pickin biggins,dryin for another day hey ,hey
Wow, couple lines on Matsiman. And I have 2 buyers show up. Looks like price will be goin up for the weekend. Good for my pickers, not so good for me. Oh well, see who wants those two baskets a day! Let the Good times roll.
I am glad I am set up to dry. Watch the price drop to 6 this weekend...lol
hello from kelowna bc any buyers coming to this area?
The snow is down to 2,100' here but there are morels in the valley. YUM
Hi PJR, Same thing still but I guess there are different types of Morels that go for more so that accounts for some of the pricing craziness. I have heard from a few pickers that pricing is anything from 10-18 but none of it is confirmed pricing.... I do know that the orchard Morels are going for the lowest.
Any buyers open in the Cranbrook area? Where do I find you?
Your right about pricing, for sure. If I can get the pickers 9-10 bucks I will. And it probably will be one of the highest prices this season. (with huge fires last year). Some pickers have better luck searching for natural's this time of year rather then fire morels. Last I asked Carla, prices in the states were all over the board. What are they like now? Im tryin up here, were open. 10$lb in Lytton
I agree with Carla PJR,that's a lousy price for a crop that's just beginning.I think the Joe's better be careful,the crop thier hoping for might just dry up and blow away.
Hi PJR, That sounds like a drier price to me unless there is a huge volume. If you guys all dry your morels til u get a better fresh price you will be doing the whole community a favor.
burn morels? prj
Prices went from 4-6-8 today in Lytton, might go to 9 or 10 tomorrow I hope!! Full buckets everyone!! Buyer open in Lytton, bring your naturals. Quality gets the best price.
wheres fast freddy at
hey Garf , long time no hear !! you know them morels they love a little soil disturbance and certain bark mulch.... they should be up your way pretty soooon now ! they travel fast them little buggers !!! full buckets to ya !
funny looking spot for those Sam .... nice find ... been out for a walk or two ..... still punching out fence rails ..... ger
Only if it's warm and dose not become overly "HOT," and to much rain are they well grow to fast to Fast.
pop! pop! pop! pop! pop! There's going to be some great picking soon!!
thx. to all and specialy Andy for keeping this site alive !! learned a lot here.... "A" I'll make sure I always have spare set of batteries :) might go for round 3 low elevation next weekend , rain here for next couple days ,warm nights . gonna have to go and check for esculentas soooon ! full buckets !!
Nice pictures Sam.We're still about two weeks away in the interior.After veiwing your photo's I really have the fever!!! :-)
Sam sam Im you got the eye and did the right thing by turning around. full buckets to and keep them photo's coming.
Hi Sam in BBY, I saw your name in this board two year ago around this time that was when I first time knew this site. Thank you for the information and those pictures that you put them in, please keep doing these things for the other and new morel pickers . You are a good man. GBY.
Anyone picking in California? What are they payin for first grade morels?
You da man SAM....... cool
Evening all !! just a quick report on BC. s. coast coming back from a camp / fish weekend today thought I'd spotted something stickin out of the grass upslope as I was driving by , was debating if I should turn around ..... ? glad I did !! here's what I saw & found LOL http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z96/samder007/DSCN3927.jpg then I got a bit closer http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z96/samder007/DSCN3929.jpg then I came up to this http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z96/samder007/DSCN3932.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z96/samder007/DSCN3936.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z96/samder007/DSCN3938.jpg http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z96/samder007/DSCN3937.jpg here's the haul http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z96/samder007/DSCN3939.jpg full buckets everyone !!
I have morels for sale retail or wholsale. What is a fair price. How are they graded.
PJR, At the moment prices are all over the board. There is very little coming in from each picker at the moment. I still have not heard of anyone having over that 12 pounds I was talking about last week.
horace Sheffield; We were getting blacks on the east side a week ago along notelum creek, what day was the report you saw filed?
lone lobo....a guy on chris matherle's site found 40 at 3000 ft west of yakima....maybe don't have to drive so far
lone lobo....a guy on chris matherle's site found 40 at 3000 ft west of yakima....maybe don't have to drive so far
Any word on prices for morels this season. Pacific rim mushrooms is selling for 36.00lb fresh and 109.00lb dry. How will the prices go? I heard 3-4 a pound
I found a hand full of big six inch cap blond morels along the road today here in Tacoma
Phantom writer: I learned to spell in college--you should let me proofread your piece next time! Everyone knows us on the circuit. Heck, I've even been around longer than Carla. I scout. When it's worth it I pick. It hasn't been worth it to pick yet. Carla knows I'm doing you a favor by telling you instead of letting you piss all your money away running around and then being broke when something DOES happen.
