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 Post subject: Alaska 2018
PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:04 am 

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We loaded the container yesterday, with room for a couple more boxes we just couldn't come up with any "needs" for the upcoming season.
The forecast for Sockeye, the state doesn't conduct any research on the other species on our river, is good. 16 million Sockeye are expected to return to the Naknek district.
The really good news, our kings have been improving. Four years ago was the best return we had seen in 10 years, we'll be seeing the off spring of those fish this year we hope.
We will be busy, only one of our three guest cabins has five nights open, booked solid until September 20.
I decided not to go up to help Phil with Bear Camp. At 62 I'm starting to slow down maybe a little, four months will be enough.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:08 am 

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Here's pulling for you to have a successful season. Look forward to seeing your reports.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:44 pm 

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Excellent. Always admire the people that make it a point to learn about, and work at utilizing the cycle of life the way God and nature intended. So what is the best tasting wild salmon?


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Gee Salmonchaser it took rotator cuff surgery, a broken ankle and knee surgery before I figured out I should slow down now that I'm 68. If I would loose 100lbs that thought might change again. (:>)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:52 pm 

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ShadeTree wrote:
Excellent. Always admire the people that make it a point to learn about, and work at utilizing the cycle of life the way God and nature intended. So what is the best tasting wild salmon?

The impact on the environment of all those spawning salmon is not recognized by most people. We spend quite a bit of time educating people.
I always try to get folks to release the monster kings, explaining what has occurred on the Kenai, most don't have a problem with that.
As to taste. I've never seen it go to fisticuffs but kings and Sockeye get the most votes. For my money Sockeye are the best.


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Wow, your shipping container is neatly stuffed to prevent shifting, and maximum capacity! Looks like you'll have a great season taking care of your guests, and the life that brings you each year.

May it bring you great satisfaction with little downtime from the unexpected and maximum joy..... and above all your safety each and every day.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:27 pm 

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Wow, your shipping container is neatly stuffed to prevent shifting, and maximum capacity! Looks like you'll have a great season taking care of your guests, and the life that brings you each year.

May it bring you great satisfaction with little downtime from the unexpected and maximum joy..... and above all your safety each and every day.

Thankyou, safety is paramount. Logistics skill is the most important skill and serves to minimize the impact of the unexpected.
The most dangerous location is the dock, for many reasons. We consistently coach our guests to slow down be careful on the dock.


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ShadeTree wrote:
Excellent. Always admire the people that make it a point to learn about, and work at utilizing the cycle of life the way God and nature intended. So what is the best tasting wild salmon?


Reds...aka Sockeyes.

Kings are good, but for my money reds are the best eating salmonid out there.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:54 pm 

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I haven't killed a king for myself in years but I take 25 Reds a year to bring home. Vacuum sealed and flash frozen I eat one fillet a week.
As good as the flash frozen are nothing beats catching one minutes before dinner and slapping it on the BBQ right then.


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I too vacuum pack my salmon. Typically King’s transplanted to Lake Michigan. The Vacuum packers help the salmon make it from the water to my freezer to my table... works for trout too.


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The idea to transplant Northwest steelhead and kings to Lake Michigan was hatched at our Kitchen table when I was a kid. Dad was the director of the EPA Marine and Freshwater Division, wrote the final approval on the science conducted.
Says the project would never get started today.
He was always very proud of that project and others designed to clean up the Great Lakes.
Ultimately he became very disenchanted with the EPA as it transitioned from a scientific organization to a political organization went to Arizona State University as Associate Dean of Environmental research.
He loved to fish off the Oregon coast thought the only thing wrong with the Great Lakes Salmon project were no Grey whales to go with them.
He would be very pleased to know you're still catching them.


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salmonchaser wrote:
The idea to transplant Northwest steelhead and kings to Lake Michigan was hatched at our Kitchen table when I was a kid. Dad was the director of the EPA Marine and Freshwater Division, wrote the final approval on the science conducted.
Says the project would never get started today.
He was always very proud of that project and others designed to clean up the Great Lakes.
Ultimately he became very disenchanted with the EPA as it transitioned from a scientific organization to a political organization went to Arizona State University as Associate Dean of Environmental research.
He loved to fish off the Oregon coast thought the only thing wrong with the Great Lakes Salmon project were no Grey whales to go with them.
He would be very pleased to know you're still catching them.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:26 pm 

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hseII wrote:
salmonchaser wrote:
The idea to transplant Northwest steelhead and kings to Lake Michigan was hatched at our Kitchen table when I was a kid. Dad was the director of the EPA Marine and Freshwater Division, wrote the final approval on the science conducted.
Says the project would never get started today.
He was always very proud of that project and others designed to clean up the Great Lakes.
Ultimately he became very disenchanted with the EPA as it transitioned from a scientific organization to a political organization went to Arizona State University as Associate Dean of Environmental research.
He loved to fish off the Oregon coast thought the only thing wrong with the Great Lakes Salmon project were no Grey whales to go with them.
He would be very pleased to know you're still catching them.


