Fishing Trips

Fishing Alaska like a local (End)

DOCUMENTARY DAY The following day could have been an outdoor documentary titled Flyfishing With Brown Bears. After making the tundra deathmarch from camp to creek, we hiked downstream of the stretch we had fished before. The route took us along a steep bluff, and I was glad to be atop it. Almost directly below, another sow, this one honey-colored, was…

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Fishing Alaska like a local (P3)

LONG LIVE THE KING The king, or chinook, is one of nature’s grander creations, and its annual migration from ocean to river spawning ground is among nature’s most mysterious and breathtaking events. Silver with black spots in the sea, kings turn a deep red as they near the end of their mating cycle. Driven by a tyrannical imperative to breed,…

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Fishing Alaska like a local (P2)

FIRST CAMP DO IT FOR DOLLARS A DAY Should you decide to go to King Salmon and the Katmai region, try the Ponderosa Inn, if you don’t mind a somewhat “urban” setting. For those who wish more traditional lodging, Virgil and Jean Banach operate a bed-and-breakfast on the Naknek River, about a 20-minute drive up a gravel road from King…

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Fishing Alaska like a local (P1)

The Alaskan wilderness is a fisherman’s paradise, one not solely reserved for wealthy individuals. By learning to fish as the locals do, without guides, such fishing expeditions do not have to be expensive. All it takes is the desire to camp out and explore remote areas by raft and foot. It was a gray afternoon in early July, and there were five…

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Wood maestro keeps Calif. boats fishing; strong season brings boats to Alaska yard

David Peterson specializes in repairing and rebuilding older wooden commercial fishing boats in boatyards around Eureka, Calif. He’s one of the reasons a lot of older wooden boats are still working the waters off the northern California coast. Take the last two boats he recently finished. The 35-foot Terron came out of the Anderson & Cristofani boatyard at Hunter’s Point in San Francisco.…

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