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AlpenView's 2005 Season Review

People, Places and Dates
The following is a who, when and where overview of the 2005 season. An asterisk (*) is placed after a person's 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.

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 Our king/sockeye season at the camp was a bit slower than most. The king run produced less than 8,000 of the giants. Each angler was rewarded with several kings for their efforts but it was not easy.

The Sockeye rolled in as usual in 2005. We spent quite a bit of time targetting these chrome speedsters and they lived up to their reputation for some great air shows.

As go the sockeye, so do the bears and we had a lot of time to enteract with the furry giants. It's always a privilege to see bears and we got some great photographs.

Right: 2005 camp set-up crew. Left to right: Drew Shaffer, Tim Longrich, Oly Olsen, Larry Ryser and Veronica Sims.


  Out Camp June 3rd-10th, 2005

Leonard Ertle * Northglenn, CO

Tim Longrich * Kodiak, AK

Rick Bakovic - San Pedro, CA

John Bakovic

Bob Bakovic

Left to right: Leonard, Tim, John, Dave, Drew, Bob and Rick.

Brent Varriale battles a sockeye.


Frank Varriale and his fishing companion look for their next fish.


 Out Camp June 10th - 15th, 2005 

Frank Varriale * Boise, ID

Brent Varriale * Fruitland, ID

Ed Bews * Boise, ID

Bill Davis * Boise, ID

Keith Demond * ID

Scott Bishop

Left to right: Top row Drew, Bill, Keith, Ed and Frank. Bottom row Dave, Scott and Brent.


2006 out camp.


Scott Bishop on Mt. Get-to-the-top. The camp is just to the left of Scott's right hand on the far bank of the Ayakulik.


 Out Camp June 15th - 20th, 2005 

Per Lund-Johansen * Bergen, Norway

Per Lund-Larsen * Asker, Norway

Tor Lund-Larsen * Braunschweig, Germany

Jon Lund-Larsen - Norway

Marty Landholm - Meridian, ID

Jerry Yoder - Boise, ID

Left to right: Jerry, Jon, Per LJ, Tor, Per LL and Marty.


Above: Dave cooks lunch while a hungry bear looks on.

Right: Dave Sr. and Jennifer on tie night.


Out Camp June 20th - 25th, 2005 

Dave Case * Portland, OR

David Case, Jr. * Hood River, OR

Elmer Case * Portland, OR

Jennifer Curran - Lake Oswego, OR

Frank Pirnique - Palouse, WA

Mary Pirnique - Palouse, WA

Left to right: Standing are Dave Jr., Dave Sr. and Jennifer. Sitting are Elmer, Frank, Mary, Dave and Drew.



Above: The big big big down stream adventure.

Below: Dave and Jennifer with a nice king.



Bear viewing from camp.




Out Camp June 25th - 30th, 2005 

Gerard Gabel * Bellaire, TX

Pete Knapp * Eugene, OR

Tony Cavazos - TX

Keith Schauder - Houston, TX

Dillon Schauder - Houston, TX

Taylor Schauder - Houston, TX

Left to right: Sitting are Pete, Gerard, Keith, Dillon, Taylor and Tony. Standing are Dave and Drew.

 Out Camp June 30th - July 5th, 2005 

Curt Bruno * Lowell, AR

Jerry Clemons * Ft. Smith, AR

Roy Minish * Ft. Smith, AR

Jay Minish - Ft. Smith, AR

Ron Miller - Pocola, OK

Warren Charles - Greenwood, AR

Left to right: Standing are Ron, Warren, Jerry, Curt, Jay and Roy. Sitting are Dave and Drew.



Ray Sirois and Bernie Beaudoin with a fine stringer of sockeye at the camp.

Moe Thibault and Chick Forrence sit down to a crab feed at the lodge.


 Out Camp to Lodge, July 5th - 16th, 2005 

Ray Sirois * Shapleigh, ME

Moe Thibault * Hollis, NH

Bernie Beaudoin * Overland Park, KS

Chick Forrence * Nashua, NH

Michael Sirois - Hinesburg, VT

Left to right: Dave, Michael, Ray, Moe, Chick, Bernie, Shawn and Drew.

Mickey Jones and Boots the wonder dog kayaking. 


Jim Jones (Dave's dad) out for a paddle.


 Lodge, July 16th - 23rd, 2005 

Mickey Jones * Kodiak, AK

Molly Jones * Kodiak, AK

Allie Batemen * Kodiak, AK

Jim Jones * Federal Way, WA

Marylou Jones * Federal Way, WA

Bob Hampton - Rochester, WA

Brent Carroll - Milton/Freewater, OR

Left to right: Molly's hands, Allie, Bob, Jim, Brent and Mickey's hands.

 Lodge, July 23rd - 30th, 2005

Gracia Barry * Chapel Hill, NC

Jen Baucom * Durham, NC

Grace Baucom * Durham, NC

Paul Kennett * Woodbury, CT

Left to right: At right are Gracia, Dave, Grace and Jen. Below are Paul and Jim on the bridge of the Finlander.



