Ok, so we didn’t catch this thing on a #22 BWO on 7X, but there’s just something so cool about the idea of tangling with a rainbow trout that’s big enough to grab a K15 Kwikfish intended for salmon. I recently found this old photo of me guiding on the Nushagak River many moons ago and meant to include it in my recent Nushagak Dreamin’ photo essay but it somehow slipped through the cracks.
There just aren’t many places left on earth where big bows like this live…and there will be even fewer if that damn Pebble Mine gets going…but I digress. What an awesome animal, eh?
Dang, with California’s salmon and steelhead fisheries limping along and Alaska’s king fishing not looking so hot, you’ve got to love what’s coming out of Oregon and Washington’s Columbia River Basin! Looks like another banner season of summer steelhead fishing is on tap! Check out the latest DAM COUNTS
If it ever goes into full operation, Pebble Mine, located 200 miles southwest of Anchorage, would likely be the worst environmental disaster to ever befall the state. Situated in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, you can pretty much kiss goodbye some of the world’s most prolific salmon and trout streams if Pebble gets going. And here’s a shocker…there may have been some closed door dealings between the State of Alaska and Pebble Limited Partnership when exploration permits for the mine were issued. Wow, what a surprise…Big Cash trumps all!
Read the story HERE
Here’s reason to think twice about letting your kids swim in the river this summer! This giant 40-pound striped bass was landed by Mike (“The Headless Angler”) Woodman while fishing with me last month on the American River in Northern California. After a quick photo, the old greybeard striper was released. We hooked the fish on a kid on a boogie board….Kidding of course! A live minnow did the trick.
For his efforts, Woodman (or at least his torso) is entered into our July Hawg of the Month Contest. If you’ve got a big fish from a recent trip, send us the photo…you’ll have a chance at winning a free fishing trip. Details HERE