Happy Birthday Baby Boy!

July 2, 2012

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Okay, you’re not a baby anymore, but you’ll always be my baby. You were born in the middle of the fishing season and your Grammy says that she had never seen the fish so thick and heavy in her nets and she has been fishing a loooong time. Someday we’ll be out in the skiff […]

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A Homecoming

June 29, 2012

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My sister came out to Naknek to visit us during fishing time. It is the first time she has been back to Bristol Bay for 9 or 10 years and we have been anticipating her visit with great excitement. I have been waiting to drink a special bottle of Champagne with her for quite some […]

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Eyes on the Prize

June 27, 2012

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We love our King Salmon in Bristol Bay and it shows. The Kings are the prized by-catch, of the commercial fishermen who pursue red salmon, that show up at most unexpected times when we pull our gear over the gunwales of our skiffs or through the rollers of our powerboats. I love the exultant expression […]

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Good Luck and Good Fishing

June 25, 2012

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We have been getting ready and waiting for our first opening. The fish have been slow to move so we have been taking our time getting our buoys and lines out in stages. My daughter has been a good helper and is eager to be more involved in our operation. It is good to have […]

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Blessed

June 23, 2012

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Today I was able to attend an event in Naknek at Dolly’s Hall that was meant for all who participate in the Bristol Bay fishery. This year marked the 14th year that Fred Anderson has organized the “Fishermen’s Send-Off,” Blessing and Potluck for Naknek based fishermen. Many individuals, small businesses and major processors contributed safety […]

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Old Walks

June 20, 2012

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  Some paths are always good to return to and now that my kids are getting older I am able to share more pathway with them. Tonight we walked long and far in the light wind and sun along the Naknek River beach. First hitting the beach above the city dock at the old Red […]

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Hot Rocks

June 14, 2012

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No, this is not a music reference. I am referring to the rocks from my Great Grandparents old steambath. The igneous rocks that my grandpa chose to go on top of his old oil drum stove that was laid on its side with a Sears & Roebuck conversion kit door on the end for stuffing […]

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Respect

June 7, 2012

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As the land and rivers in Bristol Bay inspire awe, so do the people. I have had the privilege of attending two hearings in Bristol Bay conducted by the EPA for the purpose of collecting comments in regard to the draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment. In the process of listening to testimony being delivered I […]

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Where Does All That Water Go?

June 6, 2012

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Last weekend a series of minus tides began and that was our cue to inspect and re-set our set-net anchors if necessary. We were fortunate enough that out of the eight anchors that hold our lines in place for the summer, only one had to be driven. The river ice was kind and didn’t freeze […]

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Migration

May 30, 2012

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It’s that time. School is almost out and we are packing up to point ourselves to the Naknek River in Bristol Bay. The birds have already flown and the salmon are on their way. We are on our way to meet them. Mel

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