Sunday, December 16, 2018

Words of Appreciation From 2018

This time of year Jane and I like to look back on our season and discuss what we need to do make next year even more successful. Some things are out of our control, like fish runs and the weather, but other things can be changed and improved upon. This is also the time of year I like to look over my photos of comments that our guests left behind.
The photos used in this post are just a sample of the comments we received in 2018. This is because most of the wipe boards were cleaned by Jane before I could snap a pic.
It’s always a nice surprise to receive these remarks. 
Because you never know if our facilities meet people’s expectation.
We try hard to explain what we are and what we provide. “No surprises” is our goal and it seems to work.
I’ll conclude with my favorite note; a homemade card. What made this even better is it was attached to a box of Moose is Loose pastries. Mmmm, Moose is Loose....

Thanks everybody for a great 2018 season!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Will Robertson

The cast of characters during the Blinn years are unforgettable. One guy that always brings his "A" game is Dr. Will Robertson. A great cook, a great story/joke teller, a great pink fisherman (pretty good with silvers too); it's hard not to enjoy his company.
Case in point. As many of you know Jane writes the names of the people staying in the cabins on a wipe board near the entrance door. Apparently, "Will Robertson" left the building and his alter ego replaced him for the week.  
Will recently shared this photo with me (it's a lower jaw of wild pig). All I could think about is what it would be like to grow up in his house. I'm sure there was never a dull moment.

Hey Will, Jane and I look forward to seeing you again in 2020 (or possibly ice fishing in 2019???).

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Break In

This wasn't the topic I planned on writing about this week, but we recently became victims of a break in/burglary.  I'm putting the word out on social media to alert my neighbors and other members of our community to keep an eye out for suspicious people who are in areas where they don't belong.
We were lucky that only our office and freezer room were broken into. The cabins were left untouched.
When I called the Kenai police department to report the break in, I was told four other properties on Angler Drive suffered the same fate. For a neighborhood that hasn't experienced this before, we're all a bit on edge.
The most significant loss was our ARY VacMaster VP215 chamber vacuum sealer. Many, many fish have been processed through this machine and I hate to see her go.....

If you see a used one of these for sale, or if you have any other tips about the break ins, please get a hold of me, or Kenai police officer Peter Fenske at 907-283-7879. Thanks.

UPDATE:  This post was written before the 7.0 magnitude earthquake happened near Anchorage, Friday morning. My son, Mac, lives in Anchorage and other than a scared dog and broken picture frames, things were fine. The Kenai Peninsula survived relatively unscathed and I'm thankful for that. Jane and I appreciate everyone who checked in to see if everything was okay.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018


Fish4Brains. What a great internet forum nom de plume.

I'd like to use it, but the moniker has already been taken on many fishing sites. If you happen to be the guy/girl that has this name, feel free to use this image as your avatar. I think it's appropriate.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Oncorhynchus Tshawytscha*

Okay. I promise. No more dead fish pictures this year. I just figured if I posted about dead pinks and reds, I needed to give king salmon a little bit of love too.
It's not often I see this, and why I took the photos, but a whole 45-50lb king salmon carcass floating near the dock is unusual.
The only explanation I have for this is the tide change must have pushed it up from the river...Or, I could start rumors that kings are spawning in Beaver Creek. Maybe I'll save that story for April Fool's Day.

*scientific name for king salmon

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Oncorhynchus Nerka*

Dead Red.

It's the beginning of November, all the salmon have died except for a few late silvers, and there's still a Halloween mood (read: candy) in the Holtan household. If you don't like decomposing fish photos, you should stop reading and looking at this post right now. If you're all right with that, I hope you enjoy what was captured this past season.
As many of you know, all user groups on the Kenai River faced fishing restrictions in order for the 2018 spawning escapment goals to be met. ADFG's final sonar count for the late run of red salmon came in at 1,308,498 fish.
The optimum escapement goal (OEG) for the Kenai River late run red salmon is between 700,000 and 1,400,000, so the goal was clearly met (although many in the community dispute the 2018 counts and feel they are overly inflated). Many factors will determine how many of the of the 2018 offspring will return as adults in 2022, 2023, and 2024. Since I plan on guiding during those years, I hope the management plan was successful.
I'm always amazed at what salmon do for an ecosystem. Researchers have found that dead salmon feed 137 species of microbes, stream invertebrates, mammals, and birds. Not to mention, what it does for keeping vegetation green. I'm not sure what ate half of the salmon above, but my money would be on a bald eagle.
For those of you who don't know how to identify the sex of a salmon, the female red is on the left, and the male is on the right. In their spawning phase, female red salmon will be more bullet shaped, while males will have a hump on their back.
I'm not sure I could ever do this on purpose. Here is a dead red salmon perfectly balanced on my anchor line.

"If it weren't for all this dead stuff, there wouldn't be any alive stuff in this river" said an old grizzled Alaska sourdough. I have to agree with him. The whole salmon cycle of life is fascinating.

*scientific name for sockeye (red) salmon

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