Great Sockeye Salmon caught on a fly rod

Great Sockeye Salmon caught by Bret Curry on a fly rod.

I love to fish… It’s a passion, hobby, habit and if I’m rigorously honest…an addiction! Each trip to the water brings the wonderment and uncertainty of catch. Each angling moment provides a rewarding spiritual connectivity to something larger than life. Could be a “hunter & gatherer” component in my DNA. May be because fishing is my primary safe harbor from the daily grind and rat race. Whatever the case, I’m so blessed to have opportunities to fish dozens of days per year…and mainly with a fly rod.

I recently added a new geographical location to my fly-fishing experiences. This time in Alaska! If you are an individual with fly-fishing in your blood you have got to experience a grappling sockeye salmon who’s mission is to spawn…not to be caught. If the thought of angling a pit-bull on the end of your fly-line gets your juices flowing, then give Jen a call at Kenai River Fly Fishing.

After hours of pre-trip online research and local referrals my choice was KRFF. And boy did I make the right decision. Jen paired me up with T.J., Master and Professional Guide. Simply put, T.J. is the man! And a consummate host! Clearly an accomplished fisherman himself, he put me onto the fish in no time. His refinement tips were courteously delivered and produced results. He’s a master with the drift-boat and very safety-conscience.  Not only did we net several sockeyes, we landed Rainbow and Dolly Varden as well.

Sockeyes on a stringer

Sockeyes on a stringer

An often-used word in Cajun country is “lagniappe” which means a little something extra.  And how Alaska provides those bonuses. We saw bear, moose and eagles galore. T.J.’s keen eye and sharing the experience was icing on the cake.

So if you are bug-eyed from perusing the Internet for the right guide service, simply give KRFF a call. Oh yea, be sure to include the “canyon” float into your schedule, you won’t be sorry.

Bret Curry

Little Rock, Arkansas

June 2013

Patience and perseverance pays off for this group as they hold up the days catch

Patience and perseverance pays off for this group as they hold up the days catch

TJ safely guiding them across Skilak Lake, beautiful way to end a great trip.
TJ safely guiding them across Skilak Lake, beautiful way to end a great trip.

Bret Curry with a resident Dolly Varden.
Bret Curry with a resident Dolly Varden.

 

 

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