….from the Alaska Dispatch…..
A quarter mile from the Alaska Airlines terminal at the Yakutat Airport there’s a World War II-era hangar. Inside of that 40,000-square-foot hangar is the home of the Alaska Warbird Museum, the Situk Fly Shop, and Bob Miller.
Miller, the founder of the non-profit museum and owner of the shop, sells gear and provides fishing reports for thousands of anglers who visit — or wish they could visit — the Situk River, a 16-mile river famous for its massive production of steelhead trout and salmon. Miller has big dreams of some day tapping into that traffic and taking people on glacier tours in his authentic WWII aircraft parked inside the hangar. But that’s another story.
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So…today I picked my buddy up at the Airport in Anchorage. He was coming back from across the bay after guiding for the month. We go through the normal routine ,”How was the fishing, and how was the money?” He tells me, I made dick, the fishing was great, and the boss was a f’in douche rocket and ripped me off bad!
The boss…Jack Johnson… A.K.A. Douche Rocket
First he tells me, he thought he would be making decent tips, plus, he would be gaining great experience, BOY was he wrong!!
So, then he tells me the owner (Jack Johnson A.K.A. Douche Rocket) took 25% of the tips from all the guides and then some. Not only did he steal tips, wine, and banana bread, but after he was done with them for the season, he short changed them and handed them a 1099 form to say they were on their own. After making them think they were working under his jack wagon guide lodge, “LEGEND LODGE”, they soon realized they were working for themselves.
Let’s be honest, in reality it should be called, “Fuck You, Pay JACK!”.
He works his “guides” (aka Kunta Kinte’s ) harder than a DREAM ACT Mexican at an Orange Grove in Florida. Yeah, it’s that bad.
Needless to say, if I were going to throw down good money to a guide in Alaska, I damn sure wouldn’t be giving it to Jack Johnson. I feel bad for his unknowing apprentice guides, who work for little to no pay thinking they are working for a legit guide service. Needless to say, if a guide works for this wanker for more than one season, they are messed up in the head and need more psych work than Casey Anthony.
Oh! Before I forget, you can get a KILLER deal! If you donate $100 or more to Trout Unlimited you can get a guided trip for 50% off!! If not, then you are stuck paying $4299 or more, depending on what Jack Johnson wants to charge you.
Going from the Great Lakes to Alaska hasn’t been too much of a change. Well there has been one great change. The salmon fishing is much better because you can actually get a drift here and the salmon are more than willing to grab your bag!! Here is some porn from the last few days.
I must say my Simms G4 waders and gear has been put through the ringer here in Alaska and it has more than handled the abuse. If you’re looking to spend money on great gear get yourself some Simms fishing gear!
If you have some hero shots to show off, drop me a line and let me know where you caught em. No need to name specific waters, the state you caught your pig at is plenty enough.
More like land of the STEELHEAD!!!
Needless to say, so far, Alaska has NOT disappointed me in any way! I doubt that it will in the outdoor department.
Since I arrived a few weeks ago I have been scouring the water and sniffing out my new haunts. I believe I have found one.
Fishing was on and off depending on the water temps, but I managed a good handful every day I was out. I wont tell you my best day, you wouldn’t believe me anyways. I sure do love me some steelhead.