Merry Christmas to all of our wonderful guests and your families!
We are truly blessed to live in a country where we have the freedom to enjoy beautiful places like the Bob Marshall Wilderness, and we are honored to have the opportunity to enjoy it with you.
2015 will go down in the books as a challenging year for many! Because of the extreme drought and higher than normal temperatures in the northwest, there were many fires in Washington and Montana. We feel fortunate that we only lost hay and supplies from the Meadow Creek Fire, many lost homes and more. With help from many of our guests, and lots of hard work from our staff, we are ready to go forward and make 2016 a great year!
We decided to implement a new rule to avoid any more unpleasant interruptions to our fun in the Bob… No. More. Forest. Fires. With that understanding, we will celebrate the fun year we did have, even though it was entirely too short, and we will have even more fun next year!
In addition to all our wonderful guests, we had an awesome crew this year! Many of you know Jay, he signed on for the summer season, and provided us with cowboy poetry, guitar and singing entertainment! Then, the best part, he finally shared his fiance, Christie with us! She is a beautiful person inside and out, and added love and laughter to the whole camp! The wedding is next June! Brady didn’t think he could make it, but decided he couldn’t stay away from the Bob, and started in August. We were happy to have all 3 of them!
Much to Pennies’ annoyance, Brady brought with him a new puppy! Jill quickly made herself the princess of Salmon Forks! She was so cute and smart, she soon had everyone in love with her! Pennie took a little longer to come around, but even she couldn’t resist her charm!
Fire restrictions went on this year on July 2nd. That meant, for the first time ever in Salmon Forks history, we never had a campfire! Even though the weather was warm and sunny during the day, it was still chilly in the morning! We set up the small wood-stove with a spark arrester for the “early morning coffee group” so they wouldn’t freeze! But it wasn’t the same, so a “fake fire” was started in the evenings to provide that wilderness atmosphere! While we all mourned the loss of real campfires, the woodpile sure held up well!
Fishing, well, all we can say about the fishing is, it was outstanding! The fish never leave, and the water level went down to September levels in August, so lots of big nice cutthroat were just begging to be caught! The river was as clear and cold as ever, easy to wade, and the fish were big and healthy!
We were able to make several trips to Big Salmon Lake. The trip was beautiful and the fishing at the inlet was excellent!
Big Salmon Lake
Finally, the hunting report. It’s short. We gave the elk the year off, they will be back bigger than ever next year! And, that’s a promise!
Words cannot express how much we appreciate the support and understanding of our guests during this difficult year! We have always said we have the greatest people as our guests in the Bob, and this year it was even more apparent! We thank you for your willingness to reschedule your trips to next year. We know it was a hardship for many of you to cancel travel arrangements, change vacation plans, and forfeit hunting licenses, and we are very sorry to have caused so many inconveniences to all of you. To those of you who have rolled your trips over to 2016, we can’t thank you enough. We will try and make your 2016 trip the best ever.