Tuesday, August 24, 2010

One more for the Bucket List


Jared and Sara at the Seaplane Dock in Ketchikan

Sara's first fish

Jared and Sara and their catch

First day's results
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30 foot diameter cedar tree. The biggest in the state

Fishing Wolvereen Creek off of Lake Macdonald

Jared landing his first fish on the fly a big Pink Salmon on Lake Macdonald

Jeff lands a big Pink

Our fly in on Lake Macdonald

Sara landing a Halibut

We didn't catch this one, but he came in on our boat. 200 pound Halibut

Our Halibut Charter and Skipper Shane

Day's catch on the Charter

Jared and Sara on the trail to Roosevelt Lagoon off of Naha Bay
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Video of Jared and Sara landing a big Coho Salmon.

One of my dreams has been to fly into a remote lodge in Alaska and go fishing. Last week Jared and Sara and I got to cross that one off my list. Now I can't wait to go back. We flew into Ketchikan Alaska, the Southern most town in the state. From there we boarded a deHaveland Beaver float plane and flew to Grant Island and the Silver King Lodge. The Lodge will accomodate 28 guests. There are small cabins with bedrooms and bathrooms. The Lodge has a big dining room and a couple of sitting rooms. We were there with Doug Russell, Rod Miller and Craig Cassidy. This is a self guided operation. That means they give us a 14 foot skiff with an outboard motor a pole, tackle box, and a map. They tell you to go have a good time and bring the boat back by 7:00. We learned how to catch the fish and by the end of the week we were pretty proficient at it. The food in the lodge was really good and the people were super nice. I ran into three of my clients there; the Louds, Grandpa, Dad and Grandson. We took a couple of extra excursions. For one we flew over to Macdonald Lake and went fly fishing for Salmon. The only footprints on the beach where the float plane dropped us off were bears and eagles. (really big Brown Bears) We didn't see any of either. Catching Salmon on light tackle fly rods is a blast. After a while Sara and Jared got pretty good at casting and landed a few nice Salmon. These were catch and release. It rained off and on all day but we were dressed for it and it was no problem. We were wading in waist deep water anyway. We also took a charter out into the deep water to catch Halibut and more Salmon. That was a great trip we were in fish pretty much the whole time. Two guys on our boat caught a 200 pound Halibut. They tag teamed the fight and it took them about 40 minutes to bring it in. That was pretty exciting to watch.

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