Then there was one! (July 3-10)

This week we had an angler go solo (as stated in the last post, Nils would be staying two weeks). First off I want to introduce you to Nils.

Nils  Photo by: Camille Egdorf

Nils Photo by: Camille Egdorf

Nils is from a small town/village in Germany (I over-heard him explain it’s where-abouts and name several times, but for some reason the name has evaded my memory). He’s a very very young 74 year old who could give a 50 year old a run for his money (not kidding). I was dumb-founded when I heard him say 74. When out on the river Nils was all business. His uniform consisted of the G4 Pro waders, a very nifty vest that allowed for deep wading, a sick (very nice) hat that had some worldy feathers stuck in the band, and also a net that was stuck to his back with a magnet. He definatley had good taste in gear. His weapons of choice (rods & reels) were a 3 weight Loop rod and reel, and Sage’s XP 6 weight (the XP was his favorite rod). Like I said, he meant business. When back at camp I would hear him rave about some of the guide’s casting skills and all the while I’m thinking to myself, “Nils you could give those guides a run for their money in a casting competition.” This guy could throw some line!

When out on the river, Nils knew exactly what he wanted to fish. If the run wasn’t fast, and had good cover for a fish to hold in, he would tell us to just go to the next spot. He made his own fly choices, tied everything on himself, released his own fish, and he even made the guides fish with him. That’s right, he made the guides fish!! To say the least, nobody was complaining. It’s not often that we get to rip some lip.

 

 

Photo by: Camille Egdorf

Photo by: Camille Egdorf

The fishing this week was good. Again the leeches, mice, and smolt patterns cleaned house. The salmon are just starting to spawn so eggs, and flesh patterns are starting to drift through redds. The Nushagak is once again alive with thousands of fish. Bear prints are littering the gravel bars, moose are being spotted in front of camp, the Artic Terns are hatching their chicks, wolves are roaming the tundra, and the rainbows are getting fat. Going upriver from camp is getting tough. The boat ride is full of ducking and diving to avoid trees, sliding to keep from beaching, and tight turns to evade root balls and log jams. A few more days of 80+ degrees and going up river will be a dream.

Photo by: Camille Egdorf

Photo by: Camille Egdorf

Back in camp, Nils got out his fly tieing kit and showed me some of his tricks. He watched me tie up a steelhead fly then gave me some constructive critisism. I tell you what, I can make one hell of a steelhead fly now! He was even kind enough to give me a very generous amount of tieing materials. Fox hair, hackles, deer hair, and so forth. Thanks again Nils for all the great stuff I will surly put it to good use! Nils was also a very skilled tier. There are times when a certain fly is working best, and for some reason you can’t keep it away from the trees and submerged logs. That was Nils problem for one day, and unfortunately he lost most of his key flies. So he kept one for an example and that night he tied up some of his own. They turned out pretty darn good, and by-golly they caught fish.

Photo by: Camille Egdorf

Photo by: Camille Egdorf

The weather this week was again very hot (at least for Alaska) with temperatures rising over 80 degrees. The days out on the river were spent wearing cut-off t-shirts and lots of sunscreen. Wearing waders was like wearing a sweat suit and conking out in the bunks was like sleeping in a sauna. Going for a swim in the evenings became a routine occurance for me and some of the guys. Nick Meilander even built a kneeboard and had Nick Lawton tow him around behind the jet boat. It was quite a sight seeing those two cruise by the camp in water less than two feet deep. Anything can happen in the bush!!

Nils time at camp went by fast. Moose sightings, crazy boat rides, hot weather, bent rods, good food, and great company were all part of the recipe for a fun filled time. It was good to have you here Nils, and we hope to see you again! Safe travels and keep a bend in your rod!

Tight lines——-< ‘)))))><

Dave, Kim, Camille, Nick, Nick, James, and Kris!

