Yes, I have been a little busy… Sorry for the lack of posts… Especially since we are having a TREMENDOUS sockeye run right now. Last year, we had 73 fish total through the weir. As of two days ago, we have over 25,000. And basically no one here. Is the run really strong, or just really early… no way to tell till it happens. But boy, the run is really on fire. The parent year reached 118,000 fish and as of this date had 16,000 fish through. We’re blowing the lid off that year.
And if you remember, I predicted we’d see a 10,000 steelhead count… Um… it seems to be leveling off at right around 6,000… In my defense, we had a good storm right as the bulk of the steelhead were done spawning that flooded the river and made the weir non-fish tight for 4 days. I’m going to say 4,000 fish escaped when the counters weren’t looking just because I want to be right and I have no other basis to prop up my argument… It sure felt like a stronger run than that!
In other news… I have my plane back finally. It had been sitting in Sitka for the past 10 months, after receiving a $17,000 annual that I couldn’t pay for till recently. But she is back and we’re ready to go spend some time at the Italio cabin. Speaking of which…
This has been a challenging year so far and so we are making a few changes. My health problems over the past two months have taught me I need a day off occasionally… We opened the fly shop 10 years ago this season working long hours without many days off for 9 months straight. This summer, we are going to be closed Sunday and Monday. We’ll be back to 7 days a week in mid-August when silver season starts, but in the meantime, I’ll closing the doors two days a week to get a break. Granted, that probably means I’ll be out commercial fishing the Akwe with the family, but if it isn’t a physical break, it is a mental break from the fly shop and things I have to do around here.
It is hard living in your place of business. You have no escape. The phone rings 24/7, customers come and go at all hours of the day and night… In the past, we said to just pull up and honk if we were closed and we’d come running downstairs to help. I just can’t do that anymore… Sorry.
And maybe I’ll even get a chance to fly fish for some sockeye again! Haven’t done that in three years, since I first showed Chris how.