Troutnut.com Fly Fishing for Trout Home
User Password
or register.
Scientific name search:

> > Driving down the Richardson to Chitina, with a stop at the Gulkana

Driving down the Richardson to Chitina, with a stop at the Gulkana

By Troutnut on August 11th, 2011
I had good photo weather for the 7-hour drive from Fairbanks down to Chitina for the dip-netting trip detailed in the August 12th update. I stopped for a few hours at the upper Gulkana River along the way, hoping to catch grayling in a promising new spot I'd found (but not fished) on an earlier trip. That stretch of river is so enchanting one could spend a lifetime on a single mile of it and never want to leave. I was amazed to find no sign of grayling, except for another angler who said the spot fishes well earlier in the summer. I fished behind spawning sockeye salmon and caught only a round whitefish, and was treated to the sight of caribou crossing the river upstream. I think the spawning salmon have something to do with the lack of grayling, no doubt an interesting story I have yet to figure out.

Photos by Troutnut from the Gulkana River, Miscellaneous Alaska, the Copper River, Summit Lake, and the Delta River in Alaska

Comments / replies

OldredbarnAugust 16th, 2011, 9:58 am
Novi, MI

Posts: 2599
Jason,

Gorgeous! You are a lucky, lucky, man to get some real time to nose around up there...Whenever the market goes especially schizoid, as it has lately, I dial up your Alaskan photos and pretend I'm tramping around up there with you...Better than aspirin or a shot of bourbon!!!

Thanks!

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
Shawnny3August 23rd, 2011, 8:59 pm
Moderator
Pleasant Gap, PA

Posts: 1197
I don't know if the piece you wrote about dipnetting can be commented on, so I'll just comment here. What a fascinating piece and photo essay! I learned a ton from it about everything from the larger management issues of the fishery to the gory details of the techniques used. I showed it to my wife, who recently ate salmon at a fancy restaurant here in PA that bragged that the fish came from the Copper River, and I also shared it with some others I thought would find it interesting.

Thanks for the report!

-Shawn
Jewelry-Quality Artistic Salmon Flies, by Shawn Davis
www.davisflydesigns.com

Quick Reply

You have to be logged in to post on the forum. It's this easy:
Username:          Email:

Password:    Confirm Password:

I am at least 13 years old and agree to the rules.
Most Recent Posts
Re: Thunder Creek flies
In Fly Tying by Dbinmt (Wbranch replied)
Re: Trout Unlimited, who are they?
In General Discussion by Red_green_h (Billfish3r replied)
Re: My wild & crazy Flordia trip part 3: hotel room and other fun stuff
In the Photography Board by Jmd123 (Martinlf replied)
Re: Furled Leaders
In Gear Talk by Ov10fac (Martinlf replied)
Re: Personal Best Largemouth
In the Photography Board by Summer_doug
Re: My wild and crazy trip to Florida & back while the world went crazy in my "absence"
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
Re: My wild and crazy trip to Florida & back, part 2: fly fishing & bottom bouncing
In the Photography Board by Jmd123 (Martinlf replied)
Re: Wading Staff suggestions?
In General Discussion by NMiAngler (Gene_PA replied)
Re: FINALLY heading to Florida!
In the Photography Board by Jmd123
Re: Fishing Rod Suggestions
In Gear Talk by Princemoga (Gene_PA replied)