No, I haven’t made a post in a month and a half and yes, there is a reason…
There are always people who find it fun to crap on others, as if this will boost their own self-esteem. I have had to deal with a handful of losers since opening the fly shop that have to place blame on why their life (or trip) sucks. Certainly can’t blame themselves for their inability to catch fish… I try to provide accurate information on what is happening on the rivers here in Yakutat, so visitors can make the best decisions about their trips and know a little of what to expect. But to some, that is unacceptable.
In March, it was looking like we were going to see a dramatically early run, with high water temps and no snow. The winter fish had already been down throughout the river for nearly a month and as the flows dropped after the mid-month storm, tremendous numbers of spring fish were coming in all at once.
I have far less influence on when people come than most think. Most people have scheduled vacations from their jobs and non-refundable airline tickets, so their dates are set 6 months ahead and have no ability to adjust for an early (or late) run based on anything I type here. But… if the run is coming in and the best fishing of the entire season is happening when ordinarily there are few people on the river, some people with flexible schedules can drop what they are doing and react to what is happening.
But it doesn’t increase the total number of people coming… It just enables some people to get their trips out of the way earlier, relieving the later crowds and having fewer people fishing over spawners like we have in May. My reports don’t harm the river, just shifting the people around a little bit so the entire season can be enjoyed. If anything, it helps the river. But that’s not what the losers were saying…
Believe it, or not… I am the reason the Situk has been ruined. One guy e-mailed saying I was selling the river out. Let’s see… The lodges make money on the Situk. The rental car places make money. The gas stations, the restaurants, the city government and Forest Service all make money off the Situk. The guy running the fly shop? Not so much. You see, we just started our 12th season and I have yet to make back my initial investment. So I have literally been working every day in the shop for 12 years and writing reports and answering phone calls at 5am… for nothing. Zip. Zero. Ya, I’m selling the river out.
The bitching mostly comes from non-locals who at some point had someone “sell” them the Situk and they were just fine with that. But they crap on me because I would dare to let someone else in on the secret. These losers also follow my blog to find out what is happening for their trip, but are jerks to me and dragging my reputation into the toilet because other people read my reports too. I don’t have a lot of patience for people anymore who got theirs and then try to prevent others from enjoying the same things. Or the guys bitching about me posting reports, while they themselves post glory photos on their Instagram page for their much smaller audience. Kind of hypocritical. Essentially, I have a group of haters who are angry that I tell people the truth of what is happening. If you have a problem with the truth, you may want to rethink your life.
Most of the people I have met because of the shop are an absolute delight and my life is richer because of the friendships we have made. The tiny number of morons tend to cast an oversized shadow over the good times. What a sad and pathetic life you have if all you can do is complain about people who are just trying to do their best. My apologies to all the new subscribers that this is the first post you’ll read. You deserve better, but then again, so do I. I’ll be taking time off from the blog and won’t be posting any fishing reports for a while. I’m tired.