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Ripp
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Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip
      #329922 - 09/07/19 02:50 AM

Went to Alaska a week ago with a couple of my buddies.. was able to get in on some King Salmon fishing.. weather was unseasonably warm the first day there.. fishing was marginal..fortunately the weather got cooler overnight and became overcast..the next couple days were phenomenal..

Matt with his first King..
20190628_110825 by A Hoffart, on Flickr

Moose on the side of the river..
20190629_222345 by A Hoffart, on Flickr

My first King of the trip..
20190630_133336 by A Hoffart, on Flickr


Alex with his.. close up to the camera-but really was a nice fish..
20190630_124032 by A Hoffart, on Flickr


King I caught later in the day..released her back into the water..[url=https://flic.kr/p/2gubvbR]

[/url]FB_IMG_1562005843898 by A Hoffart, on Flickr

Matt with another..as you can tell he is not having a very good time..
20190630_115905 by A Hoffart, on Flickr

I borrowed a fly rod from the lodge.. two local friends, Mike and OJ took me out for some sockeye fly fishing.. great little fighters..
20190701_190705 by A Hoffart, on Flickr

It really was a great trip with friends.. saw lots of wild life.. beluga whales, eagles, moose, caribou, seals, otters, bears, lots of bears...

We flew out on a little 206 every morning to the river and then back to the lodge at night.. the guides stayed at the river.. there was bear activity almost every night in the guides camp.. they had an electric fence, solar powered, around their tents which they stated made a younger bear let out a convincing holler once night has he checked it out with his nose..

We inquired into staying at the site versus flying back in every night..was told they were not equipped to do so.. perhaps next year.. the reason we wanted to stay was to be able to fish at first light.. as this time of year it was daylight until 12:30 with the sun coming back up around 4-430... plus early morning fog can delay departure on the plane..


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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Ripp]
      #329923 - 09/07/19 04:24 AM

weather looking great for alaska, dont you think so? read they had over 30 degrees celsius last week.
the salmon looks very tasty, you grill some of them? hope not all were release.

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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: lancaster]
      #329926 - 09/07/19 06:08 AM

Yeah, a real shitty trip Ripp!
Great to see you had a fantastic time & with good mates - always the best of times to be had!
Nice fish.


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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Ripp]
      #329934 - 09/07/19 08:41 AM

Looks to have been a good trip Ripp. At least you didn't have to fight the bears for the fish.

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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Rule303]
      #329943 - 09/07/19 01:08 PM

Art and his tough work trips, endless paperwork, endless high powered meetings in skyscraper board rooms wearing ties and stuffy suits ... tough life.

I too hope you enjoyed eating some of these feeshes, salmon. I have never understood catch and release for sport. Fish are for eating! look yummy and very fresh as well.

Why not stay at the camp? Bears enjoy eating Southern client flesh more than local guides? Or guides all sharing the same smelly sleeping bag? Ha ha.

Well done mate. Thanks for posting.

PS Those fish really increase in size when held closer to the camera.

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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: NitroX]
      #329949 - 09/07/19 04:59 PM

Well done. I spend a few hours chasing Chinook last year. Never had a strike. Oh well, there's always next time.





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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Rod4861]
      #329959 - 09/07/19 09:13 PM

Rod, you look damned cozy there and here you were telling me how hard going and cold you were.

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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Rod4861]
      #329961 - 09/07/19 11:20 PM

Quote:

Well done. I spend a few hours chasing Chinook last year. Never had a strike. Oh well, there's always next time.








What river were you on? The tide has a huge effect on fishing.. within a half hour or so as it is changing it was game on where we were at... We were in the Bristol Bay area..on the Nushagak river..was told the "Nush" is considered one of the best King Salmon rivers in AK ... not sure if that is correct of just bragging, but have it heard it from numerous sources...

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Edited by Ripp (10/07/19 12:55 AM)


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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: NitroX]
      #329962 - 09/07/19 11:29 PM

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Art and his tough work trips, endless paperwork, endless high powered meetings in skyscraper board rooms wearing ties and stuffy suits ... tough life.

I too hope you enjoyed eating some of these feeshes, salmon. I have never understood catch and release for sport. Fish are for eating! look yummy and very fresh as well.

Why not stay at the camp? Bears enjoy eating Southern client flesh more than local guides? Or guides all sharing the same smelly sleeping bag? Ha ha.

Well done mate. Thanks for posting.

PS Those fish really increase in size when held closer to the camera.




The guiding operation told me they were not set up for clients to stay overnight in camp, however in checking once I got back I did find several do offer that option.. if I were to go back just for kings, I would choose that option.. but also bring a handgun along for over night intruders.. mostly of the 4 legged kind..

As to catch and release.. an individual is only allowed to keep 4 Kings from that river per year of a certain size.. the laws and restrictions are very confusing.. perhaps not if you do it a lot or live there but as a non-resident who has never done this before.. it was numerous restrictions, so I just let the guides figure it out and tell me what I can and can not keep..

