Rods & Wings: A History of the Fishing Lodge Business in Bristol Bay, Alaska

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Rods & Wings, A History of the Fishing Lodge Business in Bristol Bay, Alaska, is a story filled with vision, humor, irony, tragedy, hardship, tremendous courage, and people. This story is especially about people, hardy pioneers who challenged Alaska through the air, on the lakes and rivers, and over the tundra. The first lodge developers came by plane; the materials they needed came later by barge, by air, and across the ice. Nothing was simple. Nothing came easily.

From General Omar Bradley, Dwight Eisenhower, and Adlai Stevensen in the early days to Jack Lemmon, John Elway, and General Norman Scwarzkopf in more recent times, the guests have been as fascinating as the lodge owners themselves. The history of the lodges is about much more than fishing. It is about challenging a formidable wilderness and opening new frontiers. This is an enthralling saga which will capture the attention of readers everywhere.

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Bo Bennett is a former English teacher and elementary school principal turned bush pilot. A graduate of the University of Washington, he has amassed more than 20 years of professional guiding, flying and lodge management experience in North and South America. As a pilot, Bo has logged more than 9000 commercial flight hours in Alaska, Canada, South America and Africa. Since his first hunting and fishing journey to Alaska in 1966, Bo has worked for some of the most famous and infamous characters in the guiding business. Being in the camps nad hearing the great stories over the years, he developed a keen interest in the history of Alaska's fighing lodge industry. Having been a part of the business fo so long, he has both personal knowledge of and a special appreciation for the hardships inherent in its growth.

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"...a zany, hilarious, and sometimes sober look at Alaska's early fishing history...a must for anyone interested in Alaska..." -- Jim Zumbo, Hunting Editor, Outdoor Life

Rods & Wings is a fun, witty, and accurate read of Bristol Bays sport fishing, aviation, and political history. -- Gary Borger

Seeing them for the first time and getting the chance to live them through the eyes of an expert, these insights... makes... a special book. -- Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

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