Enjoy a look at life on the Salmon River from the viewpoint of Mary Jane's father, Al Tice. See where she learned how to be an excellent host, showman, herd boss and how to navigate the trails along the "River of No Return."
Excerpt from Outdoor Idaho's website article "Some People We Profiled in Our 30th Anniversary Celebration." See the full article at idahoptv.org.
Outfitter and pilot Al Tice knew the Salmon River country like few others. The Mackay Bar Lodge, on the Salmon River, was a favorite of hunters and anglers alike. A month before his death, Al Tice talked with us about his life at Mackay Bar.
"I made a special effort to take good care of people," said Tice. "The customers would fly in from McCall to Mackay Bar, and then we would take them from there on a trip whatever they wanted, whether a boat trip on the river or a fishing trip up the streams or pack into the lakes."
Tice was the first one to have a jet boat on the Salmon. "I was looking through a mechanics magazine, and I spotted this little jet boat that they had over in Australia. I wrote those people about it and talked them into bringing one of those jets out to try it on the Salmon River. We built our own boats around it. I got the dealership for that jet boat. That was the first jet boat that ever came into this country. It was quite an experience, but then pretty soon everybody had one."
Tice and his family made home movies, complete with narration and music, that captured a way of life that can still make you smile. "Guys said, don't you want to catch another steelhead? I said, well, I've caught a little more than my share. How about shooting elk? I said, well, I've got plenty of elk in my life, plenty of deer. This is the truth, you know."
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