Had the opportunity to do a little work and horse-play in Alaska last week. It is always nice to be summoned to Alaska to work. The town of Soldotna and the Kenai River would be home base for 5-7 days for roughly 80-100 , vendors, employee's and customers , as the Kenai River would play host to
the Annual fishing tournament .
While the tournament is only one day, many of our take advantage of the trip and fishing to spend a few extra days up there doing some ocean fishing for Halibut, fly-outs for trout and char, and river fishing for the sockeyes and silvers.
Although this was the first time picking up a spin / bait casting reel in 20 + years , it would be a great time casting and catching sockeye's, silvers , pinks, dolly varden on these goofy wiggle plugs. With the recent wet weather , the Kenai's water level was much high than normal.
As for the fishing, this pinks were in thick as this was an "even"year for them, and they would be pesky. The "reds" or sockeyes were at the end of there run and most pretty much turned, and the silvers just starting to enter the system, fresh and ready to tear you up.
Weather was wonderful and the sunrise's were terrific as you can seek. There was no shortage of 12oz barley pops and fireball shots being taken while trolling for these critters, with many more IPA's and scotch had by the fire pit.
Having not been to Alaska for many years, it made year to get Mary up there for a true adventure in to the bush. Maybe next year , the wheels are turning now.
A cool new product just launched at the outdoor shows this summer. As the play on top end ice chest continue to evolve, this one is pretty cool (a pun indeed). Obviously taken from the 5 gallon pal concept, but strapped with all the bells and whistles. Perfect for the beach, campfire, SUP, boat, personally too fancy for the bait bucket, but I guess you can.
Lid features a 270 degree rotation on swivel hinge. Lid also features a padded grip top for
standing on when necessary.
Love the latch the also is a functional bottle opener, a classy add in.
Nice powder coated handle for carrying the traditional style or you can option out with
A sight not often seen on the our ditch, clouds of trico's. Because of the recent heat wave
we have been trying to beat the heat and crowds of boat on the river , and fishing early, usually a tactic that payoff tenfold.
However this Saturday morning, we would complete our shuttle and launch just before sunrise,
we still had not seen the water, little did we know we would laugh in a "plug" of muddy water from the rain storm upriver the night before. While this did not make for conducive fishing, it did make for a beautiful sunrise float, seeing deer, blue heron, hawks, pesky beavers and minks.
Trico's and the Arkansas.....
About 8am we were treated to some amazing hatches of trico's on the lower river. While there are
trio's on the Arkansas, clouds and clouds of them are not a common site. Just a neat site to sit and watch.