As a last minute substitute for one of the regular tournament guides, most of the Alaska Steel employee/participants couldn’t have been very optimistic about fishing with Glenn (Cap’n Gilz).
Nonetheless the gracious welcoming and positive environment on the morning of 8/16 would foretell the results to come.
The silver salmon run in 2014 had been later than normal. Accompanying an enormous number of Pink Salmon in the river, was flood stage high water…..tough overall conditions
The group of 5 and guide headed to Falling In Hole and started back bouncing and trolling eggs. It wasn’t long before Will caught the first silver. The group worked hard the rest of the day, culling through the 50 or so Pinks until they landed 5 beautiful bright Coho. The fishing ended at 1 PM with tourney results to be announced at 5 at a dinner event.
The Cap’n Gilz crew (Lori Shepherd, Captain, limit catcher and great sandwich maker; Will the fish catcher; Manny, the repeat performer; Carl, the Pink Master; and Ryan, the quiet first time silver catcher) were delighted to find out that they almost won the grand slam, taking home first prize for most weight, smallest fish (7 lbs 2 oz-not small by any measure) and second biggest fish (9lbs 2 oz)
After a brief emotional speech owner Dan Nelson began cutting some beautiful steaks and we all enjoyed a great barbecue and camaraderie.
I don’t know much about Alaska Steel, but I do know they have some great, genuine people and an owner who takes pride in his company (and our mutual passion-Seattle Seahawks)
This captain hopes he gets invited back to defend the tournament title in 2015.
Thanks Alaska Steel!!!
Russell Fishing Company