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September 29, 2014

Kim and I have just arrived back in Montana after a busy  season operating our commercial fishing camp in Alaska.   Our time on the Nushagak River seems to just ‘fly by’ each year, but another year will be here before we know it.

The fishing was awesome, as all salmon species returned in very good numbers…….their spawning activity  creates a smorgasbord of food and great fishing action results for all our resident species…..grayling, rainbow trout and char.   Our records also show an increase catch rate for resident fish…….most notably were the huge number(200% of previous years) and size of dolly varden…..some exceding 30 inches.   Rainbow trout and grayling average size and numbers were ‘up’ from previous years also.  So all things considered the Nushagak River  produced well and is in great shape for the future.

Our season began with a quite low water level on the Nushagak  River……….due primarily to a winter with no snow (locally called a “brown winter”)  and an extremely early spring.…….there was no spring snow runoff.     Our concern of low water levels were only temporary, however as  consistent rainfall brought the water levels up in lakes and rivers of  all of Bristol Bay……….and that stimulated an early and epic salmon run.   Bristol Bay salmon stocks are doing very well and water concerns have now vanished.

Our camp ‘upgrade’ projects became reality………the new kitchen is quite nice.   We added a much needed storage facility and doubled the size of our work shop successessay.co.uk.   Guest cabins all got a new front deck.   And we added some new outboards.   We are planning some upgrades in boats for the coming season also.

Flyout side trips were also very productive.   Most notable were king salmon excursions on the lower Nushagak where fish of up to 40 pounds were landed……..a great angling experience for all participants.  And the resultant king salmon dinners were fabulous.

We also made trips to fish for arctic char, which proved very successful……..with good catches and gorgeous mountainous scenery.   A special experience for all.   We are planning to offer this experience for the coming year also.   Just ask about it.

We also are happy to report that  nearly all our camp staff / guides have committed to return  for the 2015  season..  It is always nice to have familiar faces when it is time to open the camp for another year.

If you are considering fishing Alaska…….you will enjoy our wilderness camp and its marvelous fishing.   Give me a call and we will provide you with  the details of scheduling, travel issues and gearing up.

Thank you and we hope to see you in “The Great Land”.

Dave Egdorf,

President/Western Alaska Sport Fishing, Inc.

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