of your car forward, and put a little bit more weight on your front tires. When you make a corner your front tires will be a little bit more weighted and less likely to push through the corner,” Said Collins. “I think it’s really important to get out to a really open parking lot somewhere, and practice a little bit. Like learn to correct slides, but you know don’t drive reckless to where you are going to run into something but, get used to cars sliding a little bit and get used to how they handle in the snow.”
Another important factor during winter driving is the type of vehicle that you use, with the right type of tires. A two-wheel drive vehicle is probably not the best choice if you were going to drive with snow or ice on the road. Kayhi junior Brayden Linne knows a little bit about what type of vehicle to drive during the winter.
“All-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and four wheel drive vehicles are a must in Ketchikan. We don’t get a lot of snow but when we do, we have hills and we have congested traffic, and you know those are a bad combination,” said Linne. “Having good tires and make sure you have tires that are suitable for winter driving conditions, but if your running out with slick worn out tires your maneuverability and braking is going to be greatly reduced. Basically go slow so you don’t rear end somebody when you try to stop. Pump the brakes so you don’t slide”.
What’s the most dangerous part about winter driving?
“Black ice. You don’t know it’s there and it’s slick,” said Linne. “Drivers are unaware driving at a high rate of speed on poorly lit highways and not realizing that they hit black ice, so I think that’s a really dangerous combination,”
Many people have crashed and have gotten in close calls because of winter driving conditions. Rick tells his close call.
“One time driving down the hill from Smithers, we had cold weather up on top of the mountain where we were skiing. Partway down the mountain, a layer of snow and the ice melted and made a lot of water on the road. The temperature dropped and the ice kind of flooded over the rocks. It became a gravel road so there weren’t any rocks to grip from, and we ended up with about a half inch to an inch of snow to about an inch of snow covering the ice.” said Collins.  “We were then driving in an inch of fresh snow with gravel underneath but we found out later that we were driving on an inch of snow with ice underneath. There is this one corner on that hill that is sloped the wrong direction and we barely caught the edge of the snowbank and we were able to get out. Later that day there were about fifteen cars that got wrecked.”