There is a health warning for mushroom pickers in the latest issue of Wild Mushroom Hotline: http://members.tripod.com/tgmy Keep an eye on the news. We are far more exposedto tis than the ordinary citizen.
As I set here and read this board, it came to me that every one here has the 'M4OR' and F1B* sickness. I ones read this on last years recycle news stand. It was given to this New Web page that comes from a Underground News Forum for all Research and The BBC News to report on the Sickness that has be growing ever Spring. They Suggested to inform you the picker's that Morel fever is the "number 2" on the all time spring sickness report and right behind the #1 matisi fever report. There is no-know provender that would help you with this sickness........Flash a new report has be found are reported...............,......... stay tone for next week's forum this new report.......form more info go to http://email@example.com
horace Sheffield; funny, i covered basically the same area last week with the same type of results...
i thought that might be crap thanks tinker any body check the Litton fires
went to some burns from highway 2 east of the crest, up through the methow, the big Omak burn, then all the way down east of mt. adams, then along the gorge....found about 40 after 1100miles...4 big blisters on my feet.....damn this sickness....lots of mushrooms but no morels except in the south....is there an order of burn shrooms? i saw the orangey cups, big brown cups,dark brown cups like tree ears, and about 5 other shrooms in most of the burns....but a few blacks and very few of the more delicate greyish ones....
Jay,I find that hard to believe.I checked out the Prichard fire on Sunday and there's nothing,not even any burn cups.I think we're at least two weeks away yet.
100lb out of terrace mnt fire thats what i heard. ture or not?
Western Larch in the Blue Mts. of NE Oregon are the best indicator when hunting morels.Once needles reach 3/4 inch length ground in that area has warmed enough for flush. I use this indicator exclusively to adjust elevation and slope aspect.
What mushrooms or other things are being picked in Washington and Oregon right now? Anyone know some prices? Thanks
Good for you phantom writer tell it like it is I'm from old school too keep the faith Y.J happy 420
Hi Shogun. I think what he meant was more along the lines a complaint about the fact that the area in question has now been trampled and the babies were stepped on, so now no one can get anything good from there :-(
Well out and about and not much luck. I will pay 8 dollars a pound for decent Morels and will buy in larger amounts up to 100 pounds for now. Sonicstv21@msn.com
Just a few thoughts formulated as I lurk & snoop. I don't post very often and usually during the Matsutake Mushroom season because that is the mushroom that interests us here the most. I think that it is a nice when we help each other. So what if someone shares information on a burn that may help a vacationing girl find a few fire morels. Possibly it was already being trampled by the ""commercial-pickers-in-denial"" as was mentioned in another posting and they are just jealous that people who actually pay for the right to pick the morels are getting the mushrooms before the ""commercial-pickers-in-denial"" can steal them.
Carla :>) you are the Lady and I know what's going on so "picking his noes" is only picking for people's info. I have look at some of the time's he has been posting and writing and if he was out there picking he is not doing so well but is he a he or is he a she with a M&M for a name. What ever are whom ever this is has no real nose to how the morel's are doing. Just think he called me a "Whiner" hmmmmm big words are is that Winner and to think that A" was not even around to stick up for himself. I have to take off my hat to him now the real new Bee's well know where to go. By the way friend you talk big and you seam to know more about picking so why are you posting?, Back when I was out hunting shrooms long before you and back then they payed one price and no grade for them tell the picker's started to come end with old Junk and dirt shrooms we back then took great care of what we picked and sold. so don't call yourself a Picker.!
Hi, I'm looking for who's buying salal. More info! Call me at 360-229-8688 thanks.
I like Carla but gotta disagree. Friday scouted burns and whites. Virtually nothing. Also, the retard who blabbed about Williams Creek fire ruined it. It's getting so heavily trampled it'll be lucky if 100 pounds come out of it. Don't send people to fires that are not producing--it wastes fuel and further reduces the supply. My wife Deb sez: "If you offer yourself as a victim you're going to BE a victim." Here's a bit of wisdom from 15+ years of full-time picking: If you're not making money after you subtract the number of miles you drove X 50 cents from what you made--you're NOT making money. The days of buying an old junker, getting no registration or insurance, and walking away from it when it dies are gone. The mushroom companies haven't caught onto that fact yet (or don't want to) as evidenced by that ridiculous $6 opener price!
