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Day float on the Chatanika River

By Troutnut on August 6th, 2011
I headed out with a friend & his canoe to float the Chatanika River. It's a popular river to float, so naturally it wouldn't be adventurous unless we decided to do something crazy, like float dozens of miles upstream from where people usually put in. We had some fine dragging and even a little bit of paddling, and many remote pools held eager grayling that rarely see a fly.

Photos by Troutnut from the Chatanika River in Alaska

 From the Chatanika River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenAug 6, 2011
Date AddedAug 7, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
 From the Chatanika River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenAug 6, 2011
Date AddedAug 7, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
 From the Chatanika River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenAug 6, 2011
Date AddedAug 7, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
 From the Chatanika River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenAug 6, 2011
Date AddedAug 7, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
 From the Chatanika River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenAug 6, 2011
Date AddedAug 7, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
 From the Chatanika River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenAug 6, 2011
Date AddedAug 7, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
 From the Chatanika River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenAug 6, 2011
Date AddedAug 7, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
 From the Chatanika River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenAug 6, 2011
Date AddedAug 7, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
 From the Chatanika River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenAug 6, 2011
Date AddedAug 7, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
 From the Chatanika River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenAug 6, 2011
Date AddedAug 7, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10

Underwater photos by Troutnut from the Chatanika River in Alaska

This simple rubber-legged foam beetle is one of my favorite flies for Arctic grayling.  It's quick to tie so I don't mind losing one or two on snags.  It's durable, so one fly can last a hundred fish or more.  It never needs floatant to ride the surface well.  Most importantly, it catches fish, although grayling often hit almost anything.  The bold profile and attention-grabbing plop of the beetle, I think, draw fish from farther away than a more subtle fly might, and it often draws unusually savage strikes. From the Chatanika River in Alaska.
This simple rubber-legged foam beetle is one of my favorite flies for Arctic grayling. It's quick to tie so I don't mind losing one or two on snags. It's durable, so one fly can last a hundred fish or more. It never needs floatant to ride the surface well. Most importantly, it catches fish, although grayling often hit almost anything. The bold profile and attention-grabbing plop of the beetle, I think, draw fish from farther away than a more subtle fly might, and it often draws unusually savage strikes.
StateAlaska
Date TakenAug 6, 2011
Date AddedAug 7, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
 From the Chatanika River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenAug 6, 2011
Date AddedAug 7, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10

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JesseAugust 13th, 2011, 12:00 pm
Posts: 378
Great pictures my man i love getting on this site and seeing fishing shots and beautiful scenery!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
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Jmd123August 11th, 2011, 10:10 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2010
Aaron, there's room for you too - I have enough ammo to go around...do you prefer rifle, pistol, or shotgun? I got some old spinning gear too if we really get desperate - and I'm planning on ice fishing this winter as well. SCREW the stock market, we'll have Survivor - Au Sable! ("Outfish, outhunt, outcamp"...) Just gotta get some cute bikini-clad chicks for our show - oh wait, there's some kayaks coming down the river right now!!! Who knows how to clean wild game???

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Aaron7_8August 11th, 2011, 9:38 pm
Helena Montana

Posts: 115
I gotta quit reading Jonathons' post while drunk he is starting to make way too much sense.
Jmd123August 9th, 2011, 4:30 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2010
Spence, you can always come up here & hunker down for a while, and if the economy really takes a nosedive we can just live off "the fat of the land", like the 5+ pounds of chicken-of-the-woods mushrooms I found today growing on a tree in Tawas (and there's probably 15 more pounds there waiting to be harvested - I don't think anyone else knows what they are!). There's plenty of Huron National Forest to disappear into with a tent, and I've got enough firearms & ammo to hold off the zombies for a good long time!!! Just make sure to stock up on insect repellent...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
OldredbarnAugust 8th, 2011, 5:16 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2537
Then again Spence might host a Conclave in the UP.


John,

After what the market did to me today I may need to go a little further north than the UP! My wife and her sister were driving up north together today and they kept sending me Thelma & Louise text messages...At one point her sister asked me how the market was doing and I told her I had jammed one of my office chairs under the door handle to my office and had the 12-gauge loaded and leaning in the corner in case one of my clients became a little irate...:)

Ouch!

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood

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