Fishing with Captain Butters on the Glacier Bear, I was able to hang in there long enough to boat this Pacific halibut. I've been fishing in Alaska for years and I think J Dock, in Seward is one of the top charter companies. This was a three-day trip off on Montague Island, 60 miles from Seward. We slept on the boat and ate fresh fish in the galley at night. It was an incredible experience. If we're friends, you're probably be getting halibut for Christmas. PS--this is quite possibly the biggest fish I will ever catch. It was just shy of 62 inches.
I was lucky to be able to take Tom Loepp, a local artists, out on the North Platte this week. Tom comes form the plein aire school of painting, the French style that prioritizes the way things look in natural light. It was fascinating to watch him work. I stood in the river and casted, but I was so curious about what he was doing that I took frequent breaks to look at his progress. I didn't catch any fish, but I had a great time eating lunch with Tom under the Russian olives. We talked about his 25 years of living in New York city as an artist.
Got a chance to fish in Idaho this week. I haven't bought an Idaho license in 20 years, not since Brian Farmer and I went over on a lark and I ended up buying a Clackacraft. This week we floated the sections from Palasades Dam through the Canyon, a forty mile section that we did in two days. Henry loves floating. He behaves himself in the boat as long as there are no nesting geese to chase. We caught whitefish, cut throats, rainbow hybrids and browns. There are dozens and dozens of bald eagles in the canyon that swoop down and touch their talons to the river.