Boats + Family + Alaska = FUN!

Boats + Family + Alaska = FUN!

Emily Lints
It's a dream come true to have our new boat finished and to actually have time to enjoy her!

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Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

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Our winter in Homer,  AK has been both fun and productive.  The systems on our new boat, the F/V Maggie B. are taking shape and we should be on schedule for a mid-April boat launch.

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Boat Miracle!!!

Boat Miracle!!!

Emily Lints

Kyle has transformed a big burned up mess into a promising boat project!  Check out these great progress photos.

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Waiting to Launch

Waiting to Launch

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It's that time of year again- when we are so excited for the upcoming season.  

Excited to put the 'ol F/V Northland back in the water.  Excited to catch the first beautiful, fresh, sockeye salmon for 2016.  Excited to see so many returning customers placing their orders and licking their lips in anticipation for the upcoming harvest.

THANK YOU to all of our customers that put their orders in by the end of May- it really helps us plan for our season.  GOOD NEWS, if you haven't yet we are still taking orders- so keep them coming!  

 Kyle and our 2016 (rockstar of course!) crew of Jamie and Jake are putting the final touches on the boat hoping to launch into the river in the next couple days.  Fresh paint on the decks, repairs to the fiberglass that was smashed around too hard last year, new buoys for the upcoming smashing around, hanging new nets . . . the list goes on.

So far the 2016 sockeye salmon return to Bristol Bay, AK is just starting.  There is a test boat that fishes the southern line of the fishing district and so far they are reporting an index of about 20.  (When the fish are REALLY coming in strong later in the season this number rises as high as 200!!).  New in Bristol Bay this year is that you have to drop your permit card on your first fishing day.  In the past there was a 'Free Week' before you had to commit to a fishing district.  What's important about this is there is a 48 hour closure if you decide you want to change from one are to another.  48 hours doesn't sound like a big deal, but in the commercial fishing world missing out on a HOT 48 hour fishing period can really decrease your season's catch.

On the home front, Emily reports that staying at home with a 3.5 and 1.5 year old is probably an equal challenge to commercial fishing!  Last year was probably a greater challenge than fishing and it's expected that next year will be easier than fishing.  Kyle is still eager for Small Scales Seafood salmon season to be a family fishing venture so he can pass on his fishing bug to his kiddos and not have to be away for so long.  We hope to get some good, calm skiff fishing for Alaskan Rockfish and Pacific Cod with Maggie and Ben aboard later in the summer! 

Thanks for reading.

 

 

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Salmon Available!

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Good News:DSC_2773 We have Salmon Shares available now!  Contact us to reserve your Scrumptious Sockeye Salmon. IMG_2485 It's snowing and cold and snowing here in the Methow Valley!IMG_2495 It's a New Year!  We hope your year is a joyful one.

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Season Preparations

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We're all getting ready for the upcoming season:

-Emily is tallying up everyone's orders, making her lists and checking them twice.  (Get your orders in asap to guarantee your Share of Scrumptious Sockeye Salmon!) -The munchkins are practicing their slip and slide skills on our new salmon slide.  (Once installed on the boat this slide will help every salmon gently slide from the net to the fish holds filled with chilling 34 degree water.) image(6) -Kyle recently returned from 5 furious days of pre-season boat work in Naknek, AK.  He cut a 9" hole through the bow of the Northland to install a bow thruster.  This will help maneuver the boat through swarms of boats and nets. image(7)

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Ready for 2015 orders!

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It's that time of  year again . . .

