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October 15, 2022 1 min read

Running a fishing lodge in Alaska is challenging. Running a fishing lodge in Alaska during the pandemic is more so. Catching COVID and surviving in the process...well that makes for a good conversation. I sit down with my good friend Patricia Edel, owner of Blue Fly B&B and dive into the reality of living full time in King Salmon, Alaska. It takes commitment and a strong sense of independence.  And a good sense of humor. 

About Jeff Mishler

Jeff Mishler is a fifth generation Oregonian who's life work is hard to quantify. Father, writer, photographer, television commercial director, environmentalist, video producer/distributor, website manager, hunter, angler and lifelong recreationist who lives a fly-by-the-seat-of-yourpants mantra. If he’s not in his office writing another essay or developing a show concept, he’s chasing mallards and pheasants with his lab Hailey, running his jet sled up a local river to a sweet steelhead run, setting up on a screaming bull elk with bow in hand or conspiring with his small circle of equally affected steelhead bums while downing healthy portions of really good Oregon beer.

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