I am sorry to say that I feel the need to alert others to a situation regarding ######### (our former guide) skipping out on his clients henceforth.
I had booked ############ of ######### Fly Fishing early this year to fish for 4 days on the Kenai from September 17-20th and had prepaid him in advance as I have in the past without incidence. *Having fished with #### successfully every year since 2008.
Unfortunately, I’ve come to learn today through various sources, including my Alaskan fishing buddy Norcal Bob of this Board (who was set to float with #### this Sunday the 9th, but is even more screwed than I at this point) that #### flew the coup and is no longer residing in Alaska. In addition to leaving clients stranded this week, he threw Bob under the bus (who’s flying in Saturday), and me scrambling to salvage my days if possible. He’s absconded with everyone’s money. I am out upwards of $2000, others more.
After looking at the scenario I can say that I am less angry that ##### walked away with my $2000, as money can be replaced, but I am totally stressed that I now have/had to scramble to salvage the week I had planned. (Am bringing two Alaska virgins to the Kenai Peninsula and wanted to show them the great times I have had.) Adding to this stress is the knowledge that if I had known and had time to plan for such a contingency I might have had an opportunity to try and book someone else before the peak of the season when all the guides are fully booked. I have been fishing with #### for over 5 years, who despite being somewhat flaky at times was once a great fishermen/ and hardworking guide. I am saddened by the fact that he probably needs some serious help (rumors suggest some dark demons) and am even more deeply saddened that our friendship has completely ended at this point.
On the brighter side, Mossy’s fly shop, D-Ray, and Dave Wilson all get my major thanks for working/assisting Bob and myself in looking to secure a few guided days during our weeks to salvage what remains of our trips. Please support these hardworking guides and fly shop. Every time I have seen them on the water they have shown their professional qualities. Mossy’s gets my special thanks for also hooking us up with John Kluck on the Naknek in 2010. I would recommend John highly to anyone thinking of fishing the Naknek with an independent.
Hopefully if others see this in time and were in the same boat as us, they may have the opportunity to fix whatever remains of their vacations/plans. I am saddened to say that I have put upwards of 10 clients in touch with #### over the years, who will also be disappointed to learn of his sudden departure.
If anyone has advice on DIY for the upper would appreciate that. Thinking about renting a boat and rowing/guiding my friends there, but need to know who does Shuttles from Jims back to Sportsman's. We will be staying in an RV, so we might be able to tow. Any specific advice on logjams to avoid? Its been a few years since I've fished in there in the braids.