Mission Lodge Fishing Report
Our days pass, days of primal light, perfect arrangements of color. No voice can speak of this. We begin them all believing that there is something to be felt; something to tell us we are heading in the right direction; something that brings us to that electric tension between angler and fish. It’s a search for limits, for tolerances, for ways of dealing with what, in the end, was the sound of your own voice. You limit yourself to the narrowest focus, force yourself to concentrate to such an extent that you’re able to learn a great deal about the fish you’re hunting down. The less there is the more you’re tested to find those things that do exist. Within and without.
It’s this tenacity that we try to impart to our clients everyday we set out. Fish to the fullest extent of our abilities. This past week was once again filled with repeat guests that were excited for some blistering salmon antics. Whether they were Kings, Chums, or Sockeyes everyone took repeated trips to our salmon destinations. We began fishing the Togiak this past week and she took no time in producing great days for all those who put a line in the water. Most people hooked into a fish in the mid-thirty pound range, though it was Marc Messina who landed the lodge’s largest king of the season, a monster that weighed 41.5 pounds. There were tales circulating the dinner table of seldom seen fish that stayed deep and pulled hard that managed to shake free before their size could be fully measured. However large they were, the ones that get away make for great stories. The Nushagak continued to provide steady action as well.
Sockeye Salmon were on everyone’s list this week and they were there for the catching. Being a high spirited fish, they kept reels whining under heavy strain and tired anglers with hard nosed charges. Along with Sockeye in the Agulowak there were some outstanding opportunities to catch Arctic Grayling and Rainbow Trout on dry flies. Secret Creek and the Agulukpak also produced some excellent rainbow and grayling fishing as well. Rich Fildes and guide TJ Zandoli had an incredible day on the Agulukpak, catching some hefty trout including one that weighed 5.5 pounds, establishing a new lodge record. It was a phenomenal week of fishing that only accentuated the perfect weather we had. Thank you to all of our guests for making it an enjoyable week. We look forward to fishing with you again soon.