As far as I know there is no "hot spot" yet. Some guys are making a 100 one day and 15 the next and some are actually making a steady 50 or so each day... They are still very sporadic in this area. No one is getting rich yet... Darn it!
Picking- The only thing I see you doing is "picking" on others. :-(
not really picking much, yet, only about two baskets last week after driving 800 miles. So, Phantom Whiner, A', or whomever, you think the west side in Oregon and Washington doesn't produce? Yet, you have proclaimed yourself an authority on mushrooms. It is nice that you find morels on the east side of the Cascades in the american larch. It is very nice that you want the people on the west side of Washington to go the the east side to pick around you. Do you get paid to be a sock puppet for the gas and oil industry? lol. How many morels did you get last week? For those that want to collect enough to sell, save your gas money for another week or so. If you are doing "research" and just like to drive, spend money for gas and create more carbon in the atmosphere, be sure to spend all week on the road. When you have "discovered" something through your "research" that has yet to be published, be sure to publish it here first so your ideas can enter the public domain and be proven by college students to earn their degrees and further the reputation of their professors.
Picking what your nose lol. He could be right on the two week's but I never take to word of other's, I go out and look myself Because I have been it this to long. To you new Picker's,You would do much better to read the board an take some of what they say with a gran of salt for most people well lead you the wrong way. If you know what Tamarack is then watch for the bloom of needles on the branches and snow lilies and if your on the west side of the state's your not looking in the right place's. You need to look where it Very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Oregon, Has had a lot of fires last year but two years ago some fire's never put on dew to dry winter, if you know of one or two you just may do so good. most people well not go back to them. so for you Newbe's good luck and happy hunten. "Phantom"
Picker j, don't worry about finding a burn, just burn one and stay home until the morels pop in about two weeks.
It is amusing that people can count their morels. I just count baskets.
After a few days of sunshine, we are getting some rain here on the Coast :-)
picker J ,try a burn
Everyone rush to the same spot now!!! I found four mushrooms and five mushroom camps. It looks like a homeless encampment complete with three-wheelers and motorcycles for the license-impaired. It's ok if I tell you because it is a place that I have known about for about 40 years and I never saw any mushroom scouts there until 1995.... and it would seem that some have "published" the location in the past. Can't get over the pass yet but I am sure that the other pickers are starting up from the lower side on the next fire. Don't know if any other areas nearby will be open - they are closed now. Sutherlin price was $14 on Wednesday, Eugene price $15 on Wednesday. So, Seattle FUNgirl, just go to the east side of Mount Adams or Mount St. Helens and pick a few naturals. They should be at about 2500 feet and lower. You should have more fun (less pickers, less miles) and you will probably get more mushrooms (less pickers - that Oregon site was posted on the net you know).
I live in Victoria bc. I have picked and run salal business. New move to Victoria and am looking for a salal buyer? Can anyone help or steer me in the right direction? Any help appreciated! Thanks Wayne e-mail- firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey Dano if you have internet access in there phone me with your patch info since you won't be pickin this season. ( I could send u a file in a cake) :)
Hi all, Just back from a road trip to Virginia to pick morels. # of us picked a total of 225 black morels, 3 dozen greys and a dozen or so small blondes. Now only if I could get that luck here in Pittsburgh I would have a great start to a year. Hoping that next week here in Pittbsurgh the blacks/ and the other morels will start popping! Woohoooo! duncan
evening all ! out this past weekend back in the bark patch ..... :) found about 4 dozens of various sizes : http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z96/samder007/DSCN3925.jpg some babies were still comin up ... might go check again next weekend ...couple more weeks and I'm going to start lookin at topos :) full buckets everyones !!
