Sunday, August 31, 2014
Besides the Blinn group, I also spent some time on the water with a couple of old college friends, Todd Laflamme and Ray Rhash. Ray came up to spend a week hiking Denali. He had an extra day before he flew out and Todd said Ray needed to go catch a few fish on the Kenai. I'm sure glad they could make it down for a few hours.
I've got a busy week ahead and I hope the silver numbers start to improve. Starting September 1st, the limit on silver salmon goes to 3 fish a day. I've got my fingers crossed that the second run will start early....
p.s. to Steve. I really, really liked everyone last week. No fooling.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
|Ben, Drew, John, and Joey|
|Alan, Travis, Liz, and Derek|
|Gary, George, George, and Matt|
|Steve, Gary, Alan, and Travis|
Thought I'd end with a few photos from the camp cookout. Feel free to make your own joke up about the flannel clad, Team Mississippi pose.
See you next week for a new fishing report.
Monday, August 18, 2014
If any of you remember the 1970's soft rock hit, "In the Heart of the Night" you too would have been singing this lyric all week. With monster tides and a flooding river the Kenai was an interesting place to be.
Sunday proved to be the most challenging day of the week. Due to muddy conditions, our pink production was cut in half and the silvers were elusive. Justin tricked one into biting just as we ended the day. I'm not kidding, I told everyone our day was over and as Justin reeled in his line this fish hit. I've never been more excited to see a single silver caught in my life.
So, here's my prediction for the week ahead. With the river cresting Monday morning, I expect the fishing to get better. Make sure to check back next week to see if I'm correct.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
It's always sad when Team Oregon packs up to leave. Jane and I value their friendship and truly enjoy being around them. Who knows, maybe this will be the winter that I schedule a fishing trip to their part of the world.
|Lance and Ethan Anderson|
Talk about a small world. When Jane and I were at the Minnesota Sportsmen Show in St. Paul, Lance Anderson stopped by our booth to talk about fishing and hiking in Alaska. It didn't take long to realize we knew each other. Lance and I were freshman together at Gustavus Adolphus College 33 years ago.. Lance was planning an Alaskan trip with his son Ethan. They came to Beaver Creek Cabins at the end of their adventure (Saturday). They told me they had a great time fishing and hiking in Seward, Homer, and in Kenai. I have the feeling that this won't be their last trip to the 49th State.
I usually wait until after my Sunday trip to write this report. But, because of an evening commitment, I had to put this report together Saturday night. I'm a little concerned about fishing conditions over the next couple of days. Waters are rising and it's turning muddy. Sometimes it affects silver and pink fishing, sometimes it doesn't.....time will tell. Make sure to come back next week to see how it all shakes out.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
I'm a lucky guy. I love my life and I'm surrounded by a lot of great people. This past week epitomized my good fortune: the boat was loaded with a lot of people I really enjoy being on the water with.
The majority of my time was spent with Team Oregon, which consists of Kathy, Peg, Karen and Susie. About 12 years ago they first fished with me and they immediately earned the status of Beaver Creek All Stars. Let's just say their fishing ability and attitudes are second to none.
|Team Oregon methodically plying the waters for red salmon|
Hopefully, the week ahead will bring more silvers into the river. There's been a few caught so far but I guess I shouldn't be too alarmed because it's only August 3rd. See you next week with another fishing report from the Kenai.
Oops, I almost forgot. My friends Eric and Terri Barclay came down to fish Friday evening. I feel proud that Terri caught her very first salmon in my boat. Unfortunately, I have no photos of our time on the water, but I figure they at least deserved a shout out....