It’s T-minus 7 days until the first day of our 23rd season with Alaska’s Anvik River Lodge. And since our pre-season preparations or the beloved “hell month” has gone so smoothly this year many of us have had an opportunity to get out and do some pleasure fishing ourselves. The first salmon run is just beginning and as you can see from the pictures we’ve caught tons of outstanding char and dolly varden, big beautiful grayling, northern pike, white fish, chum salmon and even a shee fish. So far the fish counts are really great and the weather has been better than expected too.
While there were some forest fires close to the village of Anvik, we weren’t in any danger being 75 miles up-river. Had some smoke around for a few days, but the rains kicked in and cleared everything right up making a hike up the peak we refer to as “Egypt” a great adventure for some of the crew.
The garden and green house are going gang busters and the crew is right on schedule with cleaning and repairs. And as you can see, out here in remote Alaska, we have to entertain ourselves after a long hard day of work.
We’ve had some bear sightings and a few National Geographic type moments. Just yesterday we were out for a drift and saw a brand new baby moose calf standing on the bank of the river. It’s mother was up on the high shore above the calf and she of course beckoned her baby to get back up with her as we got closer. As we were watching the calf moose awkwardly climbing up the cut bank to mamma a mature bald eagle swooped by with a big grayling in its talons. It was quite majestic if I do say so myself.
Here’s some great shots of the kitchen and housekeeping staff of the Anvik River Lodge showing their other talent – FISHING!
We hope you enjoyed these photos of some of our hard working crew having a little fun! Yours in the Wilderness, Cliff, Cheryl & the whole Anvik Lodge Gang