Last week we had the pleasure of celebrating Alaska West Guide Jason Whiting’s birthday. What does that mean? It means that Jason won the opportunity to take part in an Alaska West tradition.. A dip in the frigid water of the Kanektok. Happy birthday J-Smolt.. Good Form!
Today’s post is a good one – our manager from BC West, Kara Knight, writes about the dog she brought from South Andros Island in the Bahamas to Canada.
A Dog Named Kalik
You always meet people with really great stories about how they found their dog…I love those stories but never expected to be one of those people. Somehow, though, when I left South Andros for Canada this spring it was with a little ball of white fur tucked into a bag beside me on the plane. She travelled incredibly well, barely made a peep, and looked at me like I was crazy when we stepped off the plane in Calgary, to -4 temperatures and 20 cm’s of fresh snow!
At Andros South the staff had named the pup ‘Snowflake’ but somehow having a dog in the northern reaches of Canada named after snow just didn’t feel right. I agonized over giving her a good name and did they ever laugh when they found out what I had named her – Kalik, after a brand of Bahamian beer. Upon hearing her name anyone who has travelled to those islands immediately gives you a knowing nod and a smile.
If you had seen her on Andros you likely wouldn’t recognize her now – tall, 25 lbs heavier and still growing. And what a place to grow up, on the Dean River!! Being molded into a steelheading dog, exploring the woods, the ocean & the river, meeting anglers & grizzlies. She seems to be enjoying her new life at BC West. As they say though, you can take the dog out of the Bahamas but you can’t take the Bahamas out of the dog – if you see us on a river do you know where she’ll be? Curled up on the only patch of sand in sight, dreaming of home.
Thank you to everyone who made bringing this dog home possible for me. There is no shortage of dogs from the Bamahas who need homes – contact the Royal Potcake Rescue for more information.
The breed is called a ‘Potcake’, named for the manner in which locals fed them with the leftover scrapings out of the cooking pot. They are intelligent, loyal & loving dogs.
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We’ve moved! You may have heard, but this off-season our hardworking team at Alaska West made the big move across the river to our new location. We love our new camp and think you will too! Not a fan of change? Don’t worry – we can almost hit our old camp with a rock.
Same great river, same great people, and as you can see, same epic sunsets. Come check it out!
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Today we present you with a picture of a dog on a beach.
There are a few notable points about this picture, though.
- This is the beach on the grounds at Andros South. It’s really nice, as you might notice.
- This dog’s name is Cookie. She belongs to one of our guides, Sparkles. All of his animals are named Cookie. If he has three dogs, they’re all named Cookie.
- Yes, his name is Sparkles. The day your fearless editor met Sparkles, he was wearing a couple of bracelets, a ring or two, an earring and a big gold chain. I asked him, “Hey Sparkles, how did you get your name?”. He said “Oh man, I used to wear a lot of jewelry.” True story.
- Those tiny little dots on the horizon on the left are channel markers, leading from the reef to the marina right next the the lodge. The right-most dot is a channel marker right at the reef, outside of which the bottom drops from maybe a hundred feet to 3,000 feet – the Tongue of the Ocean. That’s pretty cool if you ask us. Mega-deep water right out there!
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White sand flats and tailing bonefish are great and all, but one big reason folks like visiting South Andros Island is that it’s a place where you can enjoy some simple pleasures – like having a beer with your buddies in the back of a pickup truck.
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Here’s a cool shot from our buddy Louis Cahill of the mouth of Deep Creek, just a couple of minutes from our lodge on South Andros.
Why would you be at the mouth of Deep Creek in the evening, you ask? Some kind of conventional tackle shenanigans, probably…
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One really cool thing about South Andros Island is the opportunity to hang out with the locals.
It’s a really welcoming place. Folks are warm and friendly, and at the end of a fishing day nothing beats a little dominoes at the Little Creek Bar!