Moonlighting on the Nushagak

Every summer Northwest Sportsman/California Sportsman/Alaska Sporting Journal sales manager Brian Lull breaks out of the asylum and spends a few weeks guiding on Alaska’s Nushagak River for Jake’s Nushagak Salmon Camp.

In the wake of last season’s emergency closure, the river was off to a very slow start this year, spawning numerous “the Nush is dead” posts across the Internet. We’re happy to report rumors of her demise were greatly exaggerated.

Here are some snap shots our escapee sent back:

BYE BYE "CIVILIZATION"! DILLINGHAM'S AIRPORT FADES INTO THE DISTANCE AS THE PLANE HEADS FOR JAKE'S NUSHAGAK SALMON CAMP! (BRIAN LULL)

THE PLACE WHERE THEY GROW ALL THE MOSQUITOES IN ALASKA. (BRIAN LULL)

PAUTZKE PRO-STAFFER "PROFESSOR" FRED THOMASON OF PLYMOUTH, CALIF., GUIDING ON THE NUSH. (BRIAN LULL)

HEAD GUIDE AND PAUTZKE PRO-STAFFER BILL “SWANNY” SWANN IN ACTION. (BRIAN LULL)

JASON HELMS GETS THE PRETTIEST FISH OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR MY BOAT. (BRIAN LULL)

STEELHEADUNIVERSITY.COM'S TERRY WEIST AND I HAD TO POSE WITH THE FISH THEY CAUGHT WITH PROFESSOR FRED, SINCE I COULDN'T CATCH THEM ANY THAT DAY! (BRIAN LULL)

SUNSET AT MIDNIGHT. (BRIAN LULL)

MOOSE'S KING. (BRIAN LULL)

STAMPER'S KING. (BRIAN LULL)

THESE FLORIDA BOYS AREN'T USED TO FISH LIKE THIS. (BRIAN LULL)

DOUBLED UP, AGAIN -- MY BOAT HAD 26 DOUBLES ONE DAY, MY PERSONAL RECORD. (BRIAN LULL)

BLOOD BEACH -- ALL JAKE'S BOATS DOUBLED UP ON THE DOWNHILL TROLL. THANKS TO THE ECONOMY WE WERE THE ONLY ONES HERE, A HOLE THAT I COUNTED 34 BOATS FISHING DURING ONE HOT BITE IN 2007. (BRIAN LULL)

A FISH GIVING US THE 'MIDDLE FIN" SPLASH SALUTE. (BRIAN LULL)

IT’S TEN P.M. AND WE ARE OFFICIALLY OFF THE CLOCK. (BRIAN LULL)

JAKE'S NUSHAGAK SALMON NIGHT LIFE COMES COMPLETE WITH LIVE MUSIC. (BRIAN LULL)

IT'S ALREADY MIDNIGHT AGAIN?? (BRIAN LULL)

BRISTOL BAY SOCKEYE ON THE BBQ, DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS -- EXCEPT I HAD TO GO TO COSTCO TO GET THIS ONE. THE STATE OF ALASKA DOESN'T ALLOW GUIDES TO RETAIN FISH WHILST CLIENTS ARE ABOARD. (BRIAN LULL)

GOT YOUR RESERVATIONS FOR LATE JUNE 2012? WHENEVER THERE'S OVER 1,500 CHINOOK A DAY ON THE SONAR READER 37 MILES UP FROM THE MOUTH, IT'S SOLID FISHING. WHEN IT'S OVER 5,000, AMAZING FISHING. (ADFG)

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One Response to “Moonlighting on the Nushagak”

  1. Swanny Says:

    One of the best years i have seen since 05…We had the best crew a owner could wan’t.

    Lets Fish

    Swanny

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