Angler: Gregg Prossen
Date: September 9 thru 26, 2020
Trip Taken: Steelhead Fishing in Alaska
Six and half days of hard, hard fishing! By hard fishing I mean working hard with lines in the water as much as possible and covering a lot of water. We love to swing for steelhead and all the guides worked to get us into swing water.
We did have a day and half without bringing a fish to hand but that’s just the nature of steelhead fishing when you’re swinging. On the flip side we checked off putting a nice hen steelhead in the net that took a skated mouse, a bucket list check off for me. We also managed a specifically targeted silver salmon that tracked down a stripped streamer!
Both food and lodge accommodations should be diamond rated!
The meals prepared at the lodge by chef Felix were extraordinary, his river lunches were fantastic as well. We were able to walk wade and fish river from boats. I really enjoy the walk wading…..I feel like it makes the steelhead fishing that much more challenging!
I will definitely do this trip again and would love to have my wife along.
Personally, after going on this trip, I find there’s no reason to ever venture to British Columbia to chase steelhead. This trip could be done by someone with no two handed fly rod experience. I feel the guides could easily instruct a person to effectively fish a swung fly and everyone can fish a bead egg, hook and little weight!
The outfitter and his guides went over and above and worked really hard to find fish and spots where we could swing and skate flies to steelhead.
All the guides we fished with were on top of their game and a pleasure to be with whether we were walking in or using a boat as a taxi to move from/to swing spots. Almost felt like because the guides were working so hard we had to match their efforts…..it was really great fishing and we were exhausted at the end of each day. Targeting silver salmon with a stripped fly was a blast!
We really enjoyed fishing the Kenai River for a day for Alaska Rainbows.
My Fishing Consultant was Patrick Kissel with OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL.
Pat’s communication before, during and after my Alaska fishing trip was perfect, I couldn’t have asked for more. He’s a Wisconsin native, I really can’t say anything bad about him in a public forum. If it wasn’t for Patrick knowing my preferences, I wouldn’t have found this trip on my own. When I think of steelhead fishing I am really drawn to British Columbia as the Mecca but, not anymore.
- Overall, my Alaska steelhead fishing trip was amazing.
- My outfitter’s communication before, during and after the trip was good.
- My guide was amazing.
- Physically, the trip was moderate.
- The food was amazing.
- The accommodations were amazing.
- Would you book another trip with us in the future? Yes
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