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!