Bernie and Erling at their AlpenView wedding reception.


Lodge, August 4th - August 6th, 2005  

Richard Wan and Son - Morgantown, KY


Above: Whale watching in Ugak Bay.

Right: John and Trish Gillis display John's 170 pound halibut.



 Lodge, August 6th - August 13th, 2005

John Gillis - Lima, OH

Trish Gillis - Lima, OH

Brad Roush - Lima, OH

Judy Roush - Lima, OH

Drew Sanko - Lima, OH

Maria Sanko - Lima, OH

Left to right: Trish, Maria, Dave and Judy.

The Viagra Falls Cronicals


John Gillis

Drew Sanko


Brad Roush

Molly Jones


Allie Batemen

Don Walker 


If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.


Sharon Walker


The summer season at the lodge was highlighted by the best halibut fishery in lodge history. Some anglers had 30 fish days! A lot of halibut were taken on the fly. Michael Sirois landed a 50 pound halibut on a 9 weight fly rod after an exhausting fight. Many anglers landed triple digit fish. The largest was taken by Bill Cyr and weighed in at 235 pounds!

The pink salmon run was fantastic. By mid July a competent fly caster could catch them at will as fresh schools entered the estuaries on each tide. Chums were present but not quite so easy.

The silver run was slower than normal all over Kodiak Island. The great saltwater rip-em-ups were few and far between. One saving grace in the saltwater salmon fishery was the high number of king salmon available. The freshwater silver fishery didn't take off until September 2nd when Don and Sharon Walker had the first great day. The remainder of September worked out well enough.

Lodge, August 27th - September 3rd, 2005

Don Walker * Flanders, NJ

Sharon Walker - Flanders, NJ

Jim Jordon - Montgomery, TX

Bob Jordom - Montgomery, TX

Left to right: At right are Jim, Dave and Bob.

Below are Don and Sharon.



Don and Drew display one of three summer run steelhead Don caught on a day hike.


 Lodge, September 3rd - 10th, 2005

Pinky Gray * Carson City, NV

Joe Toth * Carson City, NV

Jim Jacobsen * Novato, CA

Fritz Jorg * Poulsbo, WA

John Tebow * ?, WA

Left to right: Sitting are Fritz, Drew, John, Dave, Jim, Joe and Pinky. Standing is Shawn.


The Cyr cousins, Bill and Ray Kickin' back.


Poker night is serious at AlpenView.

 Lodge to Camp, September 10th - September 17th, 2005 

Ray Cyr * Caribou Woodland, ME

Henning Melvej * Nampa, ID

Bret Mattinson * North Aurora, IL

Bill Cyr * Nampa, ID

Bill McKee - Edmonds, WA

Rob Weisenburger - Seattle, WA


Camp, September 17th - September 24th, 2005 

Wade Ward * Jacksonville, NC

James Slack * Emerald Isle, NC

Rob Jones * Greenville, NC

Charles Efird * Jacksonville, NC

Alex Willis * NC

Joe Taft - NC

Left to right: Jim, Wade, Alex, Joe, Rob, Charles, Veronica and Drew.

 Camp, September 24th - October 1st, 2005 

Larry Treece * Denver, CO

Nathan Harnish - Aspen, CO

Tom Safford * Seattle, WA

Sue Safford - Portland, OR

Left to right: Standing are Larry, Sue, Tom and Nathan. Kneeling are Drew and Dave.



Tom with an Ayakulik steelhead.

Sue with a Dog Salmon steelhead. 


Ray - Rainbow

Don - Rainbow 


Ray - Steelhead


Don - Steelhead

Bob - Coho 

Elmer - Steelhead 


Camp, October 1st - October 8th, 2005

Paul Kennett * Woodbury, CT 

Bob Grayson * Bonita Springs, FL.

Alex Piccirilli - Rush, NY

Elmer Jantz - Sterling Hights, MI

Don Andrews * Denver, CO

Ray Estes * Denver, CO

Left to right: Bob, Don, Alex, Dave, Drew, Ray, Paul and Elmer.

Camp, October 8th - October 15th, 2005 

Fritz Jorg * Poulsbo, WA


The fall silver/steelhead season was steady. As was the case all over Kodiak Island, the silvers were fewer in 2005. We were graced with some high river conditions which generally improved this fishery. Still thou, a ten fish day was a good one.

Steelhead was also steady with the best fishing during a falling river conditions and tougher fishing during a rise. All steelheaders were successful but the camp veterans definitely did the best. Experience counts in this fishery.


Fritz pops out a spey cast on the Dog Salmon.


AlpenView Wilderness Outdoor League (AWOL)

Ole Olsen * Kodiak, AK 

Tim Longrich * Kodiak, AK

Pete Longrich - Kodiak, AK

Mark Olsen - Bakersfield, CA

Left to right: Standing are Dave, Ole and Tim. Kneeling are Drew, Mark and Pete.


Pete and Tim, when the shooting stops, the work begins.


Captain Willy packs every last square inch during camp break-down.


The camp is retired for another season.

Tim stuffed into the plane on the last flight out of the river.