Sunday, April 15, 2018

Established 1988

Steelhead Cabin
It was 30 years ago that Will and Becky Jahrig had the vision of constructing affordable cabins for rent while offering access to arguably the most famous salmon river in the world....the Kenai.
The Jahrig's
After fifteen years of building their business, it was time for the Jahrig's to move on and do something different. Their timing was great because at the same time Jane and I were looking to do something different as well. We made an offer, it was accepted, and we became the new owners of Beaver Creek Cabins.
momma moose and her two children
About the only thing that we changed was the name. What was Beaver Creek Cabins now became Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service. Not a lot of change, but just enough to let people know that we are also a guide service.
sunrise on the Creek
Will and Becky came up with the motto, "Out of the Bed, and into the Boat." At first I thought this saying was a bit too obvious, bordering on cliche. However, it didn't take me long to realize that the Jahrig's were spot on.
twilight on the Kenai
I mean, how incredibly convenient is it to walk a hundred feet from the cabin to the dock, and be out fishing within five minutes?
sunset on the Kenai
We've had a great fifteen years and still have the same passion that we did the first year. My friend Steve Morris often asks me how long am I going to be doing this.
moonset on the Kenai
My standard response has always been, "when I'm sick of people, that's when I'm done. So far, so good, but don't push it....ha!"

view from the Chinook cabin
Steve is just one of the many people we've met through the years that are more than a customer to us. We are so fortunate to have so many lasting friendships.
Chinook Cabin
Jane and I are really looking forward to the 2018 season. We have a nice mix of brand new people coming, along with a lot of old friends. It's going to be fun one....

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Enjoy your retirement, Gary.

Jane and I have been invited to what appears to be the most awesome retirement party event ever. I've been to a few of these and it usually involved a happy hour on a Friday afternoon. A few gag gifts, a few toasts, a few tears, and everyone leaves after a couple of hours. Not a bad way to wish someone good luck on the next chapter of their life's journey.

With that as my benchmark for a retirement party, imagine my reaction when my friend Gary Roeder invited us to a four day retirement extravaganza in honor of his career as a pilot for FedEx. The event includes, and is not limited to, the following:
  • Thursday, April 12th, "Golf Day"
  • Friday, April 13th, "Bike Day"
  • Saturday, April 14th, "Wine Day"
  • Sunday, April 15th, "Dinner Day"
Unfortunately, the Party of the Century is in Gary's recently adoptive home of Boise, Idaho. Due to distance, and Jane's dad recent hospitalization, we will not be able to make it.
Gary and Jackie, we really wish we could be there. We feel fortunate to know you and the many friends and family that you've introduced to us. Say hi to all and we can't wait to hear the stories of what we missed.

p.s. make sure you turn it up to "11" for me.....

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Silver Salmon Cupcakes

Every year Jane will can a couple of dozen salmon. Although great, it's use is rather limited in our household. We either use it for a dip, or for making salmon pattys.

Well, I found another great use for salmon while perusing Bon Appetit. In an article titled, "Canned Salmon: Dessert Treat?", the author, Lirpa Sloof, shared a wonderful cupcake recipe.

Sloof said, "Although not for everyone, the combination of cupcake and salmon can be sublime. Paired with the right wine, or after dinner espresso, your guests will be begging to know the recipe."

I agree. And, here it is.


2                 cups flour
1/2              teaspoon salt
2                 teaspoon baking powder
1/2              cup butter, softened
3/4              cup sugar
2                 pints silver salmon
2                 eggs
1                 cup milk
1                 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
1                 cup cream cheese frosting


Preheat oven to 375; line muffin cups with paper.

Cream butter, sugar, and silver salmon till light and fluffy. Beat in egg one at a time.

Add flour (mixed with baking powder and salt) alternating with milk. Beat well.

Divide evenly among pans and bake for 18 minutes. Let cool in pan.

Liberally apply cream frosting to the top.

Yields 20-25 cupcakes.

Ready in: 40 mins.

If you're looking for a new way to use your canned salmon, I wouldn't hesitate to give this recipe a try.

Come back to the blog next week and I’ll share with you another delicious use of Alaska fish, Healthy Trends For 2018: Halibut Smoothies, A Protein Love Fest.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Second Annual Kenai River Silver Salmon Derby

Mark your calendar.

The city of Kenai and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce have announced the Second Annual Kenai River Silver Salmon Derby will be held September 14th-16th, and September 21st-23rd. Ticket prices will be the same as last year, $25 for adults, $15 for youth. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the Kenai Community Foundation, which supports habitat protection throughout the Kenai watershed.

This is a fun derby because it's not a big fish contest. A daily prize is given to the angler who registers a silver salmon that is closest to a randomly chosen, daily mystery weight.

Fishing. Prizes. Money raised for habitat. That's a win/win/win formula. What's not to like about that?

If you like a little bit of gambling to go with your fishing, get a hold of Jane,, and ask about our derby fishing/lodging packages.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Official 2018 Kenai King Salmon Forecast

It's finally here.

The official 2018 Kenai king forecast from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) was made this past week. The takeway is this: although ADFG projects the run will be slightly lower than last year, both the early and late run will fall within the optimum escapement goal (OEG). This means no preseason restrictions to existing regulations. If you're a fish wonk, the actual report for the early and late run can be found here.
The one thing that ADFG forgot to announce is I'll be continuing the tradition of giving away a nifty t-shirt to all my clients who release an early run king (May-June) larger than 36".  I began the t-shirt giveaway last year in support of the regulatory change requiring the release of all early run Kenai king salmon greater than 36".

Fishing+Conservation+Fashion=BIG FUN in 2018.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Tech Tips: Tuning A Kwikfish Lure

I was really hoping ADFG would have released their 2018 king forecast this week. Instead, I'm going to continue the discourse about one of the most popular lures on the Kenai River: the Kwikfish. Specifically, the discussion will be about tuning this lure for maximum effectiveness. Oh boy. I can hear the clicking and swiping away from this page right now...
What separates successful fisherman from unsuccessful fisherman is paying attention to how this lure tracks through the water. What's critical is every time a Kwikfish lure is wrapped with a sardine fillet, or after a fish is caught, there is a potential to throw off the balance. The key is to tune the lure properly so the action/wobble is even side to side. A "swimmer".
How do you go about tuning this lure?

Using small adjustments, take a needle nose plier and turn the screw eye in the opposite direction that the lure is favoring. Sometimes it will take quite a bit of tweaking, but keep making the adjustments until the lure tracks straight.
Here's an example of the screw eye turned to the right.
Here's the screw eye perfectly perpendicular to the lip of the lure.
And here's an example of the screw eye turned to the left.

It should be noted that the Kwikfish K series, Brad’s Killerfish, and Worden's Flatfish lures are the only ones that have a screw eye that can be adjusted. The Kwikfish Xtreme, the Hawg Nose, and the Mag Lip lures do not have an adjustable screw eye. The manufacturers of these lures claim that tuning is not needed. I beg to differ, but I will save that discussion for another day.
Does it pay to hone in on this little detail when fishing Kwikfish lures? You betcha. Good things  happen when your lure is properly tuned.

Beaver Creek Cabins & Guide Service