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After 4 months in the bush of Alaska i’m happy to be back home in Northern California. As great as Alaska was, it’s nice to be back in some warmer weather, wearing flip flops and t-shirts again. It was one hell of a season up in Katmai. I had the opportunity to work with some solid individuals again this season. The camaraderie amongst the guide staff is probably the thing I will miss most this winter. Getting up for 20 weeks straight, two hours before sun up, with the same small group of guys can create a pretty strong bond. Sitting around the bar at night at the end of the season, sipping whiskey and swapping stories about the previous days events, bitching to each other about unappreciative guests, crappy weather, and mind numbing fishing. Without these guys around – it would have been tough to make it through September. The fishing in this part of the world is second to none and I am glad I got to experience it again this season.

It’s hard to do justice with sub-par photos.. but here are a few snapshots of the end of the season in Alaska.

Dry Flies in August

Dollies on the Coast

Dolly

Upper American

Upper American

Feeder Creek ‘Bow

Sculpin Fiend

Death in September

Death

Upper American Char – All dressed up

Coastal Coho

Coho

Mousin’

Obese Moraine ‘Bow

and another..

Looking for Breakfast

The Funnel

The Funnel

Kim with a slug

Moraine Sunrise

First Cast of the Day

Early morning moraine BENDO

Montana brothers can fish.

Moraine DBL

Mid-river lunch

View from the office

Tundra Pig

Char

Char

Day off – Exploring new water

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Flesh

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7 yr. old Tyler showing off

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Beaver Take off

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Kulik Lake

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Searching for Breakfast

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Hungry Boar

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Match the hatch?

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“The Man”

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Sled

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Final Morning

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As much as I will miss Alaska, I am stoked to be home just in time for fall fishing. With over a million Chinook estimated to return to the Sac River drainage this fall, it should be a kick ass season for both trout and steelhead. The Klamath is also expecting a gangbuster run of Chinook which is a great indication of what the steelhead run should be. This is the time of year to be here!

anthony
acarruesco@aol.com
2 Comments
  • Followed your summer through your images AC. Must have been amazing and thanks for sharing but……. I gotta say that the image of the upper American and all that beautiful riffle water……. it’s now on my bucket list.

    October 6, 2012 at 12:25 am
  • Casey
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    someday man…someday…

    just excellent footage as always AC. Hope NorCal is treating you real well buddy…

    Cheers my man!
    Casey

    October 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

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