My friend Chuck with his first Alaskan Salmon. He has been in Alaska for two years , a very proud moment.
30 minutes after work and I have dinner for a few weeks. This salmon produces around 7 pounds of meat.
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August and September in Juneau are part of the rainy
season. August also lets you know that Autumn is here. I
know that sounds odd to those in the lower 48 as August is
still summer break and everyone is at the pool, going to the
lake and so on. Here is Juneau, August is when there is a
good possibility that you'll have a fire going in the fireplace
before Labor Day gets here. The flannel shirts start coming
out of the closet also, and yes, I have been wearing flannel
since the middle of August.
It's also the time that the coho's start running. We are
fortunate that where we live, the salmon runs go directly
through our back yard. We have the kings and chum in early
summer, then the pinks and now the coho's. Starting the last
week of August, the run became prominent behind our
house. I finally decided that I would grab my gear and head
down to fish over labor day weekend.
I have been having great luck. Last Saturday, I had some
friends with me, between the three of us we pulled in three
silvers (coho) and two trout. Sunday I caught four silvers,
Monday, and Tuesday after work I caught one each
evening. Last night, I wasn't so lucky, I ended up getting
skunked. I also had a surprise, as I was standing waist deep
in the North Pacific, I had that uncomfortable discovery that
my chest waders I was wearing were leaking. I wondered the
day prior if they were because I had some damp spots on
my jeans I wore under them. Yesterday, however, I definitely
had a leak.
Now I need to find out whether it is a seam that is leaking or
there is a hole from something. I guess I'll hang them in the
bath tub and fill them with water to find out. That should be
With the waders out of order, I guess I am glad we have a few
days of monsoon rains, that will give me a chance to find the
leak and hopefully fix it. It may cause me to miss the end of
the run but that's ok, it is also deer season so instead of
heading down to the channel with a rod and reel, I'll head
across the street into the forest with a rifle.
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