Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  52
Dislikes Dislikes:  0
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 23
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
    Posts
    15,387
    Blog Entries
    111

    Default How to Get Home From Fishing............

    Wednesday morning I got up at 6:30 AM at a lodge way up the Skwentna River. I had heard rain pounding the roof overnight and expected a wet trip home. Well, a look outside reveled that it was going to be a first for me.

    At about 10:00 I went down to check the boat.


    I had to shovel out the boat before I could bail out the water from the rain.


    I left on the 86 mile trip back to the boat launch where I had left the truck a week prior. The temperature was an even 32* as Boss and I headed into the main current.


    I took this as we headed for the canyon and were throttling up, 29.7 mph and we cruised at 35 most of the way home.


    After you pass through the walls of the canyon you've left the friendly water behind and there will be no more pictures. For the next 13 miles you better be concentrating on the river because it braids into sometimes 12 or more channels It's the most challenging water I've ever traveled but I'm starting to like it.


    Why would you do that?



    We caught more of these than I can put a number on. They were big and fat, the lengths ranged between 16 and 24 inches. Both fishermen used my Sculpin patterns and I was one of the 'fishermen' We used my Hardy Spey rods and had a ball!

    The net in the picture is 18" long by 13" wide in the opening to give a sense of scale to that rainbow

    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

    Life On The Line - Alaska Fishing with Ard
    Ard's Forum blog, Alaska Outdoors

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Breckenridge Colorado
    Posts
    644

    Default Re: How to Get Home From Fishing............

    A beautiful skiff.....snow....and big fish.

    Whats better???

  3. Likes Ard liked this post
  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Pocono Lake , Pennsylvania
    Posts
    3,173

    Default Re: How to Get Home From Fishing............

    Pretty fish Ard! Tough way to start a trip! Is that a life jacket on Boss?
    "I was born to fish" Lee Wulff
    "There's more B.S. in fly fishing then there is in a Kansas feedlot." Lefty Kreh
    " It ain't over till it's over." Yogi Berra
    "Your not old,you've simply acquired a patina." Swirlchaser

  5. Likes Ard liked this post
  6. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Languedoc/near montpellier
    Posts
    6,648
    Blog Entries
    5

    Default Re: How to Get Home From Fishing............

    Great figurehead you have on the boat Ardmust admit I'm really jealous for your bows are far bigger than the ones I caught last week I'm a poor lonesome flyfisherman.... the temp here was far....highercould still wear a tshirt

  7. Likes Ard liked this post
  8. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
    Posts
    15,387
    Blog Entries
    111

    Default Re: How to Get Home From Fishing............

    Hey guys,

    We did get some beauties, I'm tying some more Sculpin for tomorrow. I gave 8 of them to my friend up at the lodge for the remainder of the season there.

    Boz,

    Yeah Boss wears a life vest just in case he is ever jettisoned from the boat. it has a handle on the top for getting him back but I hope that never happens.

    JP,

    I actually caught some big trout but they look small in my dainty hands

    Here's another, I have to work on looking happy when a picture is taken......


    The fish was right at the 24" mark but I was really disappointed with the picture below is Chris's size 12 wading boot with the fish........


    You can spot my olive Sculpin in the mouth yet, I hadn't removed it at this point.


    There are trout up to 30 inches here but I haven't been able to land one yet There are still a couple weeks left to fish so I won't give up on the big ones until the ice comes.

    We did a real good job of handling the fish carefully. The one pictured above was the largest and heaviest so we took some pictures before she swam away............

    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

    Life On The Line - Alaska Fishing with Ard
    Ard's Forum blog, Alaska Outdoors

  9. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    southwest , Virginia
    Posts
    2,034

    Default Re: How to Get Home From Fishing............

    Incredible.

    Mike
    I find my meal by finding my meal's meal.

  10. Likes Ard liked this post
  11. #7

    Default Re: How to Get Home From Fishing............

    Awesome rugged country and beautiful fish; hardcore angling Ard!
    "I cast my hook into a single stream; but my pleasure is as if I owned a kingdom." - Chi K'ang (223-262)

  12. Likes Ard liked this post
  13. #8
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Pinedale, WY
    Posts
    18,866
    Blog Entries
    50

    Default Re: How to Get Home From Fishing............

    Ard: Looks like an awesome trout trip, just gorgeous fish, but that ride home had to be brutal, but still worth every second! Those sculpin patterns of yours look like the ticket to success, Congrats!

    Larry
    Larry


  14. Likes Ard liked this post
  15. #9

    Default Re: How to Get Home From Fishing............

    Just awesome....gone for a week...90 miles up river by boat...THAT is what I call heading out into the wilderness. It sure beats the little 5 mile wades through urban sprawls that I do
    Less likey, more green dots
    BrookFieldAngler.com

  16. Likes Ard, fredaevans, von behr liked this post
  17. #10
    mridenour Guest

    Default Re: How to Get Home From Fishing............

    Wow! That is the kind of stuff I dream about. Thanks for posting.

  18. Likes Ard liked this post
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Look what followed me home today
    By comeonavs in forum Fly Rods
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 02-13-2014, 01:03 AM
  2. Home!
    By streamborn_jr77 in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-29-2013, 01:11 PM
  3. Home on the river
    By thecatpoop in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-10-2012, 01:08 AM
  4. Home
    By madjoni in forum The Lodge Den
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-24-2011, 08:25 PM
  5. home at last
    By Andy G. in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-28-2005, 11:44 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •