Sunday, December 6, 2009


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Denver: ISE Sportsman's Expo January 7 to January 10

Sacramento: ISE Sportsman's Expo January 21 to January 24

Chicago: Great Waters Fly Fishing Show January 29 to January 31

Long Beach: Fred Hall Sportsman's Show March 3 to March 7

Minneapolis: Great Waters Fly Fishing Show March 26th to March 28th

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sportsman's Photos

Gotta love Funnel
Skylar's first Rainbow on a fly rod
Elizabeth and Steph...WOW...the cuisine was incredible
Day break...
Kate with Arctic Char
Bears...really, really close to us

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Photo compliments of ASL pilot Steve Hartel

Angling in measurements of 14', NO WAIT that's 30 inches plus, no wait that's IMPRESSIVE!

BTL Guide Akash Patel

BTL Guide Health Lyon & BTL Guide Kate Taylor

BTL Guide Justin Crump & spey angler client Kate Hertz

Here's the thing...Ms. Talented Guide Kate Taylor with Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge has been touting the double-handed rod's many talents. Baiting me with the fun of covering twice the water with a heck of allot less effort than a single-handed rod. Increasing the success of what we all step into waders for...

So today I'm nudged yet again by Ms. Kate with what the spectacular possibilities are. Clearly, I need to get my hands on a double-handed rod, get my butt up to Naknek River and get schooled on what I'm missing. (Hopefully she has more patience than the normal individual.)

BTL guide Akash, BTL guide Justin with spey angler Kate Hertz, BTL guide Heath & BTL guide Kate know what it feels like to catch a 30" plus line-possessing-rainbow Trout on one of these bad boys.

If you missed out on this year's Spey Casting Clinic held by Kate and Justin...make sure you get in for 2010 season...I'll see ya there.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Numbers are everything!!

Guest Shelly Allen with ASL pilot Jerry (putting on a guide hat for a moment) wins the COHO gamble. Actually I don't think there was a cast made by this lady that didn't end up in Mr. Coho's mouth...basically Shelly had the rod in one hand, a beer in the other and showed everyone how to get-r-done!

Is that SNOW?

ASL Guide Jimmy and guest Allan Dolynny brave the thicker than thick No See-Ums to catch this beautiful 26 and 3/8" rainbow Trout.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


The weather is unseasonably warm, but we aren't complaining. A low ushered in two days ago and like a light switch 27", 28", 29", 30" all day long. We are in the thick of BIG BOW season and it is red hot!

Sunday, September 6, 2009


This is a serious fish. As you can see on ASL guide Cody Adelman's ecstatic grin these heavyweights don't come around often (in fact I'm not sure who's happier him or Joe). Client Joe Pagliero makes the glory wall with this beautiful trophy.

Jimi Hendrix

The magic Purple Haze. Its the curtains shutting to the end of a spectacular fishing day in Bristol Bay.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


Big bow season is upon us and Tyler with ASL guide Jeffy respectfully rang the beginning bell with this 28 in, chromer!

Saturday, August 29, 2009



Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jim Repine

I just wanted to say thank you for all your contributions to fly fishing, sharing the passion with the world and teaching us what a precious resource we are privileged to experience.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009


In Vegas you bet black. Bristol Bay in August you bet silver. Here are some clients that did just that and cashed in nicely.

Friday, August 21, 2009


ASL guide Kate Taylor

Familiar? Most of our guests know what the "gear train" is...This symbolic exercise of "many hands makes the load light" is the beginning of what you've travelled so far to experience. No matter how many times you've been a boxcar on this train it sets in motion the excitement of the day. Spectacular scenery, incredible fishing and rivers quietly slithering under your waded feet. Yep...its much more than "grabbing your bag". Guy Reynolds and guide Kate Taylor know what I'm talking about.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Jeff "Big Fish" Winton

Pilot Jerry and guide Jeff "Wincee" Winton

The Big Bow 30" season is upon us, bets on are the table and Wincee is not screwing around...thanks to Jerry its custom with 30" rims.

Monday, August 17, 2009

A day out of the office...

ASL guide Brian Boe

ASL guide Schuyler Grove

I had the great pleasure to accompany two of our guides on their day off...I wish my days off looked like this! Awesome two days...thanks guys.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

30 years of bliss.....

Gary and Mary Cartwright in the beginning...

Mary competing with Gary....

Mary ditching Gary for talented Guide Jeffy Pfaender...

Mary ditching training wheels altogether...

Okay so here's the story...Mr. Gary Cartwright (above) has been coming to the lodge for, I don't know, like 15 years?!?!! All the while he's telling his beautiful and understanding wife...Mary, "Ya, I gotta go to Alaska Sportsman's Lodge with the guys for season opener. Yep, it does help when I also do a few business trips a year at Alaska Sportsman's Lodge. I hate to leave you hon...but its important to do these trips." Mr. Cartwright is so good at convincing his wife, he's able to make it out as many as three times per season! BTW Gary IS a salesman by trade.

