Trip Reports 2010 — Trip Reports

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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Terrific Tangle Lakes & the Denali Highway

2010 Arctic Grayling Denali Highway Grayling Tangle Lakes Trip Reports

Grayling, grayling, and more grayling made our annual Denali Highway/Tangle Lakes trip one of our best in years. They were everywhere. They were also voracious. Whether fishing with dry flies or nymphs, everyone caught fish like crazy. They weren't large fish as grayling go; mostly they were in the thirteen to fifteen-inch range, which is still a good fish on a delicate 5-wt fly rod. The first group started off trying streamers in the high water of one of our favorite little streams, but it wasn't until we put a small split shot on, that the fish appeared. A short...

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Orca Lodge Fly Fishing School

2010 Bear Cordova Eyak Lake Gayle Ranney Orca Adventure Lodge Pink Salmon Salmon Spenser Glacier Trip Reports

All of us piled on the Alaska Airlines jet for the short trip to Cordova on the first afternoon of the school. The anticipation was in the air, and everyone was almost too excited to eat the peanuts! The lodge van picked us up right on time and we settled in our rooms well in time for dinner. The school started with a short lesson that evening on fly rods and reels and what we would be fishing for the next four days. Everyone got their gear for the school and headed off to bed. The next day our usual...

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Notorious Nome

2010 Char Dolly Varden Char Nome Nowhere Like Nome Pink Salmon Salmon Trip Reports

Our flight was right on time and our shuttle took us for the 75 mile ride along the spectacularly scenic road to Council where Tom met us on the river for the ride to the camp. Along the way we had seen musk ox, fox, and lots of fat ground squirrels. BJ was waiting for us at the camp with lunch already on the table. We were fed, wadered, and out the door before you could blink an eye. We knew that the big grayling were just waiting for us in the champagne-clear water right below the lodge The first...

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