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    The 2012 Bear Encounter;

    Ard: That was an awesome read, even after you had told it to me first hand a couple years ago!
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    The 2012 Bear Encounter;

    Showed him who the real boss is dincha? Great story!
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    Streamers, Where & When Part 3;

    Excellant article, as usual for you. Very good advice that I will have to try this season.
    Like others, I'm looking forward to the book.
    Joe
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    I remember the first time I fished in Alaska. I was in the navy and we went to Kodiak island for 2 days in 1992. We rented gear, bought licenses and hit the stream. I got a few salmon and was 'hooked'. I dreamed about returning and finally made it happen in 2005. I spent 2 weeks on the Kenai river trying to perfect my Kenai flip. I got a few reds along with halibut on a charter out of Seward.

    I went back the following year and targeted the pinks & silvers. I caught a lot more fish since I had eliminated the learning curve. I caught pinks from the fishwalk behind the Soldotna visitor's center until my arms were tired.

    I took 2007 off then headed back up in 2008 after taking a leave of absence from work. I caught all kinds of fish and fished all over. Homer, Ninilchik, Anchor river, different lakes. I caught flounder, irish lords, Pollock, halibuts, salmon, trout, dolly varden, grayling and pike.

    2009 & 2010 I spent the summer in Seward and Ketchikan respectively. I plan on returning next year. Alaska is a magical place for someone that enjoys fishing as much as I do. The place is aesthetically beautiful. My wish is that everyone experience Alaska at least once in their lifetime. I went and it changed me.
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    Streamers, Where & When Part 3;

    Hi JP,

    I did this and plan to add more because we get new members who are asking questions about streamer fishing. I know we have lots of folks who use streamers but I'm putting some of my ideas and experiences forward in case they may be helpful to the new fellas.

    I used them a great deal from the early 1980's until 2004. After 2004 and my move to Alaska it is the only way I catch fish so I'm hoping some of what I can share is useful.

    Book..............I have written what can be the book. What it all needs is to be edited into a final draft manuscript. I have an agreement with a layout editor who will put all the text and imagery together into a nice copy but I am the editor in general. It is a very big thing to try if you want a quality finished work. I have put wiring into the cabin, this summer I will install a solar system there to augment the generator and battery system. I really believe by winter of 2016 / 2017 I will spent the entire winter out there and finish the edited version.

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    Posted 03-15-2015 at 12:38 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is online now
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    Streamers, Where & When Part 3;

    I've already told you you should write a book....when is it going to be printed?
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    I hear ya Ard! My dad keeps reminding me about how much things change with age. He just turned 80. I'm currently dealing with a torn bicep on my right arm. Got about 3 more months before I'll be doing any fishing or kayaking. It'll probably be an epic white bass run this spring too!
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    Posted 03-13-2015 at 09:02 AM by markg52 markg52 is offline
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Hey Joe & Mark,

    I'll be doing this for 2016 yet and we'll see how I feel about the hours and the work at that time. It is getting harder to hike through the river rock day after day and part of what I do is to help others wade the dangerous currents we sometimes have to deal with. Once I feel that I can't really keep others safe I'll hang it up.

    It really is tough on a guy once you are getting older. Crawling around on your knees pounding in tent stakes and building fires. Cutting wood for a camp and driving a riverboat for many many miles all add up on those knees.

    Combine all the stuff you gotta do to provide a decent experience for people with the fact that I don't do much fishing because I'm working and it makes being a regular guy sound attractive.
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    Posted 03-08-2015 at 05:59 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is online now
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Great insight Ard. Like Gunner says, looks like I need to get it in gear to get up there and book a trip with you. Maybe I can convince the wife and son that it would be a great college graduation gift for him. That would put us summer of 2016.
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    Posted 11-18-2014 at 02:02 PM by markg52 markg52 is offline
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    More About Streamer Fishing; Part 2

    I'm glad if these things make sense. You guys know how this fishing thing works, there are millions of people doing it and tens of thousands who are expert. All I can tell people in order to be helpful is what I've found works for me.

    When we consider 'what works for someone' it also involves being entertained and engrossed in the activity of fishing I think. When you begin to really think about how to present a streamer and how to be in the right place when you try, it gets into your head. It becomes more than just catching or not, it's more about knowing you did everything as best as you could.

