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Alagnak Adventure


Phil Lilley

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I get emails from a friend of mine, Tom Silver, about his fishing adventures. I usually don't post them but thought I would seeing the forum is staved for reading and viewing material this time of summer.

WEATHER COLD, DARK BROODING SKIES, NIGHT RAINS, RAZOR-TOOTHED LAKE TROUT SPILLING FROM NONVIANUK LAKE TO RAVAGE & SAVAGE THE RIVER FOR MILES DOWN STREAM, LEOPARD RAINBOW TROUT, MILLIONS OF SOCKEYE SALMON ( "RED SALMON" ) RUNNING UP THE RIVER IN A 24/7, THREE MONTH, MIGRATION FROM BRISTOL BAY TO SPAWN IN THEIR NATAL BEDS THEN DIE, GIANT GRIZZLY'S PLUNGING & CLAWING & FEASTING ON SOCKEYE FLESH, GRAYLING SMACKING & SIPPING SURFACE FLY HATCHES, BALD EAGLES STRAFING FOR LIVING OR DEAD CRITTERS, WOLVES & FOX ON RELENTLESS HUNTS, MASSIVE SPLAYED HOOFED MOOSE 6 FOOT AT THE SHOULDER WADE RUSHING WATERS WITH EASE AS IF ON STILTS, NEARLY 24 HOUR DAYLIGHT, SUMPTUOUS MEALS OF FRESHLY DRESSED & PAN FRIED LAKE TROUT & RUBY RED SOCKEYES, SLEEP BAG SLEEPING WHILE RAINS PEPPER & BATTER TENTS' RAIN FLY, AN AWESOME SCENERY OF ENDLESS TUNDRA AND BOREAL FOREST PRIMEVAL, A SERPENTINE RIVER BOUND FOR BRISTOL BAY, AND WE WERE THERE IN THE MIDST OF THE ALASKA'S RAPTURE!

ON WEEK TWO WE WERE JOINED BY FORMER YAAK, MT., FORESTER ( RET. ), C.W. FUDGE ( 52 YEAR FRIEND ) AND A NON-FISHERMAN, CHRISTOPHER CALVERT. CHRIS HAS BEEN ON A 31 YEAR QUEST TO VISIT ALL 394 U.S. NATIONAL PARKS. AFTER US ( TWO NAT'L PARKS ), CHRIS HAS "JUST" 13 MORE PARKS TO GO, HAVING NOW VISITED 381 PARKS! HE IS DOING HIS 13th PARK NEXT WEEK ON A SIX DAY VOYAGE, ANIAKCHAK CRATER NATIONAL PARK, AK. A TREACHEROUS JOURNEY AS THEY LITE ON PONTOONS IN CRATER ( 1931 ) ON SURPRISE LAKE. HE & GUIDE SHOOT RIVER THAT TUMBLES FROM CRATER FOR MILES ON A MOONSCAPE TO FINAL ON PACIFIC OCEAN. I'M SOMEWHAT FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA FROM PAST YEARS. BROTHER DAVID SILVER FERRY CRUISED RIGHT BY ANIAKCHAK IN 2009 ON WAY TO DUTCH HARBOR. HORRIBLE WINDS & WEATHER WITH COAST GUARD CHOPPERS RESCUING AN ADVENTURE GROUP LAST YEAR AFTER 120 MPH WINDS SHREDDED THEIR ENTIRE CAMP & FOOD STUFFS. A SERIOUS SITUATION. I ALSO MET A HONEY MOON COUPLE COMMITTED TO HARD SHELL KAYAKING ANIAKCHAK. THEY DEPARTED NEXT DAY, HAVE OFTEN WONDERED ABOUT THEM. MOST OUTFITTERS & PILOTS DECLINE DOING ANIAKCHAK CRATER AS "TOO DICEY".

CHRIS CALVERT IS DEVOTED TO DETAILING EACH PARK HAVING SHOT 2400 PICS ON OUR TRIP WITH HOURS OF VOICE RECORDING HIS OBSERVATIONS TO BE TRANSCRIBED AND CAREFULLY CATALOGED. HE IS A MAN ON A MISSION. HE'LL ACCOMPLISH ALL 394 PARKS IN TWO YEARS, ON HIS 50th BIRTHDAY!

ENJOY ATTACHED PHOTOGRAPHS.

WE WERE GUIDED BY DAVID ROLLER & SON, DAVEY, 24 YRS., PICTURED BELOW.

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David guides both in Alaska and Michigan. Here's his website.

www.peremarquetteoutfitters.com

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David guides both in Alaska and Michigan. Here's his website.

www.peremarquetteoutfitters.com

That must be a hard day's shuttle between the 2...... B)

"Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously."

Hunter S. Thompson

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I'd book one of them Alaska to Michigan float trips but I don't think there would be much fishing.

"Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously."

Hunter S. Thompson

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