Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hook UP

Silvers are hot in September...4 ASL clients all hooked up, not having any fun at all.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

"The monster took me into my backing and gave my quite a fight. This was on my float with Colin as a guide and Tue :) We had an amazing time caught a ton of fish and saw 68 bears!!! This was one of the most amazing experiences of my life-I loved every bit of it!"

"he didnt measure it but he said it was def 27"." -Sarah

ASL Guide Colin and Tue...nice bow
another gloriously foggy day in Bristol Bay....

Monday, August 16, 2010

New dogs learn old tricks

This is Denali's first year at the lodge as an adult...last year he was just a little pup (that looked like a miniature white polar bear) getting into all kinds of trouble. We shipped him off to military school in November of last year...well... really it was a beautiful Orvis Endorsed hunting program for dogs outside of Salt Lake City, UT. When he returned to us he was a "hunt em up" machine...still had his bundle of energy with lots of lovable puppy charm-but when it comes to bird biz, it's serious biz. Here he is hunting with Brian for a few Ptarmigan this past weekend...obviously he's pretty proud of himself on this day.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

One for the fish!

The Associated Press July 14, 2010, 8:36AM ET
Pebble opponents score court victory


A Superior Court judge has cleared the way for a legal fight over state-issued permits for a huge copper and gold mine near some of the world's most productive wild salmon streams.
The fight is being waged by eight Bristol Bay village corporations, former first lady Bella Hammond, former state constitutional delegate Victor Fisher and two Bristol Bay residents over Pebble Mine, 200 miles southwest of Anchorage.

They contend that Pebble Mine exploration permits violate the Alaska Constitution. The lawsuit says that the state issued the land and water use permits without looking at the potential harm to resources.

Judge Eric A. Aarseth said in his decision Monday that there was enough evidence to allow the constitutional issues concerning the permits to be heard at a Dec. 6 trial.
"The state has issued permits behind closed doors without even looking at the harms to public resources," said plaintiffs' lawyer Nancy Wainwright.

Mike Heatwole, spokesman for the Pebble Limited Partnership, said work will continue at the mine.

"We are still reviewing the judge's decision and will continue to work on this through the court," he said Tuesday.

The coalition of Bristol Bay villages, known as Nunamta Aulukestai, argued that the state has numerous duties under the state constitution, including to develop the land near Pebble for the maximum benefit of the people under a sustained yield principle.

But the state maintains that it is not required under the Alaska Constitution to do certain things when making land management decisions concerning upland hardrock mining. The state says it is up to the Legislature to make those procedural requirements specific.

The lawsuit filed in July 2009 sought to have the court void the permits. It also wanted the state to be prevented from issuing any more until a valid constitutional analysis and public notice is provided.

Tom Crafford, the Department of Natural Resources' large mine coordinator, said the state would have preferred to see the judge rule in its favor on every point but "this case is going to go on for a while yet, that is pretty clear."

According to the lawsuit, the state issued permits from 1989 to 2010 with no public notice and no findings with respect to impact on public resources in the area.

Plaintiffs say the mine's developers, Anglo American and Northern Dynasty Minerals, have used the permits to drill more than 1,000 exploratory holes.

Subsistence users already know that exploration at Pebble is having a serious impact on the water, wildlife, and fish in the area, said Bobby Andrew, spokesman for Nunamta Aulukestai.
"We rely on these resources for survival, yet DNR continues to rubber stamp permits without public notice and without any analysis to justify these impacts," he said.

Heatwole said great care is taken to minimize the environmental impacts at Pebble.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

AK Laker-36"

ASL Guide Schuyler and ASL Guest Rick

Fishing the mouth of a lake can deliver some surprising catches. Although the target this day was rainbow's and we certainly caught a quiver of them...we weren't too terribly disappointed when this beautiful lake Trout ended up on the end of Rick's line. Nice Job!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


29.62" Bud Fackrell, ASL guide Schuyler

First 2010 orientation...
A couple fine Bristol Bay mornings...

We've been working and preparing for 8 months for this week to come and we are thrilled it is here. Remnants of winter from Lake Iliamna greet us as we rev up the engines on the boats, turn the plane props, and grab a few rods to see what the river has to offer. As sure as the sun rises in the East we are not disappointed. It is so quiet out here on the river the only sound that rises is the river's body wrapping around the silhouettes of our boats and gently passing under the floats of our planes. We truly celebrate what an incredible playground we have and that we are able to share this playground with our friends...

Cheers to 2010 season at Alaska Sportsman's Lodge...we'll see you soon.

ASL Staff...

Brian, Todd, Robbie, Jerry, Elizabeth, Matt, Michelle, Sarah, Stephanie, Tue, Jeffy, Brian B, Schuyler, Cody, Jimmy, Colin, Dan, Tom, Jason and pup-Denali.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Let the DRUM ROLL begin

Are you ready for the ridiculously fun fishing for spring Trout with leaches and some weighted line? Opener is June 8th at Alaska Sportsman's Lodge for the 2010 season. Opener for Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge is June 19th for the 2010 season. We have worked hard all winter to make your upcoming trip better than ever! We look forward to seeing you soon......

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Looks like we're ready for the show...if you're in Denver make sure to stop by!