    In the end that's all we have some days streamer fishing, doing the best you could. Some days you get the big reward and others send you home scratching your head and wondering what you did wrong. I enjoy it either way because I can get deep into what I'm trying to do regardless of what happens.

    I'll write more about this over the winter.

    Ard
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    Posted 11-03-2014 at 04:49 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is online now
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    More About Streamer Fishing; Part 1

    I should probably go back and read this myself guys I'm sure that I can offer more on this topic and it'll be a long winter here. Streamers have been my main way of fishing for so long I can't really pick out a year when it started. I fished with dry flies some when it was obvious that it would be fun but always have wanted to swing the streamers.

    I can cast dries and did well with them but seldom could I toss out a little Blue Quill and hope for a 2 foot long brown. I only had that happen one time and it turned out the fish had been planted up the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon by the Slate Run Orvis Shop so their guides could take clients up there. Ray Davies and I blundered into a stretch about 3.5 miles above road access that was full of big beautiful brown trout and thought we had discovered heaven.

    That was back before the Rail to Trails system was established along Big Pine Creel in PA. I kept my mouth shut about it and took my pay Steve Haefner up and he caught plenty too, it was great. After a couple years I was having a confidential talk with one of the fellows who did guiding for the shop and I mentioned the event at Pine Island to him. It was he who told of how they gained access through the forest service to use the trail with a pickup truck and bought fish from a private fish farm to stock that stretch for their customers.

    I used to run the whole lower canyon with my mountain bike when the old rail tracks were still there. It was a very rough ride but there was never anyone up there once you were a mile or more into the trip. I found using the bike better than floating with the drift boat because I could go wherever I wanted with the bike.

    Other that one huge fish that took a Gray Fox on a size 14 hook I have never cracked the 2 foot mark on dries but got quite a few on streamers over the years. I think streamer fishing is kinda like fishing spinning lures. It's an interactive thing if you do a lot of line control and get to know what you're doing. And beside, look at all the cool flies you get to use
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    Posted 11-03-2014 at 04:41 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is online now
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    More About Streamer Fishing; Part 2

    Ard: Excellent tips on how to learn to manipulate a streamer.
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    Posted 11-02-2014 at 12:22 PM by mcnerney mcnerney is offline
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    More About Streamer Fishing; Part 1

    Ard: That was a great writeup on fishing streamers, thanks!
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    Posted 11-02-2014 at 12:15 PM by mcnerney mcnerney is offline
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    Still Working on The Cabin;

    Ard: Your cabin is really taking shape, hard to believe what you have been able to do so far from the road system, congrats!
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    Posted 11-01-2014 at 04:45 PM by mcnerney mcnerney is offline
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Thanks for your feedback fellas,

    I'll have a lot more to say as I take time to lay out the strategy for next season. I have three trips booked already and they are all multiple day remote fishing so I'll be camping a lot

    Gunner,

    It's been a while since I've heard from you. How are you? I will probably do this for five years yet until I'm 65, I can't quit before I know what I'm doing, that wouldn't fit the profile
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    Posted 10-30-2014 at 11:47 AM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is online now
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Great read, as always. With your announcement that you are only going to guide for a few more years, I really need to get my butt in gear and make it up there before the two of us are too old! Need to practice my spey casting too.

    PS. Your cabin really looks great. A lot of hard work put into it that really shows your skills.
    Joe
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    Posted 10-29-2014 at 08:09 PM by gunner gunner is offline
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Very interesting read as usual ArdThere are a few things I could have written too after my first year's guiding....I also keep pics of my clients...a great smile on their face is a good reward
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    Posted 10-25-2014 at 02:54 PM by jpbfly jpbfly is offline
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Well, I guess that's why they call it "fishing"....not "catching".

    I'm still standing in line for that book.
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    Posted 10-21-2014 at 10:11 PM by fyshstykr fyshstykr is online now
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    What I've Learned About being A Guide;

    Ard: Great read as always, thanks for sharing!
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    Posted 10-21-2014 at 07:21 AM by mcnerney mcnerney is offline












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