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Edge of the Earth #12367089
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I wanted to share our trip to Alaska. My step father Jim has been fishing in Alaska since the late 70's. This is our annual Father/Son trip, we have been going to the same lodge for over 20 years (1991 was the first year he took me) and consider everyone their family. Bud, Chip, Steve, Carol, Adam, Will, Tim are some of the best people you will ever meet, and our friendships have led to other successful fishing adventures. This year was nothing short of incredible. We had clear skies and great temps, the float planes could fly every morning to take us to different rivers and didn't have to leave early to bring us back. The fishing was excellent, it was low water again this year, makes 4 years in a row with warmer summer temps and less snowpack in the winter. And the sockeye run in Bristol Bay was the largest every recorded, so no need to freak out over this weather cycle just yet. The escapement goal for Sockeye is for 500,000 fish to get past the netters and there were over 2,000,000 that had made it past the counter and the run wasn't over, we were there 2nd week of July. All the salmon making it back to spawn is great for the resident fish, lots of eggs to eat this year and lots of smolt next year. Fishing around the lodge gives you a chance to catch big Rainbows, Lake Trout, Char, Grayling and Pike. We decided to fish locally 2 of the days, a good decision. Most importantly, Jim, in his 81 year young body, was getting around like a champ and catching big fish. We spent one morning trolling around the lake for some easy fishing and ended up having non stop action, Rainbows, Lakers and Char were hungry. The rest of the trip was fly fishing. We were "holding our heads right" this year and caught a bunch of trophy fish. It has been many amazing adventures for us, hiking to small creeks for Rainbows, and camping on gravel bars in search of 30" Rainbows, with bears catching salmon within shouting distance (we camped in 2004 on the Upper Nushagak, the fishing was so good for Rainbows and Dolly's that the lodge set up an overnight camp for guests the next year to sleep and get more time on the river) , and catching fresh Kings on the fly in small rivers by the coast. This trip is the highlight of the year for both of us. We call it fishing the Edge of the Earth, it feels like it to us, we are truly blessed to be able to fish there and fish it with our friends. If everything goes as planned and our other fishing friends can make it next year, we are going one more time for a last hurrah, if not it will always be some of the best memories of my life. Please enjoy the pictures smile


IMG_0272 by Fitz, on Flickr
P7121343 by Fitz, on Flickr
Lake Trout triple
P7121347 by Fitz, on Flickr
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P7101269 by Fitz, on Flickr
P7101274 by Fitz, on Flickr


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Re: Edge of the Earth [Re: Dfitz] #12367091
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IMG_0171 by Fitz, on Flickr
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IMG_0292 by Fitz, on Flickr
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Immature Blad Eagle in the middle
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Re: Edge of the Earth [Re: Dfitz] #12367117
08/01/17 04:27 AM
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Looks like an awesome trip. Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Edge of the Earth [Re: Dfitz] #12367130
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Thanks for the awesome pics...what a trip! thumb


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Re: Edge of the Earth [Re: Dfitz] #12367134
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Great fish Andrew glad you got around to posting them. Will start looking at going on the next run up there for sure!!


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Re: Edge of the Earth [Re: Dfitz] #12367321
08/01/17 12:53 PM
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Tikchik Narrows Lodge..... What an amazing place! Some of the most pristine wilderness I have ever seen. Fitz, your photos are spot-on when it comes to showing the amazing fishing. As you said, the excellent staff makes the experience even more special.

You probably remember the summer I worked there, we had some of the worst weather they'd had in a decade. The guides and pilots worked their tails off. We still sent people home with the experience of a lifetime.

This place is, most certainly, a bucket list item for me.

Thanks for sharing.... And bringing back some wonderful memories for me.

JR


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Re: Edge of the Earth [Re: Dfitz] #12367394
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Awesome. You got some great pictures of that rainbow! Looks like one hell of a trip.


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Re: Edge of the Earth [Re: Dfitz] #12367730
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Awesome trip report! Thanks for sharing and posting.

Re: Edge of the Earth [Re: Dfitz] #12367742
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Fitz, all I can say is WOW! Sounds and looks like you had an amazingly good time. I would imagine that quite a few of us are secretly planning trips to Alaska now! laugh


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INCREDIBLE post and pictures thumb I'm jealous for sure.

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Great pics, simply awesome!


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Thanks everyone for the nice words cheers


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Beautiful pescado pics


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Re: Edge of the Earth [Re: Dfitz] #12368856
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Awesome pics, thanks for sharing. I won't be posting any of my pic's now! bang


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