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AlpenView's 2004 Season Review

People, Places and Dates
The following is a who, when and where overview of the 2004 season. An asterisk (*) is placed after a persons name if they are a repeat visitor. The asterisk is red (*) if they are veterans of three or more trips with our organization. We are honored by the continued patronage of our guests and blessed with the continued help of our friends and staff.

  Our king/sockeye season at the camp was a blur! The run produced a record 24,000+ kings and 250,000+ sockeye. We produced an amazing 15 kings per day per angler from June 5 to July 7.
6/8/04 114 king salmon to 6 rods in one day!
6/16/04 170 king salmon to 5 rods in one day!
6/21/04 216 king salmon to 6 rods in one day!
That's some good stuff.


Right: Pinky and the flag.



  Out Camp June 10th-15th, 2004

Leonard Ertle * Northglenn, CO

Greg Kitzmiller - Lakewood, CO

Levi Pike - Littleton, CO

Rick Olcott - La Center, WA

James Olcott - La Center, WA

Pinky Gray * Carson City, NV

Out Camp June 15th-20th, 2004 

Pinky Gray * Carson City, NV

Bob Price * Boise, ID

Steve Price * Garden City, ID

Les Palmer - AK

Dennis Frome * Lake Oswego, OR



 Out Camp June 20th - 25th, 2004 

Frank Varriale * Boise, ID

Brent Varriale * Fruitland, ID

Ed Bews * Boise, ID

Bill Davis * Boise, ID

Keith Demond * ID

Brian Demond - ID






 Out Camp June 25th - 30th, 2004 

Dave Case * Portland, OR

David Case Jr. * Hood River, OR

Elmer Case * Portland, OR

Glen Case - Tigard, OR

Margaret Case - New York, NY

Joan Griffith - Portland, OR

Out Camp June 30th - July 5th, 2004 

Lyle Nelson - Washougal, WA

Debbie Nelson - Washougal, WA

Tom Berry - Atlanta, GA

Janet Berry - Atlanta, GA

Craig Schauder - Huntersville, NC

Stewart Schauder -  Plymouth, MI






Out Camp and Lodge, July 5th - July 12th, 2004 

Jack and Lorna Zalaha - Port Ludlow, WA

Tim Clapp - Julian, NC

John Kim * Mcleansville, NC

Josh and Jesse Kim - Mcleansville, NC


At the lodge our salt and freshwater silver fishing was fantastic. Large schools of silvers were smacking bait off the east side of Kodiak Is. by mid July. Larry Treece, of Denver Colorado, was the lone angler on our boat July 16, 2004. We put Larry on a bite of halibut and silvers that he will not soon forget. Silvers, while feeding on bait fish in saltwater, are extremely aggressive! We suggest you don't fish with two flies unless your planing a double hookup by yourself.

As the summer progressed the silvers made there way to our estuaries in record numbers. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game opened up river fisheries (normally closed to protect spawners) early because of the large run. Estuary fly fishing was on fire during the last of August through mid September.
The halibut bite was a good one as well. Mr. Halibut himself, Pinky Gray of Carson City, Nevada, pulled of a repeat of his old trick. In August of 2001, Craig Walkowski landed a fine 150# halibut. While we were celebrating Craig's catch, Pinky hooked up and landed the seasons biggest, 200#. Craig and Pinky were together again in September of this year. Craig hooked a great fish in shallow water. The fish ran for a kelp covered reef and it was all Craig could do to stop it. After a complete circumnavigation of the boat we finally landed Craig's 150# halibut. Moments later Pinky did it again! He hooked, a fish while we were taking pictures and shaking hands with Craig. Pinky fought his 200# Halibut to the boat for pictures and release.
It was a good season for Halibut on the fly. We were able to score for all fly fishers who gave it a go. I, Dave Jones, landed my personal best. Fishing 50 feet of water, I used a Teeny 350 saltwater line, a 10wt Sage and my own Rabid Rabbit fly to boat and release a 50# Halibut.


