Heading to the Copper River

Me and five buddies will be landing at Lake Iliamna on Friday. Were going to spend five days with Jack Johnson at the Alaska Legends Lodge. Purchased the trip as a group almost two years ago.

The plan is to catch a bunch of sockeye salmon and also some of the huge rainbows that follow the salmon up stream during July.

All fly fishing. My bags are packed. I’ll probably unpack and pack them again later today.

Hopefully I’ll have some great pictures upon return. Here’s my draft check list.

Alaska fishing 2018

Clearwater River Steelhead

With my first-ever whitetail buck hanging in the shed, the next phase of the Idaho trip was to go for a first-ever steelhead. That effort was accomplished fishing by jet boat, back trolling with shrimp and lures on November 16th..

When his rod bent over, Monty graciously let me take over in my quest to land a steelhead. In the end, we hooked about eight fish, but only landed two. They were both hatchery fish, so we kept them.

Here’s mine:

Couldn’t keep my eyes open for this photo.

The Clearwater River is known for large steelhead, some over 20 pounds. It’s also where Lewis and Clark built boats and drifted in them downstream¬†to the Pacific.