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Alaska

Postby Ctobias on August 12th, 2013, 12:36 pm

Since most people only get here for a vacation I figured I would share some of my pictures with everyone since I have been here. I will try and keep it updated from my daily/weekly fishing excursions. Once winter rolls around I will spend more time at the vise and less time fishing, but for now I am on the water for a couple hours if not the whole day at least 3-4 days a week. It's a rough life, but someone has to do it.

I will start from when I first arrived in late April.

I arrived in Anchorage Tuesday and "looked" for a house. Turns out a guy at the fly shop had a place to rent. Who knew. In all honesty I did look at the places the wife looked at online. Turns out they were all rented. I guess I will just have to go fishing ehh?

Hit the Kasilof for some steel, no dice. Floating the Kenai for two days and back to the big city Sunday evening.

Here are a few pics from my first of many fishing excursions. Haven't picked up a new float rod, but I will this week. Been on a tight budget with the move and a float rod was last on the list. Steelhead fishing should pick up on the Kasilof here soon and the chin dogs will be arriving mid may. So! I have to run at least 15-20lb main since 12lb leader here is the norm. Maybe I will just show them how us Great Lakes boys do it and keep my 10lb main and run 8 and 6lb leader.

Ok, I will shut up. Here are the pics.

Kasilof

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Moose trying to sleep in my tent

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Still light at midnight

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Headed to Skilak lake (second lake on the Kenai)

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The lake and the mile long pontoon drag

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Home for the night

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The essentials

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Kenai River Bow

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Kasilof River Steelhead

Three for three. Not bad for an afternoon.

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Wild Alaskan steel.
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View Heading into Anchorage

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Kasilof River Steelhead

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Russian River

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Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage

About three hours before the tide started rolling in.
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Tide up with a bunch of Anchorage's finest.
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Mud Shark

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So fresh she had sea louse!
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Campbell Creek Anchorage

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Willow Creek

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You guys thought tons of drift boats get annoying, imagine having one of these blow by you.

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Bears......

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Fish in Alaska love beads.

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Shark on the bead while chasing bows.

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With Anchorage in my rear view mirror I was headed down the Seward Highway and off to meet up with a buddy and fish the Kenai.

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We fished the lower Kenai and launched at Centennial park in the city of Soldotna. Luckily the majority of the reds were up near the Russian River, so the crowds and boat traffic was minimal. That, and kings went to catch and release and the season officially closed tonight on the Kenai. A whole four days early!

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Unfortunately, this isn't my boat, but I wish it was!

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The fishing was steady through out the day. I couldn't even tell you how many dollies we caught. We got into some bows, but it seemed the dollies were being rather greedy today.

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A few of the better bows from today.

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My buddy hit a silver swinging a flesh fly, but I didn't get a picture. It's in my fridge marinating for tomorrow's dinner. Talk about fresh salmon. I used the Spey rod for a total of maybe an hour. Did all my damage with the float rod.

After a solid 12 hours on the water it was time to head back to the big city after a decent meal.

Headed back on the Seward Highway at 11pm
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The view at midnight just before getting into Anchorage.
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Kenai River

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Campbell Creek


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Willow Creek

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Re: Alaska

Postby AK Skim on August 12th, 2013, 2:11 pm

Christopher,

You found that dream home of yours.

More rivers and fish than you can shake a stick at.

The side arm really doesn't look all that big for Alaskan bears ... RPG would be more like it.

Enjoy the 49th.
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Re: Alaska

Postby martalus on August 13th, 2013, 1:59 am

Holy Hell, that's some real good trout porn!! Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Alaska

Postby Mickey022752 on August 13th, 2013, 12:47 pm

Wow....Great Pics....Thanks
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Re: Alaska

Postby Twism86 on August 13th, 2013, 3:18 pm

Sweet pics!! Why havent I been there yet??
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Re: Alaska

Postby Ctobias on August 18th, 2013, 7:41 pm

Headed down to the peninsula this morning with the wife to hit Quartz Creek for some dollies.

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As soon as we got on the water we were into some fish. Always a good start.

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The wife was using the fly rod and I had my float rod with me. Both of us were using 6mm beads and were into more fish than we could even remember.

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There were tons of eggs in the water, especially with sockeye all over the place spawning.

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We didn't get any huge dollies, but we got a bunch over 18" and a couple that broke the 20" mark. The few rainbows we hit were small for Kenai Peninsula standards, but they were still head shakes.

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We even managed a double in the same run.

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For someone who "Only goes fishing because you make me", she sure looks like she's enjoying herself. Don't let her fool you, she loves fishing. She was yelling at the fish every time one got off. There was a lot of yelling today, especially when the fish was a better fish.

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Check out this colored up dolly.

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After a long day on the water we stopped at the BBQ place to fuel up before heading home. It's a rough life, but someone has to do it.

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Re: Alaska

Postby Ctobias on August 18th, 2013, 7:42 pm

Well...Hillery did so well on Friday she wanted to hit Quartz Creek again yesterday. We got a later start and got on the water around 12:30. Things started out slow, but picked up and we didn't end up leaving until around 9:30.

I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

18" Bow

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Last but not least is this slob that Hillery landed on a 3wt and 4lb leader!!!!!

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Re: Alaska

Postby Twism86 on August 23rd, 2013, 11:32 am

I love Dolly Varden!!!!!!
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Re: Alaska

Postby Ctobias on August 26th, 2013, 7:15 pm

Have you ever had one of those days, where no matter what you throw at them, you can't seem to buy a bite?

Well, this wasn't one of those days. In fact, it was one of the best days I have had fishing for bows. Between the two of us, we brought to hand, five bows that were 20"+. These weren't skinny fish either, they were footballs. These fish are eating well for sure. All fish were measured with a tape for complete scientific accuracy. I will shut up now, here is the porn.

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Grayling

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21" bow with 12.5" girth
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23" bow with 13" girth
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18" bow
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20" bow
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18" bow
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Re: Alaska

Postby TroutStalker on November 4th, 2013, 1:21 pm

Spectacular photography I really enjoyed viewed the fish and the scenery. That place is magical I hope I make it there at some point in my life. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Alaska

Postby Super on November 4th, 2013, 4:58 pm

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Alaska

Postby The Sib on November 6th, 2013, 4:45 pm

Nice.
What a place - thanks for sharing these photos.
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Re: Alaska

Postby clinton on November 6th, 2013, 6:56 pm

WOW

If it wasn't so cold for so long and the mosquitoes weren't unbearable in the warm months I'd debate moving there

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Re: Alaska

Postby Ctobias on February 10th, 2017, 8:10 pm

I've been MIA for a while.

I hope you guys like porn.

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Re: Alaska

Postby Ctobias on February 10th, 2017, 8:10 pm

And some more....

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Re: Alaska

Postby Ctobias on February 10th, 2017, 8:15 pm

If any of you are headed here in the near future, please don't hesitate to email me for some up to date info.

Chris@roehard.com or info@roehard.com
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Re: Alaska

Postby Twism86 on February 15th, 2017, 11:59 am

Damn, thanks Chris!!! Why do I live in NJ again????
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Re: Alaska

Postby Ctobias on February 21st, 2017, 12:32 pm

Twism86 wrote:Damn, thanks Chris!!! Why do I live in NJ again????


That is a good question. Although, it was -8 this morning on the drive in. I'm certain it is a tad warmer there right now.
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