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 Post subject: Re: Alaska again
PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:48 am 

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Goodness! A bear on the deck!

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska again
PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 7:56 pm 

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So my home river is relatively small, only 35 miles long and 100 yards wide. In a normal year we hope 1,000,000 fish (sockeye) elude the commercial fishermen to provide spawning for future generations. Typically the sockeye start on the 25 of June and are done by 20 July.
Yesterday in the bay comm fish killed just under 1 million sock eye salmon, 490,000 escaped to spawn. It was pretty good fishing
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:58 pm 

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Beautiful, bright sockeye. I've enjoyed some delightful days on rivers of the Lower Mainland catching sockeye on ultralight gear. I do miss such days here in the northern interior.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:57 am 

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Excellent! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Folks, if you haven't fished Alaska... It's worth the time, effort and cash to do so.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:27 pm 

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Bear damage.
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Grizzly tried to get into one of our guest cabins. The guests were lightly armed with a 9mm and a .45. As the bear broke out the window they opened up on him. I didn’t try to track him in the 2am darkness. By morning it had rained. I did find his tracks, indicating a 7to 8 foot bear but no evidence of a hit.
The wall around the window was shot to hell.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:29 pm 
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Guess I would be 'slightly' alarmed, too, with just a window between me and a grzzly that wants to come in.
And not sure if my aim would be true in that situation....

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:07 am 

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Rainbows,
Love these fish
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:49 am 
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Bear damage.
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Grizzly tried to get into one of our guest cabins. The guests were lightly armed with a 9mm and a .45. As the bear broke out the window they opened up on him. I didn’t try to track him in the 2am darkness. By morning it had rained. I did find his tracks, indicating a 7to 8 foot bear but no evidence of a hit.
The wall around the window was shot to hell.

Glad the bear didn't get in and the client wasn't injured.
Just wondering if the client shot the window frame on purpose to scare the bear or if that was the first time they have shot the pistol?
Yeah it's your job but I wouldn't have been too happy tracking a wounded bear that had been pissed off after being shot with a 9MM pop gun.
People don't take the time to get proper training when shooting under stress with a hand gun and is something they should take under consideration when they buy one.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:50 pm 

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Fished with Tom Norris this morning, CMH recipient during Vietnam. So honored to have met him.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:59 am 

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Roger, the wall was not shot on purpose their action I believe did prevent the bear from getting in the cabin. I’m pretty sure they got a few hits on him they weren’t fatal obviously.
The bear has not been back and down river 1/4 mile there has been a bunch of bird activity in an alder choked hell hole. I’ll go look when I have time.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:05 am 
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Well, I would take my time, too, tracking a grizzly with some bullet holes who knows where into dense brush.
I don't like animals suffering.
But I like my life quite a lot, too.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:05 pm 

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I did track the bear the morning after with out locating him. Did get into the suspicious alders found a moose kill. It’s been pretty well cleaned up. Backed out as soon as we figured it was not the bear.
Our neighbor down river about a mile recalls seeing a bear go by his place limping.

On a lighter note sockeye fishing is off the charts, my better anglers have limited in 20 minutes (5 fish). We’ve had multiple days approaching 1/2 million fish up the river.
Regulations allow for catch and release after limiting so we pinch the barbs and simply have fun.
Kings have been slow all over Alaska, we’re no different. I’m glad to have the sockeye so we can stay off the kings.
So far we are not seeing any pinks or silvers, both scheduled to show later this month.
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Most of our fish this year are in the 7-9 pound range and will get you into your backing twice.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:18 pm 

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My best rainbow fly so far this summer
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2020 1:35 pm 
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Great pictures and thanks for the bear up date.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:56 pm 

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Another off the chart day on sockeye


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:01 am 

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Thanks for the updates! Somehow I'd missed the entire bear/cabin/shootout post.

Interesting times here, and apparently in Alaska too!

Thanks for the great fishing photos. A tad envious here.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:01 pm 

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Guy it was quite a rodeo. I’ve got great video of spraying the bear, just can’t get it to load.Image
Had these boys from Montana out for Sockeye this morning. They came in with forty fish


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:21 pm 

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A better look at an average Sockeye salmon. With all the fish we are cleaning there are 100s of trout below our dock. My 18 year old guide had to try getting them to eat out of his hand.Image


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:42 pm 

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Bush pilots are a unique group of people. My guess is you have formed a mental image of the bush pilots you have known or read about. Image
This is Michelle, all 5’02 inches. She’s been flying the 206 o far this summer and doing a great job.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:09 pm 

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Flew to no tellum creek today. Found some beautiful rainbows
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:29 pm 
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That's a gorgeous buck, almost the size of a steelhead!

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:01 pm 

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Gotta love good days.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:48 am 

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Indeed, a lovely fish. And yes, Gerry, he is almost the size of a steelie.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:07 pm 

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So I’ve a guest in camp who has come up 10years in a row. Last night he asked if I know wojahowitz creek. He thought it was near no tellum creek. Indeed I said I do and it is. A plan was hatched. I’ve been guiding twenty years here, never had a day this good. I am blessed.Image
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