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    Default Know what Alaskan salmon tastes like? Neither do we... (pictures to follow)

    My wife and I had a GREAT float trip down Little Willow Creek (in Willow Alaska).

    The weather was beautiful, and our guide was engaging and helpful. The fishing was good, the scenery was beautiful, and we only saw one other raft the whole day. Talk about the true Alaska experience !!

    We put in at the Parks Hwy Bridge, and floated down to the Big Su River. It took about eight hours. We floated and fished, we got out and fished, we got in the river and fished, the guide did all of the rowing, and we had a blast.

    My wife caught and released three or four nice Rainbow Trout, and I caught and released one 18.5 inch rainbow. I even caught my first Silver Salmon on my new CHEAPO fly rod. My wife caught two nice BIG Silvers under eggs. Then I caught another Silver, and we had our limit.

    All in all it was a great trip. At the end the guide showed me how to tie a blood knot (line to line), and then he showed me how to tie an egg loop. But the one knot he didn't know how to tie was....... how to tie the stringer of fish to the raft

    All of that fun, and all we ended up with are these pictures. That's right, we (he) lost our fish. The guide was very apologetic. And the head guide gave us some of his frozen fish (and knocked a few bucks off the trip), but still.

    Oh well, he didn't do it on purpose, and I guess they say **** happens, BECAUSE **** HAPPENS. I just wish it wouldn't always happen to me

    Pictures to follow.
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    Bummer. If I wasn't heading out on a goat hunt in the morning, I'd treat you to some Kenai River red salmon. (sockeye)
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    Thanks for the offer. As promised, here are the pictures:











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    At least it looked like great weather for fishing and you have pics. Could be worse lose your camera and pics. Lol
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    Yeah, I'm smiling in those pictures. My wife said I didn't look so happy at the end of the trip. Kind of a cross between when your dog dies, and when your dog dies again.

    Was I dejected? Do salmon swim up stream?
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    Hey I was the guy that talked to you at Birchwood Wednesday night. Did you end up going willow again?


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    That guide boat is missing something...
    "The North wind is cold no matter what direction it's blowing"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DannerAK View Post
    That guide boat is missing something...
    Maybe it was tied on?...

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    yes it is! doh!

    I see the tied on stringer !

    Hey you got a great experience....fish can be replaced....experiences are forever!

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    I know hard boats like drift boats require a guide sticker, don't rafts too????
    Life's to short for an ugly boat

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    Quote Originally Posted by TradBow View Post
    Hey you got a great experience....fish can be replaced....experiences are forever!
    My wife and I saved our whole life for our once in a lifetime trip to Alaska. Our goal was to catch and bring home some fresh Alaska salmon for my dying grandmother, who's only last wish was to eat fresh Alaskan salmon that I caught..................



    .................... OK, none of that is true, but I was still disappointed
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwackkillncrew View Post
    Hey I was the guy that talked to you at Birchwood Wednesday night. Did you end up going willow again?
    Hi Joe. It was nice meeting you up at Birchwood. How'd you do? I shot a 70 (which is low for me). Our squad probably had 25% broken birds coming off the machines. I've shot all over the world, and I've never seen it so bad. Go up to Grouse Ridge if you get a chance. It's an amazing place.
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    Ah - come on, don't you know that with shipping and the frigid climate the clays up here are only good for about 70-75% !

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    shot a 71 (little on the low side) there were alot more broken birds then i have ever seen there and thats from shooting there for 4 years and working there for a year and a half. from what i saw most of the ones were breaking birds had the springs set way to high.
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    Run out to Jims Creek and pick up some silvers.

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    Caught a couple Chromers on a float trip yesterday and made sure to tie an extra good knot on the stringer. They made it home to the filet table.
    "The North wind is cold no matter what direction it's blowing"

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    We killed them yesterday. We got kings, reds, and silvers.

    It's a place called New Saguya Creek. It's right in Anchorage
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    Update to this thread. After 25 years with the same company they told me (and about 9,999 other people) the 12/31 would be my (our) last day. My wife asked me if I was going to be OK. I replied, yes, it's not like they lost my fish

    We both had a good laugh !!
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