Small Fish Summer

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by ak_powder_monkey, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Eagle River, Alaska
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    Late may things were looking down fishing wise, I wasn't complaining
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    I had interesting things on my mind in 8th grade
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    then this happened
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    fuuuuck anchorage
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    the waiting game ensued
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    we found a few steelbows
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    yeah that's glass
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    the ducks showed up
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    and made babies
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    went fishing here, got skunked
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    dipper don't care
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    drove like 500 miles to fish this lake
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    got skunked, but at least sunrise was pretty
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    Opening Morning First Boat down!
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    caught a few
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    swing while you can
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    wtf?
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    dry flies? yes please
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  2. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Part II

    went for a drive, it was pretty
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    saw some bears
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    boat ride
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    saw some whales
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    killed a hatchery brat
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    looked for brookies
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    hung out with dogs
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    watched the sun set
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    small but sweet...
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    Humpy fever set in
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    sea run cutt...
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    Swing is the thing
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    miss this girl
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    I feel like they converted wrong
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    went to a ballgame
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    bowling!
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    dolly!
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    found some cutts
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    and some bows
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    fished here
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    biked to here
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    not sure if anyone has ever run this... paddlers take note
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    tbc
  3. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    part III
    ate as many of these as I could find
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    Glass and color
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    cutts on dries!
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    pretty places
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    Rainbows!
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    some bigger fish hang out here too
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    some decent cutts too
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    This fish was awesome! Caught it in a stream that was 4 feet wide, sniped the fly from a bigger dolly though
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    contrary to popular belief dollies eat dries
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    you can see where they get the name
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    rainbow
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    small but sweet
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    CT
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    kayaking
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    this pretty much sums up the group, I believe that the net was bear protection
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    I did manage a nice dolly here
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    Oh Dean Peak I want you so bad... got thwarted by storms and sat up there for 3 days got 4 good turns though
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    went for a national IPA day/Opening day walk
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    found some fish
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    pretty light
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    cutts on stimis
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    good fish, smashed it
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    the summer was warm enough for stuff like this!
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    dock party...
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  4. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    Part IV
    Finally caught a lake trout with a two hander...
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    (sigh)
    grayling
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    I want
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    so I got a job here, pretty sure I'll be able to skin from work!
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    sampled the local flavor
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    so under that overhanging tree on the left there was a 16" dolly which after several failed bow and arrow casts I finally got a drift, the 16incher charged and out of nowhere a 20 incher showed up and beat it to the fly, then ran up around that clump of grass and broke me off
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    floated the big water
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    dry flies are good
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    went for a bike ride
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    more small stream magic
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    good news guys
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    Virgin Creek Valley recieving god rays
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    now its time for big fish fall
  5. cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

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    Awesome photo essay of a summer.

    Steve
  6. Stew McLeod aka BigMac

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    Renton, WA
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    Agreed, great pics. What type of camera?

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
  7. Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Great photo essay & sounds like a summer of a lifetime. Thanks for sharing.
  8. funfisher Fish On!

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    Suquamish, WA
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    Epic report Patrick. Very, very well done.
  9. triploidjunkie Active Member

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    Grand Coulee, WA
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    Awesome as always Monk!!!
  10. JasonG Active Member

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    Issaquah Wa
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    That was AWESOME! Thank you for sharing
  11. Bruce Baker Active Member

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    Olympia, WA
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    Yes, that was awesome!! And thanks for sharing. You have some really great photos.
  12. Get Some Member

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    The Deep South
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    AMAZING, thank you for sharing!!!
  13. mbowers Active Member

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    Great pics. Just curious as to what identifies this fish as hatchery origin? It has all its fins as far as I can see.
  14. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    so several things, a) there are almost no wild kings in inside waters of southeast alaska in July, b) it was caught at a hatchery release site c) its small as fuck, usually the wild guys are double that size.

    On a side rant, our state is super idiotic in not marking hatchery fish. We have several streams with unmarked hatchery releases that get closed when wild returns are bad, and its basically a huge waste of money and lost opportunity to harvest those fish.

    But yeah 99.9% chance that was of hatchery origin. Coulda been wild I guess, there's a few, but they aren't native to the area.
  15. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Powder Monkey, way to come back from a while off the forum radar. Righteous summer photo exposé for sure. Thanks for putting that into view!
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  17. Porter Active Member

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    Yeah I have to admit that was damn good...congrats and thanks for sharing!
  18. Dan Cuomo Active Member

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    Tacoma, WA
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    Beautifully done. Thanks!
  19. Jamie Wilson Active Member

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    Arlington WA
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    sweet
    thanks
    I heard you're moving south


    JK
  20. Josh Stroud Active Member

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    WA
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    Nice job man, ready for big fall rainbows as well!