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John Karakashian-BBT
Co-owner & Guide

AK and Early kings
August 17, 2017

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First of all, sorry for the big lapse in reports…family time, traveling and some projects around the house have kept me busy. Honestly, it was nice to take a short break from behind the keyboard, but I am looking forward to the next three months! Which will be busy, busy, busy fishing for trout, kings and steelhead (and updating the website)!!!

Upon my return from Alaska, I was greeted with some very encouraging salmon reports! There are kings being caught in the river already! Typical “old school” early numbers…and yes, there are some to target throughout the river. “Here today & gone tomorrow” is often the case at this time of year, so covering water is your best shot at finding them. I have not had a chance to scout myself yet, but I will be out next week for sure! All my reports are coming from reliable guides and our shop staff.

Fall is in the air…cooler evenings, NFL pre-season and salmon on our minds. There has been some reluctance about salmon fishing this fall after the last two years, but the charter boats are doing great right now (and all summer for that matter). It looks very, very promising and there have been some HUGE kings being caught this year. I have heard and seen photos of several over 30 pounds and one that was over 40!!! If salmon fishing is not your thing, we have our beloved trout to target too!

Jake caught this one Sunday on a crank bait and lost a few others!!!

In years past, salmon trips were always the easiest to book. However, with the perceived uncertainty of this year’s run, we have lots of open dates for guides and Motel rooms. Our fall salmon and steelhead seasons are right around the corner. It is not too early to lock in your dates. So please give us a call for a float trip! Full day ($395 - available year round) or half day ($295 - available until September 1). If you are interested in booking a trip and/or Motel room please contact the shop…231-745-3529.

My available open dates (subject to change): August 21 - 25 & 28 September 3 - 7, 10 - 13, 17, 20 & 27 October 5, 8, 9, 15 then it open up for steelhead. Plus, we have several openings in November for steelhead trips…first come, first serve! Let’s go fishing!!!

Stay tuned…I will have more to report next week!!!!

Alaska 2017

A big thanks to all our guests that joined us this year and our wonderful hosts at the Naknek River Camp. It was a great week of fishing, making memories, new exploratory missions and catching up with old friends! This was our 11th year at the Naknek River Camp and each year is always different. The diversity of the region and fisheries makes it interesting for repeat trips. This year, I focused on streamers and dry flies with excellent success!

We had a awesome group of guests in camp this year! Everyone enjoyed the great weather and fishing. It has been amazing to watch the Camp improve, grow and earn respect throughout Alaska. Their actions and bookings speak for themselves. It is a challenging region to operate a camp, but Jim and Phyllis Johnson always get the job done. Thanks for 11 years of great memories and adventures!!!

We have our dates set for next year….August 4 - 11, 2018. The “BBT Special” will be $3,495 per person for a week of fishing in some of the greatest water in Alaska! This rate INCLUDES the “Best of Katmai” Package; two fly outs throughout the week! $3,495 is the standard weekly rate without fly-outs…an incredible BBT exclusive deal!!! If you are interested in joining us, please contact the shop for details. It is an amazing trip!!!!

Here are some pictures from this years adventure…

Evening view from camp

Artic char

Many streams in the region hold grayling…bucket list fish

Steve enjoying his summer in AK

Mike and I with a silver on the strip!

Micah with a Big Creek silver

Steve and I with a Big Creek double…silver and chum

Double were common on the creek that day!!!

Scott with a large male chum on the strip

Scooter and I with a silver…nice net job buddy!!!

Vic and Tanner with a solid Naknek River rainbow

We had the special opportunity to skip a day of fishing to visit the historic site of Dick Proennokee’s Cabin. At the age of 51, Dick built the cabin in the summers of 1967 & 1968 with limited tools, no help and documented it. He wrote over 7,000 pages of journal entries and filmed much of the construction. The footage has been edited into a documentary titled “Alone in the Wilderness”. Often played on PBS. Proenneke lived in this cabin for 30 years without electricity, running water, a telephone, or other modern conveniences.

I took tons of pictures, but only selected a couple. Visiting this cabin makes you think…and make you feel very unaccomplished. (Will the US government turn your house into a historic land-mark?) Thank you so much Tom and Cindy for sharing this experience with us!!!! It was the best thing I have experienced in Alaska and checked another item off my bucket list! Thank you!!!!!!

Upper Twin Lakes view from teetering rock

Group shot at the cabin

Dick put a pin in the map when he explored the area…amazing!!!

The cabin

Dick was an incredible person! Amazing to stand among his items and step into his world of a few hours

Flight back to camp & back to fishing


Steve landing a big char

Flesh mouse! My creation is a blast to fish…drawing char, grayling and rainbows to feed on the surface

Micah and Vic with a large Naknek Rainbow

More dry fly action…

Tundra tires

Cheers Alaska…Thank you and see you next summer!

Type at you next week…

Later - John

Announcements/Destination Travel Info-

Alaska 2017

Our BBT Alaska Dates are August 5 - 12, 2017 SPECIAL BBT DEAL!!! Rates will be $2,795 per person for a week of fishing in some of the greatest water in Alaska! And the “Best of Katmai” Package of $3,395 with two fly outs throughout the week. If you are interested in joining us, please contact the shop for details. It is an amazing trip!!!!

Alaskan fishing at its BEST!!!!

Argentina 2018

The dates are January 6 – 13, 2018…we are taking deposits ($1,000) now to hold your spot. The package price per person based on double occupancy is US $3,950.00 and includes:
· Six full days guided fishing (with expert, local bilingual (Spanish-English) fly-fishing guide)
· All your lodging, meals and beverages (including beer & wine with meals).
· Transportation to and from the Airport in Bariloche

…contact the shop to reserve your spot! 231-745-3529.

Argentina 2016 from John Karakashian on Vimeo.

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Stay tuned for details on our Belize trip to The Blue Bonefish lodge January 27 to February 3, 2018!!

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Later & Fish-On!


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