I went out before midnight of ninth for the opener , and the weather was as nasty as it gets south of anchorage everything from sideways rain to white out conditions through Turnagain. There were times the slush was going over my pick up hood in sheets. Had three beaver colonies set in completely open water by about 4 a.m.. I had beaver slapping their tails at me all night and saw a couple very large ones with my head lamp. I drove back to the first set area and had to laugh that I had the woods to myself on this night. Took a three hour nap and walked back to start checking. I pulled four beaver and headed home back through the slush. I caught one in a dam break with a #4 jump on a drowner, one on a castor mound guarded with a #330 conibear; about a 50 lber dragging a 5' 1 3/4" pole still in its jaws. Two caught in channel sets with #330. Three of the catch were kits but as always they are beautifully furred. I had a very nice front toe nail in a #4 jump on a drowner, and that same beaver would not go near conibears. I found another colonie in the daylight while checking and saw two large beaver swimming around so I had to make some sets. I have good bait for the predators , but am a little uneasy putting to much out until the bears go to bed. It's time to start skinning. I would have taken catch pictures , but it was just to wet to take the camera out. Heres a few back at home.