Blog Alaska

Still Healthy and Not too Senile…

  To Our Treasured Guests, It is an old axiom that everything is for sale if the right buyer comes along. Such has been the case with the Lodge for at least the past 15 years. There have even been some serious inquiries during that time, including one corporate group. Looming economic issues in 2008 made them reconsider. I am in my mid-seventies now, still healthy and not too senile and there are lots of things left that Miss Patty and I would like to do, including spending time with…

Christmas off the Grid!

Our water comes off the hill behind us. I guess just about all of Southeast Alaska is one big “hill.” It’s pretty much vertical everywhere you go around here. For instance there are 110 steps from our floating dock at sea level to the upper generator shed on the hill behind us. When you include several ramps (without steps) it is about 100’ vertically to the top of our property before the bush takes over. Our water source is about another 50’ feet vertically up the hill through…

It’s part of a Fishermen’s DNA

For years folks have been asking me, “Do you notice a steady decline in your fishing out of the Lodge the way it seems to be everywhere else?” And my answer is always an emphatic: “No!” Then I go into the reasons why.   Now, those of you who know me well are accustomed to the positive way I approach things, especially fishing. After all, if you are a fisherman it’s just part of your DNA, right? I mean, what’s the point in going fishing if you take the negative view that…

A Summer to Remember

One of our guests from Lake Tapps, WA writes about his summer trip to Sportsman's Cove Lodge. The highlight of our summer was a July three day fishing trip to Sportsman's Cove Lodge, owned by retired (United) Captain Larry McQuarrie. He has done a fantastic job of turning an old cannery with a few dilapidated buildings into a first class fishing lodge. It has its own power and water and everything has to be delivered by boat or float plane. My daughter, Kelsey and I flew to Ketchikan and…