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2002 Season Review
AlpenView began operations for the 2002 season at the out camp.
On hand for camp set-up were co- owners Shawn Finn and Dave Jones,
along with head cook Veronica Sims, friends Craig "Ole"
Olsen and Tim Longrich. Andrew Airways pilot Willie handled the
flying in of the camp equipment and supplies.
Our first clients arrived on June 8. Returnees Chuck Widdicombe
and Ron Pletcher were joined by first timers Joe Widdicombe and
Eric Pletcher. All anglers hailed from the great state of Montana.
Guide Dave Jones and cook Veronica Sims made up the staff. Fishing
was hot right off the start. Two high points were Ron's 16 kings
landed in one day and Eric's big king measuring 36&3/4"
from the notch of the tail to the eye. Add a blizzard of chrome
sockeye, brown bear and bald eagle and we have a great week!
In week two, June 15 to 22, Bill Davis, Ed Bews and Bob Price
arrived from Boise Idaho. All three of these clients are veterans
of many trips with our organization. Fishing continued to be
strong. It's always hard to keep up with "Bobber Bob"
Price and this week was no different. On his best day Bob was
able to land 23 king salmon. We look forward to seeing this group
again in trips they have booked for 2003 and 2004.
The week of June 22 to 29 saw the arrival of first timers David,
David 2, Elmer and Paul Case, all from the great state of Oregon.
We enjoyed continued strong fishing. Paul caught the big king
measuring 37&1/2" from the notch of the tail to the
eye. We look forward to seeing members of this group again in
trips they have booked for 2003 and 2004.
The week of June 29 to July 6, returnee Per Lund-Johansen was
joined by first time visitors Morton Lund-Johansen, Per and Tom
Lund-Larsen. Per Lund-Johansen landed the seasons largest king
measuring 38&1/8" from the notch of the tail to the
eye. We look forward to seeing members of this group again in
a trip they have booked for 2003.
The week of July 6 to 13, first time visitors Bill Calvert, Curt
Bruno, Jerry Clemons and Roy Minish arrived from the great state
of Arizona. Fishing was strong throughout the king/sockeye season
but this week topped the charts with a total of 348 kings landed.
We ran a one fly competition on sockeye and Curt Bruno came out
on top with 11 sockeye landed in an hour and fifteen minutes
on a single fly.
Al in all the king/sockeye season at the camp went great. Fishing
and water conditions were good at all points, there were lots
of bear and other wildlife to keep the cameras rolling and the
weather was nice. We landed a total of 1,204 kings, 683 sockeye
and a spattering of Dolly Varden and rainbow. It just don't get
much better than that.
On to the lodge.
AlpenView's new 12KW generator rests
in it's new home as the walls go up around it. Special thanks
to all who helped!
AlpenView Lodge operations got started in mid July with a couple
weeks of family and friends. It's always great to share the great
outdoors with loved ones. We also got around to a few chores
Like building our new generator shed and installing our new generator.
The Berry Family, first group of lodge clients for
the 2002 season, arrived on July 27. Gracia Berry, son Chris
and his wife Ashley, daughter Gen and her husband Michael and
granddaughter Grace were joined by old friend Pete Squartsoff.
The Berry's hail generally from North Carolina and Pete is from
Kodiak Island. The Berry family are veterans of many past trips
with our organization including Olga Bay Lodge and the out camp.
This was a bitter sweet adventure. Gracia's husband David, a
world renown pharmaceutical researcher and avid fly fisherman,
had passed away earlier in the year. One of our duties during
this trip was the honor of scattering David's ashes along his
beloved Dog Salmon River. The crew at AlpenView are thankful
for the opportunity to participate as David was special to us
as well. The AlpenView Crew for the 2002 lodge season started
out with Head cook Veronica Sims, guides Dave and Shawn and helpers
Marie Finn and Hanna Clark.
Top: The youngest of three generations,
Grace lands her first fish in the Dog Salmon River.
Left: As Gracia Berry will tell you, the sight of two brown bears
fighting over a salmon will distract even the most experienced
Guest/guide Pete Squartsoff estimates the size of
the fish Ashley is currently fighting.
