Parks Highway – Russian River 9/13-21

22 09 2012

Hard to believe but the fishing is over for this trip. Left the Russian yesterday Friday the 21 headed back to Anchorage.

Fished the Parks Highway from Thursday 13 until Saturday the 15 with limited results. Left MS two days before Issac hit and since we’ve been in AK they have had three major wind events (110 + mph) and now flooding is causing major problems both north and south. They are evacuating Talkeetna. I am glad I got my pancakes early!!!

This is what you see as you head north on the Parks.

Here’s a dollie I got on Willow Creek.

Think you are having a bad day?


The Kenai is flooding at Cooper Landing and expected to flood lower today. But they are still “riding the rise.”

And yet with all the bad weather and rising water I nailed ’em on the Russian. Water came up some but not too bad. I made it back to the river Monday the 17th. Fished in the afternoon and got about a dozen, I had never seen so many small fish before. I wondered what this held for the rest of the week.

On Tuesday I got out and fished up to the Christmas tree . Got a few but it was slow. Started fishing down stream and things began to pick up. It was a nice day and there were a lot of folks on the river. Made it to the old Cottonwood hole and it was pay dirt! By the way all the fishing has been with beads. Good numbers and size.

Wednesday I slept in. Went to Wildman’s to restock on supplies and get a mocha high rev!!! I would have thought that someone would have picked up on the hotspot but not yet. I was immediately into fish. Got a few dollies but most bows.

Thursday was nasty so I got up early! I only got nine but they were all brutes. I was sight fishing to a lot of fish and what a blast. But, the bears started showing up. Makes me a little nervous especially when I am by myself.

Friday the bears were to the spot before me so I just packed up and headed to Anchorage.

For three days I had about 63 fish. I didn’t fish all day ever. It was great. Here are some of the results.


As usual I have met a bunch of great people.

Brent will get in from work Sunday but has school for three days. I will be heading home Wednesday.

The Main Reason…

9 09 2012

We are here in AK.

Of course this doesn’t hurt either! We camped at Ptarmigan Creek and this is what we were surronded by.

On the way back to Anchorage we stopped at Moose Pass.



Russian River 9/5-7

6 09 2012

Here are some pics from the latest trip will post more later.

Brent and I spent the week (Monday the 3rd through Friday the 7) fishing the Kenai pennsula. We started the week on Quartz creek Monday evening. More or less got skunked. I had never fished Quartz but Brent had. It is a beautiful  stream tha dumps into Kenai Lake.

We moved to the Russian on Tuesday and our fortunes chnged but not immediately. Tuesday was slow but most reports sais the week-end had been hot. We caught mostly dollies and two over 18 inches and very fat. Still a lot of people fishing for salmon (cohos).

Wednesday was a turn around day. We went up river to the end of the boardwalk and fished the rest of the day in one spot and had over forty total. Three were over 20 inches and the biggest was about 23.


While I had the hot hand on Wed. it was Brent’t turn on Thursday. We went further up the river than I had ever been to a favorite spot of Brent’s. It was a diffucult hike but worth the effort. The water was faster than I was used tobut the fish were in the “pools” and longer runs. We were fishing with beads without indicators and Brent was dialed in. We probably got about over fifty. The biggest was about 18 inches with one silver (coho) salmon around eight lbs! 

The silver (realeased).

We have not been fishing alone!

Alaska State Fair

30 08 2012

Let’s get this story started. Well things started off rather auspiciously as our flight out of Jackson was canceled because of hurricane Issac. When I called to check on our options Delta rescheduled to an earlier flight and so we got out of town at 9 a.m. instead of 5 p.m.

The flight from Seattle to Anchorage was amazing. No clouds from the time we came into view of the Alaskan coast until we landed. Saw places we had never been able to see before.  Like this.

We took it easy on Wednesday and went to the Alaska State Fair on Thursday. This was a first for us.

This is Gail and me with a 391 lb. pumpkin grown in the Matt-Su valley.

Rosemary riding her Harley.

Brent and I got in about an hour or so fishing on Willow Creek. We are in an RV park right on the river we hope to get in bit more tomorrow Friday, August 31 before we begin moving them into their “new” apartment Saturday. Next week we are headed to the Kenai.

Alagnak Trip 6/10-17/2012

19 06 2012


Let me begin by giving God all the Glory. For a person who spent at least half his life as a “blasphemer,” God as been good to me. “He has cast my sins as far from Him, as the east is from the west.” This is the fifth year in a row we have been to AK and each time it has been “the trip of a lifetime.” Of course the motivating factor for us being here is the fact that Brent, Bregitte, and the girls live here.

Trip Report

Brent and Bregitte have made this float before and found the timing near perfect. They encountered the “infamous” smolt hatch the headwaters where the Nonvianuk Lake turns into the river. We were hoping to do the same but we were a bit too early as the water temps were in the low forties and needed to be closer to fifty. We did catch “copious” numbers of large lake trout at the headwaters of the Nonvianuk River. Unfortunately fishing for the rest of the trip did not live up to our expectations.

We only caught 10  rainbows on the entire trip! We are trying to console ourselves with the fact that several were over twenty inches and the biggest was 24 (Brent). If given the choice of doing what we did or catching a bunch of smaller fish I would stick with what we had. I can catch tons of smaller fish in AR every trip. And remember that these are “native” fish in a very wild environment. We probably saw 10 people the entire trip and five of them were the first two days.

Bregitte, Rosemary, and Caroline seeing us off from Anchorage.

From Anchorage we flew to the Kulik Lodge operated by Katmai Air.

This is where the action began.

We set up camp. Notice the impressive “bear fence.” Too bad we could never get it “hot!”

This is how we eat, oatmeal in the morning and Mountain House at night.

Didn’t take us long to get into the lake trout many over twenty inches.

While we did get a couple of smaller bows at the lake but our best fish came on the Alagnak.

I’m missing some pics so I hope Brent can fill them in. My best fish of the trip was also the last.

Our last camp at Estradas.

The flight home was not without its perks. Flying over it was cloudy but coming back was clear and beautiful.

We had a great time. The best part was being with my son. Seven days and not one cross word or conflict ( maybe a little sarcasm).

May add a few more pics as time allows. One more week left in AK but the fishing may be done.

God Bless!

Last Day at Montana Creek 6/6/12

6 06 2012

Had another good day fishing. First one to “the spot” and it was hott!!! Hate to be a cry-baby but I have lost some monster rainbows. The place i am fishing (see pics below) is just about a very swift and deep run which keeps me from following the fish downstream. I just have to try and horse them which with small nymphs (14 and smaller) just doesn’t add up. Still got a couple of nice grayling, some small bows and one more dolly.

I even got a decent picture of a fish!

Day of the Bows!

5 06 2012

Had a fantastic morning on Montana Creek today, Tuesday. One small run seems to be holding a most of the fish. Good for me!

Met Sam from NY who works in AK during the summer.

Caught four nice bows, a dolly, and numerous grayling. Using a Y2K and a PTN dropper. Most fish are taking the nymph.

I wish the pictures were better but then?

A dolly came to hand also.

My guess is I have in the neighborhood of thousand mosquitoes bites. Ouch!