Browsing All posts tagged under »Bristol Bay«

Fishing Partner’s Birthday

August 4, 2012

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Today marks the 11th year since you were born into this world, but you have been an important part of my life since before that day. I can remember relaxing with the family in between fishing tides the summer you were born. We were on the couch and you were stretching and waving to everybody […]

Culture Shock

July 27, 2012

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It is always jarring to return to the world outside of Bristol Bay after a season of commercial salmon fishing. The summer is full of intensity, but at the same time there is a sense of being away from it all. This year I will be making a further departure from Naknek, the town and […]

The Tide Is Our Clock

July 18, 2012

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Both tides of each day move forward about a half hour every day and with them move our focus and activity. As long as we have nets in the water that need tending, the tides govern our days and the tide book is our timepiece. Nothing will make the water move slower or faster than […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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