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Part 4 of A very Colorful Season;

Posted 10-12-2011 at 12:10 AM by Ard

New water!

I have not been to some of these places for 7 years and one hadn't been seen since 1989 so this was a good change of scenery and fisheries for me. From the trout and salmon battles of the home river I moved into waters where multiple species were to be caught on the same runs and riffles. The scenery was almost too good to be real also. Here's a look from where the car is left behind.

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One of the strangest things to happen to me hear took place a little over 2 weeks ago. I had hiked up the creek in the preceding picture for a couple miles and it was the type of hike where you take a machete along and you use it a lot.

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I began fishing my way downstream when I hear something coming, no it isn't a bear, it's a Mokai. A fellow was making his way up the creek in a motorized Kayak and if you've never seen a Mokai you better Goggle one up, they are pretty cool. Anyway the fellow sees me fishing the tail of a pool so he pulls over down at the top of the next run down and Boss goes to check him out immediately. I crossed and headed down while calling out to assure him that Boss was a friendly guy and I'd be right there. I get over there and say 'Hi' and he says hi, he ask how I'm doing and I tell him I just started fishing down and haven't caught anything yet. He then looks right at me and says, "You wouldn't happen to be Ard would you?". Now that kinda flipped me out foe a second or two. I ask how he would know that and he said he had been reading my posts and looking at flies I tied on the Spey Pages web site for a couple years and he recognized me from the picture there. Whoa! You're kidding me ......not, who would thought that? Not only did this happen but the fellow had a box full of the flies I posted on that site in various renditions from the recipes. I was taken aback to say the least. We talked for an hour and I pushed the North American Fly Fishing Forum hard at one point or another. Soon we had to get on with our individual missions and after trading e-mail addresses we parted. Here are a couple shots of Roger and his boat.

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Heading on upstream with a wave;

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Now how cool was gets better, we got in touch and went fishing up another river this past Sunday from morning until dark. I'll get around to some of those pictures in a bit.

After Roger and I went our separate ways I got into a bunch of Grayling. I don't know how many I caught but it was a great afternoon but of course when I finally got the granddaddy on the fly he came loose and I had no lunker on the day. All in all it was a beautiful day and I wish you could have been there to share in the sights, sounds, and yes the fish.

Here's a good look at the colors of the AK. Arctic Grayling;

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And another;

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It's been a good year for catching these fish and I have managed a few nice ones. Soon after the creek fishing where I met Roger I was hiking a different river and after a week I had covered miles of it. I caught some surprisingly fresh silvers for this late in the year along with Trout, Char, and more Grayling. here are some of the fish and other images from those trips.

When the ground around you is blanketed with this it is time to get fishing because soon they will be under a few feet of snow.

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A Silver Salmon hen, about 5 - 6 pounds;

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This trout was pretty big but I put nothing in the picture to give a sense of scale, I'll guess 16 - 17 inch and it was healthy.

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Here is what I think has been the largest Grayling, it's hard to take a good picture when alone. I don't like pulling them up unto the shore for the photo but sometimes there is no other way. I get the Nikon all ready and then make it short and sweet. Usually I get my lens a good splashing from the potential model for all the effort so the in the water shot is often the better choice. It's a no brainer if the fish is big enough to hold by the tail like this guy.....

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Now, That's what I'm talkin about! That was a really nice fish and in the current he even bent my 13' 9 weight rod pretty darn good! In the same day as the fish above were caught I managed a few Dolly Varden Char to round out the bases loaded hit, 4 species in the same day! heck even I was surprised with that and even more so by that salmon. I'm going to continue this into yet another segment because there's a lot more to show and more to tell about this most colorful of the Alaskan seasons. You'll find part 5 right down the list, you may have to turn to the next page to locate the rest of the posts so lets get to it............
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    Ard: Great looking fish, congrats!

    Posted 10-12-2011 at 10:13 AM by mcnerney mcnerney is offline
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    Ard: I forgot to mention that was quite the boat that Roger has, I'm going to have to look that up on the internet!
    Posted 10-12-2011 at 10:14 AM by mcnerney mcnerney is offline
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    It looks like Roger is my new fishing buddy, he has a switch rod and loves swinging the fancy flies. We've been out once already and I think we're going tomorrow.
    Posted 10-13-2011 at 02:58 PM by Ard Ard is online now

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