Trip Reports 2011 — Grayling

Reel Wilderness Adventures, Wood-Tikchik State Park

2011 arctic Char Arctic Grayling Bear Dolly Varden Char Grayling pike rainbow rainbow trout Reel Wilderness Sockeye Sockeye Salmon Tikchik State Park trout

A wolf howl, an owl hoot, a loon call, and the squawk of the sand hill cranes all broke the silence of the night, and our Reel Wilderness trip this year became extraordinary wildlife experience. Even though it was hard to sleep with all that racket going on, the fact that we could just snuggle down in our comfy weatherports and listen to it all was an unparalleled delight. This definitely is a “real” wild trip. Accessible only by float plane, this wonderful camp with its yurt main lodge is a hidden gem in the vast distances of the largest...

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There's No Place Like Nome

2011 Arctic Grayling Grayling Niukluk River Nome Northwest Adventures Camp Nowhere Like Nome Ophir Creek

Notable Nome was waiting for us with our shuttle to the Northwest Adventures Camp standing by. Tom and Hunter had the boats ready to go when we reached the settlement of Council and we headed straight to camp. It had been raining for 3-weeks straight, and the water was high and pretty dirty, but we had high hopes for clearer days. The Niukluk River usually goes down quickly after a storm so we kept our fingers crossed. After a quick lunch we headed out to see if the Arctic grayling would welcome us in spite of the poor conditions. We...

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Lake Clark Sojourn

2011 grayling Kvichak River Lake Iliamna national parks salmon Sockeye Tanalian River

Beautiful Lake Clark National Park was just waiting for us as we traversed the magnificent, glacier-studded Lake Clark Pass on our flight from Anchorage to the Farm Lodge in Port Alsworth, AK. The weather was cloudy and rainy, but the mountains and the lakes were visible through the fog and the small runway rose up to meet us for a smooth landing. We were out of the plane in no time, and had eaten the sack lunch that awaited us in our cabins and donned our waders in record time. One of the staff of the lodge took us by...

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