Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Blue Moon River Alaska

Well I haven't been fishing in a while, rivers are blown out and Im in the middle of a decent size home improvement project, so heres another old fishin day-

On the Alaska penisula on there is an anchorage named port Wrangel... there isn't a port there.. long ago halibut schooners used it as a saltry for herring bait and at one time there may have been a cannery there, but now.. just a good place to anchor for the nite. Sitting on anchor one nite Ray and I decided that in the morning we would check out what appeared to be a river on the chart... un-named, we thought.. hey, mabe a secret trout river perhaps, so in the morning we set out for the possible mouth of the river. It was raining like the second coming, we were soaked by the time we managed to find a route into the river, a heavy swell rolled in off the shelikof strait and it was somewhat hairy crossing the small bar into the deep cut entrance. We ran upriver for what seemed like 1.5 to 2 miles through amazing canyons that reminded me of the snake river country then an open valley and the river shallowed up and we had to abandon our livingston for foot travel. another mile up and in and we started to fish, Ray threw pixies and I opted for a black bunny leech on the flyrod.. my second cast I hooked up with an 8-10 lb chrome brite fish that acted an awfull lot like a steelhead, moments later Ray landed an amazing 6-7 lb dolly.. then I got a couple 14-18'' dolly's and a handful of humpy's.. the rain started coming down in sheets that frothed the river and we started to get a little worried that the lump would come up and trap us at the mouth. I had brought 1 blue moon beer that Caron had given me a case of for my birthday.. we shared it, smoked one of only 2 smokes that had survived the trip in and headed back for the boat.. when we got to the skiff the tide had gone out considerably and we had to drag it 50 yards to deep enough water to run in.... we got back to the boat shared our story and dubbed the un-named jem, the Blue Moon River-


  1. Great story, and the pictures make me want to go there even worse now such great scenery! What kind of spinning reel was your friend using? Oh and about comments, from what iv seen with my blog, most people dont leave them unless they have a blog them self. Keep up the great blog!! Next time i post on mine ill direct some of my readers your way!

  2. thats a great sory brad thats the kind of stuff that makes me drool it's awesome when you explore water and you don't even know what monsters it holds