During a short break between the departure of the
Barry Family and the arrival of our next guests, Friend Allie
Bateman, daughters Amy Finn and Molly Jones joined the rest of
the lodge crew. The whole group set out on a hike that ended
in Shawn, Dave, Hanna Clark and boots the dog making a successful
climb of Mt. Geddis-Farzukan. This was the third time AlpenView
staff and/or clients have summited this 2,558 foot peak. We also
began the new tradition of racing kayaks during cooling off breaks
from the banya. Marie Finn proved to be the kayak champ.
Returnee Frank Perkins and first timer Bill Potter, both from
Florida, arrived at the lodge on August 3. Bill and Frank were
on the second leg of their fishing adventure which began on Russia's
Kamchatka Peninsula. We enjoyed a mix of freshwater and saltwater
fly fishing during their stay catching many silver and pink salmon,
Dolly Varden and sea bass.
Returnees Gene, Mark and Dallas Shaheen and Calvin
Quick along with first timer Tom Elcox arrived at the lodge on
August 10. Old pro Gene Shaheen kept the younger members in check
most of the trip by repeatedly landing the most fish. One of
his better days was when he landed well over fifty fish, a combination
of silver salmon and sea bass, off of the C/V FINLANDER. Mark
Shaheen won the kayak races by defeating Dave Jones by a few
seconds in the final heat. It's always great to see old friends
again and this week was no exception. Friend Susan Reid of Kodiak
replaced Hanna and Marie as lodge helper for this week.
Top: Bill Potter and Frank Perkins
visit with Mickey Jones and Fru Finn in the town of Kodiak prior
to their trip to the lodge.
Left: Frank, who has traveled the world with his fly rod, found
our saltwater fly fishing to be both exciting and rewarding.
Top: Mark, Dallas and Gene Shaheen
and Calvin Quick.
Right: Tommy Elcox and Guide Shawn display a halibut.
On August 17, returnees Sal Borrelli and son
Sal arrived at the lodge. The Borrelli's are veterans of several
trips to Olga Bay with Dave Jones and it was great to have them
at our new lodge for the first time. We enjoyed a mix of freshwater
and saltwater fishing during their stay. Our most fantastic saltwater
day was in Ugak Narrows where we landed a pile of silvers on
the fly. We also smacked a bunch of pink salmon, Dolly Varden
and a few silvers in the streams. Other species included halibut
and sea bass. Kathryn Jones and Jenny Melendres replaced Susan
Reid as lodge helpers for this week. Thanks again Sal 1 and Sal
Veteran AlpenView fishermen Wilbur Bullock and
Art Kelly arrived at the lodge on August 24. Wilbur and art were
on their third trip to Ugak Bay and their forth with our organization
having also visited our out camp. In the saltwater the dynamic
duo landed a pile of silvers and halibut and topped it off with
a fine king salmon. We also attacked the streams for pink and
silver salmon on fly rods.
Art And Wilbur
Back to the Camp
August 31 was a date that the AlpenView staff
was looking forward to. Arriving at the lodge on this date were
long time clients and friends Joe Toth and Pinkie Gray who have
moved to Nevada since last year, Craig Walkowski from New Jersey,
Jim Jacobsen from California and Fritz Jorg from Washington State.
All are veterans of many trips with Dave Jones at Olga Bay, the
out camp and AlpenView. Fritz in particular has fished with Dave
at least once in every year since 1988. It's always a gas when
these guys show up, they are truly possessed fishermen and have
a great love of life. Pinkie is known as Mr. Halibut and he was
in true form again this trip landing three triple digit fish.
