Archive for the ‘Alaska’ Category

Alaska 2015 Day 6

Day 6, Sunday, was our last full day of fishing at No-See-Um Lodge (arrival day in camp—day 0–is a half day of fishing). All week we had been watching for the arrival of the chums, and finally on Saturday, they started to come in. Obviously, we were excited and ready to go early Sunday morning. […]

Alaska 2015 days 4, 5

Days 4 and 5 were warmer than the other days of the week, and offered a mix of sun and puffy cumulous clouds. These were rainbows-on-the-dry-fly days on the lower American Creek—in the estuary-like reaches just above the mouth where it empties into Lake Coville. This flat water stretch has decent hatches of the Pale […]

Alaska 2015 day 3

On day 3 we decided to fish the Ugashik Narrows, a short section of river between Upper and Lower Ugashik Lakes. It is noted for its big grayling (the Alaska state record came from this river) and char. We were hoping to catch the sockeye fry migration when char and grayling concentrate heavily on the […]

Alaska 2015 day 2

The second full day of fishing found us on the Alagnak river, again drifting for kings. The others used drift rods, with plugs or “cheaters.” These are nothing but a 1 ¼ inch fluorescent Styrofoam ball (usually orange, red or pink) pegged on the line above a hook and about 18 inches behind a heavy […]

Alaska 2015 Sockeye; the week

This year, our trip to Alaska was centered in the sockeye salmon run. Sockeye are an interesting species. As ocean-going adults, they are basically zooplankton feeders; thus, on their initial migration run, they do not take flies, plugs, or bait. They simply swim upstream with true salmon zeal, headed for higher waters. In their case, […]

Alaska 2015 Day 1

This year’s week in Alaska was cool and mostly rainy; at least that’s the way it started and ended. But cool and rainy is good for king salmon and that’s the fish we pursued first, on the Nushagak River, which empties into Bristol Bay at the town of Dillingham. We flew into the upper Nushagak […]

Alaska or Bust

I’m headed to No-See-Um Lodge in Alaska with my friend, Dave Graebel, in pursuit of rainbows on the dry fly, king salmon in the King-A-Ma-Bobber, chums on magenta leeches, and sockeye on small bead head nymphs. The weather looks very Alaska-like; most days a chance of rain, with the occasional chance of sun (very occasional). […]

Fry Flies and UV Cure Head Cement

I’m headed to Alaska with my friend, Dave Graebel, in search of some big rainbows on the dry fly. This is the time to do it. The trout are not yet so fixated on eggs that they will take nothing else. And, the mayflies are on the wing—both the Western Green Drake and the PMDs. […]

Big Fly, Big Fish

One of the premises of my book “Long Flies” is “Big Fly, Big Fish.” I’ve seen it literally thousands of times in my six decades of fly fishing across the globe. For example, I’m head to Alaska in July with my friend, Dave Graebel. He loves to catch the big rainbows on dries, and we […]

Camp Flies

Nancy and I have been camping, spending some great time together in the wonderful forest lands of the U.S. In addition to the usual “camp chores,” there’s time for some needed reading, writing, lounging, fishing or course, and generally resetting one’s self. I also took some time to dress flies for a soon-upcoming trip to […]