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    Examining Perspectives

    A fella can't just lay in the fetal position and give up so I'm headed down to the river to look for some silvers today. So far there's been no trace of any and we're past mid July...........

    [Correction] I just checked the F&G website, yesterday July 16th three Silver / Coho salmon passed through the weir. Three. Not exactly Marty Stouffer's Wild America of the 1980's TV show is it? For those who may never have herd of Marty you can google the name, he produced some incredible footage of salmon runs in Alaska. When I first came here in 1989 I witnessed some pretty incredible things myself. I saw streams so full of salmon that it was mind boggling and it seemed there were fish everywhere.

    I remember driving along Cook Inlet in June and seeing countless King salmon that had gotten themselves stranded at low tide. There were a pack of Bald Eagles at each fish busy trying to kill the giants and then sitting astride of the carcass's and feeding. The fish were way too large for them to move so they had to get as much as possible before the tide came back in. I can remember watching an eagle hopping on one foot / leg with the other hooked into what was about a 9 pound fish busily dragging the fish onto a sand bar where it could be dispatched. I remember when the streams along Parks Highway got so many Sockeye salmon that the channels appeared to turn red as the fish reached spawning color. I also remember the horde of people taking fish, yes even in 1989 /90 there was tremendous harvest pressure on the salmon from resident and non-resident anglers alike.

    I believe that the combined impact of the commercial fishing - recreational and subsistence fishing and habitat degradation have taken a toll on these fisheries and the only road to recovery (partial recovery) would be a moratorium on fresh water harvest combined with reductions i the commercial harvest. Being that all of the five species have different lengths of time between the egg stage and adult such an action would need to be in effect for at least 6 years to have any effect at all. You see, we cannot base what may happen next year on what is witnessed this year, the fish next year were spawned anywhere from 2 to 6 years ago depending on species. It's a complicated mess but managing for the people will surly bring the situation to an even worse condition. Unless the State were to mandate that the fish will be managed for the continuance of the species (which I believe won't happen) then the salmon of south central Alaska are in a downward spiral that will end with them being a protected species. If that were to come to fruition the fishing here will totally collapse because of the relationship between the five salmon species and the other fishes. Trout and char especially rely on the salmon as their source of subsistence, the eggs, fry and flesh of the dead adults are what the other fish eat. Reduce the food source to a trickle and the other fishes are affected negatively as well.

    I am not optimistic.
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    Posted 07-17-2017 at 12:11 PM by Ard Ard is offline
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    Examining Perspectives

    WOW! Comments. I love comments

    First off Steve, I'll shoot more for sure as I have to go to the cabin and get to work any day now. I'll tote the tripod with and try to capture the area out there. Thanks for the positive feedback buddy.

    Dewayne, those hills are along the Glen Highway just past Caribou Creek. I'm not sure of the mile marker but it's almost to Eureka. I'll shoot some stuff along the Skwentna when I go up to trout fish.
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    Posted 07-16-2017 at 11:30 PM by Ard Ard is offline
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    Examining Perspectives

    Old cameras or not, very impressive photography Ard. Where are the gypsum hills located?
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    Posted 07-16-2017 at 10:59 PM by ia_trouter ia_trouter is online now
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    Examining Perspectives

    Great photo's Ard!

    Ard,
    These photo's are fantastic.The glacier shots are really amazing.The D80 is a great outfit.I used the same camera years ago before i started using all my Canon equipment and i remember it was an easy camera to get used to and sensor produced brilliant colors.I think i still have it somewhere.It was the only digital nikon i ever used and i liked it but its hard to keep up with several different brands of cameras.
    I like the different perspectives and your focus is spot on.These photo's really show how big and how open alaska is.Landscape photography can be a bugger but you really did a great job capturing the views.
    I am looking forward to your next posting of photo's.
    -Steve
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    Posted 07-16-2017 at 09:57 PM by kentuckysteve kentuckysteve is offline
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    Gotta Find em Before You Can Hook em;

    Things aren't looking good here. My local river has a weir on it and at this date (June 22) has passed only 570 salmon. This could be considered a catastrophic situation although the greater minds at AKF&G apparently don't see a problem. The river remains open to harvest 7 days a week and people are thoughtlessly fishing down near the estuary picking off what fish they can find!

    Frankly I am disgusted that the river has not been closed to any harvest at all. 570 fish in a river over 100 miles long and people in boats pursuing upriver trying desperately to fiind any of that sparse number. They aren't that difficult to find in the upper river, a 30 pound fish has a hard time disguising its presence. When ten of them are together in a tailout on the gravel they are easier yet!

    Dazed and confused here.
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    Posted 06-22-2017 at 10:28 AM by Ard Ard is offline
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    Getting the boat ready for the next run to Hewitt Lake and beyond;

    Looks like a mod you needed long ago Ard. No reason to suffer on the coldest days. The small windshield on my boat makes all the difference in the world when you can remove most of the 30mph windchill factor.
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    Posted 06-22-2017 at 08:10 AM by ia_trouter ia_trouter is online now
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    There Are Very Few Kings In;

    If I'm lucky Duh, it won't need mowed too many times this year. I missed a deal on a bush hog for 900 dollars this spring but hope to get one next year for the cabin mowing. Then it won't matter how high it gets by the time I arrive.

    I put another entry on here, a windscreen on the boat finally
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    Posted 06-21-2017 at 08:19 PM by Ard Ard is offline
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    There Are Very Few Kings In;

    The "mowing portion" of my primary residence is just a bit bigger than yours, and 25% steeper grade. Not owning a high quality lawn tractor would be unthinkable. But one of us doesn't mow their lawn 25 times a year.
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    Posted 06-21-2017 at 03:50 PM by ia_trouter ia_trouter is online now
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    There Are Very Few Kings In;

    Good to hear from you

    It's been a dry spring here and I've only had to mow twice so far. The bank on the west of the driveway is just starting to grow and hasn't been cut yet. I think that next year I'll get a lawn tractor so this can be done quicker.

    Given a choice between a riding mower for home or a Brush Hog for the cabin I'll take the Bush Cutter every time though. That's the real job.
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    Posted 06-21-2017 at 12:51 PM by Ard Ard is offline













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