Lodge, July 17th - July 21th, 2004

Larry * and Vicki Treece - Denver, CO







 Lodge, August 9th - August 14th, 2004

Will Lucke - Littleton, CO

Hoil French - Littleton, CO






Lodge, August 14th - August 21st, 2004 

Charlie Ryan * Lima, OH

Michael Ryan

David Dray * Lima, OH

Noah Dray

Michah Dray

Jim Reber * Lima, OH

Paul Scheiwiller - Lima, OH







Lodge, August 21st - August 28th, 2004 

Ray Sirois * Shapleigh, ME

Moe Thibault * Hollis, NH

Bernie Beaudoin - Overland Park, KS

Chick Forrence * Nashua, NH

Bret Gunnell - Denver, CO

Bob Gunnell

 Lodge, August 28th - September 4th, 2004

Craig Walkowski * Rockaway, NJ

Ed Walkowski * Wharton, NJ

Pinky Gray * Carson City, NV

Joe Toth * Carson City, NV

Jim Jacobsen * Novato, CA

Fritz Jorg * Poulsbo, WA






Lodge, September 4th - September 11th, 2004 

Ray Cyr * Caribou Woodland, ME

Henning Melvej * Nampa, ID

Bret Mattinson * Othello, WA

Karl Adams - Appleton, WI

Dean Stetson - Lethbridge, Alberta

Mike Guthrie - Nampa, ID

Lindsey Olcott - La Center, WA






 Lodge, September 11th- September 18th, 2004 

Peder Kolind - Grenada, Nicaragua

Lars Kolind - Bradstrup, Denmark

Thomas Lund * Vedbak, Denmark

Jerry Cook * Aptos, CA

Niels Due Jensen * Bjerringbro, Denmark


 We finished up back on the river for steelhead in October. Wild steelhead are a challenging and beautiful animal. We are always blessed with some but water and weather conditions can play a major factor in our level of success. Things came together in our final week this year. The river was falling and water clearing as the week progressed. We caught 109 steelhead with six rods during the last week. Over all the steelhead season produced a 2.8 steelhead per day per angler average. Not bad at all. In additions to the steelhead anglers landed several silvers and Dolly Varden each day.



 Camp, September 18th - September 25th, 2004

Pat Steed * Eden, NC

Marty Steed - Atlanta, GA

Lenny Steed - Brackney, PA

John Maresca * Wirtz, VA




 Camp, September 25th - October 2nd, 2004

Peter French - San Antonio, TX

Tony Paulino-Alvarez * London, England

Chris Gill * San Antonio, TX

Fritz Jorg * Poulsbo, WA






 Camp, October 2nd - October 9th, 2004

Pinky Gray * Carson City, NV

Jim Jacobsen * Novato, CA

Ray Estes * Denver, CO

Paul Kennett - Woodbury, CT

Don Andrews * Denver, CO

Joe Toth * Carson City, NV












Highlights and Special Events

Dave and Shawn's Excellent Adventure
January/February of 2004

Seattle - Boise - Denver - El Paso - San Antonio - Houston and some really nice stops in between. This trip was a pleasurable visit with many of our clients and friends. Activities included several great dinner parties, bird and coyote hunting, snow machining, salsa dancing, the Denver sport show, natural and human history touring. We were joined at points along the way by AlpenView staff member Veronica Sims and long time client and friend Fritz Jorg. Thanks to our many hosts including Bill & Angela Cyr, Frank Varriale, Bill and Patty Davis, Don and Linda Andrews and Chris and Laura Gill.

Bob Price, Steve Price, Dave and Ed Bews in Boise.


Shawn, Veronica and Dave at the Denver Sport Show.


Fritz Jorg, Dick Negley, Chris Gill and Shawn at Circle Ranch, Texas.

The New West Wing


The landing craft Lazy Bay unloads building material at Alpenview's beach.

Merl Brown breaking ground. 


Friends and neighbors Jerry Christensen and George Kirk help lay the floor.


Raising a wall with the ATV.