We had a interesting mix of return clients this week with Linda Ford coming back up after almost two decades. She had liked the first experience so much that she decided to share it with your extended family this time. We also had the Powell’s come back after a 4 year break, this time bringing back both dads to enjoy some King & Sockeye Salmon fishing. Also back again this year were the Norm & Matt Heckler. And had the Den Hoed brothers again this year along another wine maker from Washington State, Rob Newson of Boudreaux Cellars. It was fun to watch the bonding of family and new friends as the week went on. For two families, it was a pretty special experience to share indeed.
The weather was cooperating and the daylight proved too much to handle. After a couple of late, late nights, Andy finally asked when it got dark around here. That would be August! It is always amazing how much energy you get from the sun shining down despite long days of fishing we had a hard time keeping up with this group.
The second week of July is almost all salmon all the time. Almost. This is also when the larger Rainbows start to show up and this year was no exception. The King Salmon fishing remained strong as long as groups spent the time on the water to hit the ‘bite’. Our local Sockeye Salmon run was in and ascending the Agulawak River in full force offering up easy limits and knuckle busting action on fly rods. With all the Sockeyes in area rivers, the bears were thick at Brooks Falls and continued to wow visitors. The big Alaskan Brown bears were keying in on the returning salmon in places like the Moraine, where larger Rainbow trout that were eager to bite our flies.