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I’ve been neglecting this place and it shows. I guess it’s about time to jot down a few notes.

Hit the river once back in April with Tuber and The Pastor. Hooked up a few times but was never able to seal the deal. Cool to know that one of the fish parted 10# Maxima like it was nothing. As usual, good friends and good times.

Back in May I broke my casting hand. I broke my hand on a Friday but didn’t believe it was broke. Monday the x-ray told me otherwise. The PA who checked it out told me it was misaligned and would try to straighten it out before casting the hand. Ohhh he did alright. The PA, ex-military and ex-UFC fighter, grabbed a hold of my hand and straightened things up. Hurt like a mudderfuker…hurt more than breaking it. The two techs waiting to cast my hand thought it was painful too. One of them told me not to hold my breath and to keep breathing. I didn’t listen to him until it was over. Too busy trying not to make a sound or shed a tear.

Just finished up physical therapy in July. It’s been a frustrating couple of months. I’ve been cleared to resume some normal activity. I was told let pain be my guide.

I’m anxious to get back out there.

Word is that Simms is putting felt back into the lineup in 2012 and getting some shit for doing so. That’s fair. They tried to play the market and it didn’t quite work the way they hoped. That’s old shit now. On to more pressing matters.

Come January 1, 2012, Alaska will ban felt from its waters and everyone who lives here or will visit here will have to pony up and pick up another pair of wading footwear. Thanks Trout Unlimited for pushing this one as hard as you could. We’ll just take the $$$ out of our For Charity bucket to make this new purchase. Kids are going hungry tonight and the fish will just have to make do with the plastic bag/beer bottle/cigarette butt “habitat restoration project” which comes free of charge along with a free McDonald’s Happy Meal toy.

Invasive species are just going to have to hitch a ride on the laces, gravel guards, waders and our boats now. I wonder if that’s how pike made their way into the Susitna Drainage and Kenai Peninsula. There’s a f-ing invasive species for ya. Trout Unlimited…where you at?

No matter what type of sole is on your wading boot…Inspect -> Clean -> Dry all of your gear.

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What: Savor Bristol Bay – 2010 Kick-off Celebration

Where: South Anchorage Farmer’s Market

When: June 19th 9am – 2pm

Get ready to Savor Bristol Bay this summer! Join Trout Unlimited as we celebrate the start of the Bristol Bay fresh salmon season. Test your taste buds as three local chef’s step up to the grill for a Salmon Cook-off (you get to vote!), learn tips and tricks on how to fillet salmon, and bring your kids to do fish printing! Also be sure to stop by the Trout Unlimited booth to learn more about how you can help protect Bristol Bay.

9:30-10:30 Fillet Demonstration

11- 12:30 Bristol Bay Salmon Cook-off

10- 2 Kid’s Fish Printing

Contact: Nelli Williams nwilliams@tu.org or 230-7121

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SkagitMaster - New Water Media

About a guy who likes to fish

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Sockeye Scramble

A little leftover Alaskan sockeye salmon grilled the night before. Crumbled into small pieces sauteed in a bit of butter with some white onion. Salt and pepper to taste. Whip in 3 eggs. Scramble. Serve with fresh scallions.

Eat Wild Salmon.

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Due to a mix-up at the campground entrance…got a better camping spot out of the deal.

Cut an hour plus hike into one kickass 15 minute bike ride.

Shared a beautiful piece of water with friends.

Got to show one of them for the first time.

Threw a few dries and buggers.

Caught a few.

Watched hundreds and hundreds of salmon swim by my feet.

Stood in the middle of them as they nervously rushed by.

Brought a few home.

Grilled one up the next day.

Makes for a good day wouldn’t you say?

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The past couple of weeks have been hectic. Both sides of the family are due in town in a couple of weeks. Been heavy into harvest mode gathering up the necessary fish and game for the summer backyard bbq sessions. The hands and fingers wear the signs of use and abuse.

I’ve been sampling the goods heavily. I feel it is my duty as a good host. Have to be sure that what I’m serving up is worthy of the effort.

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Dams are something this fisher is not familiar with. There aren’t too many of those around these here parts. Free flowing is something most Alaskans likely take for granted. For years I’ve heard jibber jabber about damming a river or two here in Alaska. No better case study on the effects of dams on anadromous rivers then the ones found in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. It’s a damn shame if you ask me.

Help celebrate the removal of Marmot Dam on the Sandy River by throwing down some much needed financial support to the folks at the Native Fish Society by purchasing this limited edition tee.

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As first mentioned by the crew at Buster Wants To Fish, there are only 150 men sizes and 25 women sizes. If you are lucky enough to attend the Sandy River Spey Clave you can pick one up there for $25 a piece. If you can’t make it there, you can drop Fran Taylor at the Native Fish Society an email [fran@molalla.net]. All proceeds go to the Native Fish Society.

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