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    Salvaged This;

    I have been hearing about flooding down that way on the news Dewayne. I'm about to get to bed, it's 11:00 PM here Saturday night and I'm headed out tomorrow morning, I'll see how high the rivers are here by 10:00 AM. I'm traveling with another guy who owns a place out there, we met during moose season when his boat broke down. I found him stranded and towed his boat to my camp. He was not prepared to overnight on the river but I was able to set him up with an air mattress and sleeping bag as well as a tent to sleep in. We had never met before that day now we are getting to know one another. He seems like a good guy so we're riding out together tomorrow to finish winterizing the places.
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    Posted 09-25-2016 at 01:59 AM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is offline
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    Salvaged This;

    The cabin looks very well cared for considering the logistics involved. Your water level fluctuation don't sound so terrible though. You've seen plenty of Driftless Creek PICs. Imagine 7" of rain in an hour or even 14" in half a day last night. The fish are in the next county and our access areas are generally very small. Trout season is trashed I'm afraid. But this is your blog. I'll cry somewhere else when I get a chance. I sure hate weather.
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    Posted 09-24-2016 at 05:39 PM by ia_trouter ia_trouter is offline
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    Salvaged This;

    It looks like I'm going back out on Sunday morning September 25th. I have just a few things to finish before the big freeze. I just looked at the river chart USGS and things are back at flood stage so water levels will not be a problem for a couple days. The water drops quickly this time of year, we had a bunch more rain but the runoff goes fast and I've seen them rise or fall as much as a foot and a half in just a couple hours.

    I'll take more photos while there, it really is looking more like a cabin someone cares about these days
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    Posted 09-24-2016 at 12:28 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is offline
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    No surprise the door came out nice. I've seen hardwood lumber submerged and reclaimed after 50+ years on the lake or river bottom. It's amazing how well it survives with no exposure to the air.
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    Posted 09-23-2016 at 03:37 PM by ia_trouter ia_trouter is offline
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    Salvaged This;

    Hi John,

    It does look good and adds to the place too. I caught 6 pike from the dock while I was there. Three of them on Monday morning; none were large with the best one maybe 17". I did have hold of a better one on Saturday evening but of course it came loose. I never had a good look but would guess it over 2 foot based on swirl and the bend of the rod.

    I'll post bar stools when I get or make them
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    Posted 09-23-2016 at 01:08 AM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is offline
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    That looks awesome, Ard! I had no idea that old water logged heavy door would look that good. I think you put it in the right spot too...I can imagine sitting there drinking a cup of coffee and having a couple of those jalapeno breakfast things from that little bakery in Homer
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    Posted 09-22-2016 at 11:27 PM by fyshstykr fyshstykr is offline
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    Salvaged This;

    No worries,

    I don't intend to tile the floors buddy. My seamstress here says she will make a full set of drapes so I can take down the paper towels taped in the windows and then things will be looking good.

    BTW, the table top is 1 3/8" thick. It's very heavy but the legs are heavier, I didn't want it to be wobbly
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    Posted 09-22-2016 at 12:09 AM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is offline
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    Salvaged This;

    It's a cabin in the the Alaskan bush. Once you get the comforts upgraded to 1930's era you can stop, or at least slow down. Tie some flies, do a little writing etc. No need for truly modern conveniences IMO. But everything doesn't need to be hard and you are just about there now. Almost to the point where you don't need to be concerned you need ice or other minor things. The solar idea is a great plan. Should serve you well during the open water season when the sun is up 18+ hrs a day
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    Posted 09-21-2016 at 05:04 PM by ia_trouter ia_trouter is offline
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    Salvaged This;

    I've never done a lot of fly tying out there Dewayne but I have extra vise's and other tools so I'll probably set things up for a little tying. Whether I find some stools for sale or I build them it'll get set up soon.

