Grizzly Skins of Alaska
From June through September as many as a quarter of the world’s salmon return to the Bristol Bay region to spawn and the Becharof Lake drainages receives a vast percentage of them. Besides all five species of salmon, Kings, Sockeye, Chums, Pinks and Coho, incalculable numbers of Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Artic Char, Graying and Lake Trout turn up to prey on the eggs and smolt. It is the fishing equivalent of the Serengeti plains in Africa.
Due to the remote local our trips are a week in length and usually run from Saturday to Saturday. The majority of our fishing guests are repeat clients who book a year in advance but we usually have a few weeks available until a few months before the salmon runs begin.
Most of our fishermen use fly fishing equipment but there are always some who prefer spinning or casting gear and kids usually do best with simpler gear. We insist on barbless hooks as it is entirely possible to catch over a hundred fish per day and, except for the fish that we keep for meals, we practice catch and release.
We maintain a number of fly casting, as well as spinning rods in camp for loaners but most avid fishermen prefer to bring their own.
In addition you will need to bring:
Light sleeping bag and/or fleece liner: Our bunks are clean
and comfortable but we are not a full service lodge with a
staff of dozens so do not supply basic sleeping gear, we
do provide pillows and extra blankets.
Spinning rods: Medium weight capable of utilizing 6-15 pound
test line and throwing 1/2 oz lures. Orange and red
spinners and spoons are most effective. Pixie, Blue Fox, Little
Cleos and Mepps are good designs
Fly Rods; 5 to 8 weight rods with floating line are most useful.
As we travel in small bush planes multi piece rods are much
easier to deal with.
Wet fly patterns: Popular flys are usually available in camp and
can be purchased from Tia if she is given prior notice.
Otherwise globugs, pinkies, beads and other egg patterns are a
virtual requirement. Leech patterns - especially the
ubiquitous “purple-egg-sucking leech - as well as wolly buggers of various colors. Later in the season flesh patterns
work exceptionally well.
For Salmon bright flash patterns and large pink “fuscia”
bunnies work well,
Many store bought flies are tied with overly large hooks that
often damage and kill fish, even if they are released. Smaller
hooks catch them just as well and, since they are easier to
release, it is often easier to catch more fish in a day with them.
Dry fly patterns: black gnats, chernoble ants, humpies and
deer hair mice tied on small barbless hooks.
Waders: As we will primarily be fishing spawning waters the
majority of the creeks are not deep and easily wadeable. Some
of the very best fishing requires walking across 1/2 mile of
tundra so consider that when choosing wading shoes. Many
times we prefer to wear ankle fit hip boots.
Rain coat, sweater, jacket and small day pack to carry them
will allow us to explore remote, seldom fished holes.
Personal gear, camera, batteries, and small flashlight.