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Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7156659
01/26/21 11:53 PM
01/26/21 11:53 PM
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Lewistown , Mt
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Oh Snap thank you for sharing these stories with us please continue with more stories .


Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7156680
01/27/21 12:06 AM
01/27/21 12:06 AM
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"Made it two years not being censored"
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This thread is great, and I hope you keep it going, Larry. So many years from times past, and can't be repeated.
Alaska will never be like it was, then.
I am a new-comer, showing up in '83. Kodiak's last years of still a bit wild, but nothing like the previous 20-30 years, before then.


Made it almost 3 years without censor!

Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7157284
01/27/21 12:55 PM
01/27/21 12:55 PM
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Loving the pictures, history and trapping lessons Larry!

Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7157362
01/27/21 02:05 PM
01/27/21 02:05 PM

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I never knew what a phone call would bring. A couple of carpenters friends were pilots. It was spring and they decided to fly up river to a remote strip and do some greyling fishing. When the first pilot dropped into the remote strip he wasn't lined up just right and hooked some willows at the edge of the landing strip and crunched his wing. The other pilot circled and the pilot that landed didn't get out of the plane for a bit. When pilot 2 finally landed he said what took you so long to get out, pilot 1 said his legs went limp and was shaking so much was the reason.

A couple days later I build a frame in my outboard jet boat, loaded a replacement wing and headed some 80 miles upriver to the remote strip. We removed the broken wing and replaced with a good wing so the plane could be flown out by a North Pole A&P pilot a few days later.

We were at the site for 4 or 5 hours and when we had the broken wing loaded and ready to leave I realized that the river had dropped about 6 inches, which can happen in the upper reaches of interior rivers. This river has lots of boulders and splits in to channels on higher water. Heading down river we came to a split I took the channel that I had used going upriver and making the left turn and committed, oh crap its dry so we slid on wet rocks 100 ft or so to water and continued. Since this was before cell phones or at least service to remote areas, satellite phones or InReach I thought what if I broke the jet foot off hitting a rock. The next day I went to the dealer and bought a extra jet foot and impeller and extra bolts. They remained in my boat until I sold it and thankfully never needed them.

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Same river different time. It was August and needed a day away. The wife and I loaded the boat with gas and were going to go fishing. We went up river about 50 miles and stopped in a nice deep pool above a swift part with a log jam. I anchored up and the wife said she wasn't feeling good and going to lay down. There were salmon spawning in the clear 10 ft deep water with huge boulders and using a ultra light spinning rig, small gold hook and salmon eggs I started to catch and release one after another. One of my wife's eye opened and she asked if I had another rod, and we had one great day. It had been several hours and a plywood river jet boat came drifting by and there were 3 guys in it drinking beer and having fun fishing, they had a cabin a couple miles down river and they were in their element. After a while I was looking down river about 1/2 mile to the log jam and noticed the 3 guys were on the bank walking around. I pulled the anchor and motored down to them. They had drifted into the log jam and the boat was jammed in the tangle of logs. I convinced that I could haul them to their cabin a couple of miles down river and did. That boat laid on a gravel bar below the log jam all summer after they removed the motor with equipment they had.

Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7157623
01/27/21 05:52 PM
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Its amazing how many planes have been bent up off airport in Alaska and either taken apart and hauled out or repaired enough on the spot to fly out on their own.

Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7158285
01/28/21 03:04 AM
01/28/21 03:04 AM
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I learned beaver doing a 1 ft. X 2ft. hole and 3 snares generally. Nail bait to the cross pole. I'll have to try your way. Beaver regularly chew the bait up in the hole and avoid the snares.
Do you have a preferred blade style on the ice spud? Can't seem to find the style I like.

Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7158290
01/28/21 03:15 AM
01/28/21 03:15 AM

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I like the Jiffy chisel Mike. It has 3 or 4 cutting edges stepped on an angle.

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Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7158687
01/28/21 12:18 PM
01/28/21 12:18 PM
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Fairbanks Alaska
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Thanks Larry. Glad you took pictures all these years. As you get older, your memory may start to fade and pictures sure help refresh. Keep it up...


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Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7158731
01/28/21 12:52 PM
01/28/21 12:52 PM
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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Larry,

Was that at Van Curlers?

