Rainbows to Alaskan fresh vegetables
Posted By Linda Branham on August 3, 2013 @ 2:52 pm
Hopefully we have all had that once in a lifetime moment of pure pleasure when gravity meets rod and angler delivers the fish of ones dream.  For some it could be a South American Brown Trout, others a Hemingway sized Blue Marlin, but the pure joy of bringing in that memorable wild Rainbow is hard to beat.  The satisfaction of seeing an angler light up when experiencing this is almost as rewarding as catching it yourself.  Seeing joy through another's eye is not a bad thing, it sort of puts one at ease and makes one realize that it is not just about "you," and a roomful of elated anglers is a downright heady experience.

  Paul and Bob Walsh with a beauty.
Our dedicated guides know this and with their extraordinary passion for fishing, not always being able to fish themselves, doesn't put a damper on their joy of seeing an angler feeling pure unadulterated pleasure from bringing in a beautiful fish.  It is not always about the size of the fish.  Sometimes the coloration or the actions of an individual rainbow more than makes up for size.  A healthy rainbow is what we are after, one that personifies zest and jubilation.  I think mostly because it is contagious and the exhilaration of that wild rainbow arcing in the air, with sunlight catching on the beads of spraying water makes one feel alive and lucky to be out in nature sharing its multitude of treats.

Gary Boland with a nice Rainbow

We have guests this week that have never held a fly rod in hand.  Which makes it interesting and so refreshing to see the guides attitudes when dealing with a novice angler.  They genuinely enjoy teaching something they love and respect to others, how else can you pass on your love of a sport, but to see it light up the lives of others.  Sometimes we see a novice turn into someone quite good and you realize you are passing on an age old tradition that will keep being passed on to future generations. 

We have moved on to August and welcome some much needed rain.  June was supposed to be spring, but was really summer.  July was indeed summer, with the high record breaking temperatures to prove its serious intent and now we enter into August, which usually signifies the beginnings of fall.  We are now experiencing tundra and fish loving rain, which will make for a beautiful and colorful fall.  With the first glint of sunlight we will witness a profusion of wild mushrooms that this area is known for, also the prolific wild berries that cover the tundra like small jewels.  It is easy to imagine the early Natives on this land, picking berries every day they can to pack away for the long cold winter.  Drying salmon on racks, later on getting a moose or caribou to vary the winter diet.  What a great sense of fulfillment they must have experienced, with all the gathering and putting away for winter. 

We are working with the Village of Igiugig this summer by taking part in a new greenhouse project that means a little added income for the Village and many healthy delicious meals for our guests to enjoy.  We Alaskans don't get a lot of fresh vegetables and have always envied the "farm to table" experiences of those in the lower 48.  However, we now can enjoy the bounties of the Igiugig greenhouse, dining on fresh cauliflower, green beans, zucchini, kale, carrots, peas, tomatoes, lettuce and wonderful fresh herbs.  What a treat to have these fresh vegetables almost out our back door.  Thank you Kannon Lee for your wonderful attention to detail and letting us know what is going to be ripe soon and thank you AlexAna Salmon for making the greenhouse happen. We love it!