The second leg of our late July ‘corporate week’ was a pre-board meeting team building event. What made it special to us is that it included a majority of Alaskan business & community leaders. It is not often that we get the chance to show our neighbors a side of Alaska that they have not seen while growing up here. In many cases it was just a matter of showing off a different perspective on an area that they knew like the back of their hand. However, it was surprising to all of us combined, was just how much we had to offer the ‘locals’. It was truly a special time and we were honored to be able to share what we do with in their backyard.
The King Salmon were pretty much done for the year, but chrome bright Silver [Coho] salmon more than made up for the lack of fresh Kings. We got some tremendous weather on the first full day of fishing and still managed to land a bunch of acrobatic Silvers [they like crumby weather as a rule].
Our wonderful resident species were in full charge mode and it was really special to demonstrate our conservation philosophy and practices with the end benefit being the incredible catches of Rainbow trout, Arctic Char, sea-run Dolly Varden and Arctic Grayling. I know that many of the guests were shocked by the shear volume of catches and subsequent releases. At the conclusion of the trip we all agreed what a special fishery Bristol Bay truly is.