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    About thirteen years ago we had a friend come to visit, she brought along with her a guy named Mike, who had always dreamed of Alaska and was thrilled to be here. While we were visiting, my phone rang and it was a satellite call from the lodge owner I guided for...he had had a guide quit and was in a bind. Mike had guided steelhead in Oregon, and to make a long story short Mike took the job and lived his dream for over a decade. He started as a fishing guide at the lodge and over the years guided for moose, caribou and brown bear as well as fishing. He guided out of Fishing Bear lodge in Wood-Tikchik park and was a great guy. Mike lived to fish, and when he wasn't in Alaska he was an avid steelheader in Oregon, fishing every chance he had. About a year and a half ago we got word mike had lost a battle with the "big C", and his time here had been the best in his life.
    Mike had no family, his family was his friends and co-workers. On his passing his friends put his ashes in a number of small fish shaped envelopes and sent them to all the friends he had in places he had fished.
    Mike sat on our table for a year, but today we took him for his last trip on Cook Inlet. We clipped his "fish" to a downrigger ball below our bait and flasher and lowered him off the bluffs on a beautiful winter day.
    5 minutes later we hooked and landed the biggest fish to come over the rail on the Blackfish, a dime-bright white-fleshed 30 pound king.
    Good job, Mike. We miss you.
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    Most excellent, Dave. Thanks for sharing that with us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    today we took him for his last trip on Cook Inlet. We clipped his "fish" to a downrigger ball below our bait and flasher and lowered him off the bluffs on a beautiful winter day.
    5 minutes later we hooked and landed the biggest fish to come over the rail on the Blackfish, a dime-bright white-fleshed 30 pound king.
    Good job, Mike. We miss you.
    What a perfect way to spread his ashes, and a great ending too. Thanks for sharing.

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    What a great tribute, Dave.
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    Glad I got to see it!! We ended up 2 for 5 for the day. Good job Dave

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    Wonderful way to honor a friend!

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    love it! thanks for sharing Dave

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    homerdsave,

    It is something about this date. Long time AK outdoor forum guy and good friend AKNIMROD passed away on this date in 2011. I hope some day someone will spread my ashes like that. I have spent lots of time out in the Wood-Tikchik area I have fished in front of the fishing Bear lodge, excellent fishing at the river mouth certain times of the year. Homer is my home port now for most of my fishing adventures.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    Great story, way to honor a friend that loved fishing.

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    What a great story, and wonderful send off.

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    Great story. You are a good man Dave!!!!


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    A person can be measured by the company they keep,, I pray that I'm blessed with friends such as you Sir.

    What a great way to honor an old friend.
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    Good on ya Dave. That big King will help keep his memory alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    5 minutes later we hooked and landed the biggest fish to come over the rail on the Blackfish, a dime-bright white-fleshed 30 pound king.
    Good job, Mike. We miss you.
    I don't know exactly what comes for us after our lights go out, but after one sees and hears first hand about enough incidences like this, it certainly warms me because stuff like this is against all odds. And, if it can involve big ol kings and freaking out your buddies, sign me up.

    Thanks for sharing Dave

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    What a great tribute to your good friend! Thanks for sharing the story homerdave!

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    GOOD JOB
    for Mike's memory, this will provide a great fishing story for years to come!

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    Sounds and looks like he was a great guy. Sorry for the loss of your memorable friend. Having lost two of my best friends in the past couple of years, I know how important it is to keep their memory alive. You've done it.

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    Thats awsome Dave you are a true friend
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    Wow, awesome story. Thanks for sharing that. Congrats to you and Mike for a great friendship and a great fish.

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