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....
Sunday, September 1, 2013
So, on to the fishing report. I'm starting off with a photo of the last day of the guide week which was September 1st. The limit for silvers on the Kenai increases on this day from 2 to 3 fish per person. Based on the previous couple of days I thought we would have to fish well into the afternoon to get the boat limit. What I forgot to figure in were the people that I had scheduled for the day: Duane and April Schuman, Dan and Mary Meyer. I don't like using the word "epic" but by mid morning I sure thought about it. Some nice silvers with two fish weighing close to 14 pounds. Wow, what a great day (epic?) with great people.
The week ahead is busy for me and and I'm encouraged how this past week ended. Hopefully there will be a steady pulse of fish all week long. But, if not, you know there will be a steady pulse of stories coming from yours truly....
See you next week with a recap.