A Day for Bristol Bay
AFFTA (American Fly Fishing Trade Association), our sole trade organization for the entire fly fishing community, is hosting “A Day for Bristol Bay” on August 24 – that's tomorrow!! As always, funds are needed to continue the fight to save Alaska's salmon fishery. If you're like us, you're sick of hearing about Pebble Mine. You're probably asking, “Will it ever go away?” And if you're like us, you certainly hope so.
This 2 minute video tells us what the fishing and environmental community is up against. It's enough to make one fighting mad when you see what our government is doing to try and push this through under the radar. Along with thousands of other concerned citizens, we've read the determinations and the proposals and it is just unbelievable that our government would look the other way and sell out to a foreign mining company and permit them to do this to our most productive last pristine wilderness salmon habitat in the world.
And so we're asking for your help again. Please help us kill the beast that is Pebble Mine. By supporting one of the participating businesses tomorrow you can help fund the fight. Or, do what I did just now, select the Donate button, make a donation, and feel good about doing your part to help AFFTA and Americans fight the fight.
The link to DONATE is https://www.affta.org/fisheries-fund/donations/
Name the Puppy Contest
A good fishing friend of ours, Nancy, has a new puppy. He's an Australian shepherd and as cute as can be. She wants to give him a name that has something to do with water and/or fishing. She's thinking “Splash” or “Beachy” but I think you can do better than that.
Get the kids involved and give us some catchy names. Put the names in the Comments section below with your email address and if your name is chosen we'll send you a 2020 full color daily calendar by Willow Creek. She's anxious to get the pup named so you've got until Monday morning at 9:00 EST. That's only a few days so let's hear it for the new puppy!
Fall is just around the corner. Our guiding has continued through the summer this year which is very unusual. Most years we have a number of weeks in late July and August when our water levels are too low for good fishing. We're lucky to have cold water for the fish to sit it out and wait for rain. Not so this year, we've had good water all the way through the summer thanks to a rainy summer.
One of our guiding clients sent this to us this week:
Dear Cathy and Barry, I recently spent two days fly fishing on your water at Fishing Creek with Jimmy Kukurlo. Cathy, I am sure you don't remember but I took a lesson from you several years ago and I have have been fishing on Fishing Creek ever since. I wanted to say thank you for maintaining such a great fishery especially after the devastating storms in recent years. I can only imagine how much work that entails. I would also like to take this opportunity to say what a great time I had fishing with Jim. Although I have fished with Jim several times, this recent trip was my greatest experience on the water to date. The water was flowing at over 1000 cfm and was chocolate brown, Jim was able to get me to water that was fish-able and very productive. I caught many many bows and browns several of which were in the 20 to 25 inch range. Jim is an outstanding guide and teacher and has become a good friend. Please continue the good work and give my best to Jim. I cant wait for my next visit. John
We're proud to say we have terrific guides- they all care about our streams, our clients and the fish. They have all given of their time to help us maintain the stream and work to restore what the flood had destroyed. That being said, we're going to have some incredible fall fishing, with nice clean water, unlike John's day, and we hope you can get out to enjoy it.
It won't last long, a few weeks if we're lucky. If you have some time in September or October and are looking for a pleasant day or two on the water with good company and above average fish, give us a call. We still have lots of days open. For details on our guiding program please see our web site.