seattleFUNGIrl; I picked a 1995 burnsite along highway 138 between Roseburg and Diamond Lake OREGON in 1996. For the first two weeks of April I had the burn to myself to research how fire morels grow with no one else staying, several commercial company scouts came by but were not finding morels. After two weeks the cat was out of the proverbial bag and I left the site and went elsewhere to research other areas. That particular site had a band of open-for-picking land between the Boulder Creek Wilderness and highway 138. Since then I have published how I had the site to myself and thus this year there have been numerous commercial scouts checking the current site (for the past month or more) it is known as the Williams Creek burn from 2009, it is several miles down river from the 1995 and 2008 burns and just below Steamboat. ………. I purchased my 1996 permit at the Tokatee Ranger Station but you could also get one in Roseburg or possibly a free-use permit. I always purchase a commercial permit because we cannot legally give mushrooms away that are plucked on a free permit. I give much of my findings away to older folks who no longer can get out and forage and thus I am required to purchase one. ……… I do not feel bad sharing info on this burn because before my published research on the 1995 burn, most foragers did not believe that burns there would produce so early. Many of my friends will never purchase a permit unless forced by circumstance; I respect their right to choose. ………. Last year a Sheriff pickup parked behind me with ‘party lights’ on when I stopped to do some research in a burnsite along highway 138 a few miles upstream from the location of the Williams Creek burn. Two men got out checking and seeing why I had stopped, I had a $100.00 annual mushroom permit for the area on me. I was told that they had issued numerous tickets to unlawful foragers. ….. The advantage of the Williams Creek burnsite is that it is predominately of Southern Exposure, which makes for early fire morels mostly above the shadow line in that canyon. ……. I do not recommend doing like many of the commercial-pickers-in-denial do by obtaining a free-use permit and then over picking and selling. I have often read their postings on an Oregon discussion board where they brag about how many morels they pick and sell yet they TRASH the “commercial pickers”, they will loudly proclaim that they are NOT commercial pickers. If I were current law enforcement I would let all people [except those hypocrites who deny what they are because they wish to LORD it over those who admit that they are picking to sell or legally give away] pick as many mushrooms as they desire with no permit required. GOOD LUCK
Hi all, I Have next week off, so I want to go camping and mushroom hunting. I think that this early I should head to Oregon, but where? Any thoughts as to what part of the state, and what elevation? I saw morels at an asian grocery store in Seattle this weekend. They said Washington, but who knows. They were $45/lb, wrapped in plastic, and full of bugs. At that price, I would be happy with finding a dozen. thanks--seattleFUNGIrl
I never get to travel... kids and dogs keep my rear end here in Coos County... ;-)
Carla; I still have not gotten down your way & who knows it may be more years... lol
Hi Lobo, Trent usually has a buyer around there too. It will not be me though.... sigh ;-)
Howdy all, Was walking through the Pike Place market in Seattle today and one of the produce stands had fresh morels. It was a mixture of blondes and grays, when I asked I was told that they came from Oregon and that they thought they were cultivated. Sure didn't look like any cultivated morels that I've ever seen. They didn't have a price listed and I didn't ask. Curioser, and curioser says Alice. Daddy
What happened to LARRY and all the other buyers that used to buy in Keno? Larry often was set up long before there was any morel volume.
Bramblerambler: Give Scott a call at 541 850-6194. He's typically the only buyer in the Keno area.
Haaa ... weekend , finally. back for more bark morels tomorrow , we've had rain on & off throughtout the week we'll see what happens :) full buckets !
I still haven't heard of anyone getting over 12 pounds in a single day yet .... So they r starting out slowly but hopefully will boom soon :-)
Well found my first Morels today basicly at sea level and not too many. Was a bit weird seeing verpa's and Morels growing together. Buddy found largest one at about 3.5 inches. So the Portland season has started!
Nobody pickin? Or everybody pickin? Soooooooo quiet.
I can work out a brokerage deal with anyone that gives me restaurant sales contacts for 20% of gross invoice sales. I can deliver all over the US, I also have an Airline account If anyone needs to move product. Looking to network. interested email:email@example.com
that was last night ( typing faster than my 2 fingers allow me) lol
hey Boletus Joe just wondering if you got my email last , not sure if it was delivered cheers.
You guys know of any buyers that regularly set up in the Keno area? I'm gonna be there the first week of may, and was hoping to kick some stumps....
