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    Quote Originally Posted by jenkin3 View Post
    Yeah the rain gear is number one on my list! I just got my assignment I will be working at the wally Noerenberg Hatchery which is located in lake bay which is on the southern end of esther island. I leave to head to cordova on Feb. 25 so it is approaching fast! how is the flying in snowy conditions?
    Welcome, and you will probably have an awesome time. I think your rod choice is sound for the most part. If you want to chase grayling, a 3wt makes for an awesome time. It is worth noting that the hatchery you are talking about near Paxson is about a 4 or more hour drive from Valdez and you dont need to go that far. There are grayling to be caught in the Glenallen area.

    I dont necessarily consider PWS that remote, it has a road connection and ferry service. It is out of the way, but remote here is generally considered fly in only as far as I am concerned.

    As for flying in snow conditions, if it is too bad, the pilot wont go. If the pilot will go, jump on board. If you want to know about snow conditions in Cordova check out some of the pictures from thier snow storm a few weeks ago. I think they have had close to 20 feet this winter.

    While I am not a PWS expert, I have spent a bit of time there and it is amazingly beautiful. The fishing is better than average and the weather worse than average, when it comes to PWS, if you think you have enough goretex, buy 2 more of each. Seriously, do not skimp on rain gear.

    I have never seen or caught one, but apparently there are some streams in the Valdez area that have cuttthroats.

    A large caliber revolver is also handy to have around.

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    Watch out -- Experience is what you get when you thought you were getting something else.

    all smiles - good luck on your "experience"

    jlb

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    Quote Originally Posted by nerka View Post
    While I am not a PWS expert, I have spent a bit of time there and it is amazingly beautiful. The fishing is better than average and the weather worse than average, when it comes to PWS, if you think you have enough goretex, buy 2 more of each. Seriously, do not skimp on rain gear.
    After fishing up there the 1st time I wore goretex til it was saturated and then went to a rubber backup...to wear while the goretex dried out...

    I'd take a backup 8wt and reel if I could, especially if you'll be there for silvers.

    I'm soooo jealous.

    -Mike

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    Thanks everyone! i have gortex and rubber so i am hoping i am that will be enough lol. I was curious what size leader and tippet i should use on both rods. i was thinking 4x on the 5 wt but idk about the 8 wt.

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    I'm a little late to the game here, been out of touch for far too long here.

    I'm here in Cordova, I imagine you'll be stopping in here a few times during your stay at the hatcheries. I'd be happy to help out however I can, come find me at Laura's or send me a pm if there's anything I can do for you.

    --Will

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenkin3 View Post
    Thanks everyone! i have gortex and rubber so i am hoping i am that will be enough lol. I was curious what size leader and tippet i should use on both rods. i was thinking 4x on the 5 wt but idk about the 8 wt.
    jenkin,

    For most fishing forget the 'X' ratings and think along the lines of light equals 8 pound test. That's my trout, char and grayling leader. For any salmon fishing I use 15 pound Maxima and have no worries no matter what I hook up with.

    Hi Will, long time no chat,

    Ard

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    You lucky dog you. PWS? Spent a lot of time on it back several yrs ago. Mainly in Whittier. Only way in is by boat, plane or rail. We did the tunnel portols that you see when headin for Whittier. Fished a stream that came out of a fall and dumped into the bay. Caught fish till i sat my rod down and said i wasn't going to catch anymore. Get ya some Geological Survey maps of the area that you'll be in. You'll find en very useful. What profession are you in if i may ask?
    Eddy

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