    Soon as I get the floor painted with enamel we have some new furniture to move out there too. Add a new wood stove and things are looking up

    Things are dicey here for fishing right now, high winds down the Peninsula and up to 6 inches of rain predicted for that area. Usually I look to the Kenai River for late season silvers but the water is currently high and colored. For now I'm fishing close to home soon as the winds die down a little......
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    Posted 09-21-2016 at 11:17 AM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is offline
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    Salvaged This;

    I love the old wooden door table top. Reclaimed wood is just "right" for a cabin. What a perfect location for a fella to tie some flies with the proper height stool, and even at night, after the improved lighting (electricity), you have in progress.
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    Posted 09-21-2016 at 09:05 AM by ia_trouter ia_trouter is offline
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    Someone Ask About The Roll Cast;

    Great article Ard....you know I'm a roll cast fan
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    Posted 09-20-2016 at 02:43 PM by jpbfly jpbfly is offline
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    Cleaning The Logs and Chinking Cracks.

    Hi JP,

    I would love to see you come here for a trip on the rivers. The fishing this year was not as good as I would hope for but if a fellow has time to hang around the next week can get better.
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    Posted 09-20-2016 at 01:49 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is offline
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    Cleaning The Logs and Chinking Cracks.

    Good work....I thought a big guy like you didn't need a ladder
    Hope to sit inside with you after a good fishing...some day
    JP
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    Posted 09-20-2016 at 12:33 PM by jpbfly jpbfly is offline
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    We Don't Get This Way Overnight; Part Two

    I try to write things that may be helpful to others. Often the writing is a story not a 'how to' lesson but always there is a lesson in the story. I'm pleased that you liked this one enough to leave a comment for me.

    Ard
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    Posted 08-21-2016 at 01:00 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is offline
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    We Don't Get This Way Overnight; Part Two

    Your story is inspirational. Reading this, and many of your posts, and seeing your photos, makes me want to learn and fish and learn some more and fish more. Though I am headed down "Sunset Lane" I can think of no other way I want to spend my time now. I touched a fishing rod for the first time in my life about three years ago. I can feel my interest growing to the point that I know fly fishing is going to be a major factor in my life, for the rest of my life. Thank you.
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    Posted 08-20-2016 at 11:25 AM by brook rookie brook rookie is offline
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    Bush Handyman Part Two;

    This last run out there found the lake level up almost 2 feet above when I set that up. The lake is raised by the Yentna River, glacier melt plus rain in the mountains raises the river and the river pushes up Hewitt Creek and raises the lake to equilibrium.

    The dock had lifted clear off the pipes so I'm going to drive 10 foot pipes in and leave 3 foot above water.........
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    Posted 06-29-2016 at 08:16 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is offline
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    Cleaning The Logs and Chinking Cracks.

    The trees were cut in 1999 and the logs stacked in 2001, it got the roof in 2003 and sat in that state until 2006 when I got it. Since then I've chipped away at improving it for 10 years.

    It was my wife who, before we ever met who cut the spruce and skinned them. She hired local (bush) talent to stack the walls and another guy to put the tin roof on. Although I'm not a carpenter or log smith I possessed enough knowledge of general construction and finish work to bring it along.

    Depending on how much time I can invest this summer and fall I may be ready to put carpet in the second floor this winter. It's came a long way.
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    Posted 06-24-2016 at 08:01 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is offline
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    Cleaning The Logs and Chinking Cracks.

    Very cool Ard. How old is the cabin?

    Dan
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    Posted 06-20-2016 at 11:44 AM by dharkin dharkin is offline
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    Bush Handyman Part Two;

    That looks well thought out Ard. Unless in a protected cove a dock will take an awful beating occasionally. Your engineering will be thoroughly tested before fall.
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    Posted 06-20-2016 at 11:42 AM by ia_trouter ia_trouter is offline
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    Bush Handyman Part Two;

    I didn't think to take pictures at the height of the wind storm but by Wednesday things were calming down.

    Click the image to open in full size.

    This is where I anchored the boat to keep it from being slammed into the dock by the waves. I would say that at its worst the waves were 2.5 to almost 3 feet with crests driving against the boat and dock. The rocking almost tore the tie off cleats out of the docks planks!

    Click the image to open in full size.
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    Posted 06-19-2016 at 04:27 PM by Hardyreels Hardyreels is offline








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