Today marks the end our 2017 fishing season.
Another great year, with friends coming back to fish with us week after week.
On one of our last days, we celebrated the birthdays of Gene and Connor, as well as the life of a guest and friend who has been coming to Bear Claw since we began, Alfred Bond.
Alf had a passion for Steelhead fishing, and on his bucket list, was to land a 40″ Steelhead on the fly. A few years ago, we were all fortunate enough to help check the 40″er off of Alf’s bucket list.
He toasted the table that night, with us thinking he was getting sentimental as he paused for over a minute during his toast about this accolade, we all got a little choked up as well. In true Alf form, he raised his head, blinked, and said “I’ve forgotten what I was going to say”. Alf always brought laughs to the lodge, his presence was always delightful, and that character will be dearly missed.
We feel fortunate to have guests that continue to come back until they are 90 years of age, we are fortunate to have known such an incredible man as Alf, and we feel fortunate, toasting the end of our season with a nice whiskey in our glass around the fire to Alfred Bond.
Here’s to you Alf!