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Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7158752
01/28/21 01:04 PM
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SW Alaska
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Great read keep it coming we will eventually have our final season and days on the line


We get out of life only as much as we really want and work hard enough to achieve
Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7158791
01/28/21 01:30 PM
01/28/21 01:30 PM

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JR Your right. Thanks to a go pro I have all my line on video.

Pete, It was at Pasco Creek upper Salcha.

Mike I used short snares in the hole when they would do that as well as dead stick with bait tied to it..

Otter, mine came before I wanted it to so.....yah!

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Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7159218
01/28/21 05:44 PM
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Great stuff Larry!

Thanks for reaching out. You do realize this could change my move plans haha

Looking forward to lunch again in the not to distant future!

Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7160409
01/29/21 12:25 PM
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When the sun made its away around Far Mountain I noticed this tree. At the base of the tree all the branches were at its base. There were claw marks in the bark. I would have liked to been there for the show!

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The trail I trapped was a sled, foot trail from some mines heading to Chena Hot Springs. It was used in the 1930's. This blaze I found in a pass that marked the trail. The trail was just wide enough to run a super wide track.

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There is an area that the trail goes through. As the winter progresses this area becomes a large rise and I ride along it all winter as it grows. I rode up to it and the rise has broke open and flooded the trail and left these chunks of ice. This only happened once during all the years I trapped there.

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Spring time bear running around.

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When I started trapping I learned early about dirty traps....LOL

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Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7160449
01/29/21 12:58 PM
01/29/21 12:58 PM
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Anchorage, Alaska
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Was it a bear that stripped that tree of its branches? Never seen a tree branchless that high up.

I have always wondered if those rises would cave in under me now I know!

I take it the animal dug your trap out trying to find the smell?

Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7160472
01/29/21 01:08 PM
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Bronco

I might have a picture of the claw marks but at the time I thought its might have been a wolverine.

The rise is just like you run into on the river. I was going to drill into one while beaver trapping but thought it might have pressure and this picture proves there might be.

Digging the trap out is one thing but not getting caught is another. I had this happen to a wolf trap once as I think about it. I guess I didn't learn!

Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7162029
01/30/21 12:26 PM
01/30/21 12:26 PM
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Anchorage, Alaska
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That would be something to drill one of those rises on a river and see if the water gushes out like a geyser.

Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7162113
01/30/21 01:22 PM
01/30/21 01:22 PM
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Fairbanks AK
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Thanks Larry!

When I was a kid my dad took us smelting on the river a lot. One of my earlier memories of it, he cut hole with the ice pick and water geysered about a foot (as I recall, I was just a little kid) and soon there was a lake of water on the river and smelt swimming around on the ice! If I recall, my cousin was out there the next day, did the same thing but was prepared with rubber boots and a BB gun to get his smelt.


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Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7162249
01/30/21 03:01 PM
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bronco
I have created lots of geysers beaver trapping in ponds where the ice is sagging creating pressure. When that happens the set has to be elevated out of the water on the chunks of ice from the chipped out hole.

Temple
That is a real cool story. How many smelt did your cousin score with his BB gun...LOL Great memorie!

Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7162254
01/30/21 03:07 PM
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Fairbanks AK
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He's a good shot, I'm sure he got several meals or ran out of ammo! Never did see that again, must have caught the tide just right, with the ice frozen down, with the fish right there.


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Re: Its Time [Re: ] #7162402
01/30/21 05:28 PM
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Panful stuff happens.

As I head up the line early one morning I passed several snares I had hung a couple months ago. The sign was that wolves had come off the hill side in the narrow part of the valley, crossed the creek and wondered through the open burned spruce to the trail and kept going. Not yet I thought and i always wonder when they will be back if at all. I came to a abandoned snow machine 6 or 7 miles down the trail. The note attached said it won't run and we are camped ahead. The machine belonged to a couple who were surveyors who had a contract with the State of Alaska two survey remote parcels that had been staked. Their machine wouldn't start and I offered to haul it to the trail head. It took me the remainder of the day since I towed it by myself.
The next day a little later start I came across this. The wolves returned exactly in their previous tracks overnight, which they usually do, DARN!

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The scene when I drove up.

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Thee tree the snare was tied off to and the struggle is shown.

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It was the alpha lead dog. Notice the size of the track and that my bunny boot track didn't keep the wolves from going through the snare.

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Evidence of the struggle.

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