 

WOWEE!! (June 26-July 3)

Seven anglers filled camp this week. Warren and Don, Drake and Brett, Nils, and John and Patty. Warren and Don are both long time buddies who share the love of fishing, Drake and Brett are brothers, Nils is from Germany and would be spending not one week but two weeks here with us, and John and Patty are a couple from Denver, Colorado.

Left to right: Patty, Don, Warren, John, and Drake.  Photo by: Camille Egdorf

Left to right: Patty, Don, Warren, John, and Drake. Photo by: Camille Egdorf

The week started off with bang for the first day of fishing was off the hook. Anglers came back with stories that made everyone excited for the next few days on the water. The weather was again holding it’s ground. Day after day, temperatures rose to the mid 70’s and even reached the low 80’s. I never thought I would say this but I’m tanner now then I was in Montana.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Early morning moose encounter.  Photo by: Camille Egdorf

Early morning moose encounter. Photo by: Camille Egdorf

Streamers, woolley buggers, mice, and smolt patterns have been the bugs of choice. Deep eddies, and submerged logs are still holding large amounts of fish, rainbows, grayling, and dollies combined. More salmon are being spotted everyday, most of which are Chums, or Dog salmon. During the evenings everyone will sit on the picnic table and watch salmon push up river. For awhile there was a little competition going on who would see the first king. I never did hear what the stakes were but a king never was spotted.

Photo by: James M.

Photo by: James M.

John and Patty stayed for three days and then headed back to the real world. It was a joy to have them both in camp. It’s not very often that you come accross such nice people as them. Drake, Brett’s brother, also decided to leave camp early. Apparenty he couldn’t hack the mosquitoes and bombardment of sh*t talking the guides and his brother gave him….haha….just kidding Drake!! We all missed you and camp was surly a little quieter without you around! Hope we will see you back up here again soon!

The week was nothing but fun. There’s nothing like having a camp full of appreciative people who enjoy just being out in the boonies. There’s not very many places like this left and when it’s shared with the right people it gives you hope that it will someday be protected and threat free. Alaska is our last frontier, and we need to do whatever we can to keep it wild. The fish forcast for the next several weeks is nothing but bent rods. If your scheduled for a week this summer……be prepared and ready for some serious lip rippin!! See you on the water!

Go Daddy! (June 19-26)

Go Daddy (June 19-26)

Photo by: Nick Meilander

Photo by: Nick Meilander

The past week has been a great one. Again we’ve had six clients occupy the beds here at the Nushagak river camp, and all suceeded in ripping an unreasonable amount of lip. This week we had Paul and his son Eric, Ed and Neil, Mike and his son Scott.

Photo by: Camille Egdorf

Photo by: Camille Egdorf

As usual the new arrivees were shy and unsure of what they had gotten themselves into, which is understandable because the crew here has lost a considerable amount of their marbles as a result from the Alaskan state bird (the mosquito). But after the flow of a little whiskey, wine and beer everyone loosened up and the smiles flashed. It was going to be another great week.

The weather stood it’s ground for the next couple of days. The warm sunny days kept spirits up and the sunscreen an arm’s reach away. The fishing had also stayed the same. Large leeches and woolley buggers plinked off some fatties from under trees and log jams, while the mouse lured hot rainbows out from the depths of deep eddies and cut banks. Then some much needed rain came in and made sure everything was washed clean. The river came up maybe 6 inches, just enough to make things a little easier on the boat motors, but not enough to color up the river. The next few days everyone left the sunscreen in the bunk and packed in extra layers. Crawling out of the sleeping bag in the morning got to be a challenge, while the cold wind during the boat rides began to bite at the face.

Getting ready to go fishing!!  Photo by: Camille Egdorf

Getting ready to go fishing!! Photo by: Camille Egdorf

The cooler temperatures however didn’t deter the drive to catch fish. Everyone came back with pictures of nice fish and memories that would last a lifetime. Salmon are showing up more and more everyday. Moose are being spotted during the fishing day as well as right in front of camp. Bear and wolf tracks are a common sighting on gravel bars. The Nushagak River is coming to life once again.

It was a great week and a wonderful way to spend the Father’s Day weekend.