Hey Casey what did you think of that snow for September 25th? It was all rain after I came down from the mountains.
The Sculpins are doing well, for those who didn't see what we are talking about, these are some of the flies that I'm trouting with this fall.
I gave my friend 7 of them and had to do some tying last night to catch up on inventory. I'm going to go out at about noon today until dark.
Believe me, I did my share of fishing near cities and I still fish right in the heart of Anchorage every year. Being out there is wonderful but the logistics are a nightmare. When you compound the unpredictability of the weather into it you can lose some of the shine from the apple.................. I had a good time until I had to leave
I'll bet that was a cold ride home but bet you are accustomed to it, something I'm not. Short rides I can handle, but 80 miles, guess I'll pass. If I ever get up there, maybe I'll do it if I have but I really better have to. LOL Nice trip for sure. Congrats.
It was cold and very wet. I was prepared in a way because I had packed my First Gear motorcycle / snowmachine jacket and a Scorpion full face helmet with visor. The big problem was that I forgot the gloves that go with that outfit, big heavy Gore-Tex gauntlet gloves that are really warm. All I had were a pair of fleece and they were soaked.
By the time I reached the Deshka Landing I had to ask a fellow who was getting ready to launch to unbuckle my helmet straps. I could not feel nor could I control my fingers............ My hands were cold to the bone. Other than that I was fine but must say that it was the most brutal boat trip I've had yet.
The boat is an 18.5 foot Sockeye tunnel hull made by ATEC here in Alaska. The motor is a Honda 90 hp. with a jet unit on it. Rivers can go from 10 feet of water to less than a foot and you'll never know it because of glacial silt in the water.
Most of what I run is between 2 & 4 feet deep, I stay out of the main channels when traveling up current to avoid the strong current and improve gas economy. When running down I keep with the main flow and the water is way deeper. If I could run a prop my mileage would be fantastic and my boat would do about 60 mph. but I would crash a prop in less than a week here.
Many of the smaller rivers I run have lots of spots where I must skim over a foot or less in many areas.
Ard, those are some really really great pictures you're getting with your camera! Is that the new point & shoot? Good to see your sculpins have been productive, it never gets old does it? That is, spinning your own flies, and landing fish. Watching your buddy land em too, even better!
How's the Nomad working out for you? I'm really considering one for Steelhead but am a little unsure of availability. Did you know they were purchased by Fishpond?
PS. It looks like Boss is enjoying the trip too, challenging waters and all.