Monday, May 30, 2011

Aniak River Weekend

Please Note, I am going to try extremely hard to keep up with this, but I might post a lot at one time :)

After being in the office for a day and half I got the amazing opportunity to go out with two guys from ADF&G up the Aniak River to the Salmon River. One of them needs some equipment to set up a new fish weir down near Bethel. We took two jet boats up to the Salmon River. The boat ride was amazing. The land here is extremely different. At one point during our trip we stopped in a tundra area. I haven’t seen tundra before and it was beautiful and smelled really great. I know I’m not going to get too much time in the field, but it was nice getting away for a little bit and seeing something new. It took us about four hours to get up the river to the Salmon River and it was great to get there and set up camp. Justin needed some of the tri-pods from the old weir site for his new one. The Salmon River weir has been unoperated for about two years now and I’m glad they are going to reuse the equipment instead of buying more. I even got to try my hand at the jet boat on the way back down to Aniak. I haven’t driven a jet boat in quite sometime and those things are great to handle. On Friday we took one of the regular prop skiffs out and it has a steering wheel. For some reason I am not so great at operating boats via steering wheel, I am much better at using the tiller. It may be weird, but I prefer it. Feels great being on the water again and being trusted to operate the boats! There really is nothing better. On the way back Sunday we stopped to do some fishing. We stopped to fish Pike at the grassy slough two, and it was my first time fishing for Pike. They are really fun and I am going to have to invest in a fishing pole for sure. I also caught a Pike and had it right up to the boat, but as Kevin went to pull it in, he lost it. I think I am really going to like this place. Right now I am seeing all it has to offer and I know later on I will see the not-so-great parts, but all of it comes together. We have to take the bad with the good. It’s the way life works and goes round!

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