I had the pleasure of fishing off of the Nushagak in 2009. Great group of guys and was quite an adventure.
We have family from Seattle (originally from Ohio) who used to fish out of Dillingham every year. My dad grew up hearing those stories and always wanted to go but never got the opportunity.
As I was finishing my junior year of school I had a bad break up. I was in the dumps and just going through the motions. My dad surprised me with a one way ticket to Dillingham, I flew up the next week with no actual spot on a boat, and wondered around the shipyard until I found a crew who needed one more person.
Things were simpler up there, and working hard and taking in the natural beauty gave me the perspective on life I needed. Bristol bay will always be with me, and I hope it never changes so people years from now will be able to experience what I had.