Trip Reports 2010

A Dream Coming True

2010 Bristol Bay Rainbows

I'm always on the lookout for new fly fishing destinations for my clients, and this year, I've been lucky enough to come across a super one. It's the result of a dream by two friends of their own special place on a river they love in Bristol Bay and eventually turning it into a small fishing lodge. Mostly, they and their families and friends go there to fish through the summer and fall, and they have now begun taking fishing clients from time to time. This spring they contacted me to see if I would be interested in checking out...

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Cordova Silver Salmon

2010 Childs Glacier Copper River Cordova Eyak River Gayle Ranney Miles Glacier Pink Salmon Prince William Sound

The Eyak River near Cordova provided our first and last stops of the trip this year, and the silvers were definitely "in." They proved to be more cooperative early in the trip before we had had a couple of days of splendid, completely unusual, bright, sunny, hot weather. Some were bright as a dime fish just in from the ocean, and some were darker fish that had been in the water for a while. Typically, the bright fish proved to be the more aggressive and acrobatic, but we also caught some big, bucks that were decidedly reddish in color but...

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Ahhh, Wilderness—Reel Wilderness Adventures

2010 Agulapak River arctic Char Czech Nymph Dillingham Grayling Moose Rainbows Reel Wilderness Adventures Wood-Tikchik State Park

Except for the rain the first two days, we couldn't have asked for a better trip than this year's sojourn to Reel Wilderness Adventures in Wood-Tikchik State Park, the larges state park in the U.S. We took an early morning flight to Dillingham, Alaska, and from there a float plane took us out to the camp. By afternoon we were all geared-up and headed out to the world famous Agulapak River for some serious rainbow trout fishing. Fishing with twelve-foot leaders, a strike indicator, and two tiny plastic beads meant to represent salmon eggs, is no walk in the park....

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Nenana Grayling

2010 Arctic Grayling denali Denali Highway Denali National Park Grayling Mount McKinley Nenana River Trip Reports

Nenana Grayling

This much anticipated trip to a seldom fished spring creek in interior Alaska proved to be an unexpected disappointment. We were too late, and the grayling had already headed down stream into the main Nenana river, moving toward their wintering grounds. We had loaded up the boat and taken the short ride from the town of Nenana to the creek and the comfortable little cabin that awaited the six of us. By the time we were settled, it was getting too dark to see the trail clearly and we decided to wait until morning to fish. The morning was gloriously...

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Single Day Fishing - Montana Creek & Hope

2010 Hope Montana Creek Pink Salmon Resurection Creek Single Day fishing Susitna River Trip Reports

Montana Creek The pink salmon were in Montana Creek in droves when the first group arrived, but the water was very high and murky, which made for some tough fishing. From time to time the water seemed to clear a bit, and, if the light was good, we could still make out the fish by looking for the white bellies they always develop as they head upstream to spawn. Otherwise, they were just dark spots in dark water. There were also some chum salmon entering the river, and they were larger, and somewhat easier to see, so we had two...

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