Wayne in production takes a dream trip to Alaska’s Bristol Bay region with his father. Here’s the recap…
Operations Specialist Wayne Peterson visits the Bristol Bay watershed for some fishing on the Alagnak.
|WHERE||ALAGNAK RIVER, ALASKA|
|WHO||WAYNE PETERSON, MARK PETERSON, AND JOHN STEETER|
|WHEN||JUL 13, 2007|
|SPECIES||RAINBOW TROUT, ARCTIC GRAYLING, ARCTIC CHAR, CHUM, CHINOOK, AND SOCKEYE SALMON|
|CONDITIONS||RAIN THE FIRST COUPLE OF DAYS, BUT A MIX OF SUN AND CLOUD FOR THE REST OF THE TRIP|
|BEST FLY||ANY LARGE ARTICULATED STREAMER: BLACK AND GINGER, WHITE AND RED, OR PURPLE. SPUN CARIBOU HAIR MICE ALSO DID THE TRICK.|
|FLY LINES||A 7WT. FLOATING OUTBOUND WAS MY STAPLE, FOR MY SINGLE HAND ROD. THE 750GR. SKAGIT BODY WITH T-14 FOR SPEY|
|LEADER/TIPPET||MOSTLY 0X POWERFLEX|
|TACKLE||REDINGTON CPS 796-4, SAGE Z-AXIS 796-4,WINSTON LT 914-4|
|TECHNIQUE||SWINGING SUNK STREAMERS, AND WAKING MICE PATERNS|
My father (Mark Peterson) and I were picked up in Lliamna, AK by Chad Hewett of Rainbow River Lodge. He flew us in one of his floatplanes back to the lodge on the Copper River, where we met our guide for the next seven days John Steeter.
We loaded up a 14 foot raft and the gear and flew to one of the twin lakes that feed the Alagnak river. We floated just over 40 miles in seven days, needless to say, we wade fished constantly.
The fishing was incredible! There was no way to keep track of how many fish were landed by the three of us. Most of the fish were caught with leech patterns of one sort or another for the first two days.
John tied up some spun caribou mice that we used when our arms would get too tired from casting sink tips and big flies. On the fourth or fifth day we saw some Arctic Grayling coming to the surface so we tied on some elk hair caddis and tool them topwater.
Up until the fourth day we had caught Rainbow trout, Arctic Char, and Sockeye, at that point we added Arctic Grayling, Chums, and Chinook Salmon.
This trip was Seven days of pure heaven!