Every summer, from June through mid-September, we each run our own salmon fishing set-net sites in Uganik Bay, located on the west side of Kodiak Island (famous for its brown bears) and surrounded by National Wildlife Refuge lands. We have no roads, no telephone service, and no stores. The nearest town is a 20 minute float plane ride or a six hour boat ride away. The waters and land are pristine, peaceful, and completely wild - perfect habitat for our salmon and for us!
After many years of fishing as friendly neighbors six miles across the bay from each other, we fell deeply in love. Our love of the beautiful salmon we catch and commitment to living the simple, physical commercial fishing life intimately connected with the winds, waves, tides, and seasons brought us together as true soul mates. Salmon is the centerpiece of our lives for which we gladly rearrange everything else.
At the close of salmon season, we used to go back to other jobs in "civilization", but now, since we have started Soul Mate Salmon, we don't have to leave Uganik Bay immediately. We pack up our fishing camps and move to our little house located on a sliver of private land deep inside the bay, protected from wild winter storms. Here, we continue to live remotely, and we live truly off the land - gardening, hunting, eating our wonderful salmon, and using wind and solar energy to power it all. From this home base, we organize and prepare to share our salmon during our excursions out of state. It is our dream come true to be able to live in "bush" Alaska, sustained by the salmon we catch and bring to you. Thank you for feeding our dream!