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Finally, fly fishing!

By Troutnut on May 1st, 2014
In this area, the first place to catch grayling each year is also one of the least idyllic places in Alaska to fish, a spring-fed slough in downtown North Pole where many of the Chena River's grayling congregate to spawn. It runs low and clear while all the other rivers in the area are high, turbid, and still holding more icebergs than grayling. The angling pressure at popular access points looked more like the Catskills than Alaska, but I was still excited to catch my first fish in months. The grayling were abundant and eager, and I enjoyed ridiculously easy fishing on nymphs and more interesting action on dries for a couple hours before I tired of the highway buzz and the gas station scenery and headed home. Soon, water levels will drop and the real Alaska will be ready for play.

Photos by Troutnut from Badger Slough in Alaska

First fish of 2014 From Badger Slough in Alaska.
First fish of 2014
StateAlaska
Date TakenMay 1, 2014
Date AddedMay 2, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
A decent grayling for this stream From Badger Slough in Alaska.
A decent grayling for this stream
StateAlaska
Date TakenMay 1, 2014
Date AddedMay 2, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
 From Badger Slough in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenMay 1, 2014
Date AddedMay 2, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10

On-stream insect photos by Troutnut from Badger Slough in Alaska

The least welcome sign of spring From Badger Slough in Alaska.
The least welcome sign of spring
StateAlaska
Date TakenMay 1, 2014
Date AddedMay 2, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10

Comments / replies

CatskilljonMay 2nd, 2014, 7:28 am
Upstate NY

Posts: 160
Wow, those pictures are really nice! I have seen photo's of Grayling but didn't realize they were so colorful...your shots are great.

Glad to see another is finally getting into some fish, sheesh this has been a slow start. CJ
Kschaefer3May 2nd, 2014, 11:30 am
St. Paul, MN

Posts: 376
I agree with CJ, beautiful fish! The colors that comes off grayling when the light hits them is incredible.
Jmd123May 2nd, 2014, 2:37 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2384
Nice fishies, Jason! Congrats on finally getting out with a fly rod. You got mosquitos already??? We haven't even seen them around here yet, and I think it's actually going to be a while...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
OldredbarnMay 2nd, 2014, 10:02 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2591
Jason,

Good stuff! Makes me wonder what it may have been like fishing for them in the Au Sable before they completely disappeared in the nineteen-teens sometime. A beautiful fish...

I've mentioned it here before but the only Grayling left in Grayling is in the Grayling restaurant, hanging on the wall. If I remember it sometime I'll take a picture of it.

If you are struggling with a little civilization in Alaska, I'm wondering how you are ever going to make it "down in the lower 48". :)

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
PaulRobertsMay 2nd, 2014, 11:03 pm
Colorado

Posts: 1776
Stunning grayling. Oh my! What beautiful colors. Oh my.
MartinlfMay 12th, 2014, 7:37 am
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2928
Beautiful, Jason. Thanks.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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