All photos by Bill Gibbs.
Just another mega-school in The South!
Alaska | The Bahamas | Chile
First-time anglers at Alaska West could very well look at our guide boats on arrival day and think to themselves “I thought this place was supposed to be a top-tier operation.” Our boats are not the most comfortable, fastest, most tricked-out, or pretttiest boats at the boat show. There are certainly big, beautiful boats out there that make our boats look like go carts – the same way a Mustang looks compared to a Cadillac.
We could drive big bad-ass fast boats – with growling prop drives and heavy-gauge diamond plate aluminum painted with shark’s teeth. Speed envy? Yeah we have that – we’d love to go faster! But size envy? Nope – This is one of those times that smaller really is so much better – really.
We drive 18-foot riveted aluminum flat-bottomed hulls called ‘john boats’. They’re modeled 1852 – 18 feet long and 52 inches of beam. We’ve got a mix of Lowe and Grumman hulls – honestly in this configuration the name is about as important as your brand of butter.
We push them with 40HP outboards with a jet pump at the working end. We cut out the seat thwarts to lighten the boat and to allow more room to move around. We lay a sheet of marine plywood down as a deck. To that deck we bolt two pedestal seats. This gives us as light a boat as we can come up with and still use as an effective fishing platform.
We like smaller, lighter boats because:
Today we continue our series on rod quivers – combinations of rods that you should think about bringing to our lodges at various times of year.
On South Andros, our fishery is really consistent during the period that we’re open from October through May. It would really be splitting hairs to claim that you need different equipment in December versus May.
So we’ll cover South Andros with one post – your any-time flats quiver for Andros South! We are just covering the flats here though – if you’re interested in fishing offshore you should check out our post on Offshore Fly Fishing Gear.
True, not many anglers head to Alaska specifically to target pink salmon. That’s OK though – we still think they’re pretty awesome fish. Here’s why.
Bonefish are the main reason to visit South Andros Island, but a few creature comforts never hurt.
One cool thing about our program at Andros South is that our standard pricing is based on single-occupancy lodging. That’s right – with our normal pricing, all our guests get their own room for the week!
Yes, you’ll spend most of your time on the flats or at the Slack Tide, but if you’ve ever gotten stuck with a snoring roommate for a week of fishing, you know that this is no small thing!
Your friends at Deneki Outdoors wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2010.
If you’ve heard much about the Dean River, you’ve heard that its anadromous fish are hot, strong and aggressive. If you’ve heard much about Dean River Chinooks, you’ve heard that they’re just pretty much insane.
The reality is that more than half of your encounters with Dean River Chinooks are not going to end with a picture of you holding that fish. These fish are so big and strong and full of piss and vinegar that we as fly anglers are clearly over-matched. Those of us that love it wouldn’t have it any other way.
Today we present the top 5 encounters that you may just have with a Dean Chinook.