2014 turned out a great summer. We saw excellent salmon returns in most drainages which produced great trout fishing. A few exceptions included the spawners in the Kvichak braids and lower numbers in the Upper American creek. The drainages upstream of the Kvichak were in great shape and the Lower American seemed to have plenty of fish.
Water levels were good in most systems, a bit low in a few. The Copper River, while starting to fish again, proved challenging in the boating area for those less experienced running jet boats in no water.
We saw some days that will easily go into the books as all time “best ever” days, I was a bit surprised by that, I thought I had seen all those days 20 years ago but it proves you’ve really never seen it all.
For the second year in a row we experienced excellent silver returns that lasted into mid-September with the 2015 forecast looking great.
We made a few upgrades around the lodge including flooring in the main guest house, new decking and a new power generator. The crew did a spectacular job, proving again that a business is only as good as the people involved.
2015 is shaping into another great season. All Bristol Bay salmon forecasts are excellent, low snow pack will provide for a great spring water levels and everyone is excited to get back at it.
Our staff will include some new faces and plenty of the old regulars. Jason Schuster has an educational opportunity that will keep him away for a year, Brian Deagle will be getting married and both Katrina and Saoirse pursing career paths. We have hired several very experienced replacements that will be excellent complements to our returning staff.
We have some exciting improvements planned for this summer and fully expect it will be our best season ever!