September 15, 2013 Copper River, AK

I love fall in Alaska. The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, the crowds are gone, and the rainbow fishing is incredible! Today was one of those perfect days that I will remember for a long time - few other anglers on the river and non-stop action. High water has flushed out much of the excess food leftover from the Sockeye spawn, and the rainbows are back to feeding very aggressively. The fall season provides great opportunity to pursue these beautiful fish with a variety of tactics and flies, with our biggest today coming on a LARGE (seriously huge) swung flesh fly. 

photo Reid Curry

The Resource War Over Pebble Mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

The battle lines are being drawn for what is becoming one of America’s largest natural resources fights in decades, pitting the mining industry against defenders of a way of life and an economy that are inextricably linked to one of the U.S.’s most intact and productive ecosystems.

But a large mineral deposit is located at the headwaters of two of the major rivers that flow into Bristol Bay, and international mining companies are eager to extract the hundreds of billions of dollars in gold, copper and molybdenum found there. Extraction of these precious metals will require open-pit mining—digging up and separating the ore with toxic chemicals—on a massive scale with very few precedents.

Salmon in September. Help us Save Bristol Bay

Help us Save Bristol Bay.

For the month of September we are donating $2 from every Salmon dish sold at our restaurants towards the fundraising efforts to protect one of the best wild salmon habitats on Earth.

The Bristol Bay region in southwest Alaska is pristine wild country stretching from the rugged snow-capped peaks of the Alaska Range, across wetlands laced with rivers that flow into the Bay. In June, Trout Unlimited took Mermaid Inn owner Danny Abrams to see first hand just how important Bristol Bay is to the world of wild salmon fisheries and to the people who depend on it for their livelihoods. Trout Unlimited’s Alaska Program works to preserve, protect and restore wild salmon and trout populations throughout Alaska. Consider “LIKING” the Save Bristol Bay page on Facebook or signing the TAKE ACTION form asking the EPA to help protect Bristol Bay.



October 5, 2013 Bristol Bay, AK

Alaska is a special place that every serious angler should explore at least once. As the season winds down, the Rainbows are the biggest they have been all season, and the clear cold nights recently have exposed some incredible northern lights displays. For anyone planning a trip up here, late season is a great time for big fish, few people, and the possibility of experiencing the Northern Lights. Here several guides cut loose after a long season in the bush. 

photo Reid Curry