Sunday, September 30, 2012
Back in the mid '90's I decided to get a private pilots license. I remember during my training I had a bumpy landing and I told my instructor I wanted to practice it again. He said the landing was fine and that we were done for the day. He said, "any time you can land a plane it's a good landing. Any time you can use a plane a second time it's a great landing." What you see above is a great landing.
Friday afternoon Dan Meyer and I were heading out of Beaver Creek with the anticipation of catching a couple of silver salmon. Just before we made it to the mouth Dan saw flashing lights and asked if there were cops on the river. I knew that it couldn't be the cops and quickly determined it was a plane that had just landed near the gravel bar. We motored down to see if everything was okay. The pilot was fine but he said he could use a tow to Beaver Creek because the in coming tide would surely cause problems to the beached plane.
We rigged up a tow strap and gave the plane a tow.
Since I had open space on the dock it only made sense to tow it there. The pilot told me that he was flying the plane for a friend from Lake Clark to Soldotna. Not long after take off, the throttle stuck and he thought about making an emergency landing on Big River Lake but the waves were too high and most likely the plane would crash. He decided to fly over Cook Inlet to land the plane on Mackey Lake were a mechanic resided. Well, he didn't quite make it to Mackey Lake. He lost all power and luckily dead sticked it to the lower Kenai River right in front of Beaver Creek.
The plane sat on our dock until the owner could make it down on Monday. He had a mechanic take a look at the plane and they found nothing wrong....except for no fuel in the tanks. After filling the plane with fuel he took off from the dock and was airborne in no time.
Here he is banking the plane at the mouth of the creek on his way to Mackey Lake.
Definitely a little more excitement in a crazy 2012 season.
Sunday, September 23, 2012
On my last report I said the weather forecast for the week ahead called for rain. Holy cow, were the meteorologist right. So right that on Friday the governor of Alaska declared the Kenai Peninsula Borough a state disaster area.
Crazy photo during a crazy week, right? This story deserves more than just a sentence or two so I'm teasing you with this until my next post.
Until then, stay dry!
Monday, September 17, 2012
Above is Bill and Linda Boettcher. You may remember them from my report at the end of July when they came down to fish for kings but ended up fishing for reds. It was great visiting with them on the boat and not on the bank this time. Thought I'd share a couple of adventures we had on this day that both led to a lost fish. The first happened near the Pasture. There were only three boats in the entire lineup and a fourth boat came down and decided to fish less than 100 feet from us. They seemed way too close and when Bill hooked a fish that got into their anchor rope it was obvious they WERE too close. No apologies, no acknowledgement, no words of sympathy, no attempts to get out of the way when they saw we had a fish on. Just three guys untangling our lure from their anchor line with nothing to say. Very disappointing considering the river was virually empty and they chose to fish so close to us. The second lost fish came about when Linda hooked a nice silver and it ran to the middle of the river. A seal decided it was an easy meal and grabbed on to it and wouldn't let go. Took the fish and one of the hot lures of the week. Oh well, that's just the way it goes.
The forecast this week looks like normal September weather.....lots of rain and when it doesn't rain there will be frost in the morning. This gives me hope that we'll have a normal silver salmon fishing week as well. You know what, even if we don't we're going to have fun doing it anyway.
See you next week.
Monday, September 10, 2012
So far September has been just like August....except less pinks. We're getting silvers every trip but trying to find a consistent bite has been difficult. Here's Bruce Miller showing off his first Kenai silver.
I have a busy week ahead and I'm excited because it's with a lot of old friends. Make sure to check back next Monday to see how we did.
Thanks for readin'.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Guys,thanks again. It was great to renew our friendships and to forge new ones. I'll end this post by paraphrasing the unofficial motto of Blinn 2012: This was another August in Alaska that didn't suck.
On to September....