I thought ramps were fiddleheads-thx sam,glad to learn something new....'A'-thanks for the Trout Lake info- I used to go to that area a lot @ 12 years ago before I left Washington - I will gladly stop by and give some morels to your friend.... At least all this cold weather is dropping precip on the dry side of the Cascades...maybe not much of an early year but looks like it could be a productive one
'A', .... there is already one report from Yakima of morel finding, but it does not say where... http://www.morelhunters.com./
To those of you that are asking and talking about Easter Washington Morels I would like to put a dime in of my own. As fare as I can see and I do mean "see"!. there is still snow up above 2800ft and nights the temps drop into med 20s' and low 30's. I keep in touch with friends that live up there. I have never seen morels before the 19th of April and no later then the 23th. I as well was hoping for a early season but the snow blower from the west stop in and drop one to two feet of new snow at 3,000 ft and it has not warm up like it has been two weeks before the snow blower came in and dump. I do fill that any morels that may have started up well be safe under the snow and I have aways seen single morels pop up one to two weeks first before the main crop pop's. if you need to know what's going on in trout like like road reports are weather call the Mt Adams Forest Service and ask for ext- 3430, are Lady Driver and just tell her I sent you and she well help you out. she is the only person there that I have known for many years and would be happy to help you and let me just say this, I would trust her with my life. I would also ask you to (if you can) stop in and drop her a lb are two of morels and then you well have a friend for life also say hi for me..........A"
hmmm morels with ramps .... man I wish they grew out here . btw BBY stands for: Burnaby BC. south coast. rain forecast for the next few ... the underbrush is really starting to appear but still no verpas .... was up around 4000 ft. x - country skiing last week end , still 10 ft. of snow to melt , just an average spring with an over average urge to get out . full buckets
Ha Duncan BJ is right you get that fat ass of your back out here you get that are do I have to spell it out for and show you the way. By the way it's going to get cold again out this week, ice pop morels anyone how about you duncan of da burgh :>)
hey timberwolf, I too travel over the cascades to find the natural morels, I think with this late snow, it should be close to a normal spring. I go the last weekend in april, and sometimes only find a few, but I can't wait any longer than that. I pick some verpa in april while I'm waiting. I just drove throught the blue mountains on the 29th and there was snow, but the forest looked great for morels, never picked there though. I just hope the late snow helps rather than hurts the morels, will be interesting to see, good luck !
Hello Duncan.... One thing you better do, is get your ass out west. That's all I will say.... Sam in Bby, could you drop me an eMail? " boletus at (BC phone company) dot net" Would like to have a chat with you...... Thanks
Ramps are like a wild leek/onion/ not as strong as wild garlic little bulb with like 3 blades that are above the ground. They are all over michigan and all over the place. On a different note i went out to check some of my spots for morels here and found 2 snow bank morels ie false morels on Saturday here in Pittsburgh Pa. Temp has been unusally warm some days in the mid 80's now if we can get some warm rain they should pop like mad here. Also want to send a shout out to King morel, q pines, A, Boletus joe and all the others who know me. Good luck with the picking! Duncan in da burgh :-)
where's BBY?....and are ramps in the East the same as our lady ferns?..been picking and eating a lot lately
Lone Lobo- I have been picking for fun and food, a little now and then for cash- I did catering for many years and still do special events a few times a year for friends and clients- I have several chef friends in Sedona, Flagstaff, Scottsdale, Tucson..... I have been picking in AZ the past 10 years (except the 3 years there was no "monsoon" season....I thought after WA state it would be boring in Az, but the San Fran peaks, the Whites, and a few other places gave me some of the best picking experiences ever....last year was the first time I actually tried to do a season for money, logged lots of miles all over Colorado, NM, and Utah, but it was a really dry summer...I did find about 150 lbs. of chanterelles in the Whites early in the summer before I thought they would ever be out...I have heard that there are banner years in the Whites for morels... I value your time and miles and sure you have lots of amazing memories...I have been mapping all the burns from last year in Wa and am ready to get out there....Have you picked Mt. Adams area? I know the Entiat, Wenatchee, Fish Lake areas a bit for morel picking just for home use...had some 40 -50 lb. days in the Icicle Creek areas in the 90's
What the hell is a Ramps, I know what a wheel chair is but never in my life have seen anything growing from the ground or a bush and or tree that would use a Ramps, must be a old forks home and your taking from.....Hmmm 1,000 lbs a week@#&*%###. I have been looking for mattie and that Dick guy, ho did you steal them ramps from that dick guy and mattie.