This year he decided (or maybe Mary decided) that it was time to make a trip together for their 30 year anniversary (congrats by the way). The pictorial of the trip pretty well sums up the story; Mary is officially hooked on fishing.

It took Gary 10 years to get on the 30-inch glory wall! My guess is Mary will beat that by a long shot!! Yes, Gary...Hawaii is out and we are pleased to say that trips to Alaska Sportsman's Lodge are in (with your wife of course)!
Thanks Gary and Mary! 30 years inspires us all!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Heavyweight Champion of the World

Thirty inches or more, that's the mission. I don't mean to sound like I'm announcing the heavyweight champion of the world...but pound for pound the rainbow trout on the Kvichak and Naknek rivers are the most explosive freshwater fish on God's green earth. I realize there will be some dispute on this opinion. So I challenge you to come up during September and prove me wrong. We have many guests that have been coming to the Lodges year after year preparing themselves, "I have three days to get-r-done. This is my year!...I'm getting in that 30-inch club. Yes-sir-ee me and my guide will be on the 30-inch glory wall."

I've seen plenty of spankings by these magnificent beasts, slamming, ripping, line-possessing, frustrating chrome torpedoes. Exploding so fast that the line is into the backing in a matter of seconds, flying into the air in all their splendor and then bolting directly towards you like a bullet while feverishly trying to get the line back on the reel...only to discover "ping" its gone. Stunned, silent and opened mouth at exactly what "Just happened?"

Here Brian Kraft is explaining to Jim Bowles, Rick Fox and me that it takes a little more than ambition, skill and hope to get on this wall.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Jim White, my father

I wish this guy could at least ACT like he is having a good time! The weather, the fish and all the other elements out of our control is hard enough...just kidding...he's our poster child.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Eat or be eaten

ASL Guide Jimmy Welch facing a mama sow and triplets
Shot by ASL pilot Steve Hartl of ASL pilot Jerry Bloomfield ...
occupational perk...playing in bear tracks.
Shot by one of our talented pilots Steve Hartl.
Bear tracks centuries old of bears walking in the same footsteps each time.
Shot by ASL Guide Greg Breslau
Fishing in Bristol Bay is not your everyday experience. The Brown bears in Bristol Bay are in simple terms mammoth, plentiful and very well fed! Now I know their Kodiak cousins are among this elite breed of bears and break many world records in size...but I also know their Bristol Bay cousins can hold their own in this category. The streams are teeming with the freshest Grade A sushi imaginable; the tundra is a reef of berries, bushes and succulent whatever. It is truly a remarkable assault of adrenaline to come across these bewilderingly magnificent animals. And yes because you ordered get the remnants of what we call Survival of the Fittest.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Fellow flyfishing lady Debbie Kraft

When I first started fishing, it was far and few between to find another fellow lady who enjoyed the heart-thumping-yeah-baby-please-don't-lose-this-fish feeling that I have every time I make a cast, set the hook and the fight is on. Watching the line float with the rhythm of the current, making a few mends, praying to the fish Gods that what I have on the end of my line is so utterly attractive that my targeted fish couldn't possibly resist! I would ask myself, "Why aren't there more women with this fever?" The winds however are changing as more of our guests are females. Not only do the ladies have the contagious fishing addiction, but they are frankly sometimes better than their partners who talked them into coming! It is rare to find a female guide in this industry, at Bear Trail Lodge we have two of the best that Bristol Bay has to offer. (Nancy Morris, who is also part owner, and Kate Taylor ). This year we have had an overwhelming response for women booking at the lodges. It makes me believe perhaps women who love sport fishing will no longer be a rarity but the norm. I can also say that our regular fishermen seem to enjoy that change too!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Aloha from Alaska Sportsman's Lodge

Theme night at Alaska Sportman's Lodge!! From fishing the crisp waters of the day, changing gears and shak'n it up Hawaiian style to include an infamous sunset on the Kvichak River.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

"Just a note to say thank so much for all the great fun for the Carlile team and our clients. You guys did an outstanding job taking care of us and we truly appreciate all the great memories that you have made for us and our clients. Take care and have a great rest of the season !"
Linda Leary, President Carlile Transportation
...this speaks for itself

Apparently these Alaska Sportsman's Lodge clients chose their weapons carefully...

Monday, July 20, 2009

Rays of Gold...

This is the only gold that should be coming out of Bristol Bay!! Another spectacular sunrise followed by a mimicking sunset on the Kvichak River.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

2 ridiculously good guides: Jeffy and Schyuler
add 5 hockey players
3 coolers full of beer
78 degrees
some shenanigans
Shake the hell out of it....and whatta ya get...some darn big kings!