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 their dream site for a possible trip in 2011.
I jumped at the chance to spend a few days with them chasing rainbows at their special place, and sure am glad that I did. After visiting their small, cozy, and squeaky clean operation, catching rainbows by the dozens, marveling at the gorgeous fall colors and the evening light on the river spread out below, and devouring great food, they didn't have to work too hard to convince me to organize a trip with them.
Each of the days I was at the camp, we took the boats out early in the morning and rigged up to fish for rainbows. Being fall, we had most of our success with bunny and egg imitation flies on floating lines. The river is just the size I like, presenting the opportunity to cast clear to the far bank in many spots. Small braids, beautiful glides, and deep pools emptying into moderately fast runs, makes great habitat for fish. Not many dollies or grayling on this trip, but plenty of bows to keep you casting all day.
This location can only host six people at a time, just the size place I like, and the fishing is all wade and cast¸ something else I really like and that I know many of you like too. A few pictures of the fish and the area accompany this exploratory trip report so you can get an idea of where you'd be staying and fishing.