Hi everyone! I live in western washington and go to the south east to pick timber morels. I was wondering if anyone has an idea if they have started to pop yet with this weird weather it is hard to say.
Haaa ... finally got something to post , the great 2010 morel mania is on... for landscape morels anyway. spotted these driving down the highway yesterday :) vision still good I guess LOL http://i194.photobucket.com/albums/z96/samder007/DSCN3923.jpg cheers , full buckets everyones !!
horace Sheffield; For several years I researched and developed my own niche for selling wild mushrooms all over the Western States, stores, restaurants & farmers markets. One year I drove more than 100,000 mushroom miles of picking, buying & selling, low mileage years were in the 40,000 mile range. I researched hundreds of burn sites and compiled thousands of mushroom photographs. I eventually burned-out, as I have grown tired of it my focus has been moving back to where it had been previously.
lone lobo-thanks for the info and the open mind- I have recently moved back to WA, but have lots of chefs and restaurants back in Az that I could sell 150 to 200 lbs. to - I plan to pick a lot when the spring warms up, but am in the market for buying enough to make sure I go down with at least a hundred lbs.....and certainly willing to buy at a better price than the highway buyers- please keep in touch- I need to go down for other business too so am definitely going when I can get some quantity....
Hello, I'm harvesting Ramps, looking for buyers who want large quantitys. I harvest about 1000 pounds a week, if interested contact me we can talk further. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Egg's to you too Carla. and happy day's to all.
Happy Easter :-)
Hey all been a long time..... hope this finds everyone in good health and ready for the morel season.... felt it was just around the corner here but being a matsu picker mostly i will lean on the knowledge of others and scouting to figure out when to get at it hard.... its turned very cold and wet here in the last week or so and the snow level is right down again.... had lots of fire action here last year so i'm hopeful as i have picked in burn areas here before so i know they can produce..... as for now ,,, back to the wood pile... and splitting fence rails.... ger
Halloooo, I'm having a hard time on figuring out where in bc to pick this year... Any thoughts folks?
A; both of those links I placed on your 'bull board' work for me, must be your computer. ....here is another "morel arsenic poisoning site", I shall place it and another one in the thread on the Matsiman message Board & Forum. http://www.fungimag.com/winter-08-articles/Rev_Medicinal.pdf
Lobo, the weather well be ok for the weekend and it did snow here as well a foot or so.......I have left the room.......................or did I
We had huge Hail here about an hour ago now it is sunny out.... lol
August; It is snowing up here with large flakes but melting as it hits. I know of someone planning to haul her household goods over White Pass this weekend... not a good idea in my opinion.
Lone lobo, How is the snow or have you left the room. It's snowing really hard in the passes and at times you can't see your snow shrooms and you end up walking bt them.
horace Sheffield; I am currently in OMAK and the temp this morning was 23 F if memory serves me correctly. The SoCal morels have backed off in production, the burnsite near Globe was still under snow the last time I was there as was the big one near Big Bear.
lone lobo-dang!! I have heard rumors of morels in AZ in the lower elevations, but my experience is multiple areas and environments from @ 4800 FT. and higher....I have found yellows that weighed 12 ounces, and heard that they get even bigger.....good going Yuma Jose...thanks for the info-I am in Wa state now, and heard that the spots around 5000 ft. in AZ haven't gone off this year due to the cold.....I know several on private property that produce these giant yellows
Wow, Are there really no Morels yet? The most I have heard of anyone having so far is 8.6 pounds.
horace Sheffield; I was invited to the location where those morels were being harvested. For those of you who know 'Yuma Jose', he picked and sold 100 lbs the day I arrived, I have never seen or heard of landscaping morels that would keep hundreds of pickers busy that way. .... being as it was not my 'sand box' and because I was invited to the party by one of the numerous buyers in the area, I do not feel comfortable in sharing information he shared with me. .... Suffice to say that it is not landscaping or in any town or city .... .... .... Carla, good to see you are still alive after such a harrowing bare-foot trip. .... .... .... Boletus Joe, I 'picked the nets' one summer in the Cook Inlet on commercial 32 foot drift boats. I even got a photo one day of a Killer Whale going through the net as it took a salmon each time. Fresh morels, asparagus, and other goodies, with fresh salmon each spring baked in a Reynolds baking bag is hard to beat.