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Alternatives to Felt Soled Boots

Alternatives to Felt Soled Boots

As the seasons change—winter melting into spring—fishing enthusiasts need to take changes in climate and weather into consideration when choosing the appropriate gear for their angling adventures. In the early summer, many areas surrounding rivers, lakes, and even the Alaskan coastline, are prone to high waters. This makes the beginning of each new season the ideal time to change up your fishing gear—especially your boots. What kinds of seasonally appropriate options for boots are available to you? Not too long ago, the state of Alaska declared felt bottoms illegal. Rubber is the only alternative but, but this is a dangerous material in some rivers as it’s doesn’t grip slippery bottoms. Studded boots are a great alternative, but there are many scenarios in which they cannot be worn, such as aircraft, boats, rafts, and other surfaces such as docks, wooden walkways, stairs, decks, and hardwood floors. The soles of studded boots can scuff and do damage to wooden surfaces, making them an inappropriate alternative to felt soled boots. This leaves anglers with only three options for boots: Wear rubber soled boots, and be very careful on slippery surfaces Wear studded boots and cover them when traveling Wear boots with a removable sole that can be changed when needed When it comes to rubber boots, we have found Vibram to be the best brand out there. Vibram is an Italian rubber sole company, and the original producers of one of the first rubber lug soles for heavy-utility boots used for mountaineering and outdoors sports. Simms and Orvis sell boots with Vibram soled footwear. If you prefer studded boots, No See Um Lodge provides slip-on boot covers that you are required to wear when you’re not in the water. We have approximately 15 pairs of Orvis rubber slip-ons that can accommodate any shoe size. For those who opt for removable soles, Korkers makes the best product available. No See Um Lodge has a Korkers dealership, and can order removable soled boots directly at a special Lodge price. John has personal experience using the Korker Omni Track boot. They are very light and comfortable to wear. The soles are easy to change and stayed on well. They have several great options at different price points and multiple sole variations. We have found that the Redside is a solid, well-built boot at a great price. Ordered with a Vibram and second studded sole produced excellent results. The Vibram is good enough to use most of the time and the studded fills in the few rivers that are a bit trickier wading. “I have personally worn Korkers for the last three seasons. I have tried several models of Korker boots, all have had the same Omni Track system. It’s a very solid, versatile product that works exactly as advertised. The company has been super to work with and I now have over thirty pairs of loaner Korkers for my guests” –  John Holman- Owner-No See Um Lodge If you are interested in purchasing Korkers through No […]

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2014 Season in Review and 2015 Season Forecast

2014 Season in Review and 2015 Season Forecast

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! John Holman President- Pilot/Guide  

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2013 Season Review

2013 Season Review

2013 season is in the books and goes down as another great year. I personally guided more on “new” water than I did on our traditional rivers. Much of this “exploration” was only possible because we don’t practice the “drop and go” fishing experience. Anyone that has been dropped off at a location, watched the plane leave and then discovered that things are not as expected, can appreciate our program. Several rivers that typically fish very well and are generally predictable were not quite “normal” in 2013. I recall several days that weather was also an issue and heard people comment, as we departed, that they were very happy to have that option. Overall the weather was better than the past few years with some incredibly nice weather in June and July. Our salmon runs were, for the most part, good. The Nushigak King run was typical and fished about as expected while the Alagnak run was in line with the last few years, some great days with more days doing something else. The Alagnak Silver Salmon run was a definite bright spot with great numbers and an extended season. Again the “no dropping” practice paid off as we able to fish several holes and then move on to a different river for the afternoon. Trout fishing overall, was very good. Many longtime guests were thrilled with the opportunity to fish new water and found some new favorites. As is the norm, June and July produced our best weather and least numbers of competing anglers. August and September provided some big, fat trout but also tends to be the most popular time for Southwest Alaska, again having exclusive rights to a beaver allows for on the go changing of plans. Life around the lodge was smooth with our attentive, dedicated staff. I got many comments on how good they all were and expect most to be there in 2014. The new gazebo was a huge success, well worth the wait, and many enjoyable evenings were passed around the fire and horseshoe pits. I also witnessed more people in the river than normal, some water skiing and swimming but most just taking a quick cool down dip from the sauna. We had another successful year using Trans Northern for our Anchorage-King Salmon flights and anticipate the same for 2014. John Holman President, Pilot & Guide

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