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  • Looks like you might just get your fish during your week off after all.
    4merguide
    4merguide
    I know "they say" they can tell the difference between a sockeye and a pink, but at 189k coming in the river yesterday I just gotta wonder how many of those are pinks? I haven't fished yet but I'm hoping my son will want to go out tonight after work.
    kenaibow fan
    kenaibow fan
    Lol they don’t know for sure, sonar is a computer and a user gives it guide lines to guess. Now if they are visually counting it’s a math equation and I don’t honestly know how accurate that is either.
    How’s the reds coming along? I’m hoping they are a little late this year won’t have time to fish till the 1 st of Aug. should still be freshish fish around…….I hope.
    4merguide
    4merguide
    I haven't been out yet. Not enough numbers for my liking. From what I hear they're thick in the inlet just haven't come in the river yet. A few 20k days a couple weeks ago then 7k, 8k, and yesterday a whopping 5k! I was hoping today we would have had a better report cause we had a good S/W blow yesterday but not the case. Hoping they come in in the next couple days because I'm supposed to take next week off work just for this reason. Could be late again this year like it was last year. But even last year we had mucho fish in the river right now. We'll see I guess. Hey, I looked up the crazy Charley fly. Do you like the pink for reds? May try to tie up a few.
    kenaibow fan
    kenaibow fan
    I use green and crystal
    4merguide
    4merguide
    Btw, we were getting our limits of fresh sockeyes well into Aug. last year.
    Hey there, I see you have a lot of experience in the twin lakes area on the Kenai. My two best friends drew the caribou tag in there and we are planning on flying in before the opener. I’ve hunted this area previously 3 times for black bear and always see caribou. The earliest ive ever been in there is September 1. Do you think it is a mistake to go in this early ? I know those caribou move around quite a bit. My thinking was earlier would be better. Any insight would be great! Thanks Ryan
    4merguide
    4merguide
    Hey Ryan. I really don't think it matters much. Main thing I guess would be if you are looking for a rack and want hard horn or velvet. If you hunt lower the bugs might be worse in Aug. as well. Who knows what the weather is going to be like, but I have seen it get pretty warm up there in Aug. Sometimes then you might find the bou laying down up on the snow patches up high if there still are any. There should be after the winter we had. Personally, I like cooler weather and hard horn so I'd go later. But like I said, I really don't think it matters much other than if the bugs are bad, they might be hanging out up higher to catch more of the wind. Years ago, in early Aug. I saw a herd of about 50 on the Skilak side of Benjamin Basin, up a little higher. It's been many years since I was in that area again because I always hunted not too far from Twin, so don't really know if they hang around there at that time or not. Good luck. I drew 001 and plan on going in Sept. All the best...Dave.
    Hey, Greeting Sir
    I saw a post on DC608 twin lakes caribou and you seemed pretty knowledgeable about that area. I will be going in with High adventure Air on September 1st and wanted to get as much info as I could before hand. You said you had already talked with another group and I was curious when they said they would be in there or if they told you? This will be my 3rd time hunting this tag and the last time I went in with Alex Time of Alaska horseman and I had a great solo hunt after they dropped me off. I got a respectable bull right near my camp. It was great having horses carry everything out and this time I will be on my own to carry out the task, and I look forward to it. Thanks for anything you want to share and have a great day! Donald
    4merguide
    4merguide
    Howdy Donald....Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you. The guy that I talked to is supposedly in there now....20-27th. Not really that much more I can tell you that you probably haven't already seen on the forum if you did a search using "DC608." Glad to hear that you are going in with High Adventure Air, as that's who I used to guide for up there for sheep. If your pilot is Mark Bell, then please tell him Hi from Dave Silva. I quit guiding in 2000' so really can't tell you any new info about the area. Two friends of mine have killed bulls not far from the lower lake. One killed one right on the lake dang near right in camp and the other not far back up in a draw to the so/se of the lake. All I can really say is get up high and glass. There can be bulls anywhere from there all the way over towards Skilak lake in the upper ends of Benjamin Basin.....long hike from Twin. In fact that's where I saw a few small herds. If I was you, seeing that you will be alone, I wouldn't venture out too far. Just have patience and glass, glass, glass. Mark Bell will probably be able to tell you more "IF" he's done much flying up there in the last few years. Be sure and ask him of any ideas. If you have any particular questions, don't hesitate to ask. But if I don't hear from you, be safe and good luck! PS...Although it's highly unlikely these days as the sheep population has been pretty bad up there, but there's always a stray chance that a legal ram might show himself, so you might want to have a tag in hand. Most the rams, what few there are, are waaaay back beyond Iceberg lake these days from what I've heard. But back in the day a guy killed a nice ram right on the face of the mountain that faces upper Twin, which is where we would put up base camp. I guided hunters to a few rams not far from upper twin, looking down on the glacier. But like I said, that was many years ago. Might think about getting a black bear tag as well. All the Best....Dave
    4merguide
    4merguide
    Oh, and btw, if by chance it ends up you getting really nice weather and being hot, you might want to get up a little higher, as I used to see a few caribou hang out on the last of the snow patches to get away from the bugs.
    Hey 4mer, I'm not hard to talk into a fishing trip, and always looking for new adventures. Give me a call, or send me your number. 907-452-7477 The Cutting Edge. PS, whats your name, it could be we have mutual friends in the guide business.
    4merguide
    4merguide
    HI Mark, So sorry it's taken me so long to reply. Waaay too much going on around here and I just kept spacing it out. Would love to get together to go fishing, but between work and having to go out of state for my son's surgery, there's really no time for me right now. My name is Dave Silva. I guided for High Adventure Air out of Soldotna. The Bell brothers, Greg and Mark own/ed the show. Maybe you heard last year about the midair collision in Soldotna that killed Greg and all aboard? Sad time for all of us. Gotta run now but thanks for the invite. Dave.
    Do you know the name of the Forum user who's Forum name was "Marcus"? I am doing alot of research on early Guides and Trappers and I am very interested in Nick Botner Oscar Vogel and Stephen Lake Lodge. He worked there and helped build the lodge. I am trying to find out how to contact him if possible.
    4merguide
    4merguide
    Sorry I don't know his name.
    I shut it down when Alexander said he'd like to slap the president if he was wearing a mask. Over the top for me.
    4merguide
    4merguide
    Thank you my friend!
    4merguide
    4merguide
    Btw, I just got home from work so didn't see what had been said all day. I just got back from looking though and see you didn't just shut it down but deleted the whole thing! I'm sure that was needed. I hope he got a reprimand. I couldn't believe the broad brush Alexander was painting conservatives with stating they were promoting violence and hate. That's what it seems quite a few elitists seem to believe, when all they should do is look in the mirror. As "they" say and is very true much of the time, those that scream racism the loudest are usually the most racist? His remark about slapping the president is really, the pot calling the kettle black!
    Thanks for the flag. I found one post that looked like a personal attack and deleted it. If that was the wrong post just let me know.