Joe has finnally gotten his sea legs and is beginning to give
pinkie a run for his money. We had some great weather during
this trip and were able to stay on the fish is the salt quite
well. The silvers were hitting hard in the ocean and also in
the streams. Fritz was able to land a halibut on his fly rod
for the first time in his life. Jim is un-stoppable, fishing
all day, driving the boat and keeping it clean and then helping
to wrap fish in the evenings. Jim's passion for maintenance got
carried away when he began oiling his halibut jig with WD-40
each time he tossed it over the side! Craig is a decorated wood
carver, winning several national competitions. AlpenView lodge
has the honor of hanging a spectacular rainbow carving on it's
wall, a gift from Craig. Carol Velez (Dave's sister-in-law) was
lodge helper this week and did a great job. We have signed Carol
up for the same week next year. Guide Shawn and head cook Veronica
left for the camp on Friday morning to get it ready to open the
next day. Carol took over as head cook and friend Tim Longrich
flew in to do duty as assistant guide. We are looking forward
to seeing this group in a trip they have planned for the same
week next year.
On September 7, AlpenView operations shifted
back to the out camp for the silver/steelhead season. Returnee
Bill Cyr and first timers Ray Cyr and Bob Lamb arrived in camp
Bill and Bob live in Idaho, Ray is from Maine. Fishing was on
fire for Dolly Varden and silvers were available in good numbers.
A few early steelhead added to the catch. The camp staff started
out with guide Shawn Finn and cook Veronica Sims. At mid week
Dave Jones took over as guide and Shawn returned to his real
job in Kodiak. Also in camp for a short stay was friend and helper
Right: Bob Lamm photo of Dave Jones with his
first steelhead on the Winston Spey rod which was a gift from
Above: Dave gives Tom a few pointers as Tom casts
and fights a fish on the Spey rod.
September 14, saw the arrival of returnees Harry
Dodson (Maine), Tom James (Virginia) and Bill Renner (Florida)
along with first timer Rick Renner (Maine). We enjoyed some fantastic
silver fishing, landing nearly 300. That's a lot considering
we spent a lot of time hiking and steelheading. We also had so
good luck on steelhead and Dolly Varden. One day during the trip
we hiked to Red Lake (7 mile round trip) and Harry, Bill and
Rick climbed the peak between Red Lake and camp on the return.
These guys had a lot of energy.
Left:Rick enjoys the view of the upper Ayakulik Valley
from the summit of the peak between Red Lake and camp.
The Rabid Rabbit string leach was and awesome producer
of halibut, silvers and sea bass in the saltwater during summer
operations at the lodge. It also was a top producer for silvers
and steelhead in fall freshwater operations.
Pat Steed Photos.
Top Left: A fox runs away with a fish carcass. Top Right: Two
beaver rest on the banks of the Ayakulik. Left: The ever faithful
guide Dave Jones carries client David Ellis across the river
because his waders are only waist high.
September 21. Next up on the hit parade are
returnees Pat Steed (North Carolina) and David Ellis (Maine)
along with first timers Danny Simms (Kansas) and John Maresca
(Virginia). We had a blast catching silvers and the Rabid Rabbit
string leach was fishing very well. In fact Pat Steed chose to
fish the big fly in a one fly competition and was able to put
up a fish every six minute average to land fifteen silvers in
ninety minutes of fishing. This is the second year in a row for
Pat winning a one fly. We also caught a fine batch of steelhead,
native rainbow and Dolly Varden. We look forward to seeing pat
and his family in a trip they have planned for 2003.
Dave Jones displays David Ellis' steelhead.
Pat Steed, John Maresca, Danny Simms And David Ellis.
Danny Simms with a steelhead.
The last group to fish in 2002 arrived on September
28. In camp were returnees Josh Lewis (Kodiak), and Keene Smith
(Colorado) as well as first timers Mark Colin and Tim Lidstone,
both from Colorado. At mid week we did a fly-out and exchanged
Josh for Cary ? and added Bryan ?, both of Kodiak, for the day.
Sound confusing? Well, it was. All in all we had a great week
on silvers, steelhead, rainbows and a few dollies. One highlight
was on the last day. We had worked hard all morning hiking, rafting
and arguing with a sow and cubs, all for a couple of steelhead.
We returned to the pools nearest camp, a bit tired, in mid afternoon.
Here we proceeded to rip some lips. Four rods landed 18 steelhead
in the last two hours of the 2002 season! It was a great finish.
Special thanks to all of you who visited us during the 2002
season. We sure appreciate your business and enjoyed your company.
If you have some pictures or comments you would like me to add
to this review, please let me know.