Spring Corn in the Methow Spring Corn in the Methow, Toddler Style
  • time to place your 2015 order if you LOVE our salmon!
  • time to finish eating your 2014 salmon if you have any left (we just finished ours- darn!)
  • time to tell friends about Small Scales Seafoods and save $10 for every 25 pound referral!
  • time to find the last of the snow and the first of the flowers.
  The 2015 sockeye salmon forecast for Bristol Bay is the best return in over 20 years and we want to help you fill your freezers with some of best wild Alaskan Salmon out there! Click here to submit you order for a Share of Small Scales Seafood's Scrumptious Sockeye Salmon.  We run out of our Salmon Shares every year, so get your order in now.  (Ideally before May 31st for your best chance!)  We will offer a Seattle and Methow pickup option this year. For every new customer you send our way we'll take $10 off your order.  Just have them mention your name!  ($10 off for every 25 pound referral)
For all the details, including ways we're improving quality and shipping in 2015, pricing, and fall delivery information, read about our Salmon Shares.  Subscribing to our blog is a great way to get announcements about the 2015 season and your order. We hope you're well and enjoying those last scrumptious pieces of the 2014 season. Thank you, thank you, Emily, Kyle, Maggie and Ben

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Family of Four

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DSC_6791 We've been busy the last month with our new greatest project: Benjamin Harding Lints, born 10/10/14 in Brewster, WA.  Benjamin weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz and measured 21 inches at birth.  He is healthy and content and already proving to be a gentle soul.

We are so grateful!!!

We are spending the fall-spring back in the Methow Valley of WA.  We joke that the Methow is our calving ground and Alaska is our feeding ground.  Last week we bought boxes of winter storage onions and squash from a local farmer in Twisp.  The beauty and succulent taste of the onions is so incredible and so much better than what we buy at the grocery store.  Granted, we had to coordinate back and forth to arrange a pickup time and may have paid more than the non-organic, non-local store counterpart. It reminds us that buying directly from the producer is so much more rewarding in knowing who we are supporting and in the quality of the food.  We hope you feel the same about buying fish from us! We are doing our best to get back to customers but may be on a newborn sporadic schedule for a little while.  It's amazing how a little one can shake things up!  We have about 500 pounds of sockeye to sell before the end of the year and 300 pounds of halibut and will be in touch soon.  Thank you to all of you have already bought your Scrumptious Sockeye Salmon Shares this year.  We hope you are enjoying the scrumptiousness!

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Life Update

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We know that some of you follow this blog to hear about us in general, so here's a quick photo update: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA We had a great winter in Washington, where the snow conditions were not at their best but surely better than coastal Alaska's!  (yes, we tried to stop being seasonal but haven't quite figured out how to kick the habit yet . . .)  Grandma Kathy "Rah Rah" enjoyed her time with Maggie. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe had a nice Mexico get away.  The highlight for Maggie was for sure all the little dogs! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere's Maggie on one of her first fishing adventures, fishing for little Bonita by kayak.  (She still signs the story of how Mama had the fishing line tied to her toe, screamed, tried to pull the fish in and lost it!).  Did we mention we're expecting another baby this fall!! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe recently escaped from boat work for a little biking adventure in Denali National Park.  It was complete with snow most days, bears and sheep. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMaggie (now 18 months) learned how to use her very own sleeping bag! photo(1)On a more serious note, in the midst of little girls growing up and babies growing in the belly, Emily's stepdad, Dave, died this April.  It's still a shock and we miss his presence.  He was a kind, giving man who lived a full life and even helped drive your fish around last summer.  We love you Dave.

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Goodbye Cook Inlet, Hello Bristol Bay!

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photo(1) The Northland fishing Upper Cook Inlet 2013.

 

Kyle has flown north to Homer, AK to start boat work for the 2014 season.  With summer right around the corner we wanted to give everyone some updates:

  • This winter we sold our Upper Cook Inlet Drift permit and bought a Bristol Bay Drift permit!  (We've long considered switching to the Bay and decided to make the plunge with permit values approaching each other and the political scene in Cook Inlet getting more and more volatile . . .)
  • We will still be offering some great Small Scales Scrumptious Sockeye Shares, but our distribution and exact product will be a little different this year.  (More details to follow shortly.)
  • On the personal, non-fishy note, our little girl Maggie is almost 1.5 years old and we're expecting another munchkin due end of September.  Rita is happily living with a new non-kid family, Dakota passed away last summer and Sassy is going strong.
As always, thank you to all of our great customers.  We love hearing from all of you about how much you're loving your salmon!!

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