My family and I moved to Alaska in December with the Air Force. I have never fished for salmon and have not done much fishing at all in the last several years d/t school and deployment. An AF friend and I got our kids up at 3 a.m. Sunday and drove to the ferry crossing to fish. We hiked up the Russian a ways to find some solitude and give the kids a chance to learn how to "flip". After a while, we made our way back down to the Kenai. I hooked one shortly after getting there, but lost him after a little bit.
A fisherman next to my friend and our kids hooked 3 reds in about 25 minutes, and each time he immediately handed to rod to one of our kids and coached them while letting them fight the fish and reel them in. I could not believe someone would do this. He (I shook his hand and I think he said his name was Keith) gave my kids a terrific memory that they will have forever. They have called all of their grandparents and let them know what that they caught their first salmon because of "this great fisherman at the river". If this fisherman is on here, or if anyone knows who he is, I'd love to buy him lunch sometime. Thanks again for doing this for the kids and for me. It will help me to continue to remember that it's about the experience, not about what you bring home