“I don’t think I could ever fully explain what art and salmon are to me…” Apayuq Moore starts, “but I’ll try.”
It’s 11pm under the gold-soaked sky of Dillingham’s summer solstice. Apayuq and her fishing partner, Chris Strub, are parked in the lot of the local boat ramp listening to the late night KDLG broadcast. Listeners call in to tell jokes, profess love, and send best wishes to the fishing fleet throughout Bristol Bay. Tonight, Apayuq and Chris are getting in on those good wishes. They wait for the tide to lap high enough to push their skiff off into the salmon-laden waters of the Wood River.