Monday, December 16, 2013
It's a good one.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has made their prediction for the Upper Cook Inlet red salmon run. Their estimate is 6.1 million which is above average. For more details about the forecast click on the article that appears in the Peninsula Clarion.
I'll post the 2014 king salmon prediction as soon as ADFG releases it.
Monday, December 9, 2013
|Evelyn Matthies in her studio|
My mother-in-law, Evelyn Matthies, is an artist. As much as she likes to create art I think she loves to share and teach art even more. She's a retired college art professor but she still finds time to mentor a handful of students. You'd think at this point in her life she would slow down, she's earned it, but that's not in her DNA. As they say, a rolling stone gathers no moss.....
Of all the art she has created I, of course, love her fish prints. The technical term for this is called Gyotaku, (a Japanese word: gyo "fish"+taku "rubbing"). The process is simple. First of all, I provide her the fish. Second, she coats the entire side of the fish in ink and then presses (rubs) rice paper on the fish. Finally, she uses her imagination and talent and adds color. Evelyn is to fish as Andy Warhol is to Campbell soup cans.
The piece below was awarded "Best Gyotaku Work of Art" at a group exhibit in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul). It also has been recognized at several other exhibits for it's originality and use of color.
Evelyn and Jane worked together on the piece below. It proudly hangs on a wall in our home.
So, the point of this post is to show off the work of my mother-in-law. I know I'm her favorite son-in-law because I happen to be her only son-in-law, but if any of you would like to purchase any of her works I'm sure I could arrange that for you........
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I received this video from the Kenai River Sportfishing Association with attached message.
Your voice in support of sportfishing is needed.
The Kenai River king salmon are in crisis. Help bring them back. Visit krsa.com/saveourkings/ and let our Board of Fish members know immediate action is needed to return our iconic state symbol to a healthy population. Thousands of Alaskans and hundreds of businesses depend on the commerce this fishery generates.
Many readers of my blog are not Alaskan residents but that does not mean your voices won't be heard. Click on the link above and send a message before the next Board of Fisheries meeting January 31st-February 14th. It will only take a few minutes to do this.
Thank you for caring about this fishery the way that I do.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Sunday, November 10, 2013
The fish wars continue and this is going to be a major battle. If you're familiar with the movie Spinal Tap, this is going to be an "11".
A group in Alaska has put together a proposal to ban commercial set netting in Upper Cook Inlet and other urban areas of Alaska. Their purpose is to reduce overfishing and the by catch kill of king salmon. If this is found to be legal, and if this group gets 30,000 registered voters to sign on, this initiative will be on the 2016 ballot.
I have mixed emotions about this proposal; completely eliminating an industry. But I am in favor of the residents of Alaska determining the best use of the resource. After all, "the best use of the resource" is written into our State constitution. Perhaps a selective ban of the most lethal set net sites allowing nearly 90% of the participants to continue with their livelihood would be a better compromise. This alternative is no different than Fish and Game closing down certain sections (killing fields, spawning grounds) of the river to sport fishing while allowing fishing opportunities in others.
All I can say is hang on, this is going to be an epic battle. This will make the Pebble Mine debate seem like junior high.
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Not always the greatest thing to look at but if it weren't for over a million salmon dieing in the Kenai River there wouldn't be life. From feeding trout, salmon smolt, birds and bears, to providing nitrogen/nitrates to the watershed, their role is pivotal in the ecosystem.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Sunday, October 20, 2013
God, grant that I may live
To fish until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast
I then most humbly pray
When in the Lord's safe landing net
And peacefully asleep
That in His mercy I be judged
As good enough to keep.
As I stated in an earlier post, on 8/23/13 I lost my good friend Phil Dreyer to pancreatic cancer. I know that saying goodbye is part of life but it's never easy.
When I was told that Phil had pancreatic cancer I started to keep a list of "Philism's". My only regret is that I didn't start this earlier because the man was full of one liners. Here are just a few.
- My grandma didn't like to go to church because she didn't like to be around all those sinners.
- I say buy the best carpet money can buy and then make shoes out of it.
- By the time he finishes changing diapers the kid will be able to change his diapers (in a conversation about an older guide now becoming a father late in life)
- People are like sandwiches. You don't like all of them.
- The man was a refrigerator with legs (referring to a friend and his "stoutness").
