|Thanks to team ChiFly - Ron, Mac, Andy, Gerry, Jimmy and Matt|
The tent camp operation of Alaska West sits on the banks of the Kanektok River. It's a small to mid size river, about as far as one can go west and still be in Alaska. The pea size gravel bottom makes this a very easy wading river, and provides ideal spawning habitat for all kinds of critters. The river drains into the Bering Sea, and is home to some of the better salmon runs found anywhere. In August, tons (both literally and figuratively) of silver salmon enter to spawn and provide the fly fisher some incredible opportunities.
In addition to silvers, there are rainbow, dolly varden, char and greyling to be found in good numbers. We caught hundreds of salmon that had entered the river literally hours earlier - wearing sea lice, sometimes battle scars from seal encounters, and a vitality that makes them about as much fun as one can have on a fly rod! The dollies and or char seemed unusually large and fiesty, and the bows were as colored up and wild as I have ever seen.
It's an awesome place - and if you ever want to try it - let us know and we can make it happen!
Enjoy a few pictures as they always do a better job of showing you what it's really like
|Matt poses for his new LinkedIn Cover shot|
|These are called sea lice - and indicate that the silvers are recently arrived from salt water|
|Mac poses with a fine bow!|
|That's the way to hold a bow Ron!!|