Last Days of the Season

  • After a few rough final days of fishing, we decided to call it a season and pack up fish camp for the year. What a season! While we normally fly out with Pen Air, our good friend Sean was good enough to fly in from Anchorage to get us this year. He landed his amazing Piper Super Cub on the beach right in front of our cabin. Instead of the logistical nightmare of getting to the landing strip for the Pen Air flight, all we needed to do this year was listen for his plane, step off the porch onto the beach and into his plane. Wonderful.

    Sean’s plane. Check out the tundra tires! He can land on almost anything. We stopped in the tiny village of Iliamna to get some fuel. This is the nearest town to the proposed Pebble Mine, which threatens the largest wild sockeye salmon run on earth–our fishery. We saw helicopters coming and going the entire time we were there. Knowing the tremendous expense of helicopters we were reminded of the money and power behind the mine.

    The following pictures are from Lake Clark Pass, one of my favorite places in Alaska. This jagged pass is so narrow I sometimes felt like the wingtips would scrape the walls.

    I am putting together some videos of the season to share. I was unable to upload any video from fish camp but I will start slowly posting those this fall.


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