Small Fish Summer

ak_powder_monkey

Proud to Be Alaskan
#1
Late may things were looking down fishing wise, I wasn't complaining


I had interesting things on my mind in 8th grade


then this happened


fuuuuck anchorage


the waiting game ensued


we found a few steelbows


yeah that's glass




the ducks showed up


and made babies


went fishing here, got skunked


dipper don't care


drove like 500 miles to fish this lake


got skunked, but at least sunrise was pretty


Opening Morning First Boat down!


caught a few


swing while you can












wtf?


dry flies? yes please






 

ak_powder_monkey

Proud to Be Alaskan
#2
Part II

went for a drive, it was pretty






saw some bears




boat ride


saw some whales


killed a hatchery brat


looked for brookies


hung out with dogs


watched the sun set




small but sweet...


Humpy fever set in




sea run cutt...




Swing is the thing


miss this girl




I feel like they converted wrong


went to a ballgame


bowling!


dolly!


found some cutts






and some bows


fished here






biked to here


not sure if anyone has ever run this... paddlers take note



tbc
 

ak_powder_monkey

Proud to Be Alaskan
#3
part III
ate as many of these as I could find

Glass and color


cutts on dries!

pretty places

Rainbows!

some bigger fish hang out here too



some decent cutts too

This fish was awesome! Caught it in a stream that was 4 feet wide, sniped the fly from a bigger dolly though

contrary to popular belief dollies eat dries


you can see where they get the name

rainbow

small but sweet

CT

kayaking


this pretty much sums up the group, I believe that the net was bear protection

I did manage a nice dolly here

Oh Dean Peak I want you so bad... got thwarted by storms and sat up there for 3 days got 4 good turns though

went for a national IPA day/Opening day walk

found some fish

pretty light

cutts on stimis

good fish, smashed it




the summer was warm enough for stuff like this!

dock party...
 

ak_powder_monkey

Proud to Be Alaskan
#4
Part IV
Finally caught a lake trout with a two hander...

(sigh)
grayling





I want

so I got a job here, pretty sure I'll be able to skin from work!

sampled the local flavor




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

floated the big water


dry flies are good




went for a bike ride


more small stream magic







good news guys





Virgin Creek Valley recieving god rays


now its time for big fish fall
 

ak_powder_monkey

Proud to Be Alaskan
#14
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.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#15
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!