Trip Reports 2016

Silver Salmon Spectacular

2016 Orca Adventure Lodge Silver Salmon Spectacular

Once again the beautiful Prince William Sound and the town of Cordova made us welcome to enjoy the amazing phenomena of the returning silver salmon with our fly rods.  The team from Orca Adventure Lodge was ready and able to head out with us to put some fish in the box bright and early the first morning, and so were we.  We headed out to one of our favorite locations in the Sound because the weather was gorgeous and the tide was good for engineering a comfortable entrance to the river. We headed up the beach as soon as we...

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All Rainbows All the Time

2016 All Rainbows All The Time Copper On The Fly Lodge

Copper on the Fly ( rainbow fishing was absolutely spectacular this fall. I think that is to make up for our difficult trip last year. We had a full house, and everyone caught lots and lots of fish every day. Many beautiful bows in the 20-24-inch category were caught all up and down the river. It was obvious that some of the sockeye we’d been fishing for on our July trip had arrived late as they were still spawning, making for egg-fishing of the first order! Every day we piled in the boats and headed up the river, which was...

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Another Adventure Denali Delight

2016 Adventure Denali Chavey Lake

Just when we thought that our Adventure Denali float tube trip couldn’t get any better, the fish showed us otherwise on our August trip this year. Fish of all sizes were incredibly cooperative as they took a variety of nymphs & streamers of all different sizes and colors. The fish in Chavey lake are getting used to us fishing amidst them in the tubes, I think, and I’m sure that they have realized that we are not going to kill them. They actually follow us as we paddle around the lake, looking like large, dark, shiny, torpedoes. Smaller Arctic grayling...

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Off to Fly Fishing School in Cordova, AK

2016 Fly Fishing School Orca Adventure Lodge

The highlight of our summer is the Fly Fishing School we hold every year at Orca Adventure Lodge in Cordova, AK. It's one of my favorite locations, and its scenic beauty as well as its good fishing make for a perfect place to hold our school. This year our six students hailed from Oregon, California, and Iowa, in addition to both Fairbanks, and Anchorage in Alaska. They were all eager to get going and paid close attention to the introduction to the rods and reels they would be fishing with and the wading staffs that would keep them safe on...

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Unbelievable Nome

2016 Nome Unbelievable Nome

Every year our trip to Nome for Arctic grayling fishing seems to get better and better, and this year was no exception. Huge runs of pink salmon resulted in thousands of salmon in the river, and grayling that were just hanging out around them waiting for the bigger fish to lay their eggs. Looking down through the crystal clear water, you could easily differentiate the dark grayling from the pinks, whose white bellies gave them away at every turn. Not many salmon were actively spawning yet, so the grayling kept feeding on dry flies and nymphs. Parachute Adams and Royal...

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