Trip Reports 2012

Cordova Silver Salmon Spectacular

2012 bear Copper River Cordova salmon Sheridan Glacier Silver Salmon Silver Salmon Spectacular Silvers

This year’s trip to Cordova saw folks from NY and CT making their first trip to Alaska and having their first opportunity to fish for Pacific Salmon with us. Having fished some of the famous rivers in the East, they were more than ready to try out the water and the fish on the other side of the country. We got right to it on the first day of our trip by flying out into gorgeous Prince William Sound for a landing on a wilderness beach right beside a lovely little creek where we quickly strung up our rods and...

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All Rainbows/All Fun - Again!

All Rainbows All The Time bows Copper on the Fly moose rainbow rainbow trout The Little Copper River trout

Lots of nice bows, lots of weather, and lots and lots of fun again this year at Copper on the Fly. What a great little place! Just my favorite type of small lodge with lots of personal attention, wonderful food, a cozy cabin, and super-dooper fishing. We arrived on Iliamna Air Taxi at the pick-up location on the lake just a short ride from the lodge and the boat was right there to pick us up. It didn’t take long to gobble lunch and head to the water. The river was fairly high, as was every river in the State...

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Single Day Fly Fishing–-Hope and Montana Creek

2012 chum salmon Hope Montana Creek salmon Silver Salmon Single Day Fishing

Our three days of fishing for pink and silver salmon at Hope, AK and three days of fishing for pinks, and chum, and silver salmon at Montana Creek were all great fun. Several different folks each day tried their hand at learning how to cast a fly rod on moving water and how to hook a salmon in the process. Not all the casts were perfect, and certainly not all of them resulted in a fish to the bank, but it was definitely a hoot to help everyone give it a try. There’s a lot to learn when one is...

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Denali Highway Delight

2012 Arctic Grayling Denali Highway grayling

The Denali Highway definitely lived up to its reputation again this year, with fifty and sixty-fish days, lots of wildlife, new techniques to learn, and, for some, a brand-new fish to fall in love with. The Arctic grayling did it again. By the end of the trip they had become the anglers’ favorite fish on nymphs and dry flies. We started out the trip as we usually do at a beautiful creek about a third of the way across the highway. It had been raining a lot (just like everywhere else in Alaska, it seems), so the water was high...

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Women's Flyfishing's Annual Fly Fishing School, Orca Lodge, Cordova

2012 cordova Fly Fishing School humpies Orca Adventure Lodge Sheep Creek

Like always, the first day of the school was dedicated to learning about fly fishing gear & equipment, the basics of fly casting, and then actually practicing casting, mending, and line control on the water. Little "humpy creek" was pretty devoid of humpies this year as the run of pink salmon was just beginning to arrive, so we headed back to the lodge for our leader construction and knot tying lessons. It didn't take long for everyone to master the nail knot, the blood knot, the triple surgeons, and the improved clinch knot as well as the principles of leader...

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