- I should move to faith based fishing (after I faced another season of king closures).
- The first 400 pounds are pretty good but after that you get a little sick of it (in response to the question are salmon shark good to eat).
- Use a .22 pistol for bear protection. All you have to do is shoot your buddy in the leg.
Thanks, Phil for being a good friend. And, for sharing with me your grandmother's recipe for the best dang meatloaf in the world. My only advice to Phil's wife Debbie: things will get better with time.
You're a keeper, Phil. Tight lines, my friend, tight lines.....
You're a keeper, Phil. Tight lines, my friend, tight lines.....
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
This is the end of current fishing reports at Beaver Creek Cabins and Guide Service but that does not mean the posts will end. Make sure to check back next week to see what else is going on other than fishing.
Monday, September 30, 2013
Thought I'd include this graph from the US Geological Service. You can see the spike in the water levels this week and also how high the water levels are compared to the 48 year median average.
The boat is still on the dock and I have a half dozen sardines I need to use. I plan on getting out a few more times before the boat is winterized for the season. I'd like to see if the dropping water levels will help the fishing or if they 2013 silver salmon run is done and in the records books. I'll have five more days to see.
See you next week.
Monday, September 23, 2013
That's a wrap. Unless I get a call before I take the dock out on October 6th, the 2013 guiding season has ended for me. I'll keep on fishing until the dock is out but that's it for clients. Too bad, because the fishing has been steady and the temperatures have been reasonable.
At the start of the week I had the pleasure of spending the day with Anderson, Steve, and Shihab. These guys flew in from Texas at 1:00am, drove down from Anchorage, and met me on the dock before the sun came up. Quite a commitment from three guys who had never been to Alaska before. As soon as we got out on the water there was a hot bite but before too long it shut down. I suggested they take a long break (i.e. hot lunch and a nap) and come back out in the afternoon.
On Saturday the "A Team" showed up and put a few more fish in the box than the "B Team". That's Brian, Jeff, Karel (Deuce), and Coop on the dock. I'd like to say thanks guys for coming down and spending a couple of days with me. It's always great to share stories from trips of the past and to eat a half dozen monster cookies.
This week I plan on winterizing one of my boats and a cabin or two. I also plan on fishing as much as I can. Come back next week for a current report on everything Kenai.
Monday, September 16, 2013
This past week I had the privilege of being invited to guide participants in Senator Lisa Murkowski's Women's Classic. This is a two, half-day fishing event for women.
Here's a river networking session. Think they're having fun? This photo reminds me of a sign that Will Jahrig has in his shop. It says, "Fishing is the Least Important Part of Fishing."
One thing that was fun for me during this event was watching Melanie catch her first fish ever. She fished in the event last year but said she didn't catch a thing. Not only did she reel this fish in like she's done it her whole life, but she also bonked the fish and bleed it as well. She said she wanted the whole experience and she got it. Job well done, Mel.
I'll have to say the overall fishing for the two day event was reasonable considering the Kenai River was at flood stage (once again!). Most participants caught at least one fish with a few lucky anglers catching their limit.
After my morning trips at the Women's Classic, I got to take out Dan and Mary Meyer for a couple of hours. I'm glad we did because the bite was pretty good.
Here's their catch on Saturday just before they had to get on their flight back to Peoria. Look at the size of these fish! As Dan said with his tongue firmly planted in cheek, "the second run mosquitos are much bigger than the first run." Jane and I hate to see you guys go but it won't be too long before we'll see each other at a sport show this winter.
This next week should be a good week for fishing. The river has started to drop which means the water clarity is improving. Clearer water means better fishing. I look forward to finding more of these second run giants.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Here's Dan, Mary, Annie and Jim with their day's catch. Dan and Mary played the good hosts and made sure that Jim and Annie had the hot seats for the day. If you can't tell in the photo, Mary and Annie are sisters and I can't begin to describe the positive energy that these two bring to the boat. Oh, Dan and Jim have the right attitudes, but there's something about sisters getting together....
Here's the A-Team with their fish on Sunday. Not as much action but the conversations were just as lively.
That's it for the fishing report. I will end this post on a serious note. Many of my readers know Phil Dreyer and I regret to inform you that he lost his battle with cancer on 8/23/13. I don't have the time to do it now but in the near future I will post a memoriam that he deserves. You will be sadly missed my friend....