    Thanks, Dave
    Hi....I'm wondering why my post was deleted? It was about 8mm Barnes originals and 270 Nosler 140 grain Ballistic tips. I was thinking that maybe after a certain amount of time they are deleted, so I asked Brian and he said he didn't think so. He told me to ask you.....
    Thanks...

    What forum did you have this item posted in? If it was in the ammo forum, the posts get deleted after 1 week, unless there are hits on it. If it was in another forum, they have a 2 month posting on them. Maybe I didn't read the post correctly and accidentally deleted it. Let me know what forum you posted in though. Sorry about the deletion. Post again.
    Not that I know of. Icebear (Pam, our office manager) deals with the swap and sell forums, so she would be better able to answer this question.
    my 325wsm loves the 200 grain accubonds. shoots them better than the tsx. i will use it for griz and moose this year.
    Like others I think the 270 is more than enough and can't go wrong with Barnes. I'm using the .308 on goats this year
    I have scarpas and koflach and I just figured if you were looking to get boots for your upcoming hunt I would lend you mine to do a little hiking in to see how you liked before you bought others. Its always nice to try things before spending...lol It wont work any way my boots are size 12. Just tryin to be helpful as a professional courtesy to a fellow guide from kenai..
    hey not sure on your foot size but if your interested in messing with some plastic boots let me know your size.I m in kenai a lot and still have a place there...
    hey dave...hell yeah i'll be guiding this spring...wouldnt miss it for nothing. my favorite thing to do in this life. i'll be out west. i guide for wade renfro pretty much full time spring and fall. we mostly do bear and moose, but our bear seasons are very liberal and i get in at least seven brown bear hunts a year...thats whats enabled me to get the kind of experience i speak of on here with bears. western alaska stuff with most of our brown bear hunts in unit 18. its a sleeper area for big bears, not too much history for having the big ones, but i'm maintaining a nine foot average, sometimes a little better. our skull sizes cant compete with kodiak and the penn though...high 27's are about as good as we pull even with the ten foot mark...so far anyway! i wish you a great spring season if your hunting...

    zack
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