Sunday, August 30, 2009

More Alaska Photos

While in Alaska we fished the Kenai, Russian, and the Quartz rivers. The Quartz is primarily a varden river. The river itself is about the size of the ogden river i would say. It flows into Kenai lake, which is the upper lake on the Kenai river. The russian dumps into the Kenai below kenai lake and above Scilak lake. The section is known as the upper Kenai river. The russian is about the size of the weber. However it is much shallower, i would say that 80 percent of the river is only 12 inches deep, with deep pockets running at 3 ft. Crystal clear water and plenty of bears make it very memorable to fish. Sockeye and silver salmon run in the russian but it was the resident rainbows and dollies we were after. We bought all kinds of beads to get ready for Alaska. Before we hit the river we stopped at the hardware store in soldatna and i bought a small pack of caramel 6mm beads and they turned out to be virtually all we used the entire trip. Troutfitters is right on the Kenai in coopers landing and they were very helpful. If you ever go up dont worry about taking a lot of tackle. They have everything you need up there and the prices were even better than here anyway. Even the Fred Meyer has a whole isle with many useful items. Kenai is not remote Alaska, But we found it to be a good starting point for our future Alaska adventures. We ate most dinners at 24hr dinners and felt no different than hitting the Weber. I cant wait to go back and search out some more remote flows. Next year. See all of my alaska photos at

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Silver Salmon of the Kenai

Randy got into a groove with the silvers after a while. When we headed to alaska we thought we would be able to catch silvers in the same streams as trout. The silvers hadnt hit hard yet so that didnt happen until our last few days. If you were fishing a hole or run it would be obvious if the silvers were there, They looked like hugh trout underwater. The last few days were by far the best days of the trip. Between the bears, the silvers, the trout and the sunsets we were in heaven. See my entire set of alaska photos at

Friday, August 28, 2009

Wild Alaskan Dolly Varden

The trip to Alaska was amazing. I will try to give a little of the story every day for a while. Today its Dolly day. I truely loved fishing for these fish. They are viracious eaters and were never shy about taking the offerings. We found them in almost all waters we fished. The farther in land and the colder the water seemed to bring out their colors more and more. Here are a few beautiful pics which really show off these fish.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Uintah Brookies

Ive always known they were there, speaking of brook trout in the high country. I have even fished them as a younger man on spinning gear. But this past week i really feel in love with these little fish. They are so beautiful, and yet chasing a big one can be very illusive. Searching and exploring the lakes can take a lifetime to find the best ones. I cant think of any better way to spend time with my kids than chasing brookies in the Uintahs and the Boulder mountains. Finding my love for photography has made my love of fishing even more rewarding. This is where i tell you all of my secret brookie lakes, only i dont have any yet.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

High Uintahs

Hit the Uintahs yesterday. We started fishing the upper provo but it was slow. So we headed up higher and took a dirt road hoping to find something good. We went quit a ways, infact the road got pretty bad. We found a lake and a good size stream eventually, i belive we were in the Duchesne drainage system. The first small pool i saw a threw a dry into and whack, a small brookie to hand. We found a deep pool and decided to throw some leaches, that would turn out to be the move of the day. The fish just killed it. We missed a few big brookies, probably in the 15 inch range. We caught a few rainbows and even saw an albino. The fish took those leaches everywhere we threw them the rest of the day. Cant wait to return.