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    Default Been owing this one to the forum for awhile (freshwater version)

    here's the saltwater stuff and a pic or two

    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...35#post1230735



    Now, to get back to the story:


    I was a bit luckier than most of the first five guys I came with because when they had to head back home on July 28th, I had my best friend from Maine and his four boys heading into Alaska the next day for an eight day stay, 7/29/11 - 8/6/11.

    This time we rented a 30' RV and had planned up some river fishing on the Kenai Peninsula, a three day paddle and camping trip through a piece of the Canoe Trails and then finally a one day offshore trip after some halibut, out of Anchor Point again. Unfortunately, the weather after having been pretty much decent for the previous eleven days, decided to get a LOT moister and more than just a touch breezy offshore. The Canoe Trails were pretty well mudded up according to the folks at Alaska Canoe and by the time our offshore trip rolled around, it was small craft warnings ++. Not to worry, we whipped the spinning and fly rods back out and set about churning the top waters of the Kenai and Ninilchik to a froth once again. The red run had tamed down a bit but there were still plenty of, "Did you see that!" moments from the guys. (Whoever named them the "fish of a 1,000 casts" might not have been too far of the mark)

    2/3rds of the crew



    Got some help from a member here getting up river to twitch (legal-like!) out a few reds



    Leon, fishing just inside a sandbar on the Ninilchik. Rainy as all get out that day.





    Kinda mandatory, I guess.



    Bass tournament (so it looked like) on the lower Kenai. King fishing craziness. Never again!


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    Thanks for sharing Glad you had a good time! Fishing is only part of the trip the bonds of friendship made are much more valuable.

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    'bout time to get back to this story (sorry - been a bit hectic )

    The young guys in particular had their mouths hanging open just seeing the incredible hook-up action when the sockeyes took a notion to head for Skilak. Speaking of the young guys (well - not really all that young - four of 'em between 18 - 26 years old ), they were all a real pleasure to fish with. Seen 'em growing up since day 1 and pretty much got to share the fun from their first fish to their most recent. Good bunch - always smiling and if you can believe it ( for four brothers ) have developed the art of busting each others b*lls to an art form. Lots of laughs. It did get a mite cozy with six of us in a 30' RV, but no black eyes, nor bloody noses and the only food fight is barely worth mentioning.
















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    While this part of the trip didn't, see us landing as many fish as the earlier part, none of would have been willing to exchange the entire experience ( the incredible scenery, the amazing rivers and the explosive feeling of your fishing rod on those first strikes for the Alaskan days out of doors and on the waters to anything or any where else we'd ever fished or traveled before. Kinda sums up Alaska in a nutshell.












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    For me, this whole trip kind of brought home the whole, "Is it the journey or the destination?" question. A heap of fun was had to be sure in all the planning and conversations and anticipation ( two years in the making - yikes! ). It was truly hard to believe that when that jet touched down in Anchorage that we were finally HERE!!!!!

    Lots of folks have come to this forum excited about their upcoming trip to Alaska. Pretty good thinking on their part, because what an incredible source of information, advise and offers of help. Many the times it was fun to read and see about the fun and adventures that they shared back here. All's I can say to the folks who will continue to come here looking for some advise is - Pass It On.



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    There were a passel of folks from this forum who were gracious enough to offer us some great help and advise.

    So, here's a big Thank You!

    Big Jim - thanks for the trip up to the reds honey hole

    Tustumena Lake - gracious offer and advise. Hope to see that camp one of these days.

    Soda Biscuit - If you're a fisherman and can read his posts about his early trips and not get a sense of the excitement,
    you might need to check for a pulse.

    danattherock - great pics and accounts

    2PawsRiver - AK trip videos at their best (check his website/blog)

    BrownBear - Great advise and the sneaking feeling that you may just know your stuff

    Sayak - Walks the walk. Great pics and accounts. Hope we get to go target practicing next time.

    Mike Strahan - many thanks for the advise and for keeping it all together here.

    Alaskachuck - Awesome pics and stories. Honorary New England Patriots Fan Award bestowed

    Alaskacanoe - Thanks for the advise about getting away from it all.

    BrianM - herding cats with a smile on his face

    Coupla' Maine connections - MainerinAlaska
    Potbuilder

    After living in Maine for a spell, chances are "they ain't right", but seem to be rehabilitating
    well in Alaska.

    Coupla' of folks from pretty different directions, but both have a heap to add:

    Keeneyephysician - worth at least $10 per consultation (maybe more!)


    Strangerinastrangeland - transcendent life my friend. May the four winds keep on blowing you
    safely home.


    Here's a vid or two for a bit of amusement.



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