Agree, I am very lucky to have the opportunities I do with my job/occupation.. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE going to Alaska.. one of my favorite places in the world.. Frankly would go there any day of the week vs Africa, Asia or other parts of the planet.. simple, easy, nice outdoor people..no one trying to steel anything you don't have nailed down..no airport hassles, etc, etc, etc.... found in general, especially when you are way out in the bush, people are the way it used to be all over.. go out of their way to help you out should you need it.. found that quite an admirable trait in todays world....

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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: lancaster]
      #329963 - 09/07/19 11:41 PM

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weather looking great for alaska, dont you think so? read they had over 30 degrees celsius last week.
the salmon looks very tasty, you grill some of them? hope not all were release.




Weather this year in Alaska is very warm.. much warmer than normal .. funny thing, here in Montana we have been much cooler than normal and very rainy most of the year thus far..

In addition to my business I own, I am managing a 10,000 acre range about an hour north of where I live.. I was up there this weekend for few days with my children..checking on the cattle.. as well as taking them fishing a bit for trout.. see pics below.. the grass was as high as my daughters head up in the mountains..

And yes, that is my wirehair standing in the creek in the background..

20190706_090411 by A Hoffart, on 20190706_004257 by A Hoffart, on FlickrFlickr


YES, the salmon is very tasty ..I brought back 25lbs with me in the airplane.. it tastes MUCH better than anything you can buy in the store.. I am headed back in August for Silvers.. will bring a bunch back then as well should I be fortunate enough to catch them..

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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Rule303]
      #329980 - 10/07/19 06:37 AM

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Rod, you look damned cozy there and here you were telling me how hard going and cold you were.




Mate, it was a beautiful sunny day but I doubt she hit 9c that day and with a bit of breeze it was bloody cool. I was wearing 2 sets of woollen underwear and a few top layers. Was perfect, until the boat gained a bit of speed.

Edited by Rod4861 (10/07/19 10:42 AM)


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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Ripp]
      #329981 - 10/07/19 06:40 AM

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Quote:

Well done. I spend a few hours chasing Chinook last year. Never had a strike. Oh well, there's always next time.








What river were you on? The tide has a huge effect on fishing.. within a half hour or so as it is changing it was game on where we were at... We were in the Bristol Bay area..on the Nushagak river..was told the "Nush" is considered one of the best King Salmon rivers in AK ... not sure if that is correct of just bragging, but have it heard it from numerous sources...




I was on the Kenai River mate. The spot where the photo was taken is, so I was told, the hole where the world record King was caught.

Rod


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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Rod4861]
      #329995 - 10/07/19 10:45 PM

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Well done. I spend a few hours chasing Chinook last year. Never had a strike. Oh well, there's always next time.

What river were you on? The tide has a huge effect on fishing.. within a half hour or so as it is changing it was game on where we were at... We were in the Bristol Bay area..on the Nushagak river..was told the "Nush" is considered one of the best King Salmon rivers in AK ... not sure if that is correct of just bragging, but have it heard it from numerous sources...




I was on the Kenai River mate. The spot where the photo was taken is, so I was told, the hole where the world record King was caught.

Rod




From what I am told, the Kenai does have bigger Kings.. the Nush is noted for quantity... or so I was told...

The temps the first day I was there is in the mid 70'sF --around 24C ... dropped to 15C and overcast the next two days... was perfect weather...

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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Ripp]
      #330034 - 12/07/19 03:58 AM

Buddy of mine, Mikey, asst mgr at King Salmon Lodge, got this dandy yesterday .. 30" is a nice trout...

64540293_10157100433165210_532232360205221888_n by A Hoffart, on Flickr

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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Ripp]
      #330190 - 16/07/19 11:28 PM

A few more pics from that area a friend of mine got..

66996193_10157166263385210_4616120069649334272_o by A Hoffart, on Flickr

66702407_10157166263660210_2125989875009191936_o by A Hoffart, on Flickr


66777017_10157166267045210_7916616778074030080_o by A Hoffart, on Flickr

66715762_10157166263610210_4908996651227545600_o by A Hoffart, on Flickr

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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Ripp]
      #330196 - 17/07/19 02:39 AM

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Buddy of mine, Mikey, asst mgr at King Salmon Lodge, got this dandy yesterday .. 30" is a nice trout...

64540293_10157100433165210_532232360205221888_n by A Hoffart, on Flickr




Nice Steelhead, Art. With steelies, the rule of 20 works very well. Measure length and subtract 20 = weight, thus, 30" is a 10 pounder.

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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Daryl_S]
      #330201 - 17/07/19 03:20 AM

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Buddy of mine, Mikey, asst mgr at King Salmon Lodge, got this dandy yesterday .. 30" is a nice trout...
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Nice Steelhead, Art. With steelies, the rule of 20 works very well. Measure length and subtract 20 = weight, thus, 30" is a 10 pounder.




Did not know that.. thx for that bit of info..


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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Ripp]
      #330203 - 17/07/19 03:40 AM

The formula only works up to about 36" maybe 38" length. After that length, the steelies start to shape up like springs (kings) getting heavier per inch with thicker shoulders and deeper bellies.

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Re: Alaska Trip--2019 Fish/work trip [Re: Daryl_S]
      #330226 - 17/07/19 07:09 PM

Ripp, looks like you had a great trip again with some very nice fish. Looks like you kids had a good time once again on you weekend away. Great to see. Thanks for posting.

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