For many of us, the idea of growing up on an Alaska river is the stuff dreams are made of. In Camille Egdorf's case, it is the stuff she is made of. Camille grew up splitting time between Montana and Alaska, spending summers on the shores of the Nushagak River, some 180 miles north of where the Nushagak dumps into Bristol Bay. As one would expect, Camille has grown up to be an accomplished angler, is a well respected name in the industry and pro staff for Allen Fly Fishing.
In 2012, Camille spent over 100 hours documenting camp life at her parents' -- Dave and Kim Egdorf -- camp on the Nushagak River. The result is a relatively brief but intimate, entertaining and incredibly well crafted look at a season-in-the-life of the Egdorfs and their guests.
The second half of Camille's 21-minute film spends a few minutes addressing the looming issue of the soon-to-be proposed Pebble Mine, a massive copper, gold and molybdenum mine that commercial, recreational and subsistence fisherman alike say poses a grave and serious threat to the entire Bristol Bay watershed. The EPA recently released an updated draft of their risk assessment of mining in the Bristol Bay region, in which they indicate that -- even without any accidents or failures -- Pebble Mine would destroy almost 30 miles of pristine salmon streams and almost 5,000 acres of wetland habitat. The EPA is currently accepting comments from the public on whether or not mining should take place in the Bristol Bay region.
Make sure to check out Camille's video below, but prepare to turn green with envy. For more information on the Egdorf's camp, visit Western Alaska Fly Sport Fishing.