Oct 29, 2013 Comments Off on 2013 ALASKA SUMMER SEASON WRAP-UP by


Now that we are back in Montana and in a new operations phase…promo for 2014……I find myself looking back at the operating season in Alaska.   Where did those four months go?

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Right from the start….back in early May it was obvious that it was going to be a late spring……..I figure about two weeks late,   but once mid June rolled around spring was over and a warm /hot summer began…….and it stayed hot until early August.  We had temps in the 90’s, which is very abnormal for southwestern Alaska.  The Nushagak River was somewhat low right from the start……which made for excellent fishing, but caused some difficulty for boat operations.   Our anglers were surprised at seeing such heat, but enjoyed the great fishing as result of low water levels and easy approach to the fishing.

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The big surprise for 2013 was/were the huge salmon runs.   Four species of salmon…….chum, sockeye, king and coho had above normal numbers……..a very inspiring phenomenon even for myself having spent 35 years seeing the annual ‘push’ of salmon migrate into Bristol Bay rivers.   These salmon runs are the life support of all fresh water fish in our rivers.   So it appears our rivers are at present very healthy.

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2014 appears to be primed for a great season.   The salmon forecast is good and fall water conditions are optimum, setting the grand stage for great fishing for the coming year.

We have several camp projects in the ‘works’ that should be completed in the early part of the season.   We are also planning to add some new angling options to our fishing program.   This will include over night camping on various great fishing rivers that are unreachable from our Main Camp on a day trip.  Also, we are planning a trophy pike flyout to an area lake loaded with huge pike eager to take large flies or top water poppers.   We are also planning a trophy char week during September, which will include an emphasis on large Dolly Varden and a flyout to a number of large lakes with good populations of Arctic Char and also Lake Trout.   In addition we will offer unguided float trips for the “do it yourself” anglers.  So there are some interesting options for 2014 and we look forward to getting our guests into some great Alaska fishing.  If you have plans to ‘do’  Alaska.   By all means give us a call.

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I have to thank all those who were part of our 2013 season……..be they guests or guides or the many agents from pro shops to destination travel companies.   I and my wife Kim may own the business, but there are so many others who are a big part of  the successes within Western Alaska Sport Fishing.   Again……..thanks to you all and we hope to see many of you at camp on the Nushagak in 2014.    Thanks again.   Dave Egdorf

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