Alaska West Aug 24 - 31 2012
|Jim G hoisting a freshie!|
|Father and Son striking a pose|
Those who have fished at Alaska West also know that the resident population of leopard rainbows makes this a special fishery as well. Unlike the Bristol Bay drainage which lies east of here, the rainbows are more often than not "river resident" fish and wear a coat of color that is unlike anything that I have ever seen! They are not found in numbers comparable to the rivers of the Iliamna drainage, but they make up for it in their vigor and beauty and then some! As I have mentioned before, my absolute favorite "western" or bigger river trout rods are the Sage 691-4 TCX and the Sage One 691-4. These rods just make the difficult casts seem easier and the impossible casts seem possible!
|Guide Jakob Lunde holding one of our sight caught bows|
|Jim Prybylo and guide Trevor with another beauty!|
|A "gagger" fish makes the guide and clients happy!|
|No bears- but lots of foxes!|
|Jim Grusecki poses with a great bow held by "Wiggler"|
|As close as we got to seeing bears|
|Father/Son team New York|
Another aspect of all Deneki Lodges that I really like is the clientele that they attract. Alaska West is no exception. My experience was enhanced by the fellow anglers looking for the real deal- and the other 15 guest that week were a pleasure to get to know and share a vacation with! I never once heard about a stock position or had to endure a laundry list of "the most incredible experiences of my life" the entire week. Good folks and hope our paths cross again soon!
|Guide Ben Paull holding another impressive bow|