I wanted to post up a "Thank You" note to all of you that helped this new guy prepare for a trip to Alaska. Some of you contributed by answering my questions directly and many more of you helped by contributing through other discussions that I read and learned from. I made my trip to Alaska and fished the Russian River confluence August 3 through the morning of August 7 and had a blast. I did really well my first 3 days and cauge lots of chromers and ended the last two days with almost all tomatoes which were still great fun to catch. I saw bears every day, met tons of great fisherman and fisherwomen, learned a lot about how to catch sockeye, and have an even deeper respect for Alaska and those people who live there. I can't wait for my next trip!