Flyfishing in Alaska - Part I

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My with Beth and I spent July 10-28 in Alaska, and included a 1-week stay at Copper River Lodge near Iliamna Lake. I have posted quite a few pictures on my web page, and thought I'd give a little travelogue here for the fisherpeople in the group, and those interested in the Alaska outback.

More than half of these pictures were taken my Mrs. T.

To reach Copper River Lodge, you must catch an Iliamna Air Taxi flight from Anchorage to the village of Iliamna on the lake.

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Arriving in Iliamna. The weather was not encouraging.

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After a three-hour wait for the weather to improve on the other side of Iliamna Lake, we boarded a Dehavilland Beaver for the flight across.

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Cockpit of the Beaver, which was built in 1957:

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After a 20-minute flight across the lake, guides from the lodge met us at Intricate Bay to load into a motor boat for the final leg of the trip.

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After a short boat ride, we got our first view of the lodge:

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The guides soon had us rigged up and out fishing on the Copper River. I quickly hooked up with a nice rainbow trout...

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The next day's fishing was cold and rainy, but the guides provided us with a nice hot lunch. This is guide Nick cooking bratwurst:

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Brad was my guide on Day 3; he is from Gore on the South Island of New Zealand.

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Alaska Rainbows are the last pure strain of wild rainbow trout, and are the main reason I go to Alaska. In addition to their beauty, they are very hard fighters. No, we did not keep any of them; they were all returned to the stream to fight again another day.

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On our way back down the river, we encountered Mama Bear leading Junior out to the river to learn how to catch salmon:

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Nice! Brings back memories, Jim. Several years ago now I flew on a Beaver out of Iliamna to the Nushagak River for a week of battling big rainbows like thd ones in your pix. Were you there for the Silvers? I long to return there, and will one day, the Good Lord willing. Thanks for sharing these!
 
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Wow, I have got to get my fly rod out and catch a trout or two but the weather here has been rubbish and my local rivers are dirty and high. Good to see a fellow kiwi out there doing a bit of guiding! I have always had a bit of a dream to fish Alaska - I better add it to my bucket list
 
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Wow, nice photos.

Looks very similar to the trip that I take annually with my dad and brothers. We even fly in the De'Havilland Beaver too.
 
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Nice Shots !!!

WHAT A COUNTRY YOU GUYS HAVE !!!
It looks all so perfect, places like that are totally me !!!


Kind Regards


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Catch and release.... now I understand why the guide was cooking bratwurst instead of fresh trout. great shots. have to look at II and III.
 
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Jim,

Super shots, I felt like I was there with you, that would be a really
nice vacation.

Thanks for sharing,
Phil..........:smile:
 
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Catch and release.... now I understand why the guide was cooking bratwurst instead of fresh trout. great shots. have to look at II and III.

Yep, the rainbows are all returned. Salmon are another story, but by the time they enter the stream they can only be caught by snagging, which doesn't interest me.

Jim,

Super shots, I felt like I was there with you, that would be a really
nice vacation.

Thanks for sharing,
Phil..........:smile:

Thanks, Phil. Again, my wife took most of the photographs!

I love the 7th image with the welcome sign and the dog... great shot

Thanks, Scott; that's one of my favorites too. We had just arrived at the pier in the jon boat when I saw the dog and I couldn't get the shot off soon enough!

Wonderful fishing, fantastic scenery, even bears! Love it!

Thanks, it was quite an adventure.
 

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