An SE AK Summer (Page 13)

This forum is for general topics. Keep all posts, images, etc safe for those who read the forum at work. Post only that content that you'd want your mama to read. Violators will be banned.
User avatar
The Po Thead
Posts: 550
Joined: Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:54 am
Location: SE AK

Re: Smolt Camp - TR Final (Page 9)

Post by The Po Thead » Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:26 am

yard4sale wrote:So what are the smolt return rates up there?
It's thought that we tag less than 1% of all outmigrating coho and chinook in the entire watershed, but their percentage of marine survival is pretty different between the two. For coho, it's thought the marine survival is 8.6%, while chinook have a much lower marine survival, somewhere around 3.5%.
"Fuck life is brutal, and the learning curve hard and unforgiving." - SLSS

User avatar
brownsville
Posts: 699
Joined: Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:25 pm
Location: yurp

Re: Smolt Camp - TR Final (Page 9)

Post by brownsville » Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:37 am

totally uplifting

thank-you for helping to make the world a better place :cool


just binned a TR I've been working on

User avatar
augustwest
Posts: 982
Joined: Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:49 pm
Location: way west of Michigan

Re: Smolt Camp - TR Final (Page 9)

Post by augustwest » Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:10 pm

living right, and educating your fellow drakians in the process. thank you.
"Enjoy every sandwich." -- W. Zevon

User avatar
Snagly
Posts: 316
Joined: Sun Jan 07, 2007 1:01 am
Location: Singapore

Re: Smolt Camp - TR Final (Page 9)

Post by Snagly » Sat Jun 13, 2015 8:33 pm

Great photos and story. I do love Alaska.

If those were your fiancee's footprints on the beach, be warned: she's going to be a bear to live with! :cool
"You despise me, don't you?" Rick "If I gave you any thought I probably would."

User avatar
The Po Thead
Posts: 550
Joined: Thu Sep 03, 2009 12:54 am
Location: SE AK

The Headwaters - TR (Page 10)

Post by The Po Thead » Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:01 pm

[report]

After working at Smolt Camp this spring and summer, I got an incredible opportunity to go on the spawning escapement survey for the adult chinook salmon that we spent so much time trying to tag while on the lower Taku River. Of the entire watershed, a tiny portion of it lies within Alaska. The vast majority of the chinook travel hundreds of miles into the canadian headwaters, and go from sea-level to an elevation of almost 4,000ft in some places.

Image

It was so damn gratifying to see chinook that we caught in fishwheels and nets, fish that went through so much stress in the name of science, had finally made it to their spawning grounds and were doing what they needed to do to ensure their species survival. While the trip was short (only a few days), it was amazing to see these headwaters and interior Canada (a place so vastly different from coastal Southeast Alaska), and explore a place that is nearly impossible to get to. And as always, going on these work trips demands that I bring a fly rod, for you know, some additional sampling...

Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

Every fish sampled needs to be sized, sexed, inspected for tags/secondary tag marks, and scales collected.
Image
Image

First bull trout on a fly rod (this cutbank was fucking loaded...)
Image
Image
Image

Left stream 1 via heli, and headed off to stream 2
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

Can you spot the Kings?
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

We got fucking hosed on, at some points unbelievably hard...
Image
Image
Image
Image

The Holy Grail of escapement surveys: a tagged carcass - time to sample!
Image
Image
Image

So I used a bead. Zero fucks given...
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

Then it was time to head home
Image

Dropped the other guys off at stream 3
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image

The terrain started to look more like Southeast Alaska
Image
Image
Image

Take care fellas,
Po[/report]
"Fuck life is brutal, and the learning curve hard and unforgiving." - SLSS

User avatar
Randall Dee
Posts: 3256
Joined: Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:26 pm
Location: Cascadia

Re: The Headwaters - TR (Page 10)

Post by Randall Dee » Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:21 pm

Solid as fuk. I wish I was a fly fishing scientist. Any grayling up there?

User avatar
Spicytuna
Posts: 3241
Joined: Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:37 pm
Location: Stuck in Lodi again

Re: The Headwaters - TR (Page 10)

Post by Spicytuna » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:22 pm

that shit was the bomb
"In truth you can throw dries and swing flies and still be a loser. That would be an elite loser though.
Rare breed." - MTgrayling

"You guys know the Magic Hour???? Yeah it just happened I was there!!!" DK

User avatar
HPFF
Posts: 626
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:19 pm

Re: The Headwaters - TR (Page 10)

Post by HPFF » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:27 pm

I had to read this thing again from start to finish...made me wonder why the fuck I didn't choose a little more satisfying profession when I had the chance. You're doing it all right, that's for sure. :cool
"Pork on the plate and pigs in the drink." Ironman

User avatar
chadroc
Posts: 1288
Joined: Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:25 pm
Location: northeastern ct

Re: The Headwaters - TR (Page 10)

Post by chadroc » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:38 pm

incredible report. thank you for what you do, and sharing it on here.
holding it down on the other side of the border

enjoy your catch (it died)

User avatar
wrh
Posts: 459
Joined: Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:01 am
Location: southern ADK

Re: The Headwaters - TR (Page 10)

Post by wrh » Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:58 pm

Yes and yes. Getting taken into water that is so hard to reach is a treat. Thanks for that.

User avatar
Bruiser
Posts: 3503
Joined: Fri Oct 27, 2006 1:01 am
Location: Land of Manana

Re: The Headwaters - TR (Page 10)

Post by Bruiser » Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:16 pm

Nice work and thanks for that report.

Salmon migrations :cool
That sounds awesome in my ears!! (P-A)

we were basking in goodness here with our everyday drivel that we enjoy.... the rest of this is horseshit, flybug.pa.

User avatar
Lurgee
Posts: 2480
Joined: Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:22 pm
Location: Location, Location!!

Re: The Headwaters - TR (Page 10)

Post by Lurgee » Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:49 pm

Noble fish

Impressive and hopefully impactful work.

Thank you!
"Fried Chicken for President!" Trucha del Mar

"Sweet Jesus... untold hundreds of linear miles of pristine trout water within pissing distance, and you cocksuckers went fishing for carp?
What's next? A Wang Chung show? Ajax

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot], hewhofisheswithworms, Majestic-12 [Bot], rampant and 210 guests