What’s better than landing a fat, wild, Naknek rainbow trout on a surface fly? Landing TWO fat, wild, Nanek rainbow trout on a surface fly.
Great fishing can make for a good fishing trip, but its often the other things, aside from the fishing, that make a good fishing trip great. Wildlife is one those things.
Sort of like this stunning shot of an immature bald eagle captured by photographic stud, Abe Blair, while on site at Rapids Camp Lodge.
More Alaskan Wildlife
Today we present you with nothing more than a photo of Deneki family member, Carolyn Settlemire, and guide, Chris Gong with a stunning char caught during the last week of our season at Rapids Camp Lodge.
Nice work team. What a fish!
More on Dollies/Char
We’ve said it many times before, but we love fishing giant flies for our trout in western Alaska. Some might assume that that’s because we subscribe to the ‘big fly, big fish’ theory of fly selection..
However, in our neck of the woods, abundant food sources and a short growing season lends itself to trout, both big and small, pouncing on flies the size of which might be more at home in a largemouth bass pond than a trout stream.
Don’t believe us? Just ask the juvenile dolly varden hanging out of the mouth of the, oh, ten inch rainbow trout shown above. Small fish eat big flies too!
More About Alaskan Trout
Ever wondered why so many fish come unbuttoned during a jump? Is it coincidence? Hardly.
Fish are able to contort their body faster and more violently when airborne than they can in the water. After all, there’s far less resistance in air than in water. When under tension, this can cause an unexpected yank on the leader able to break tippet or easily dislodge a fly.
Most saltwater anglers are familiar with the phrase, ‘bow to the king,’ when referring to jumping tarpon. The concept is simple; To combat the inevitable jump from a hooked tarpon, savvy tarpon anglers will thrust the rod tip towards the fish and down towards the surface of the water, as if paying homage to the fish with a well deserved bow. Doing so introduces slack into the fly line, thus reducing tension for the fish to pull against whilst thrashing above the surface of the water. It works well on tarpon, so why don’t many anglers use the same technique when fighting other species?
We’re not sure either! Whether you’re fishing for rainbow trout, silver salmon, smallmouth bass, Atlantic salmon, or virtually any other species prone to rocketing skyward throughout the fight, try taking a page out of the tarpon angler’s playbook, take a bow, and hopefully you’ll bring more fish to hand.
More Tips on Fighting Fish
No, not really.. That’s just a ‘jack’ king salmon in full spawning garb caught by our buddy Chandler Cook at Alaska West Lodge.
Many anglers are aware of the shocking transformation of our beloved king salmon as they transition from the chrome bright appearance from their years at sea, to the brilliant ‘fire-truck’ red as they approach the end of their journey to spawn.
However, many of our guests are surprised to learn that ‘jacks,’ younger king salmon (typically 1-3 years old) that have returned with their adult brethren, in our neck of the woods, actually take on a goldish/brown appearance more characteristic of the spawning colors of a brown trout or Atlantic salmon than that of a mature chinook.
We welcome the return of jacks each year to our home river, not only because we think they add to the awesome variety of our fishery, but also because they often round out the final species for a few anglers each season lucky enough to land the salmon grand slam, which we think is pretty darn cool.