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Letter to Alaska’s Governor, Mike Dunleavy

02.22.21

Last week, we joined nearly 40 other Bristol Bay operators to remind the Governor that we strongly oppose the Pebble mine, and that he must cease his continued support for the mine, even after the project was denied its key …

Posted in Conservation

Letter to Alaska’s Governor, Mike Dunleavy


Machete’s 2020 Extensive Blog Catalog

02.12.21

In lieu of fishing in Alaska last season due to Covid, Drew, aka Machete, shines with his prose and impresses with his knowledge in an extensive library of blog material. Thanks, Machete! For easy reference, following is a list of …

Posted in Fishing, Gear, Guide Journal, Tips

Machete’s 2020 Extensive Blog Catalog


Pebble Mine is Dead… for now.

11.26.20

Big news for all of us who have been trying to protect Bristol Bay’s wild, untamed lands and fisheries for more than 15 years. Pebble Mine is Dead… for now. The permit denial did not come easy. It took years …

Posted in Conservation, News

Pebble Mine is Dead… for now.


Machete’s Guide Gear Talk – Spey Fishing, Finale

10.19.20

Welcome back to the final installment of our ongoing discussion on spey rod applications for our SAFARI camp. In part 2 we fleshed out some of the major disadvantages for using a conventional two-handed rod set up for the waters …

Posted in Fishing, Gear, OUTPOST, SAFARI

Machete’s Guide Gear Talk – Spey Fishing, Finale


Machete’s Guide Gear Talk – Spey Fishing, part 2

10.12.20

Hey folks, welcome back to spey rod talk. In part 1 we skimmed over some brief history regarding these unique fly rods and touched on some of the main differences between casting a single-handed rod and casting a spey rod. …

Posted in Fishing, Gear, SAFARI

Machete’s Guide Gear Talk – Spey Fishing, part 2


Machete’s Guide Gear Talk – Spey Fishing

10.05.20

Many of the anglers who come to fish with us at our remote fly fishing camp on the Pacific coast of the Alaska Peninsula are returning guests. Most of them, although certainly not all, will make the long voyage north …

Posted in Fishing, Gear, SAFARI

Machete’s Guide Gear Talk – Spey Fishing


Machete’s Guide Gear Talk – SAFARI Fly Rods (cont’d)

09.28.20

Many salmon will still be clad in their chrome plated ocean armor, and after having just returned from their trans Pacific voyage at sea they do not take kindly to having a fly dangled in their face.

Posted in Fishing, Gear, SAFARI

Machete’s Guide Gear Talk – SAFARI Fly Rods (cont’d)


Machete’s Guide Gear Talk – SAFARI Fly Rods

09.21.20

The preferred rod weight is a 6 wt. This is an excellent choice especially when considering that you will in all likelihood be targeting larger salmon at some point during your upriver excursion.

Posted in Fishing, Gear, SAFARI

Machete’s Guide Gear Talk – SAFARI Fly Rods


Seven Species Series: Silver Salmon

09.14.20

Silver salmon are known among anglers as being especially good sport on light tackle. They are belligerent fighters once hooked, often exploding out of the water in a melee of acrobatic summersaults and line ripping runs.

Posted in Fishing, SAFARI

Seven Species Series: Silver Salmon


Seven Species Series: Pink Salmon

09.07.20

We crawled forward, slowly moving against the ceaseless torrent of fish that swam en masse underneath the waters surface. It didn’t stop. The further we drove up into the creek, the more fish spooked and passed alongside the boat. Finally it reached its zenith.

Posted in Fishing, SAFARI

Seven Species Series: Pink Salmon