Newhalen river.. brawling, clear, fish filled w/ mean sockeye .. needed 8wt. st croix legend/ ross big game 4.. 25lb. shock tippet maxima ug. 15 ilb ug tippet. thes fish are ballistic no way if foul hooked.. many definite grabs.. on orange comet, chartreuse spanker, dan deceiver.. (see photo). yes bears.. cold water, little rain. only one flyfishing. most carry 44mag.. bears can be aggressive.. did capture blonde brown bear in video,, 200 ft away.. fished there many times in 90's... not many go there now.. hope it lasts..pebble 50 mi N.W. recommend red quill lodge.. friendly, good food, heineken on tap...plan to go back every year..