TLDig

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About TLDig

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    Why yes, yes I am.
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    adult babysitter

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    Western NC and Alaska

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  1. One time. Once. In my entire life have I ever seen a dick and the clouds parted, the sun shone down and angels sang from the heavens. Once. Dicks are not attractive, guys. They aren't pretty. Don't send pics of them unless asked. And do women actually ask? Don't accidentally take dick pics, folks.
  2. Holidays are here. If you can get ahold of some Six & Twenty bourbon cream... you should.
  3. But I still have the biggest balls. Anyways, if Otter was a foot taller, he'd have you all beat for best looking.
  4. Some eagles for Rickman
  5. Here is a pano from the Falls viewing platform. For reference.... once the sockeye start dropping eggs, the rainbows get up behind them and gorge on them producing pig trout. We fish beads for them there at Brooks in the riffle below the lower viewing section. Arrow marks the spot. In this photo there are bears there. On some of our trout flyouts, during an 8 hour period for fishing, we spend almost half of that time not fishing and moving away from bears.
  6. Most likely someone who was hungry and watched some other animal eat one.
  7. You're not stupid. You know what will happen. The Bristol Bay sockeye run feeds a lot of animals and families and the nutrients their dead carcasses provide the land and river is vital as well. I'm pretty blessed to witness it at its boon. It's been carefully managed. Both commercial fishermen and rivers get their fair share for now. Once it's gone, like everything else we've managed to fork up, it's gone.
  8. I am not arguing this at all. Bristol Bay, unfortunately, is one of the ONLY places left on earth with a sockeye run like that. Or any of the salmon species... it's still better there than almost anywhere and yet there are still people trying to build a freaking mine nearby. You know, because why not take out the last place on earth where there is still a healthy salmon run. #nopebblemine
  9. Well I guess we'll talk Brooks Falls since we are on the subject. It lies in Katmai National Park, the 4th largest National Park in the US. It is reachable by seaplane or boat only. There is a lodge there and Cabins that can be rented... there's currently a 2 year waiting list just to get into the lottery. Brooks Falls is on the Brooks River.. and has long been a gathering place for brown bears to hunt salmon. Normally solitary bears tolerate people and other bears because of the abundance of fish coming through the river, and the backup that the falls create. They also fish other parts of the river, the lake shore, other rivers coming into the lake and the small bay around the mouth. They employ several techniques to hunt fish and each has its specialty. Some sit on top of the falls, some beneath. Some snorkel for them, others fish with their feet. Upon arriving in the plane, my first job is to hop out onto the pontoon when we slow down so that as soon as we are close to shore and he shuts down, I can hop into the water and turn the plane and pull us up on the beach. Riding the pontoon is pretty cool. So many times we've gotten to the shore and I've had to hop into the water with a bear right there on the beach. You head up to the main office of the camp and once a year we have to go to bear school. Clients all have to go because well, it's always their first time, at least for the year. From there you walk through camp to the gate to the bridge that crosses the bay. Once over the bridge and out the gate on the other side, just like going to and through camp, bears can be and are everywhere. No fences except the walkways which are at the beginning and end of the mile mile and a quarter hike. The bears use the paths as well and most trips involve running into a bear on the path. Once on the second elevated walkway, you get to the "treehouse"... which is kinda just a big gazebo at the crossroads to the Falls viewing box and to the Lower riffles. If fishing, we go to the lower riffles and down the stairs to the river. The same lower river viewing platform where you wait your turn in July to get to the Falls viewing platform. There are bears everywhere. The falls have been featured in every big nature compilation known. People come from all over the world to see it... the bears are tolerant, well fed and for the most part leave everyone alone. There are very few incidents... and 90% of those are people who didn't follow the rules. Many of the bears come back year after year. After being seen for a few years, they are assigned numbers. Some have earned nicknames. 747 is Bear Force One. 480 is Otis. 128 is Grazer. Things like that. It's crazy how you can get to recognize them by their looks AND their personalities. People all over the world tune into the live web cams every summer to watch the bears and each October, there is a bracket for people to vote on the fattest bear. It's a pretty special place. I've gotten to spend more than 50 days there over the years and it never gets old. Seeing it is one thing... but to hear it, smell it and feel it is beyond compare. Here are some pics from Brooks camp.
  10. As was mentioned before... during the salmon runs, there is very little darkness. But... the bears still sit in the river and eat. All the bears do is eat, sleep, ****, play, fight and mate. That's it.
  11. Bear spray. Highly effective. I know what everyone says... why don't you have a gun? The only thing the gun will do is make some noise. I can make some noise. What I can't guarantee I can do is make a perfect shop that instantly drops an 800 lb animal charging me at 35 mph. The bear spray is instant. My #1 defense is reading the body language of bears and trying my best to stay at a safe distance and being able to somehow stand my ground and show dominance. My #2 defense is the abundance of fish around. Many of the bears that get close are very acclimated to humans and there is so much available food that they don't even care about us.
  12. Tis true that the king populations are dropping. Even in our fishery in Bristol Bay though we are still one of the only areas with a season and a bag limit, though it is getting smaller. I'm all for catch and release on kings completely. The river I fished at the end of the season is already there and it has a great king fishery. However, in my original reply to this post I spoke of sockeye. And the sockeye runs in the Bristol Bay are still incredible. They have set records for sockeye numbers in not just the rivers, but the ocean where they are commercially fished.... AFTER the river systems feeding Bristol Bay have their appropriate escapement numbers. Once again, it is these fish, the ones setting records for the last 4 years, that go up the Nak ek and into Naknek lake and then into Brooks River, where for hundreds of years these bears have gathered in great numbers to feed upon these abundant fish. That is all. Back to Alaska adventures and pics...