So, some of you may remember I took Michael fly fishing near home a few years ago and we hit a really tough day and he casted for 10 hours and did not catch a fish – but he kept on casting.
Today, our first day of fishing here in Alaska, we flew to a remote stream about 85 miles (1 hour flight time) from the lodge in search of Arctic Char and Grayling. We landed on a remote lake and hiked in through the tundra and bush to get to the stream.
I told the guide as we stopped at the first hole that I was going to man the camera instead of a rod at first to see if I could capture Michael’s first fish on a fly. Michael was afraid I jinxed him but he didn’t disappoint. On his second cast he hooked and landed a grayling. A pretty fish they call the Arctic Sailfish for its tall dorsal fin.
As it turns out, that was probably the smallest fish we caught all day – and there were a lot of them after that first one.
Michael did very well with his casting and caught too many char and grayling to count – including two that were world class in size. A 21” grayling and a 24” char.
The weather was great. The fishing was great. The scenery and surroundings were incredible and our guide for the day, Dac, was awesome as well.
A fantastic start to the trip.