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 Post subject: Re: Alaska 2018
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:19 am 

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Poor puppy!


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska 2018
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:06 pm 

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Any dog that has an encounter with a porky and only comes away with a dozen quills was likely born with some sense. Either way I'm sincerely glad for both of you that it was minimal, as porcupines go that was barely a paper cut. They're a mess.


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 Post subject: Re: Alaska 2018
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:10 am 

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Location: Regina, Saskatchewan Canada
In upland hunting we run into porcupines quite regularly and I have been fortunate enough over the years to have just a few instances where we had to take out a few quills.
Last year my son's pointer had 2 occasions and both times it was minimal damage.
Now this year coming should be interesting as I will have my pup with me and she will be around 6 months old.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska 2018
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:17 pm 

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Location: Echo, Oregon
Well that's a wrap, 2018 is in the books. Overall it was a very good year, 10 guests per week; 70% of those had been with us at least once; 40% more than five times. Three groups have visited 18 years in a row.
Currently most of these folks have re booked for next year, but we don't ink them in until the first of the year. Things happen, daughters get married, babies arrive and unfortunately illness occurs.

With the exception of Molly getting "porked" there were no serious injuries to dogs, staff or guests.
The bears were always around but none provided more than a photo op this year.
Flying into King Salmon on June 1 I remarked to another long term guide on the flight, there is still a lot of snow. He agreed and our forecast ultimately bore out to be a high water year, mid August the river was running two feet above average. That much water changes how and where we fish, makes it a little tougher but overall didn't hurt us.
The weather however sucked, really sucked. I applied sun screen only two or three days, most of the summer felt like fishing for winter steelhead in the northwest.
Mid August we got hit by a Typhoon, thankfully it only lasted two days. Unfortunately it coincided with a 25 foot tide. Sustained winds at 75 mph and storm surge tore our dock off its anchors. With guests helping we were able to get enough lines on the dock to keep it from floating away.
The fishing report:
Rainbows on our river; C+. Nothing over 30 inches. On remote streams such as Funnel and Morain creek, spectacular.
Sockeye (Reds). Too good. ADFG controls escapement on the river. They believe 1.5 million fish over a three week period will sustain the run. Gill nets kill about 10 million fish at the mouth. This year there were so many fish the commercial guys couldn't catch them all, we had two days in a row with more than 250,000 fish swimming past our dock. We had consistent fishing, limits every day from June 26 through July 25. Typically the Reds are done by July 20. Picked up a few still in early August.
The kings were feast and famine. Started great but ended poor. ADFG pulled the commercial fleet out of the bay into the river. That decimated the kings. Never got skunked but boy we worked for our fish.
The silver run was off the charts. From August 5 to September 5 we limited every day and most days released more then we kept. My best day three anglers hooked about 70 fish landed 40 and kept 15, by noon.
The remote stream flyouts for Char, Grayling and rainbows was very good.
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My favorite angler weighed in at 80 pounds. His first king weighed 15 pounds, his last weighed 40.
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Guides are under appreciated. Get a pretty girl into a good king, well sometimes it's good to be a guide.
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Sockeye are great fun and great eating. Sometimes they come so fast I can't keep up.
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The silvers stacked up like cordwood. They are my favorite salmon to fish for



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 Post subject: Re: Alaska 2018
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:32 pm 

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Location: Echo, Oregon
Silvers averaged about 12 pounds
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Flyouts are my favorite days
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Sometimes the locals don't like us, like this pair of grumpy old men
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Bible creek is one of my favorite spots
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 Post subject: Re: Alaska 2018
PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:42 pm 

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Location: Northern British Columbia
All great photos! They surely create a longing to be on the river.

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 Post subject: Re: Alaska 2018
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:24 am 
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Thanks for sharing.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:04 pm 

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You had a great year! Thanks a bunch for sharing.


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