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Thank You Salmonchaser’s Dad.


Ditto!

I have a friend who retired and then ran Salmon charters for 21 years. Retired from charter fishing last spring. He still gets out a lot!

My best King was 35# off the back of a sail boat dragging a hot & tot on a steel line.. was that a fun catch! The sucker took me all the way around a 38’ sailboat. I was so nervous passing the rod around the guy wires. Was a good 20 minute fight. Tell your dad about that one!


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:11 pm 

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mjcmichigan wrote:
hseII wrote:
salmonchaser wrote:
The idea to transplant Northwest steelhead and kings to Lake Michigan was hatched at our Kitchen table when I was a kid. Dad was the director of the EPA Marine and Freshwater Division, wrote the final approval on the science conducted.
Says the project would never get started today.
He was always very proud of that project and others designed to clean up the Great Lakes.
Ultimately he became very disenchanted with the EPA as it transitioned from a scientific organization to a political organization went to Arizona State University as Associate Dean of Environmental research.
He loved to fish off the Oregon coast thought the only thing wrong with the Great Lakes Salmon project were no Grey whales to go with them.
He would be very pleased to know you're still catching them.


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Thank You Salmonchaser’s Dad.


Ditto!

I have a friend who retired and then ran Salmon charters for 21 years. Retired from charter fishing last spring. He still gets out a lot!

My best King was 35# off the back of a sail boat dragging a hot & tot on a steel line.. was that a fun catch! The sucker took me all the way around a 38’ sailboat. I was so nervous passing the rod around the guy wires. Was a good 20 minute fight. Tell your dad about that one!


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I will!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:26 am 

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Finally arrived late Friday afternoon. My 11/2 hour layover in Anchorage got turned into an 8 hour layover by WHEN AIR, (Penn Air). Three years in a row, love those guys.
Been pulling maintenance duty, so far nothing to serious. We're going to splash some boats tomorrow at high tide. The river is still low, but coming up a little every day. There is still a lot of snow in the mountains, probably be a bit of a high water year.
We are booked solid until mid September, added a guide to our staff. Still won't be any days off.
No bears so far, they usually don't get into this area for a few weeks.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:28 pm 

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Well I for one can’t wait until your first adventure comes onto our forum :wink:. The stories & photos are always great (y).

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:25 am 

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Well rainbow fishing has been good but not fantastic yet. We've several at 28 inches but none over thirty.
We've killed a couple of porcupines, no dogs were stuck, seen a couple of wolves and two bears so far.
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This one was just leaving the runway at the King Salmon airport. Damn near ran over him.
The days are getting long, sunset at 2330 a couple days ago
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Our apprentice guide is learning to be be a good soldier, sleep when you can. He's been here 5 days, fell asleep at dinner, has decided it's much tougher work then he imagined
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Molly found a porcupine on our morning walk. With no vets out here it's a pretty rough experience for all of us, but we got them out.
The porcupine caught a 400 grain Barnes Buster through the ribs. I would guess the bullet held together.
Another adventure in a guides life.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:22 am 
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Hopefully she has learned not to mess with them any more. I’m glad you got her all fixed up. There seems to be a lot of porcupines this year.


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That, looks painful. I’d be crying like a baby if I had quills on that part of my face!

Good girl!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:30 am 
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Why is it Women always stick there nose where it doesn't belong.

Boy that should stir things up. :roll: :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Poor Molly, she doesn't look too happy about here new nose and face piercings.


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Those quills can sure be a serious problem for a dog. Glad you were able to attend to her.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:31 am 

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There appears to be a porcupine boom in the area this summer, I do hope she has learned a lesson.
Fishing has been tough the last three days. We've had sustained winds at 15 mph plus, just hasn't let up, looks to be a similar start to the day. Makes fly fishing difficult. So far I'd give the rainbow fishing a solid C+ grade. There has been no effort at Salmon yet though we've seen a few Reds (Sockeye) and reports indicate Kings are in the lower river.
We were probed by Grizz last night about 0300. Close enough to the main house the dogs were growling not barking. Just came in from sweeping the camp, no mischief to report.
Hope you all have a great summer.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:23 am 
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Good luck with the weather and the fish, may you catch a ton of them.

I was trying to get the Ladies to make a comment on my post about Molly but I guess they don't feel up to it and I'm glad they didn't since they would have tag teamed me and beat up. :shock: :roll: :wink: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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