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I Haven't Given Up but....................

Posted Yesterday at 05:08 PM by Ard

No I haven't quit fishing and I will be doing a little guide thing next season however with the poor showing from the kings this past spring I had good reason to get some work done here. I was less than impressed with the silver salmon fishing in 2016 and 2015 and had a look at the records from 2012 regarding the king numbers that year. With all that in mind I only took a couple people this past spring and they were folks who were more interested in learning to cast and to fish than banking on catching...
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Update On The Yard;

Posted 07-17-2017 at 01:58 PM by Ard

Down the page or on the next page there's a post titled Very Few Kings In, it's full of pictures of me tearing my yard up with a bulldozer. Since the fish didn't show up I had to cancel a couple trips but made use of the time.

Here's what happened after I roughed in a new grade for drainage. I added three tri-axle loads of top soil and had it hydro seeded. I got a large track steer and used that to spread the dirt and walk everything down then seeded the next day.

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Examining Perspectives

Posted 07-16-2017 at 08:25 PM by Ard

Quite frankly the fishing in 2017 in my part of Alaska has sucked putting it mildly but I'm versatile enough to find enjoyment through other means than punishing some poor fish so..... I've been doing some roving and resurrected my Nikon D80 for some use. Yes, a D80, ancient as it may be possessing but 10 mp resolution I can harken back to when it was 'the camera'. Compared to my cheap point and shoot waterproof cameras it is a world of difference. I have some equally old lens's to compliment the...
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Fly Tying Step by Step;

Posted 06-22-2017 at 03:04 PM by Ard

In case you missed this on the open forum here's a copy for posterity

String Leech / Slider;

It's been awhile since I did a step by step and I'm making leech flies for some still-water fishing so.........

This is a tube application and I use both tube liner (HMH brand) and scraps from tying with Pro Tubes.

To start you need a piece of liner about 3/16" or so.

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Getting the boat ready for the next run to Hewitt Lake and beyond;

Posted 06-21-2017 at 08:00 PM by Ard

Seventy Five Miles each way can wear on a guy especially in foul weather. Last year I was playing with the idea of another boat, this time one with a cab and roof but what I was liking would cost $39,000.00 so I'm resigned to the ATEC.

In cold and rain I've used a full coverage motorcycle helmet for head and face protection in the past. That works but the combo of cold and wet makes for a visor fogging experience more often than not. For a couple years I have been thinking that if...
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