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Steve Fraley, BBT
Co-owner & Guide

October 19, 2016

Our Fall PM River Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, October 29th!

Please join us for some fun & fellowship in a conservation effort that benefits not only the river we all love, but you as well!! Please contact the shop to let them know how many of you will attend if possible to help in food planning, but last minute additions are ALWAYS welcome.

BBT will provide the garbage bags, free car spots and food for the appreciation party afterwards as always, but byob and feel free to bring an additional dish to share if you like. We will meet at the shop at 8am to try and spread the effort out along with doing a group photo and dinner activities will begin at my pole barn next to the shop at 6pm!

John showing off his new Salmon rig! (Kidding of course, but lots of stuff like this needs to be removed from the river, it’s trees and banks.)

It’s been a long Salmon season here for me and once again, I owe you my apologies for not being very diligent in my reporting this season or, taking as many photos as I might otherwise in a normal season. For the most part I’ve taken the shots my clients wanted on their device and if they wanted them published told them to send them to me. Most seem to be just fine with keeping the memory at home. (There are a few scattered shots here below.)

Always a great time with Jeff and Deb.

I started going at it long before I physically should have really back in mid August and have been out an average of six or seven days a week ever since. Truth is, the act of fishing and guiding so much while still very much in the process of recovery both lifted me up, and tore me down at the same time. There were many times during the season that I contemplated finding guides to take my place, but in the end I have to say that the mental and physical therapy benefits of being out there far outweighed the physical pain and I am very glad I stuck with it.

Jay and Patrice are no exception!

My hope is that my performance was up to par for all of those clients both new and old that went with me. I did give it my best and sticking with it was, in fact, a form of physical therapy that I needed (and still need) that has paid dividends. My condition has vastly improved from when I first hit the river hard again and it continues to improve daily. Outside of a paid trip today and a Veterans benefit guide trip I’ll be doing on Sunday I have been taking a few days off to recover from a fun, productive and busy Salmon season, but I am very much looking forward to some fall Steelhead fishing and a bit of hunting!

Jim and Jerry got it done on the Salmon, but the highlight was this stray (fin clipped) Steelhead that put up a great battle at the end of the day.

There are still some decent to nice Salmon in the river for those seeking them, but I did my last official Salmon trip this past Friday and I’ve been enjoying some blocked off days ever since. A HUGE thank you goes out to all my clients as well as all those of you that supported our other guides, the shop and the Motel. We’re doing what we love and owe that to you…

Went downriver hunting some fresh Steelies, but missed the wave I’d heard of and caught a few Pike instead for a couple of days.

Paul got me in the mood to Deer hunt when we used up the last of my Steak!

The focus from here on out is Steelhead and trout! Nobody likes to hear about the one(s) that got away, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t heartbroken at a few that I’ve recently seen while hooked and airborne, but then lost… As I said to one client “Not only would we have made the cover of the magazine, but I would have filled up next week’s guide calendar with that one!” Needless to say, they aren’t always easy to hang onto in a river like the PM, but I have had some great battles as well as numerous opportunities on more than one day already and I wouldn’t trade the challenge of fooling, fighting and landing a Steelhead here on our little river for anything less.

On a day we lost our share of big bullets I managed to tame this beast!! ;^)

Had to toss at one Salmon just to say we did!

Ron got a nice surprise while he was out Salmon fishing!

Anyway… I should be well rested and ready to go come Monday for anyone interested in mining for silver! A few days off are great for the mind and body at this point, but it does nothing in the way of keeping the lights on and I’ve still got some catching up to do. My current open days thru the end of November are: October 24 thru 28, 30 & 31 November 2, 13, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 & 27 thru 30. We have other guides available as well as motel rooms so please give the shop a call and come spend a day or two on the water with us! 1-231-745-3529

I’m going to spend a couple more days like this before I’m hopefully very busy again guiding fisher people and hunting with friends.

I call this artsy piece “My road to recovery “ or, “How to keep the pharmaceutical companies in business.” Haven’t really decided yet…

Announcements/Destination Travel Info-

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The dates are January 7 – 14, 2017 and we are taking deposits ($1,000) now to hold your spot! Treat yourself to a trip of a lifetime! The package price per person based on double occupancy is US $3,450.00 and includes:
• Six full days guided fishing (with expert, local bilingual (Spanish-English) fly-fishing guide)
• All your lodging, meals and beverages (including beer & wine with meals)
• Transportation to and from the Airport in Bariloche

Join us next year for a warm and fantastic vacation to bring in the new year!

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SPECIAL BBT DEAL!!! $2,795 (or $3,395 which includes two fly-outs!!!) per person for a week of fishing in some of the best water in Alaska! If you are interested in joining us or booking a different week, please contact the shop for details. It is an amazing trip!!!!

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