Month 3 in the Bush

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by ak_powder_monkey, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Eagle River, Alaska
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    So 3 months without a shower, living in a tent, crazy insects, and working untill 4am every night so I could fish all day yielded some results, I figure I'd share them with you.

    The Place, a super secerate flow in the Bristol Bay Drainage, my job was to sit in the tower and count fish as they go by for 8 hours a day, we use very simple statistics to figure out the total run size (count each bank for 10 minutes an hour than multiply by 6). We also use a beach seine to sample age and length which is then used to forecast future runs.

    here's the office
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    veiw from the tents
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    thunder head and the moon
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    looking at the braids from red bluff
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    the mermaid counter and a forbidding sky
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    a sunset
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    more sunset
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    little buddy
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    sugarloaf
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    RB tower
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    Launching the boat after sampling
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    Rolling into the sunset
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  2. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Eagle River, Alaska
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    Next up: The People

    The people is what makes this job special (besides the fish) midway through the season one of my crew quit (I'm the crew leader) because he couldn't hack the job, so they sent in some awesome replacements, S came in for a few days to help sample and C helped pack up camp
    Here we are C, S, Me and L
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    L is not impressed by my photography skills
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    L pretty cold and annoyed
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    R (my boss) driving home from hansen's
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    Me and L hiding from the thunder storm
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    Holy Shit its Hailing
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    L enjoying the weather
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    Time to go swimming, our way of getting the stink off, L still told me I smelled horrible at least 10 times a day, she was probably right, but I had to keep her from taking advantage of me :rofl:
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    Climbing the bluff
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    S Skipping ROcks
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    Us with fish from the beach seine
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    L fly fishing for the first time ever (then I taught her to spey cast, so much easier to teach)
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  3. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Eagle River, Alaska
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    When you live in the middle of nowhere you like to eat well, they (the state) pay for our food while we are in the field but the selection is very limited so we do the best with what we have, and eat a lot of garlic (it keeps the bugs away)
    Food
    Solsitice weiner roast
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    western bacon cheese on homemade bread with fries
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    pizza
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    Pizza two
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    burrito
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    filleting homepack
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    L made this sweet cake for our "we're leaving party"
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  4. Mark Walker Active Member

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    So. Cal.
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    Wonderful like, ak, wonderful life:thumb:
    Thanks for sharing those pics.
  5. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Now the moment you've all been waiting for, the fish pictures, the fishing this year was pretty outstanding, I had to work hard to avoid the all the guides that ply the river pimping out the resource but I threaded some needles with the boat and found some sweet spots. The typical day I'd fish wooly buggers a bit on the single hander to warm up, then I'd throw the rainshadow switch 5 wt that I built for this river with a mouse, and twitched and skated the rodent all over the place and brought up about a dozen fish a day. Most fish were 16-20 inches but I did manage to leader a 28" fish which obliderated this mouse fly the first night we went fishing. That first night was amazing, I will remember a few events in my life forever, my first kiss, my first chinook, and the first time I fished to a huge rising trout in a crazy log jam, matched the hatch fucked up the drift about 10 times then finally made the cast and the mend and the fish rose and ate. A recent book about guiding on this river described the dry fly fishing as teenage sex, shaky and uncertain but insanely awesome when it happens. I dreamed about this situation for years, I'd lay in bed thinking about it, it kept me up at night and then it happened. On a number 10 green wulf in a weird log jam that I only stopped at because I took the wrong turn and ran into a gravel bar.

    ANyway here's the fish
    the first one that came up to eat
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    And the big one
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    Here's a rainbow from the Naknek river which came up for a bomber notice how bright it is, these fish are basically steelhead in that they live in a massive lake most of the time then they come out in the fall and overwinter in the river spawning in the spring then returning to the lake. I got to fish with a buddy of mine who was working on the tower there, it was really cool to fish with him even though the fishing was slow I caught a couple dinks and reaffirmed my buddies belief that I am some sort of fish whisperer (I'm not, but I play one on the interweb)
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    I caught 3 lake trout which was weird because we were 50 miles from any lake, they were all small and skinny, but they were my first lakers on a fly rod so I'll take them, also they are incredibly gorgeous fish
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    I caught 3 salmon on rod and reel the whole time which is good, I don't like salmon fishing that much especially for reds, but I couldn't resist swinging for some chums I ended up catching this nice little blackmouth
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    then this rainbow
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    Finally got my yummy chummy
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    also got a nice chum on the 2 hander, that was cool

    L caught her first rainbow trout ever, I seem to get a lot of folks into their first rainbow its exciting
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    I of course caught a lot of rainbows here's some examples
    Skinny and long
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    Ready to go
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    The swing is the thing
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    Mykiss and mice
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    just another cookie cutter
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    tough job
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    a few of our samples
    L is in love
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    all and all a pretty good summer
  6. Dylan D Member

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    Phenomenal. Thanks for sharing.
  7. Bill Dodd Bill's in a time out.

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    Very nice pics and some great memories I'm sure.
    Thanks a ton for sharing, best AK report I have seen.

    BD.
  8. EasyE Member

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    Well done ... thanks for sharing.
  9. scho0558 Member

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    Dude, AWESOME!!!! I am jealous, thanks for sharing.
  10. Zane Wyll Member

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    anacortes, WA.
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    Looks like a great time to me. thanks for all the great pics.
  11. Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    out of state now
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    Thanks for sharing and for the hard work you do for the resource. I really enjoyed your post.
  12. Big E Moderator

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    Coon Bay
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    LOL...like here's all the people and then a photo essay on L and no one else mentioned (not that I mind).

    What's the scoop eh? ::clown::

    Love the pics, enjoy it while you can.
  13. cuponoodle breakfast gritty

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    Arlington
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    Fucking sweet. Getting paid to play with fish and camp in the bush. .
    You'd better find a reason to spend more time with L.
  14. YAKIMA AKA: Gregory Mine

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    Las Vegas
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    Very nice work...

    Now shower up, and go take L out on a date...
  15. Randall Dee Castaway

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    Cascadia
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    If I was still young and single, I'd be there with ya bro. Thanks for sharing. :D
  16. dryflylarry "Chasing Riseforms"

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    Near the Fjord
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    Very nice! Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed your report and pics. Those will be awesome memories. :thumb:
  17. Gary Thompson dirty dog

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    East Wenatchee, WA
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    Great job, looks to be too much fun.
  18. Brett Angel Member

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    Very very cool AK!!
  19. CoastalCutt Member

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    North Bend, WA
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    I bet that girl got hell.......propably the only female within hundreds of miles of you guys for three months. Seems like a trooper though.
  20. Dustin Bise Active Member

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    it looked like there was 2 girls but im not sure? confirm/deny ak? also, L seems like wifey material!