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Dreaming about the big fish: Charlie Niggler will spend the summer in Alaska working

FRISCO – Charlie Niggler sat casually outside the County Commons Thursday in sandals and shorts and a turned-around baseball cap, waiting for a ride. The 17-year-old was in Frisco getting his motorcycle license renewed, but he won’t get a chance to use it much this summer.

Niggler, a Silverthorne resident and Summit High School junior, will spend the summer working on a fishing boat in Alaska going for salmon.

“I’ve kind of grown up with bikes, riding with my dad and my brother,” he said. “I’ve got an (Honda) R400. It’s fun.”



But trading in dirt for open sea doesn’t bother him much. Fishing is a passion. A friend – the captain of a boat – got him the job. He’ll be manning a net on the small trawler out of Cordova, Alaska. And he hopes to have some spare time to put his new fly rod to use.

“I love it,” Niggler said. “It’ll be hard work, but I hope to make some money. And I’m taking my mountain bike, too.”



Niggler, who also plays hockey for the school, spent this semester in an internship at Cutthroat Anglers in Silverthorne.

He described the experience as learning all the ins and outs of the business and said he could see himself in a fishing-related career later in life.

He knows many of his peers complain about “nothing to do” or “being bored,” but he doesn’t agree. In addition to bikes and fishing, he enjoys skiing and other outdoor pursuits. Those who don’t take advantage of all the opportunities are missing out, he said.

“I like life here, although I don’t have anything to compare it to,” Niggler said. “I always find stuff to do.”

His only complaints about life in Summit County are the lack of big-venue concerts and diversity.

Niggler said he likes to travel to Denver to see national music acts. The most recent show he caught was OzzFest.

“I won’t see many this summer, but it’s probably worth it,” he said.

As for diversity, Niggler figures he’ll get some exposure to that with his post-graduation plans. Niggler said if he does go to college, he’ll probably travel for a couple years before enrolling. He traveled to Switzerland with the hockey team but said the group spent most of the time in the rink.

“I’d like to see more, travel all across Europe definitely,” he said. “After that, I don’t know. We’ll see about fishing. Or maybe I’ll try to get on a ski patrol. I also wouldn’t mind getting a license to operate heavy machinery.”

Carpentry is another interest. His father is a contractor and last summer, Niggler, his father and brother built their house in Silverthorne.

But as he said, “Only time will tell.”

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.


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