Where: Juneau, AK
When: Friday through Sunday
Species Pursued: Dollies, Kings
Song of the trip: “Vacation,” Belinda Carlisle
Fishing trips and the expectations they invariably create must always be managed. Nothing is guaranteed except what you decide to make of your time away.
In this instance, just being away was enough–the fact that I had the fortune of hanging out with a couple of good fishing buddies while doing so was gravy.
That said, I will be up front and say that fishing was tough. Dollies weren’t very cooperative (at least not for me) but I was able to scratch out a few fish and even managed to hook a king which promptly smoked me on my 4 weight switcher. Funny how chinook like little chartreuse clousers as much as dollies do.
Fishing aside, though, recharging of the batteries was in order and, ironically, the best way to do that was to completely drain them first.
It occurred to me that Alaska in the early summer is one of the best places to do that.
With about 3 hours of darkness and 2 tides to fish every day, sleep is kept to a minimum. Fishing is the only priority–you will throw until your arm is ragged and you will like it.
Granted, breaks must be taken and proper form followed when doing so.
Not so much that you neglect fishing, of course.
That’s why we came up here, after all.
And sometimes staying the course yields unexpected rewards.
When fishing does slow down, there’s always practice.
And when it really slows down, there’s solace.
How about when it really, really slows down? In AK, you’re never short on entertainment.
For one thing, you can work on your tan…
While the snaggers–seriously, they were snagging– wail on the first push of chum. Note: Snagging is legal in AK–I’m not making any judgments here. They did better than I did, after all.
“You caught it, you kill it!”
Or you can witness a guy getting ejected from his boat after making a hard turn at speed and then watch it do donuts for the next few hours.
And when that gets old…
…you go back to fishing.
AK: never a dull moment.